Online Seminar Five weeks with Dr Debra Holland

Course commences Mon 2 May 2011 and finishes Fri 3 June 2011
Debra Holland, Ph.D is a popular psychotherapist, consultant, and speaker on the topics of communication skills, relationships, stress and trauma, and dealing with difficult people. She is currently writing, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving for Alpha Books, which will be out in November. In this class, Dr. Debra will considerably expand on the workshop she has given at the 2001 National Romance Writers of America Conference and around the country to various Romance Writers of America chapters and conferences. (She will give the workshop again, at the Romance Writers of America conference in 2011.) Although this class is geared to writers, non-writers will also find the class helpful in improving their relationships with men.
Registration opens Sat 12 March 2011 and closes Fri 22 April 2011

Do you wish you had a better understanding of men?

Now is your chance to improve your real-life relationships with men and enhance your male characters all through taking the same course.
Sign up for Romance Writers of Australia’s online class taught by Debra Holland, Ph.D.
In the five-week online class, you will learn how the male brain and hormones makes a man think, feel, and behave, especially in relationships. We will also discuss how men are portrayed in romance novels versus how men are in real life.
Dr. Holland has also added a segment covering the anatomy and physiology of male sexuality, as well as male sexual responses, attitudes, and behavior.
Costs— RWA Members US$25, Non-members US$35
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn from one of the best!

This month we talk to Dr Debra Holland, who will be presenting the RWA online workshop UNDERSTANDING MEN in May 2011. Debra is a popular psychotherapist who works in Beverley Hills. She has written many publications and is currently writing, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, for Alpha Books, which will be coming out in November 2011.  

Welcome Debra! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what made you develop this course?

I’m a psychotherapist who does a lot of work with men and with relationships. I’ve found that when I teach men and women to understand each other, their relationships improve. Part of that involves learning about the biology of men and of women. It takes a lot of the negative charge out of someone’s words or behaviour when you can say, “Oh, that’s why he/she does/says (fill in the blank.) It’s because that’s how his/her brain is wired. It’s not something he/she is doing to me personally to hurt or annoy me.”

In romance, we walk a fine line in portraying men who are realistic, yet who also appeal to the feminine ideal. The more you can understand how men think and why they behave the way they do, the more you can create a compelling hero and interesting male secondary characters. You can also twist this to create antagonists.

I developed this course because I wanted to help more people understand the other gender and become better writers. I’ve had people tell me that taking this course has improved their relationships AND helped them with their writing. A two in one deal!

You can find out more about Dr Debra Holland by visiting her website.

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