(IMPORTANT JUNE 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 BWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on October 3, 2020. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, and online conferences we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the Oct. 3 BWW Online Conference here and what everything means.)
THIS YEAR’S SESSION & WORKSHOPS (OCT. 3, 2020):
9:30 – 10:30: Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters, taught by agent Alec Shane. This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents. After quickly going over what an agent is and what they do for writers, we will discuss resources for finding agents, how to ID the best agents for you, query letter writing, as well as the most important things to do and not to do when dealing with representatives.
10:45 – 11:50: The Elusive Element of Voice, taught by Lori Steel. This session, taught by a literary agent, delves into voice — what it is, why it’s sought after, and how to create it. But what is voice and how is it crafted? This workshop will demonstrate how to create compelling character and narrative voices that hook readers and make your story stand out.
1:15 – 2:30: “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest, with participating literary agents and editors. In the vein of “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent,” 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. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. All submissions should be novels or memoir—no prescriptive nonfiction or picture books, please. Do not send your pages in advance. You will bring printed copies with you, and instructions will be sent out approximately one week before the event.)
2:45 – 3:45: You Have an Agent Offer or Book Contract — Now What?, taught by agent Carlie Webber. Many writers seek to get an agent and book deal. But what happens after these steps? Hear from a literary agent on how to effectively work with your representation, what to expect in the submission process, what it’s like to work with a publishing house editor, how to sell multiple books in your career, and much more.
4:00 – 5:00: Getting Published in Today’s World: 10 Tips to Make You the Writer Agents and Publishers Want, taught by Brian Klems. If you want to land an agent and a book deal in today’s market, you’re going to have to do a lot more than just write a great book (though that’s a good start). In this session, former Writer’s Digest editor Brian A. Klems discusses the challenges writers face in publishing today and offers up 10 practical tips to help you break through the barriers and find success.
Lastly, having this new technology allows us WDW faculty members to pre-record sessions, too—meaning we will actually send attendees many extra FREE classes as part of their attendance. In addition to getting the weekend’s 5 classes sent to you to watch over and over again, we will also send you 12 more FREE BWW classes on the side:
- “An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today”—a class on understanding the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing, by Chuck Sambuchino
- “10 Query Letter Tips”—a class to help your submission chances, by Chuck Sambuchino
- “15 Tips on How to Write Like the Pros”—a class on craft and voice, by Brian Klems
- “Working with a Literary Agent”—a class on having a great relationship, by agent Kortney Price
- “The Ins and Outs of Perfecting Voice in Your Writing,” taught by author Christina Kaye.
- “Ask an Agent Anything Panel (Michigan Writing Workshop)”—hear writers ask questions and agents give blunt feedback
- “How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal” by Brian Klems—a class specifically designed for writers of nonfiction who want to craft an awesome proposal
- “You Have an Agent Offer or Book Contract — Now What?”—a class explaining what happens after you sign with a rep, by agent Carlie Webber
- “Pitch, Please”—a class on pitching to agents successfully, by Ben Miller-Callihan and Courtney Miller-Callihan
- “Making Social Media Work For You”—a class on promoting yourself and your book via social media, by agent Kenzi Nevins
- “Talking Elevator Pitches, Twitter Pitches, and Query Letters”—a class on understanding the various ways to pitch your book to agents, by agent Heather Cashman
- “Elevating Your Work: How to Create Great Children’s Picture Books”—a class on writing picture books for kids, by author Gabrielle Pendergrast