Online Workshop—Beyond Setting: Creating an Environment for Our Characters

RWA-WF Programming

Proudly Presents


The Romantic ‘Weekends Away’ Series
Romantic Women’s Fiction


Beyond Setting: Creating an Environment for Our Characters
February 20-22




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Spend an online weekend—or two!—with us in an exciting, writerly Place
Sign up now for our new online workshops, with award-winning author and writing coach, Virginia McCullough.

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Members: $15/non-members: $25
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Overview: Some of the most popular and highly esteemed novels in romantic women’s fiction today locate themselves in an intriguing Place. Far more than a backdrop for action, an enriched setting intrigues readers through its Environment—a winning combination of tone, atmosphere, characterization, and theme that lures readers back to a specific place, book after book.

Using successful examples from a variety of notable romantic women’s fiction authors, Virginia McCullough explores the subtle differences between setting and environment, providing useful techniques for enriching the worlds in which our stories unfold. Here, Virginia will discuss how characters interact with various elements, ultimately blending into a one-of-a-kind environment that both reveals and subtly influences our characters. She will also discuss how painting word pictures of characters living in their specific environments helps writers show readers what’s happening, rather than tell them.

Format: As an online workshop, this program is catered to fit your own particular schedules.

Here’s how it works:

(2/20) Friday morning—Setting vs. Environment: Presenter Virginia McCullough will upload an introductory post, discussing the intriguing distinctions between setting and environment, followed by a day-long (at your convenience) presenter/community online discussion.

(2/21) Saturday morning—Techniques & Tips: Virginia will offer another post on techniques and tips for enhancing sense of place—Environment—in your writing, through providing successful examples from selected published works, followed by a day-long (at your convenience) presenter/community online discussion with the workshop community.

(2/22) Sunday—Feedback: Relying on her extensive coaching expertise, Virginia invites participants to share a passage, excerpt, or ideas regarding creating alluring environments for her feedback, as well as community input.

About our Presenter:

 Virginia McCullough’s award winning novels include her two Amazon bestselling titles, Amber Light and Greta's Grace. She’s also the author of Island Healing, (Book 1of her St. Anne's Island Series), and The Chapels on the Hill. In March 2015, she’s releasing The Jacks of Her Heart, her lighter take on romance in middle age. Located in intriguing placesenvironments—her novels offer hope, healing, and plenty of second chances—while sharing some fun and laughter along the way. A lifelong independent writer, Virginia has served as a ghostwriter/editor and coauthor, having written over 100 books for/with her clients. An experienced speaker and presenter, Virginia (with colleague, Lynda McDaniel), cofounded The Book Catalysts, a book writing coaching service that also offers webinars and an array tools for writers. Virginia coauthored (w/Lynda McDaniel) Write Your Book Now and Storytelling Toolkit, both available on Amazon. She currently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she serves as the President of WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers). A three-time Golden Heart’s finalist, Virginia’s manuscripts have been chosen as finalists in many contests, and she’s also won a few. Visit Virginia at, on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

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