This is a collection of PAST events and workshops. If you are interested in upcoming events, go to EVENTS and if you are interested in discussing a tailored workshop for your organization go to COURSES.
Thurs, Nov 22, 2018–my beta presentation of Creative & Healthy / The Healthy Writer at the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association! It went so well–I will definitely be offering this workshop again.
Fall 2018–I taught a couple of courses at the Alexandra Centre Writers’ Society:
- Writing Erotica: a filthy flirty workshop for the bold and the shy alike // Sat. October 13 // one day workshop
Whether you love to write dirty, wish you could (but you can’t, OMG, how do people even think such things!!), or wonder what the heck’s wrong with authors who do, this workshop will help you apply the tools and rules that make for good, effective “can’t stop turning the pages” erotica to all of your writing. The workshop Includes some Freefall-style writing exercises to seduce your inner muse, ruthless editing tips, and guidelines on how to beta-read and critique steamy sex scenes.
- More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Mastering the Romance Novel Form to Tell the Perfect Story // 8-week course starting Mon September 24, 7-9 pm
Learn to seduce a reader from the first sentence through to the heart-thumping, breath-taking, you-knew-it-was-coming-but-not-this-way! happy ending. Motivated students will be given the structure and support to complete a first draft of a romance novel by week 8; beginning students will learn how to play with tropes, tension, pacing, climaxes (dramatic and other), dialogue, and character development.
August 10-12, 2018 – It’s time for the Eighth Annual WHEN WORDS COLLIDE—the little Calgary reader-writer con that changed my life. I’ll be presenting, moderating, helping out with the CaRWA (the Calgary chapter of the Romance Writers of America) table, organizing the Merchants’ Corner, and other things. Wanna have a peek my my workshops?
The Organized Creative: planning your writing (creative and business) year – quarter – month – week – and finally day
M. Jane Colette
This hands-on workshop will show you how to organize your days by realistically planning your year, and working backwards-and-forwards throughout the year to stay on track with your goals. You will also learn how to track and maximize your productivity cycles, use a process journal, value your lazy fallow periods, and use your procrastination to nurture inspiration.
Kink, BDSM, Consent, and Feminism in the Romance and Genre Novels
Jenna Howard, Alyssa Linn Palmer, JD Poots, Randy Ryder – moderated by M. Jane Colette
After #metoo, consent’s a hot topic for writers and readers alike. What’s the author’s responsibility when writing fantasy—in romance and other genres—and how does it mesh with reader desires and expectations? This dynamic panel will tackle the most contentious issues in writing and reading on the edge with inside insight. (We would suggest 18+ given the topics we will cover – and not recording it as content will probably not be suitable for all ages)
Writing, Reading, and Living Diversely: the REAL Diversity Panel
Tet Millare, Adora Nwofor, Tiffany Sostar, Emily Varga – moderated by M. Jane Colette
Writing diversely starts with living diversely and writing diversely. Join our panel of writers, activists and readers to discuss the role of readers and writers in shaping the world we want to live in through what we read and write and create in our art.
What is RWA and How Can it Help You?
Jill Flanagan, Jenna Howard, Shelley Kassian, and Alyssa Linn Palmer – moderated by M. Jane Colette
Are you a romance reader or writer? Ever wonder if there is a huge, international organization devoted to connecting romance readers and writers around the globe achieve their goals? There is. Romance Writers of America has chapters around the world, as well as large online communities. Join us and find out how it might be a good fit for you!
July 13 & 14, 2018 – It was Christmas in July! What did Santa bring you? In much gratittude to author Amanda Siegrist for again organizing this fun event.
July 1, 2018 – I was part of the Canadian Author Scavenger Hunt on Cameron Allie Erotica. The contests are over, but the content is still funny.
June 24, 2018 — Kittens! SULTRY & sweet SUMMER reads YYC made total history!
June 2, 2018 – I peddled smut–er, books–at the Local Calgary and Area Author Book Fair sponsored by the Alberta Romance Writers Association at Symons Valley United Church, in north Calgary. It was lots of sun and I got to slide down a bannister.
May 13-20, 2018 – I WAS IN RENO AT THE ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKLOVERS CONFERENCE!! It was terrific. I plotted a new novel, was there for the “This is the last RT Announcement,” met some amazing people, learned a lot, and gave away a vibrator.
March 10, 2018 – The Alberta Romance Writers Association asked me to host a workshop on how to write erotica back in February, but we had reschedule it for March because of the weather. So, the morning of March 10, I taught them how to be dirty, and in the evening, I told them how to be organized via THE ORGANIZED CREATIVE workshop.
February 14, 2018 – Valentine’s Day Proper–I was at Owl’s Nest, being… BLOODY OFFENSIVE, with five other silver-tongued femmes. Here is my reading from that day.
February 12, 2018–I was at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary with YYC Queer Writers. Roses, cupid’s arrows, chocolate—chocolate? Screw chocolate! Queer up Valentine’s Day instead with these hilarious, heartbreaking (yes, sometimes deliciously filthy) valentines by Calgary authors who have a fresh, occasionally revolutionary (always, insightful) take on love.
February 9, 2018 – I was part of Cameron Allie fabulous pre-Valentine’s Day Party on Facebook!
January 13, 2018 – Naked Girls Reading Calgary presented EROTICA and Keely Kamikaze read a sizzling excerpt from Text Me, Cupid Episode One: Messy Christmas.
- December 21, 2017 – One of the anthology contributors, Tet Millare and I talked about Queer Christmas in Cowtown on CBC Radio
- December 11, 2017 – Queer Christmas in Cowtown Launch!!
- December 4, 2017 – Joshua Pantalleresco of the podcast Just Joshing released the podcasts of our conversation:
- Just Joshing: Episode 138–M. Jane Colette is one hell of a writer. In Part 1 we talk about her start in the writing industry, freelancing, talking to people, and rejections among many other cool things.
- Just Joshing: Episode 139–M. Jane and I talk about the new age of writing, Dr. Death, ruthlessness with one’s own work, word counts and much, much more.
- November 9-13, 2017 – Keely Kamikaze’s fabulous The Naked Girls Reading debut at Taboo: The Naughty But Nice Sex Show featured readings from Tell Me ALL WEEKEND!
- November 6, 2017 – I talked about kink, bdsm, poly and the universe on the Consensually Speaking With Gio podcast. Ever been interviewed by a sadistic dom? No? I highly recommend it. You can listen to our (very long and meandering) conversation here: Episode 9: Poly relationships, BDSM classifications, social realistic erotica, and more! Join me and erotica author M Jane Colette as we talk about kinky lifestyles and realistic kink in life!
- October 24, 2017 – M. Jane Colette on writing, blogging, sexting your way to true love and surrender at Owl’s Nest Books aka my “I’m sorry I didn’t throw you a launch party for Cherry Pie Cure and Consequences” appearance
- October 21 – CaRWA North!
- September 22-November 25, 2017 – Consequences audioBOOK blogTOUR
- September 19, 2017 – How To Work A Conference, Calgary Association of the Romance Writers of America
- August 11-13, 2017 – When Words Collide 2017
- June 8, 2017 – Ignite Festival of Emerging Artists’ Sleaze Night
- May 25, 2017 – Romantic Times Convention Report: how Kathryn Falk’s “Disneyland for Romance Readers” can accelerate your writing career by a year—or five, presented for the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association
- May 6-12, 2017 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention 2017
- February 1, 2017 – More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Reading and Writing Romance and Erotica in the Age of Plentiful Cyber Porn (with Alyssa Linn Palmer, at Owl’s Nest)–this was SO FUN
- December 6, 2016 – Tell Me Launch Party at Gravity Pope. WOW!!
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