The 2019 Boston Writing Workshop: September 7, 2019

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter successful 2015 and 2018 events in Boston, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Boston Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Boston, MA on September 7, 2019.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Boston Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Sheraton Boston (Back Bay / Downtown area). In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Amaryah Orenstein (Go Literary)
  • literary agent Beth Marshea (Ladderbird Literary)
  • literary agent Elizabeth Bennett (Transatlantic Literary)
  • literary agent Lauren Scovel (Laura Gross Literary)
  • literary agent Barbara Collins Rosenberg (Rosenberg Group)
  • literary agent Lori Galvin (Aevitas Creative Management)
  • and many more to come

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Kimiko Nakamura of Writing Day Workshops, with administration help from the New England SCBWI.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 — at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (Back Bay) 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199. (617)236-2000.

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THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (SEPT. 7, 2019):

What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. We will soon have a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions and presenter bios. The topics below are mostly set, but subject to change.

Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

1. A Bird’s-eye View Publishing & Books in the Year 2018 (Fairfax Room). This workshop is designed to educate writers and help them understand what publishing options exist for them today and why it’s an exciting time to be a writer.

2. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction (Gardner Room). In this session, presenter Madeline Smoot, acquiring editor for CBAY Books, will discuss the tips and tricks for making middle grade and YA novels great.

3. A Writer’s Guide to a Successful Book Launch (Hampton Room). This workshop, taught by an experienced literary agent, will help provide the necessary tools to get the word out while still maintaining your writing career.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.44.34 AMBLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. Tips on How to Write Like the Pros (Gardner Room). This workshop is a thorough crash course concerning craft, style and voice.

2. Everything You Need to Know About Query Letters (Fairfax Room). In this course, an experienced literary agent will offer tips on how (and how not) to pitch your work to increase the chances of an agent or editor requesting your manuscript.

3. Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction (Hampton Room). This presentation will teach you how to keep readers—including agents and editors—turning pages late into the night.

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest (Fairfax Room). This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
   
2.  Nonfiction Intense: Book Proposal Tips (Gardner Room). If you are trying to create an awesome nonfiction book proposal, this presentation is for you.

3. Picture Book Intensive: Advice on Selling Your Children’s Book (Hampton Room). In this session, we’ll discuss questions to consider before sending a picture book manuscript out in the world.

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. Twenty Questions You Need Answered Before You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book (Fairfax Room). Before you publish your work or query an agent, there are plenty of things you need to know.

2. How to Write and Pitch Your Memoir (Hampton Room). Learn how to take your true-life experience and turn it into an attractive book project.

3. The Keys to Science Fiction and Fantasy (Gardner Room). Learn from the inside how to navigate those aspects of SF/F writing that are unique.

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. Twenty Questions You Need Answered After You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book (Fairfax Room). After you self-publish your work or get a traditional publishing book deal, there are plenty of things you need to know.

2. What You Need to Understand Before You Self-Publish (Gardner Room). Learn what self-publishing avenues are legit and which are ripoffs, and why some authors succeed in the business.

3. Writing Romance 101 — Finding Your Way to Your Own Happily Ever After (Hampton Room). This session will address important topics and tips for writers of romance.

SESSIONS END: 5:00

At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.

Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.

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PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:

Screen Shot 2019-01-05 at 3.24.32 PM.pngAmaryah Orenstein is a literary agent and the founder of GO Literary. Amaryah has always loved to read and provide (oftentimes unsolicited) editorial advice and, as a literary agent, she is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. She is particularly drawn to narrative nonfiction and memoir but enjoys any book that connects the reader to its characters and evokes thought and feeling. Learn more about Amaryah here.

Screen Shot 2019-01-05 at 3.25.23 PM.pngBeth Marshea is a literary agent and the founder of Ladderbird Agency. She is seeking literary fiction, women’s fiction, adult fantasy (specifically looking for non-European centric fantasy), adult science fiction (quick, exciting, fun adventures), crime novels, and YA sci-fi & fantasy. Beth is not seeking horror, middle grade, picture books, or historical fiction. Learn more about Beth here.

Screen Shot 2019-03-19 at 7.10.36 PM.pngBarbara Rosenberg is a literary agent with The Rosenberg Group. She is currently looking for: contemporary romance; historical romance; romantic suspense; and young adult/new adult romance; and commercial nonfiction from authors with an established platform. Learn more about Barbara here.

Screen Shot 2019-03-19 at 1.22.34 PM.pngElizabeth Bennett is a literary agent with Transatlantic Literary. As an agent, Elizabeth represents a balanced list of talented picture book, graphic novel, middle grade and YA authors and illustrators. She is interested in kidlit fiction and nonfiction submissions especially those with series potential and is partial to books with humor; books that approach contemporary issues in a fresh, new way; books that are inspired by pop-culture and current trends; books that make even a reluctant reader want to curl up in a nook and read. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

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Lauren Scovel is a literary agent at Laura Gross Literary Agency. Her fiction specialties are: crime, GLBT, humor/satire, literary fiction, and multicultural. She will also consider commercial fiction, family saga, historical fiction, short story collections, thrillers/suspense. Her nonfiction specialties are cultural/social issues, current affairs, GLBT, investigative journalism, multicultural, narrative, politics, true crime, and women’s concerns. She will also consider: adventure/true story, history, humor, memoir, pets, and pop culture. Learn more about Lauren here.

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 5.27.59 PM.pngLori Galvin is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. Prior to joining ACM, she was a book editor with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and America’s Test Kitchen. She represents literary fiction, popular (mainstream) fiction, thrillers, and young adult. On the nonfiction side, she represents memoir, self-help, cookbooks, and lifestyle. Learn more about Lori here.

 

        More 2019 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.

These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

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PRICING:

$189 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2019 BWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 2018, registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.20.11 AM.png“I signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.07.56 AM.png“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.00 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.09 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the workshop’s former instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Boston Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

Add $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Options forthcoming.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Kimiko Nakamura via email: WDWcoordinator@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Kimiko plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Boston workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION:

Because of limited space at the venue (Boston Sheraton — Back Bay), the workshop can only allow 200 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Kimiko Nakamura via email: WDWcoordinator@gmail.com. She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The BWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Kimiko plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Boston workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Boston Writing Workshop.

 

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lori Galvin of Aevitas Creative Management

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 5.27.59 PM.pngLori Galvin is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management.

Prior to joining ACM, she was a book editor with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and America’s Test Kitchen.

She represents literary fiction, popular (mainstream) fiction, thrillers, and young adult. On the nonfiction side, she represents memoir, self-help, cookbooks, and lifestyle.

Her book deals include Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir Notes from a Young Black Chef (Knopf, ’19), Hannah KIrshner’s travel memoir Foreign Woman Works in Sake Bar (Viking, ’20), and Cambria Brockman’s debut thriller Tell Me Everything (Ballantine, ’19, which has been optioned by Netflix.)

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Elizabeth Bennett of Transatlantic Literary

Screen Shot 2019-03-19 at 1.22.34 PM.pngElizabeth Bennett is a literary agent with Transatlantic Literary.

Elizabeth has spent her career in the children’s publishing industry with positions in marketing, product development and editorial at such companies as Scholastic, Readers Digest and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Prior to joining the Transatlantic Agency, Elizabeth was an Executive Editor at HMH where she focused on brand-forward publishing around classic properties like Curious George, Little Blue Truck and The Little Prince as well as novelties, board books and picture books. During her tenure she established an IP program launching several middle grade series including The Next Best Junior Chef, Survivor Diaries, and Junior Ninja Champion.

As an agent, Elizabeth represents a balanced list of talented picture book, graphic novel, middle grade and YA authors and illustrators. She is interested in kidlit fiction and nonfiction submissions especially those with series potential and is partial to books with humor; books that approach contemporary issues in a fresh, new way; books that are inspired by pop-culture and current trends; books that make even a reluctant reader want to curl up in a nook and read.

Get to Know a Literary Agent in Attendance: Lauren Scovel of Laura Gross Literary

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Lauren Scovel is a literary agent Laura Gross Literary Agency.

“I grew up outside of Seattle and graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. I began my publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth). My editorial work can be seen at The Millions. I also worked as an indie bookseller for several years.”

She is especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories. “I’m specifically interested in fiction and nonfiction stories that effortlessly depict a diverse cast of characters and perspectives.”

Her fiction specialties are: crime, GLBT, humor/satire, literary fiction, and multicultural. She will also consider commercial fiction, family saga, historical fiction, short story collections, thrillers/suspense. Her nonfiction specialties are cultural/social issues, current affairs, GLBT, investigative journalism, multicultural, narrative, politics, true crime, and women’s concerns. She will also consider: adventure/true story, history, humor, memoir, pets, and pop culture.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Amaryah Orenstein of GO Literary

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 3.07.32 PMAmaryah Orenstein is a literary agent and the founder of GO Literary.

Amaryah has always loved to read and provide (oftentimes unsolicited) editorial advice and, as a literary agent, she is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. She is particularly drawn to narrative nonfiction and memoir but enjoys any book that connects the reader to its characters and evokes thought and feeling.

Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations, including the Tauber Institute, where she edited books for Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Amaryah earned a BA at McGill University before coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies in American History. She completed an MA at Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a PhD at Brandeis University.

Get to Know a Literary Agent in Attendance: Beth Marshea of Ladderbird Agency

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 2.16.13 PM.pngBeth Marshea is a literary agent and the founder of Ladderbird Agency.

Ladderbird is a boutique literary agency. Beth has a long love of literature, which started as part of a family of bookworms. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in literature, Beth earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She became determined to find a way to merge her business passion and her love of literature, which she did as an agent. Beth is passionate about writing that pushes genres and boundaries and challenges the reader to accept a new point of view.

She is seeking:

literary fiction​: “We love literary fiction, particularly if it has an unusual setting or involves a deep look into problems with social constructs, gender roles, wealth disparity or racial tensions (particularly written by minority writers from any group). Literary is a genre where we really need to see beautiful, well thought out writing that lets us dive into ourselves and discover something new. We’re not especially limited in what we’ll look at, but it should be new; I don’t need another book about the difficulties of addiction.”

women’s fiction​: “We’d love to see a women’s adventure story that is smart, sharp, funny and page-turning!​​ Something like Stephanie Plum meets Indian Jones. In women’s fiction, we want strong characters, not people who are falling about over a breakup. We want women that inspirational and clever, not characters that need saving.”

fantasy​: “We are specifically looking for non-European centric fantasy. We would especially love to see fantasy that draws its inspiration from African, Indian, or Japanese culture. We like accessible fantasy that can reach a broad audience, I’m not interested in epics. Fantasies that are submitted to Ladderbird should be plot driven with strong well developed characters. We’d love to see something fun, magical and​ fast paced. I am especially draw to fantasy that is folkloric and draws inspiration from the old tales of the region of their focus.”

science fiction: “We would love to see quick, exciting, fun adventures. We prefer sci-fi that is closer to speculative fiction than deep sci-fi. They can involve space, but should not be space operas or epics. ​We love sci-fi that shows how technology impacts the world, especially in a positive way. We are especially interested in acquiring works have a utopic rather than dystopic environment, but we’ll look at both. We’re looking for the next Nnedi Okorafor!”

crime​ novels: “We’re looking for crime novels that have a strong setting, foreign or regional. We want fabulously developed characters that are interesting and relatable. We do not want police procedurals (no Law & Order!). We like the focus to come from the perspective of the criminal and offer insight into the illicit side of life while still being quick and fun, especially the ‘accidental’ criminal.”

young adult sci-fi & fantasy: “We are looking for YA sci-fi/fantasy that conforms to the same requirements as our adult sci-fi and fantasy but has a younger protagonists. YA should be able to reach both younger readers and adults. The themes should be universal and easily accessible for all readers.”

Ladderbird is NOT seeking:

mainstream/commercial fiction​
horror
thriller
historical fiction
young adult contemporary
middle grade
picture books​

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Barbara Collins Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Group

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 8.08.38 PM.pngLiterary agent Barbara Rosenberg founded The Rosenberg Group in 1998 as the first agent in the United States to solely represent college textbook authors. Within a few years, many of her textbook authors asked her to represent their other works too. The Rosenberg Group soon expanded its focus.

She is currently looking for: contemporary romance; historical romance; romantic suspense; and young adult/new adult romance; and commercial nonfiction from authors with an established platform.

Barbara has been a recognized Romance Writers of America agent, and a member of the
Association of Authors’ Representatives for the past twenty years.

Barbara’s authors include Bruce Ballenger; Bob Burns; Beth Carpenter; Rita Ciresi; Jodi
Holschuh; Catherine Mann; Sherrie Nist; Joanne Rock; Karen Rock and Michael Taylor.