CNYRW Special Event

Spend the day with New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra as she offers a two-part workshop on using point of view and body language in your storytelling! Virginia shares with us her tools to draw out the strength in your scenes and characters. Lunch will be provided during the midday break between classes.

Deep point of view (POV) is the quickest, cheapest tool in the writer's toolbox for shoe-horning your reader into your character's skin. It is driven by your characters' experience and emotions. This workshop explains how close third person POV combines the advantages of first person POV with the versatility and wider camera lens of third person POV. Elements to consider in writing deep POV include the character's gender, education level, environment, age, career, and needs and conflicts. Using first and final drafts from Virginia Kantra's own work and examples from bestselling and RITA-nominated books, this workshop will explore when and why deep POV is effective and discuss how to write it in description, narrative, and dialogue/subtext. Special attention will be paid to formatting, techniques for switching POV within a scene, and to writing in male POV, including "Virginia's Guide to Guy-Speak." Virginia's presentation at CNYRW is the only time Virginia will be giving this workshop in 2017.

Body language, nonverbal cues to feelings and intentions, is key to communication - and to romance. In this two-hour class, Virginia explores the elements of body language from facial expressions and gestures to touch and the use of space. Learn how to bring your characters and scenes to life by focusing on four functions of body language in fiction: revealing character, improving pacing, enriching subtext, and developing the romance.

Virginia Kantra

New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of more than twenty-five books of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Her stories have earned numerous awards including Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, eight RITA nominations, and two National Readers' Choice Awards. Her work includes the popular Children of the Sea series and the The MacNeills stories. A popular speaker, Virginia regularly offers workshops to writers' groups and has participated in Winston Salem's Bookmarks Festival, the North Carolina Literary Festival, and Duke University's "Unsuitable" event series, hosted by the Forum for Scholar and Publics. She loves talking with readers.

Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of three (mostly adult) children, Virginia lives in North Carolina. She is a firm believer in the strength of family, the importance of storytelling, and the power of love. Her favorite thing to make for dinner? Reservations.