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» Jane is available to participate in person with your bookclub group to discuss The Good Daughter, The Good Woman, She's Gone Country, Easy on the Eyes, Mrs. Perfect, Odd Mom Out, Flirting with Forty and The Frog Prince. If you would like to invite Jane to meet with your book club face-to-face or by telephone, please contact Jane today for availability.

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Jane's Flirting With Forty Launch Party was so much fun! See snapshots from the booksigning and party.

See photos from Jane’s book tour for The Frog Prince! Here she poses with Gavin Newsome, the Mayor of San Francisco at her book launch party. See it bigger below.

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Jane regularly speaks at writers groups worldwide. Read on to view a list of WORKSHOPS Jane loves to share. Click on any workshop title to be whisked away to a detailed description. Bring Jane to speak at your writer’s group meeting or conference. Contact Jane for availablity.

~ Writing Bestselling Fiction: Using Emotion to Power Up the Story

~ The Personal Platform: Tapping Your Life Experience for Great Fiction

~ Writing in 1st Person Workshop

~ Intense & Tight: Pacing the Short Contemporary

~ Love, Sex, and the Alpha Male

~ Playing Nice with Your Dragon

~ Creating the Unforgettable Heroine

~ Writing Tight Dialogue

~ Voice & Market Workshop: Writing Smart, Writing Well, Writing to Sell

~ Ten Keys to Success & Survival: What Every Romance Author Should Know

~ Writing Hot: It's Not Just Great Sex

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Writing Bestselling Fiction: Using Emotion to Power Up the Story

Many modern-day readers—particularly romance and women's fiction readers—expect to live the story through the mind of the character, and end up experiencing the story as if the reader is the character. Therefore our job as writers is to make the experience as real as possible. We must infuse our characters with depth and emotional integrity. This workshop will take a look at the six tools for writing emotion and some of my favorite tips and techniques for powering up the story.

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The Personal Platform: Tapping Your Life Experience for Great Fiction

All writers draw on their imagination, histories and inner themes. Some writers comfortably mine their lives, others reject drawing on personal experience for their work. But all writers have themes, and these themes come from our psyche, our dreams, our frustrated wants and needs. The secret to using your life or your 'platform' to create great fiction is to look for the universal in the personal and then build on the elements your readers can relate to.

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Writing in the 1st Person Workshop

Jane Porter will take a close look at the industry trend of writing in first person and discuss the pluses and minuses of writing in 1st person instead of 3rd. The workshop will also examine dialogue, themes, and dramatic importance in today's bestselling chick-lit and women's fiction novels. If you've ever wanted to explore voice and narrative in today's market, this workshop is for you.

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Intense & Tight: Pacing the Short Contemporary

The short contemporary novel isn't a shorter version of the long contemporary novel. It's a totally different beast altogether. Readers that love short contemp series, love it because it's a roller coaster read-fast, intense, tight. The magic of the short contemporary is the pacing.

The short contemporary thrives on tension, and our job as writers is to deliver this tension. We want to hook readers on page one and keep them hooked. The goal is to get them reading breathlessly, to have them turning pages without putting the book down.

For readers to read with this breathless anticipation, we've got to learn to intensify the short contemporary's story time. There's no room to waste in these books, no place for extra words, or slow, meandering scenes. If we can think of our books as mini-mainstreams then we'll be able to deliver the flavor, texture, conflict, motivation of a longer book by just narrowing the scope of the plot.

To establish an intense and satisfying pace, writers need to watch out for
potential dangers and irritants, as well as learn craft techniques that will increase story momentum without losing energy.

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Love, Sex, and the Alpha Male

The Alpha Male as Top Dog (Definition of an Alpha Male)

An Alpha Male Doesn't Run from a Fight (character and motivation)

The Alpha Male's Emotional Appeal (why readers love him)

The Alpha Male is a Sophisticated Lover (how to write love scenes with sizzle & tension)

Why the Alpha Male needs a Mission (the hero is transformed by love)

An Alpha Male needs an Alpha Female (write the right heroine for your hero)

Jane uses video clips from Tarzan, High Noon, Last of the Mohicans, Goldfinger, and Gladiator to demonstrate these points.

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Playing Nice with Your Dragon

This workshop examines the writer's life, using dragon symbolism to demonstrate how we commercial writers must remain devoted to craft and the art of fiction, while refusing to allow our muse to run the show unchecked, showing up at will, deserting at will, and generally creating havoc.

A dragon run amuck is not a good thing. A dragon out of control eats villagers, creates terror, spits fire -- this dragon is not helping anybody and would generally be hunted down by the hardier castle knights and warriors and put to death. Not a good end to a beautiful, mythical beast.

How to keep a dragon happy?

1) The dragon wants pretty much primary importance in your life.
2) Your dragon wants to be told he or she's beautiful.
3) Dragons like regular cycles of activity and rest (i.e. your dragon has to be allowed to sleep-a lot. In fact, a sleeping dragon is a sign of a healthy life.)

We dragon keepers (not slayers!) walk a fine line: we must allow the dragon healthy independence without letting the dragon control the future.

How to do this? Define Your Expectations, Be Prepared for Pit-falls, and Problem Solve, including developing a psychology of power. Most of us weren't raised to think of ourselves as warriors, or dragon keepers, and yet the creative life demands we assert ourselves and take responsibility for what we think and what we hope to achieve.

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Creating the Unforgettable Heroine

Creating the Unforgettable Heroine, the companion workshop to New York's Love, Life, Sex and the Alpha Hero Workshop, analyzes the traits of the unforgettable heroine, as well as the challenges of getting the complex heroine right on paper. Unlike the larger than life hero, the heroine must be emotionally accessible from the start of the book-firmly grounded in reality-and yet someone the reader can cheer for.

Meeting Reader Expectations
Because the majority of our readers are women, our readers have different expectations for the heroine than the hero. Our heroines can't be as flawed as the heroes, and yet our heroines must still grip the reader's imagination. Our readers want strong heroines, real women that are compelling, powerfully motivated, and ultimately heroic.

Where do we find the traits of this compelling heroine?
While our hero stems from our imagination, the heroine must come from our hearts and lives. The traits of the unforgettable heroine are found within each of us -- she's the woman we'd want as our best friend, the woman we ourselves would like to be.

How do we create such a heroine -- not just once, but in book after book?
Using video clips from six popular films, Jane discusses the unique challenges women face from a historical and modern perspective, addressing issues like sexism, feminism, cultural limitations and prejudice, and the complexity of being strong without alienating other women and men.

The challenges facing the heroine are daunting, but unforgettable heroine is able to meet these challenges with courage, humor and passion, winning not just our reader's respect, but ensuring an unforgettable ending.

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Writing Tight Dialogue

Dialogue makes up the biggest chunk of your novel. Dialogue gets readers turning pages. And dialogue is what helps your readers fall in love with your characters.

So how do you write tight dialogue? It's a two step process. You write.
And then you edit. And the editing, quite frankly, never ends. I'm usually
line editing my dialogue until my editor won't let me touch the
manuscript -- or print out -- one more time.

Dialogue basics: dialogue goes hand and hand with pacing. Through dialogue you can convey essential details in an interesting and efficient way.

Used correctly, dialogue
A. Progresses the Plot
B. Reveals Character
C. Shows (Emotional) Context
D. Entertains

In the workshop Jane discusses linguistics, the differences between male/female communication styles, and shares 10 craft techniques for using dialogue to make your characters and conflict come alive.

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Voice & Market Workshop: Writing Smart, Writing Well, Writing to Sell

Your writing voice is you on paper. It's the basic storyteller in each of us putting an idea together. You can embellish a voice, strip a voice, but in the end, the voice is what it is. To write smart, and write well, you have to know who you are to develop your strengths and use your personal style and themes to sell.

It's vital to establish the you before you target your audience. Know your strengths, preferences, even weaknesses as a writer. Know what sets you apart and yet what also ties you to other writers. This knowledge has to be more than genre-specific. Don't merely accept that you are a historical writer, a mystery writer, or a category writer.

In this workshop Jane uses fairy tales, Greek myths, and market knowledge to teach others how to succeed in the romance industry. The workshop focuses on Voice & Style, Voice & Theme, and Voice & Market and helps participants identify their own strengths and personal themes, along with possible markets for submission.

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Ten Keys to Success & Survival:
What Every Romance Author Should Know

This workshop examines the ten things Jane knows now but wishes she knew earlier about our industry. Obviously every writer's experiences are unique, but we all should know the basics, and this is Jane's list of basics every writer will want to know. The workshop covers: craft know how, mental strength, personal & professional relationships, publishing hurdles, reviews, and more

The ten key to success and survival are:

1. Secret to Selling
2. The Secret to Survival
3. Goal Setting
4. Perseverance/Mental Strength
5. Market Knowledge & Submission Acumen
6. Get Feedback
7. Rules of Rejection/Revision
8. Be Smart About Relationships
9. Reviews
10. Marketing & Publicity

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Writing Hot: It's Not Just Great Sex

Oscar Wilde once wrote, "The essence of romance is uncertainty." It's a clever observation. We walk a fine line when we woo — come on too ardent, and the undecided suitor might flee. And certainly in every male/female meet there's a combination of self-consciousness, uncertainty — and mutual attraction. And it's our jobs as writers, storytellers, to exploit those very human traits. In the early stages of a romance, these three traits drive every step of the new relationship.

The workshop will look at relationship studies, including studies that emphasize the link between happiness and sex, passion and reason, and the chemistry of desire and attraction.

The workshop then applies the results of these studies to our literary craft, focusing on how characterization, plot, motivation and conflict determine the level of sensuality, sexuality and intimacy in every romance, and how every romance novel is different. We can't just write great sex scenes. We have to write a great book. Jane will share tips and techniques for making a story sizzle — emotionally as well as sexually.

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Event Kit

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» Bio for Speaking Events:

The bestselling author of 30 novels, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America on four separate occasions. Jane's blockbuster Hawaiian romance, Flirting With Forty, picked by Redbook as its Red Hot Summer Read, went back for seven printings in six weeks before being made into a December '08 Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. A busy mother of three sons, Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in Southern California where she's working on her next novel.

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» Career Highlights
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Jane at the RWA 2010 signing
Jane reading from She's Gone Country at her book signing at Vroman's in Pasadena, CA.

See more photos from
Jane's book tour.

Romance Writers of America
National Conferences

Every summer Jane participates (alongside hundreds of romance writing colleagues) in the RWA annual "Literacy for Life" booksigning benefit. The event is free and open to the public. Every year the benefit raises thousands of dollars. For more information on this event, visit rwanational.org.

Jane at the 2008 RWA literacy signing
Jane at the 2012 National RWA booksigning to promote literacy, in Anaheim, CA. See more photos from the conference.

Jane at the 2008 RWA literacy signing
Jane signing books at the RWA "Readers for Life" literacy signing
in 2011 in New York City.

Jane at the RWA 2010 signing
Jane signing books at the RWA "Readers for Life" literacy signing
in 2010 in Orlando, FL.

Jane at the 2008 RWA literacy signing
Jane at the 2008 National RWA booksigning to promote literacy,
in San Francisco.

See more photos from past conferences.

Easy on the Eyes Book Events

Lynda Lakes, Jane, and Madalyn Purcell
Lynde Lakes, President of the Aloha Chapter RWA, Jane and Madalyn Purcell.

See more pictures of Jane promoting Easy on the Eyes.

Laguna Beach Books Booksigning

Jane, her cousin Jennifer Lyles, and her aunt, Rebecca Lyles
Jane, her cousin Jennifer Lyles, and her aunt, Rebecca Lyles.

See more photos from the event.

Mrs. Perfect Book Club

Mrs. Perfect Book Club
Jane joins book club in Huntley, IL for a call in discussion, September 11, 2008.

Romance Writers of America National Conference, July 2008

Jane with Susan Cochran
Jane with Susan Cochran at the 2008 National RWA book signing.

See more photos from the conference.

Mrs. Perfect Book Tour


Jane speaking at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival in Honolulu.

Check out more pictures from Jane on the road promoting Mrs. Perfect.

Pi Phi's Founder Day at UNT


Jane gave a talk and mingled with the college-aged women of Pi Phi at University of North Texas to celebrate Pi Phi's Founder Day. See more photos!

Mrs. Perfect Book Launch


Jane shares a laugh with the audience at the Mrs. Perfect book launch at Barnes & Noble.

Click over for more fun photos of the event and the Perfect After Party that followed.


Jane with fellow author Susanna Carr at the pre-party setup and dinner.

On the Set of Flirting with Forty


Jane with the cast of Flirting with Forty: Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley

See more in the photo album

Extras in the
Flirting with Forty
movie


Jane and her friends as extras on the set of the Flirting with Forty movie

Check out more of the fun!

Odd Mom Out Book Tour,
October 2007


VIP Jane

See more photos from the book tour


Jane signing copies of Odd Mom Out at PNBA in Bellevue, WA, September 2007.

Romance Writers of America National Convention, July 2007


5 Spot authors Liza Palmer, Megan Crane and Jane Porter in Dallas, TX

Book Expo America, June 2007


Jane and bestselling author Nicholas Sparks.

Waikele, HA, Sept. 2006

Jane with Julie, author of Diabetes Can Be Sweet, at a book signing at Waikele Borders in Hawaii.

Oceanside, CA, Sept. 2006

Together again after 15 years!  Jane and Karen Larzalere, one of Jane's best friends and room mates from UCLA, after the B&N Oceanside signing.

Pacific Northwest, July 2006

Pacific Northwest Writers' Conference

Jane spoke on a romance panel and gave her Alpha Hero workshop. Front left to right: Pat White and Kate Austen; Back left to right: Jane, PNWC Board Member, and Ann Roth.

Atlanta, GA, July 2006

Romance Writers of America's annual "Readers for Life" benefit

Glamour Girls at the Harlequin Party

Bellevue, WA, July 2006


Jane reading from Flirting With Forty at the launch party book signing. See more photos...


The Frog Prince launch party in San Francisco was such a hit, the mayor (above) showed up and visited with Jane.

Jane with one of her best friends, Lisa Johnson, who helped plan the menu and hosted Jane's party at Barnes & Noble in Bellevue. See more photos from the June 2005 party.

Check out more photos from
San Francisco
and Bellevue!

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