Fiction & Nonfiction Saturdays 1 PM

Do you know the names of the writing skills you need to master?
Does your story meet the standard readers demand?
Do agents turn down your novels or book proposals?
Got one stuffed in a drawer because you gave up?

Saturdays at 1 PM Pacific
January 7, 14, 21 & 28

If you can’t make all four dates of the workshop you want, speak to Toni
(215) 353-1151. Find out about days and times for Toni’s other Zoom writers’ workshops. If you can’t find time for any of the offered workshops, discuss one-on-one private sessions with Toni.

WHO: Toni Lopopolo, Literary Agent, Editor, former New York Executive Editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press
WHAT: Women’s Fiction & Nonfiction Workshop; men writing about women welcome
WHERE: On your computer, smart phone or tablet via Zoom.
WHEN: Sundays @ 1 PM January 7, 14, 21 & 28*

Women Writers Reshaped The World

Publishing industry research tells us women read more books than men. This conclusion supports the theory that women’s lives play a significant role in today’s literature.

Women buy more books concerning the lives of ordinary (on the outside) as well as extraordinary women.

With small, interactive workshops, Agent/Editor, Toni Lopopolo, gives personal attention to each writer, working to strengthen writing skills and sharpen important writing techniques. With over thirty years of book publishing experience, Toni developed a workshop format limited to no more than six writers who receive personalized instruction and editing before, during, and after each session. You’ll learn the all-important skill of self-editing plus how to revise, develop, and structure your novels to create intriguing characters today’s readers crave.

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“I join Toni Lopopolo’s workshop when I’m far enough into a project to be serious about it, wish to grapple with it, wrestle with it until it becomes the focal point of my working life. The discipline of turning in pages on a regular basis helps me focus on the right word in the right sentence. The takeaway always involves the moment when I see how to stop listening to my vision of the story and listen to the characters. Toni gets me there fast.” — Shelly Lowenkopf, author of The Fiction Writer’s Handbook and former Adjunct Professor at the USC Writing Program, and the forthcoming  novels The Reluctant Lawman (2022) and The Robber Barons (2022)

Toni, as executive editor at Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, worked with bestselling authors to edit, polish, and market their books. As a Literary Agent, Toni works with writers she represents to perfect their novels or narrative nonfiction books for a better chance to win a contract from important publishers. In this workshop, she’ll help you find your own unique voice, and, extremely important and different, the voice(s) of your main character(s) to create a winning story. Over the last 30 years, Toni has offered writing workshops that helped scores of writers raise their writing skills to today’s competitive levels and complete their novels or memoir.

Unlike writing courses in colleges or conferences classes, in four sessions per this hands-on workshop, Toni will show you how to craft your story, create the best structure through the BEATS necessary to carry your plot to a resonating finish. Come to this workshop prepared to work.

Toni will help you:

  • Develop main CHARACTERS who ring true and evoke emotion in readers
  • Create a unique VOICE for each of your main characters
  • Know the difference between STORY and plot
  • Use BEATS that create an intriguing plot
  • Learn to self-edit for interest and DRAMA
  • Develop CONFLICT that creates ongoing tension
  • Find and fix SOFT SPOTS that make your story drag
  • Learn the fine points of how to STRUCTURE your story
  • Become your own best EDITOR

Plus so much more including the all-important reading list of the best books available for both fiction and nonfiction writers.

Each workshop limited to four to six writers who must submit the first five pages of their first chapter before acceptance. Toni will then discuss with each writer the format of the workshop, what’s expected of you in time and study, and what you’ll need to join the workshop.

*If these dates or location don’t work for you, please contact Toni for other options.

Four consecutive sessions per workshop: $275
For more information
Email Toni
Phone (215) 353-1151

Note: Once a writer’s place is reserved, the workshop fee is nonrefundable. Missed workshops or single sessions may be made up within 30 days of the original date.

Testimonials from past students of Toni Lopopolo:

“Good writing is rooted in knowing the craft. Toni works with her writers to understand the nuances of writing a good story, including plot, point of view, intense character development, everything in between. In your writing, Toni will take you where you don’t want to go, but the end result will amaze you. Come join us on Zoom!” – Cristina Alvarado, San Gabriel

“If you want to upgrade your writing and learn the craft from an industry professional, Toni is the go-to teacher! I have learned so much from Toni and grateful for her instruction.” – Tisha Morris, Woodland Hills, CA

“I learned more in this ‘take no prisoners’ workshop than any other. Toni’s honest, concise and fearless dedication to craft exposed me to much-needed self-editing techniques, character development as well as other authors who are killing it on the page. I gained the necessary tools to whip my manuscript into shape and I am a better writer for it.” – Pam Ward, author, Want Some Get Some, Kensington

” Wow, what a difference Toni made in my writing in one day.” – Victoria, Westlake Village

“I learned plenty from editing my own work along with the work of others, receiving input from the group. Understood the weaknesses not only in those couple of pages of my story but how I can spot the same issues throughout the rest of my work–voice, evoke. I felt the time spent in Toni Lopopolo’s workshop invaluable.” -Eva, Ventura