After a successful 2015 event in Boston, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2018 Boston Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Boston, MA on September 29, 2018.
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 2018 Boston Writing Workshop!
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2018, 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:
- [NEW ADDITION] literary agent Amelia Appel (Triada US)
- [NEW ADDITION] literary agent Caroline George (CYLE Literary Elite)
- literary agent Lori Galvin (Aevitas Creative Management)
- literary agent Barbara Rosenberg (The Rosenberg Group)
- literary agent Maximilian Ximenez (L. Perkins Agency)
- literary agent Amaryah Orenstein (Go Literary)
- literary agent Jeff Herman (The Jeff Herman Agency)
- literary agent Lauren Scovel (Laura Gross Literary Agency)
- literary agent Amy Stern (Sheldon Fogelman Agency)
- literary agent Tracy Marchini (BookEnds Literary)
- literary agent Lucy Cleland (Kneerim & Williams)
- literary agent Matthew DiGangi (Bresnick Weil Literary Agency)
- literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary)
- literary agent Beth Campbell (BookEnds Literary)
- literary agent Beth Marshea (Ladderbird Literary)
- literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
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 Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops, with administration help from the New England SCBWI.
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2018 — at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (Back Bay) 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199. (617)236-2000.
THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (SEPT. 29, 2018):
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.
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.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:
Amaryah Orenstein [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] 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.
Amelia Appel [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with TriadaUS. For adult fiction, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, upmarket women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Projects with a smart, distinct voice, a fantastic setting to jump into, and/or a witty protagonist are all up her alley. She is not looking for romance novels. For adult nonfiction, she is primarily looking for creative nonfiction, humor, sports, how-to, pop culture, and true crime. She is not looking to represent memoir. Learn more about Amelia here.
Caroline George [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles. Learn more about Caroline here.
Literary agent Barbara Rosenberg founded The Rosenberg Group 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. Learn more about Barbara here.
Lori Galvin [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] 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.
Maximilian Ximenez is a literary agent with L. Perkins Agency. Maximilian is actively pursuing clients for both fiction and nonfiction works. In fiction, he is actively pursuing science fiction, fantasy, horror and thrillers, particularly cyberpunk and neo-noir as well as books with a uniquely deconstructive bent. For nonfiction, Maximilian is seeking popular science, true crime and books pertaining to arts and trends in developing fields and cultures. Learn more about Maximilian here.
Beth Campbell [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary. Beth’s obsession with books began with a distinct fantasy/sci-fi flavor, and she’s happily never kicked the addiction. She is primarily interested in signing clients within those genres, YA, romantic suspense, and mystery. She loves seeing diverse characters (sexuality, gender, race, you name it!) and strong friendships across all genres. Learn more about Beth here.
Amy Stern [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. She is currently accepting picture book, middle grade, and young adult submissions from authors and illustrators, particularly if the work explores underrepresented identities. She is open to picture book text submissions. She’s not your best bet for a heterosexual romance or historical fiction, but is open to pretty much anything else in all categories of kidlit. Learn more about Amy here.
Jeff Herman is a literary agent and the founder of the Jeff Herman Agency. He is a nonfiction generalist, and looks for good concepts in almost any area of nonfiction. His areas of agent expertise include popular business, spirituality, self-help and much more. “If I feel I can sell it, I’ll represent it,” he says. Jeff has made more than 1,000 book deals, including many bestsellers. Learn more about Jeff here.
Lauren Scovel [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Laura Gross Literary Agency. She is attending on behalf of herself as well as agency founder Laura Gross, who is no longer able to make the event. Agency founder Laura Gross represents award-winning and best-selling authors of both fiction and nonfiction, and says “I am particularly interested in history, politics, and current affairs, and also love beautifully written literary fiction and intelligent thrillers.” Lauren herself is especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories. Learn more about Lauren and Laura here.
Tracy Marchini [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary. Tracy is looking for: picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction. She is also looking for picture book illustrators and author-illustrators. She is not a good fit for YA horror, true crime, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy. At this time, she is not looking for board books or early chapter books. Learn more about Tracy here.
Lucy Cleland [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Kneerim & Williams. She enjoys reading and working on a variety of fiction and nonfiction, including unconventional cultural history, contemporary narrative nonfiction, literary-leaning vivid fiction, and YA with magnetic characters. She’s drawn to the lives of creatives and rebels, questions about identity and inheritance, Southern voices, and anything about food. Learn more about Lucy here.
Matthew (Matt) DiGangi is a literary agent with Bresnick Weil Literary Agency. For fiction, Matt is particularly interested in ace-level literature that dots a Venn diagram in the shade between unforgettable character, unpredictable plot, and prose that really hums. For nonfiction, he is a sucker for original research and journalistic instinct. Subjects include but are not limited to music, American history, sports, politics, weird science, food, pop/alternative culture, and video games. Matt does not represent YA, middle grade, or books for children. Learn more about Matt here.
Kimiko Nakamura [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. She is actively building her client list. She represents contemporary / mainstream fiction, literary fiction, young adult, and women’s fiction, as well as memoir, mind and body, health, and cookbooks. Learn more about Kimiko here.
Beth Marshea [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] 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.
Marisa Corvisiero [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founding agent of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the aforementioned genres, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed). She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Her nonfiction interests include science, self-help, and business books (including titles for kids). She is taking pitches on behalf of her co-agents for the following genres: adult fantasy, young adult (all kinds), new adult, historical fiction, and magical realism. Previously, agency assistant Caleb Bollenbacher was set to come take pitches on behalf of the Corvisiero Agency, but Marisa has decided to join the event formally. Learn more about Marisa here.
A few other agents — Lana Popovic, Elizabeth Bennett, and Rob Arnold — were also set to attend the 2018 workshop, but are no longer able. Apologies for this.
More 2018 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.)
$169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2018 BWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 24, 2017, 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.)
“I signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh
“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos
“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park
“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 Brian Klems, one of the day’s 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 $79 — 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:
- Young adult / middle grade / chapter books: Faculty member Madeline Smoot, a children’s book editor, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. No picture books, please.
- Literary fiction, short stories, memoir, historical fiction, mainstream fiction, and women’s fiction [SOLD OUT]. Faculty member Maria Mutch, a published author of memoir and short fiction, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book/work, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Adult fantasy and science fiction: Faculty member Kenneth Schneyer, a published speculative fiction author (science fiction & fantasy), will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book/work, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Thriller, mystery, suspense, crime: Faculty member Sara J. Henry, a published mystery/thriller author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book/work, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Romance: Faculty member Jen Doyle, a published romance author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book/work, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Boston workshop specifically.
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 Jessica Bell via email: email@example.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 Jessica 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.)