04/01/2014 - 04/25/2014
Instructor: R.L. Syme
Has someone told you that you need a more pronounced brand? Have you been wondering how to brand yourself (or what your brand is)? Do you want to better understand what it means to have a brand or be a brand? In this class, we will learn not only what an author brand is, but how to tell what yours is and how to re-brand, if that’s what you need to do. We’ll cover common mistakes in author branding, common success stories, and tips for every type of social media and marketing outlet you do. If you have already taken Rebecca’s previous classes on Social Media, Marketing, or Author Newsletters, this will be an easy add-on. However, if you’re new to this whole process, you will come out of the class with a solid understanding of how author brands are created and how to create yours. This class is key for published authors, but will be beneficial to any author, especially considering future publication.
is a former Communications specialist who has created and executed local and national social media strategies for both organizations and authors. She holds degrees in writing and leadership and has consulted and taught nationally on Communication Strategies, Leadership and Self-Leadership, Organizational Communication and New Media, and tries to keep current with trends and research through extensive networking. She is currently working on a sequel to her recently published Scottish Historical romance novel, The Outcast Highlander. You can find her website and information about workshops and books at http://rlsyme.com
05/01/2014 - 05/31/2014
Herbal Lore and The Historic Medicinal Uses of Herbs
Instructor: Beth Trissel
This workshop has a broader focus, including Native American and Colonial American herbs, also cures popular with the mountain people and Granny Women of Eastern America, while including herbs of the British Isles. Each participant will receive the eBook of Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles by Beth Trissel.
Thursday, May 1st: Special May Day post. Plus Introduction to the workshop and meet & greet.
First Session, Tuesday, May 6th: The wisdom of Native Americans. A focus on Native American herbs.
Second Session, Thursday, May 8th: The Granny Women. A focus on the mountain people and old time cures, both herbal and some white magic.
Tuesday, May 13th: Colonial American herbs (Part One)
Thursday, May 14th: Colonial American herbs (Part Two)
Tuesday, May 20th: Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles
This session will extend into Thursday, May 22nd
Tuesday, May 27th: ‘What can kill can cure’ but definitely kill and watch out for werewolves
Thursday May 29th: For protection from spells and enchantment, the sacred, healing herbs
Last session, Friday May 30th: Knock yourself out and Ward off the Plague: Dwale, an Old-English Antiseptic, and The Vinegar of the Four Thieves
And an opportunity for final sharing from participants.
Beth Trissel: Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.
For more on me, my blog is the happening place: http://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/
05/01/2014 - 05/31/2014
The Languages of Scotland
Instructor: Sharron Gunn w/a Sheila Currie
You want some idea of the languages spoken in Scotland, but you don’t want to teach your readers a second language. You just want to enrich your book, and maybe get some ideas for a novel inspired by a family, a place name or a local tradition about a name.
A half dozen languages were spoken in the Middle Ages: Gaelic, Inglish, British (aka Welsh), Pictish, Norse and French. French?? Yes indeed! The Scottish king and court spoke French as their first language for about 250 years. Latin? Learned monks and poets were able to write poetry Gaelic, Inglish and Latin and French. By 1400 Gaelic and Inglish (aka English) were the two major languages spoken in Scotland, and you’ll learn most about them including useful expressions, polite and not so polite. But you will learn something about the others, their spread and disappearance, as well as traditions.
You’ll read stories and poetry in the original and in translation to get the idea of the rhythm of the language and the values of the people who spoke it. Warriors were poets! A viking who could compose poetry to insult his enemies was a real man. BION. Women also composed hundreds of poems and songs. You’ll read some folklore and some origin myths about place names: Fionn the Gaelic hero and Arthur, the British hero. Arthur?? In Scotland? Yes!! Interested?
Sharron Gunn w/a Sheila Currie
While living over eight years in Europe, Sharron studied the languages and history of Britain and France. She learned Gaelic at Xavier College in Nova Scotia (now UCB) then received an MA in Scottish History and Celtic Studies from the University of Glasgow. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada and teaches Scottish and Ireland history part-time at university. As Sheila Currie she is writing a historical fantasy.