"Where love and legends come together"

A special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America

Workshops

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.

2015

03/01/2015 - 03/31/2015
Celtic Mythology

The ancient Celts believed that all things, animate and inanimate, possessed a spirit. Mountains, hills and trees were manly; rivers and meadows were feminine. The Celts knew that spirits watched their every move. So any action was carefully considered because of the effect it might have on the future. Ogham, the first Gaelic alphabet, was based on the names of trees and bushes. That reverence for nature passed gently to Celtic Christianity.

Then there was the tough side of Celtic Mythology: the thunder god, the god of light, the young god, even Cuchullan and Fionn, warriors everyone. These fearsome and muscular gods were remembered because of the battles they fought. The first of August was a huge festival because it memorialised the combat between Lugh, a god of light, and Taranis, the thunder god. Water monsters are feminine entities; they gave life but then took it away.

The ancient gods were a reflection of the society, which worshipped them, and druids were their priests, who interpreted their will. They have had a bad reputation from the likes of Julius Caesar, but were they so evil? Did they make French fries of hundreds of people? I think not.

Find out more about the Celtic gods: who they were and why they were worshipped. You’ll also find out something of the ancient druids and the belief in fairies.

The course includes self-quizzes and simple research projects to generate story ideas. Discussion and questions are encouraged, but lurkers also welcome.

Instructor

Sheila Currie lives in British Columbia, and teaches Irish, Scottish & Medieval History as non-credit university courses; she has also taught online courses for CHRW, HHRW & Savvy Authors. While living over eight years in Europe, she studied the languages and history of Great Britain and France. She has a MA in Scottish History and Celtic Studies from the University of Glasgow, and is currently writing an historical fantasy set in Scotland—of course!



05/01/2015 - 05/31/2015
Castles: The Real Thing

Castles cover the landscape of Europe. Many have lasted because they are built of stone, but it takes some imagination to see how they looked when they were
the homes of the rich and powerful. Wherefore this course.

A castle was a fortified structure, the home and admistrative centre of
a magnate (great man) or king, and the garrison meant to protect them. Few women lived in a castle except for the castellan’s wife, daughters, and a few female servitors including the launresses.

The architecture of castles improved to meet the threat of the weapons used against them. Weapon technology wasn’t static; it was improved. The trebuchet was an improved siege engine, much better than the Roman catapult.
Yet William the Conqueror used a motte-and-bailery castle, with wooden towers
to hold England in the first few years of occupation. Why did he do that when he could have built stone castles right from the start?

Even when castles were no longer deemed necessary, the houses of the rulers were constructed like castles; they had battlements, towers, turrets and curtain walls. Find out what made them vulnerable to siege weapons in this course! In other words, what is the real thing?

We will concentrate on the castles of Britain and the society which inhabited them: the lords and ladies, their servitors and dependents.

The course includes self-quizzes and simple research projects to generate story ideas. Discussion and questions are encouraged, but lurkers also welcome.

Instructor

Sheila Currie lives in British Columbia, and teaches Irish, Scottish & Medieval History as non-credit university courses; she has also taught online courses for CHRW, HHRW & Savvy Authors. While living over eight years in Europe, she studied the languages and history of Great Britain and France. She has a MA in Scottish History and Celtic Studies from the University of Glasgow, and is currently writing an historical fantasy set in Scotland—of course!



06/01/2015 - 06/30/2015
Book Trailers

Book Trailers with iMovie

Ever wanted to make your own book trailer, but didn’t have the means to do it? Do you have a Mac? Mac’s come with all great software that you can use to better your writing and your writing career. iMovie for Mac lets you organize all your clips, turn them into your favorite films or trailers. Learn the basics of the powerful software to learn how to make mini book trailers, vacation videos, and more!

Bio:

An RWA member since 2005, Denise has served the board of Celtic Hearts, Hearts Through History, and Scriptscene.  As an Award Winning author, she always tries to find time to help contests and chapters alike through volunteering.  Denise has her Bachelors in Marketing and PR, an MFA in Creative Writing, and certified Apple trainer.


08/10/2015 - 08/23/2015
Anti-plotting: Take seat of your pants writing to the next level

Your imagination and your characters can show you the way to a better manuscript if you know how to let them. Learn how to free your mind from the demands of pre-plotting and the dreaded synopsis, come up with more ideas quickly, go deeper into POV, strategies to avoid author intrusion and more via lecture, exercises and discussion.

Ruth Kaufman is a Chicago author, on-camera and voiceover talent and freelance editor and speaker with a J.D. and a Master’s in Radio/TV who loves chocolate peanut butter milkshakes and singing in a chorus.

FOLLOW YOUR HEART, the standalone second book in her Wars of the Roses Brides series, released in April. Writing accolades include Romance Writers of America® 2011 Golden Heart® winner and runner up in RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II contest. Learn more at www.ruthkaufman.com and www.ruthtalks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @RuthKaufman or Facebook: Ruth Kaufman Author & Actress



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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.
Cheers,
Rebecca Lynn – President, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers

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