Excerpt from The New York Times MAY 12, 2016. Click here to read more >>
Which writers — novelists, playwrights, critics, journalists, poets — working today do you admire most?
The last really well-written book I’ve read was “Empire of the Summer Moon,” by Sam Gwynne. Michael Lewis is also an extraordinarily good writer. Whatever the genre, I look for someone who is precise and economical in their style and hard-working in their prose. By that I mean they take the time to choose words that surprise me; they use metaphors that I’ve never heard before; and they avoid clichés like “The mortars slammed into the hillside.” I don’t want to read anything — not even a clause — that I’ve seen before. It’s just a waste of everyone’s time.
A multi-session conference designed to support the emerging writer in a variety of areas including: writing skills, developing a novel, articles and essays, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, the business of writing, and publication. Guest speakers are featured in interactive workshops
HOW AND WHY TO RAISE FICTION AND NONFICTION WRITING LEVELS TO PUBLICATION-GRADE STATUS
A closer understanding of the contemporary book and journal publishing systems, an awareness of the expectations book and journal publishers have of authors, the author’s responsibility to a project, a deeper appreciation of the editorial process, and a more sophisticated approach to reading fiction and nonfiction. How to write a book proposal a publisher will read all the way through. Scheduled Guest Presenters Toni Lopopolo, former editorial director, St. Martins Press, Macmillan Books, currently a literary agent Fred Klein, former national sales manager, Bantam Books, now editorial consultant, Bantam Books. Brian Fagan, the most widely read archaeological writer in the US and UK Kathleen Sharpe, award-winning writer of nonfiction case studies John Wilder, novelist, screenwriter, TV showrunner Shelly Lowenkopf Nationally Renowned Book Editor.
Intensive Memoir Workshop
A Four-Hour Special Event
Do you want to improve your writing skills and
your chances of authoring a successful memoir?
$99 before Oct 18/$149 after
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.
Toni’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.
“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, give it, give it all. Give it now…some more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water.
Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful; it is destructive. Anything you did not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” – Annie Dillard (From page 245 of Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling by Cheryl St.John)