Want to improve your writing skills and chances of authoring a successful memoir?


Sunday NOVEMBER 13, 10:00 am – 5± pm

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Now you can! Literary agent Toni Lopopolo will help you craft your manuscript into a marketable book. A former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, Toni knows what it takes to get a book published. During this intensive workshop, you will work together on the skills necessary to author a successful memoir by facing what is meant by “the truth” and how to achieve “personal honesty” while pulling together the bits and pieces of memory into a dramatic narrative flow.

classToni’s methods help you master the skills necessary to become a successful published author in today’s competitive market. Fiction and today’s narrative nonfiction, which includes memoir, must grab publishing editors’ attention, keep them riveted so that they’ll read the entire manuscript and not stop when the story falters. Learn special techniques for creating extraordinary stories, in both fiction and nonfiction, to help you achieve your goal to produce a manuscript with irresistible writing that editors in publishing houses will want for the three-season lists they must fill with high-concept, marketable books.

You will practice writing scenes to break up long narratives as well as dialog recreation. You will learn how to use vivid detail, active voice, active verbs to entice and draw the reader into your story.  Then we will find the defining moments that made real life spin on its axis and change one’s life forever

You will hear your writing read aloud by the instructor with comments by other attending memoirists.   We’ll discuss the impact of your story, the sense of drama or lack of. And we’ll discuss what publishing editors look for in a memoir.

You will receive a reading list that will grow as you become a better narrative nonfiction writer.

Here are the skills we will discuss in detail during the memoir intensive workshop:

  • How to create a unique voice
  • Fiction techniques that make nonfiction intriguing and engrossing
  • The art of detachment as an author
  • The elements that give a real-life story universal appeal
  • Techniques to shape your story into a dramatic narrative compelling to readers
  • Techniques to find the essentials of story structure within the many events of life
  • How to orchestrate story, characters, events
  • How to narrow the lens to achieve focus for today’s readers.
  • What to include or leave out
  • How to edit for interest and drama
  • How to avoid reporting/documenting real life facts by using
  • Special techniques for dramatizing reality
  • If your memoir should be fictionalized and how to accomplish that.

Workshop Leader / Instructor:
Toni Lopopolo, former executive editor at Macmillan, St Marin’s Press, Literary Agent since 1991, Editor, and Writing Instructor, uses a unique teaching method to help first-time novelists master the skills needed to successfully write book-length fiction. She aids nonfiction writers to produce compelling narrative nonfiction, using fiction techniques. The workshops Toni holds for writers of fiction and memoir, offered both in person and Online, fill up fast.

Toni has held workshops at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, at De Sales University,  at the Writer’s Room of Bucks County, PA, for the Ventura County Writers Club, at the popular Tea With Toni seminars in Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, for the  Greater Los Angeles Writers Society conferences, and many other venues. Her most popular lecture is: The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelist Make.

Toni Lopopolo

Words of Wisdom from a Major Publisher Acquisition Editor:

“Everyone has some great stories and everyone’s life is interesting, but not everyone has the skill to turn a story into a book. The biggest factor when I consider memoir is voice; without that, the game’s over, no need to read beyond page 10. Everything else is secondary. In other words, a memoir needs to have both terrific writing and a compelling story, but if the voice is mesmerizing enough, the story will automatically be compelling; it doesn’t work the other way around.”

Tracy Bernstein, Editor
NAL Books, Random House

Here is what some of Toni’s students say:

“Very glad I attended. In addition to the valuable tools you taught, you opened my eyes to an entire new way to attack the book.”  – Ken Davis, Manhattan Beach

“I want to commend you on the way you structured the bootcamp–so organized. Covered the salient points needed to hone a writer’s skills as well as show us how to recognize and avoid common pitfalls encountered along the way. Loved the exercises you had us do. Very helpful.” – Margarita de Palacios, Mexico City

“If one expects to have their manuscript published, Toni will show you how to improve your chances. She’s smart, knowledgeable and will help you perfect your writing talent.” – Alixa, Moorpark CA

“I’ve learned so much, not only about writing.  You’ve given me the confidence to continue my story, even when  I have no idea what I’m doing.  With you’re invaluable help, I’m sure to meet my goal.” – Shirley, Moorpark  CA

Workshop is limited in size. Attendees will be contacted to submit in advance of the workshop the first three pages of their story with a short description. Double spaced. There may be advanced “homework” so, sorry, no walk-ups.

Sunday November 13,
10:00 am – 5± pm

Early bird Registration for Full Day: $149
Week of the Event Registration: $199

DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles – Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, CA 90230 [ map »
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