At Washington Romance Writer’s interactive workshop on Oct. 13, bestselling author Alicia Rasley will help you explore two ways of creating a compelling experience for your reader: Point of View and Emotional Design. You will leave with some seriously useful (but easily applied) strategies to deepen your story and scenes, and you’ll have a chance to ask Alicia for advice on your own work.

Alicia will forego the moralizing found in so many point of view workshops and guide you to find the point of view approach that’s best for you and your story. Interactive exercises using your own material will help you tighten and focus that approach to help readers be your characters within dramatic and intense scenes. You’ll learn not just to describe emotion in your scenes but to create emotion in your readers. Using scene design, body language, and the magic rule of three, you can learn to set up the reader for the emotion you will provide– without purple language or overwriting.

Join Alicia and your fellow WRW members for this interactive, multimedia workshop, which will help you discover useful solutions for the major problems writers face as they move beyond plotting into presentation. This friendly and conversational workshop will be helpful to the writer just starting out as well as the writer who has advanced enough to encounter sophisticated writing challenges.

We’ll see you at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland.


Alicia Rasley has survived it all: From the silt-sucking experience of being the lowest on the midlist with several traditional publishers to the No. 1 ranking in fiction in new media, she has endured the agony and triumph, though not, alas, great fame and wealth. Along the way, she has studied writing as a writer, editor, and teacher, and shared her analysis in workshops, articles, and craft books for working writers and graduate students. She teaches now at the University of Maryland-University College and Ivy Tech Community College, and is at work on a novel and a craft book about effective novel openings.