Schedule

Workshops and appearances:

(Workshop descriptions below)

SEPTEMBER 2021
“Reflective Writing: A Journal Workshop for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Hearts Through History RWA
open to the public

OCTOBER 2021
“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
NEORWA
open to the public
www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

NOVEMBER 2021

“Mindset, Motivation, and Wellbeing A to Z for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Aged to Perfection RWA
open to the public
http://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/

“Learning from the Masters: The Journals of Published Authors”
Nov. 7-13
ONLINE Workshop
Contemporary Romance Writers of America
open to the public
contemporaryromance.org/workshops/past-workshops/

DECEMBER 2021
Nov. 29-Dec. 23
“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks”
ONLINE workshop
RWA Online
open to the public
rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/dec-2020-creativityhacks/

Nov. 29-Dec. 23
“Reflective Writing: A Journal Workshop for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers
open to the public
https://ffprwa.com/category/workshops-upcoming/

PAST EVENTS/WORKSHOPS

AUGUST 2020
Aug. 10-Sept. 4
“Writer Wellness”
ONLINE workshop
Orange County Romance Writers of America
open to the public
http://occrwa.org/classes/

Aug. 3-28
“Reflective Writing: A Journal Workshop for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Romance Writers of America San Diego
open to the public
https://rwasd.com/register/

August 11, 202
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SEPTEMBER 2020
Sept. 7-Oct. 4
“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks”
ONLINE workshop
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America
open to the public      
https://ffprwa.com/september-50-ways/

Sept. 14-25
“Writer Wellness”
ONLINE workshop
Romantic Women’s Fiction Romance Writers of America
open to the public
https://romanticwomensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/online-courses/

Sept. 1-30;
“Mindset, Motivation, and Wellbeing A to Z for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Romance Writers of America San Diego
open to the public
https://rwasd.com/register/

OCTOBER 2020
Oct. 2-30
“Mindset, Motivation, and Wellbeing A to Z for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Southern Tier Authors of Romance RWA
open to the public 

https://starrwa.org/on-line-workshops/

NOVEMBER 2020
Nov. 2-27
“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks”
ONLINE workshop
Outreach International Romance Writers of America
open to the public
http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV

DECEMBER 2020
Nov. 30-Dec. 28
“Writer Wellness”
ONLINE workshop
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America
open to the public
https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops/

FEBRUARY 2021
Feb. 1-26
“Writer Wellness”
ONLINE workshop
Heart of Carolina RWA
open to public

Feb. 20
“Writer Wellness”
Zoom presentation
Southern Tier Authors of Romance
members only

Feb. 26
“Learning from the Masters: Journals of Published Authors”
ONLINE workshop
Hearts Through History RWA
members only

MARCH 2021
Mar. 1-26
“Mindset, Motivation, and Wellbeing A to Z for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Hearts Through History RWA
www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops/mindset-motivation-and-wellbeing-a-z/

Mar.  15-April 9
“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Romantic Women’s Fiction RWA
open to the public
romanticwomensfictionwriters.wordpress.com/online-courses/

APRIL 2021
“Reflective Writing: A Journal Workshop for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America
open to the public
www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

MAY 2021
“Mindset, Motivation, and Wellbeing A to Z for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Heart of Carolina RWA
open to the public

JUNE 2021
“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers”
ONLINE workshop
Hearts Through History RWA
open to the public
www.heartsthroughhistory.com/event/50-ways-to-leave-your-muse-creativity-hacks/#register

AUGUST 2021
“Writer Wellness”
ONLINE workshop
Aged to Perfection RWA
open to the public
http://agedtoperfectionromancewriters.com/workshops/

“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers”
ONLINE Workshop
Contemporary Romance Writers of America
open to the public
https://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/past-workshops/

Workshop Descriptions
To schedule a workshop for your group or organization, send me an email or use the contact form.
List of workshops currently available:

“Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity”
Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should still take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, good nutrition, and creative play. Regardless of style, genre, or writing goals, Writer Wellness is the perfect writer’s companion.
The workshop will offer one to three activities per key area (journaling, fitness, relaxation, nutrition, and creative play) for participants to try then respond to discussion prompts posted in the course. This interactive workshop will present ideas any writer can put into practice, tweak, and maintain throughout a writing career with the goal of better health and expanded creativity for many years. Discover the Writer Wellness Warrior in you and be well, write well!

online for 2-4 weeks or
one-hour introductory session FREE online

“50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks”
My theory about the muse is pretty straight forward: it’s a fantasy, a myth created by Greek and Roman philosophers who operated with limited resources on every level. The world was flat then. While the idea of a muse appeals to my senses, excites my imagination, and stimulates my sense of theatre, the reality is that the shoemaker’s elves don’t really exist. Me and the cobbler have to show up, no matter what, and do everything from concept, design, draft, prototype, revisions, production, marketing, promotions, and follow-through to actually applying the idea to paper.

This online workshop explores what it means to live a creative life, and to maintain that fun, creative edge all the time. And when that edge becomes dull, the ideas in the course will help you revive what you need to stay juicy, productive, and happy as a writer.

“Reflective Writing: A Journal Workshop for Writers”
This workshop will explore the many different ways writers can utilize journaling to document process, clear mental clutter, examine story, and cull ideas from the pages. We’ll look at the journal practices of writers like Sue Grafton, John Steinbeck, and others to see how their journals contributed to their output. Participants will receive three journal prompts per week to practice and have ample opportunities to discuss the outcomes and uses of keeping a journal when it comes to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc. We’ll look at what’s out there as far as journaling tools and how keeping a journal provides insight, focus, and positive change. With a bit of research and journal keeping history thrown in, this workshop will expand your ideas on how, why, and when journaling can assist your professional writing and personal growth. Journaling is more than sitting down with a pen/paper or at the keyboard and recounting your day. Reflective writing is a metacognitive process that will free your creative spirit.

Students will discover:

*what reflective writing is and is not
*ways journal writing supports a writer’s creativity, organization, and wellbeing
*examples of journals of published authors
*journal practice
*tools of the trade
*wide range of journal prompt ideas
*how to make time for journal writing
*resources online and in the library related to reflective writing
*class discussions utilizing the 3-2-1 strategy for learning

“Learning from the Masters: The Journals of Published Authors”
In 1951, Pulitzer prize winning novelist John Steinbeck “warmed-up his writing arm” with a letter to his editor each day before working on East of Eden. Those letters were later published as Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. Crime novelist Sue Grafton (“A” is for Alibi) kept a journal for every book she wrote that included ideas, positive self-talk, and more to help her stay on track. Author Anne Lamott has written two memoirs that are formatted like journals, and Virginia Woolf’s diaries examined what it was like to be a female author in the world of writing and publishing during the 1930’s and 40’s.
It’s refreshing and renewing to read the journals of published authors and recognize some of our own struggles in the pages of those who forged successful careers before us. We’ll look at the journals of the authors mentioned and explore what we can learn from them and how we can emulate some of their personal writing habits to support our own lives and work.
Each lesson will include:

  • examples of journal entries
  • narrative lesson on a particular aspect of journaling for writers
  • an activity for you to try
  • discussion questions for deep learning

“Mindset, Motivation, and Wellbeing A to Z for Writers”
presents a host of suggestions for overhauling your writing life inside and out. Some of the topics will resonate and some will need to percolate for a while, but everything from coping with anxiety to applying zero-based thinking can potentially recharge your existence until you are unstoppable in every aspect. These premises apply to more than just writers, but the creative juices needed to produce stories is more draining than it looks. These concepts could be the missing ingredient you’ve been searching for.
The course will present the ideas and offer outside readings or internet links to explain each one. Course participants will be encouraged to post experiences and thoughts.

“Essential Oils for Writers”
Learn the basic practice of incorporating essential oils such as lavender and frankincense to improve mood, productivity, and well-being.
This is a five-day/one-week course that includes live video meetings.

Instructor bio:

JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity will be released from Headline Books, Inc. in spring 2020. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Northeast Ohio RWA, and the Author’s Guild. She holds degrees in education, journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
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