"Where love and legends come together"

A special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America


We offer workshops on a variety of Celtic topics, including historical research, Celtic languages, themed craft classes, and period-specific Celtic courses.

Workshops are $20 for non-members/$10 for members for our 4 week classes, $10 for non-members/$5 for members for our 2 week classes. Specialty classes will carry their own fees. If you would like to join us, you can sign up to be a Celtic Heart here: Join Us

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Please check out our upcoming classes below.


04/01/2014 - 04/25/2014
Author Branding

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.
R.L. Syme 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.

Week One:

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.

Week Two:

Tuesday, May 13th: Colonial American herbs (Part One)

Thursday, May 14th: Colonial American herbs (Part Two)

Week Three:

Tuesday, May 20th: Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles

This session will extend into Thursday, May 22nd

Week Four:

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.

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Who We Are

Welcome to the international special interest group of the Romance Writers of America dedicated to all things Celtic and romance. Our chapter has the distinction of being run completely online, which provides us the opportunity to cater to romance writers all over the world. We exist primarily to develop and support writers who have interest in Celtic topics, in every subgenre of romance that exists.
We provide a variety of services to our members, from critique groups to a supportive chat loop. We have invested PAN and PRO members within our groups, including multi-published, award-winning authors and brand new authors who haven’t even finished a manuscript yet; we run an active campus that focuses on Celtic research courses, where all classes are free to our members; we have two annual writing contests that focus on publishing both novel-length and novella-length fiction. Whatever your interest in writing, whether finding a supportive community or a place to develop your craft, this is the place.
Our chapter is a place to connect with other Celtophiles, but also a place to belong. While we offer many services, our top priority is the care and support of our members. We love to provide research resources or have discussions about the rooms in a medieval Scottish castle, but we also celebrate sales and lament bad reviews, share in the joy of new births (of novels, and of babies) and provide support during the difficult times of life. We look forward to having you join us, wherever you are in your writing journey.
Please join us today. Exercise your inner Celt and become one of our Clan. Celtic Hearts Romance Writers is where love and legends meet, and we look forward to meeting you.
Rebecca Lynn – President, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers

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