Writers Bootcamp in Van Nuys this Saturday, Feb 8th

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join a Lowenkopf-Lopopolo boot camp at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys this Saturday, Feb 8th, 10 to 5:30 pm, (includes lunch) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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The New York Times Book Review “E. L. Doctorow: By the Book”

The author of “Andrew’s Brain” and “Ragtime” sometimes puts down a book because he can see where the story’s going. “As you practice your craft, you lose your innocence as a reader.” Read More

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David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants–Predicting a Bestseller

Very often, authors will send me links to news articles on writing, and I have to admit: I’m a sucker for such articles, but I rarely comment on them.

My old friend Dave Doering sent one today, where researchers created a computer program to study stylistic similarities between books, to see if stylistic similarities can be used as predictors of success. READ MORE

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Fiction Writer Who Insists on Cadence in her Writing

Shelly Lowenkopf

From Shelly’s writing-for-hire days

Shelly Lowenkopf advises:  Poetry is an important force in narrative.  Writers of fiction are well advised to read poetry for cadence, concision, and the power poetry has to draw readers in.  But you need to remember another important dynamic in fiction.  Story rules.  When style and voice ride over story, the reader comes away more bewildered and dazzled than stunned with involvement.  Instead of thinking about the number of poetic beats in a line, allow the dramatic beats to come forth instead.  Read Sherman Alexie’s remarkable poem, “The Elephant,” wherein you will see that this writer has not forgotten his heritage as a storyteller.  Now, go you, and try to do likewise.

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

I love that Mark Twain and I agree.   Check this out:

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3rd Annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend 3rd Annual Ventura County Writers’ Weekend November 2 & 3 in Camarillo, CA

vcww13An Intensive Weekend Conference to

Advanced registration closes at midnight October 31st
On-site prices will increase an average of 20%

12:30 to 1 PM  Q and A

Learn from two former Executive Editors who work daily with writers to create stories publishers want.

Instructors: Literary agent and former Executive Editor, Toni  Lopopolo, and one of California’s preeminent editors and author of over 35 books, Shelly Lowenkopf. Shelly has personally seen over 700 books to publication.

One-half hour break for off-site lunch.

Writing the Memoir – Truth Is Indeed Stranger Than Fiction
1:30 – 3 PM

Life is always more bizarre, tragic, or inspiring than any work of fiction. Recounting life experience, even for brief periods of time, requires a skill set that goes well beyond self-reflection.

  • How do you focus the story?
  • What is the real story not the actions but the emotions that people relate to?
  • What are the pillars of writing a great memoir?

You don’t have to be famous to have a great story. Learn from three award-winning memoir authors on how to translate your experience to the page with vivid prose.

Panelists: Memoirists Jervey Tervalon and Alice Rene, with author/memoirist Matthew Pallamary 
Moderator: Literary agent Toni Lopopolo

Literary Agent Panel
What top regional agents are selling and what type of books they are looking to sign
3:30 – 5 PM 

Four regional literary agents will discuss what publishers are looking for and what they are currently selling. What trends are gaining momentum and which are fading. There will be at least 30 minutes of Q&A

BONUS: Ten attendees to the morning workshop will pitch the agents with their “log line or elevator pitch” created at the earlier session. Listen and watch the agents react and learn how to fine tune your pitch.

Panelists: Four literary agents:  Charlotte Gusay, B.J. Robbins, Toni Lopopolo, Dana Newman and Bonita Nelson.
Moderator: Author, book marketer and Writers’ Weekend organizer Kate Sexton

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Join Toni at the Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference Oct 12-13 at Los Angeles Valley College

Toni will review 10 writers first chapters atThe Annual Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference
Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 2013
Los Angeles Valley College

Click here to get a special price by entering Lopopolo in the Writer Club or Student ID box.

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