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Toni’s advice to first time novelists

99% of the submissions I see are from first time novelist.  Seldom do the manuscripts make me care for the protagonist(s).  Seldom have these writers ever taken courses in fiction writing with reputable instructors or in universities with reputable fiction … Continue reading

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Join Toni at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference Sunday, July 22

(142) Sunday, July 22, 2 pm, Los Angeles Valley College Join Toni Lopopolo, literary agent and famed lecturer, as she discusses: one-dimensional characters, dull dialog, not writing from real life, POV, telling not showing, and five more essential issues every first … Continue reading

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June 30-July 1, 2012: Weekend “Novel Lab” Workshop in Ojai

“Novel Lab” – An Intense Writing Laboratory for would-be Novelists and for writers of Narrative Nonfiction During this 5-day “work-off-the-flab, kill-your-darlings” workshop, you’ll get line-by-line feedback on the first chapters of your novel in progress, with emphasis on how the first chapter fits the … Continue reading

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Wondering how to end your novel?

When writing a novel you have to figure out where the story begins, and just as important, how the story ends. Literary Agent Toni Lopopolo joins Shelly Lowenkopf, author of The Fiction Writer’s Companion, in a discussion about “Anticlimax”. “I’ve … Continue reading

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Workshop for First Novelists – March 31

The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make A fiction and narrative nonfiction workshop lead by literary agent, Toni Lopopolo Saturday, March 31, 9 am-12 noon, $49 To be held at World University, Ojai in conjunction with Ojai WordFest Are … Continue reading

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Example of Narrative Voice in Novel Writing

Toni Lopopolo reads an excerpt from Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell as an example of good narrative voice in a novel. Book editor Shelly Lowenkopf talks about how narrative comes from the character, not the author. In other words, … Continue reading

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Toni Lopopolo on Literary Gumbo TV

Literary Agent and teacher, Toni Lopopolo, returns Literary Gumbo TV to update host Fred Klein about her ventures since relocating permanently to Santa Barbara. She is active seeking new clients as well as teaching fiction bootcamps with Shelly Lowenkopf and … Continue reading

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