Tea with Toni Saturdays Thousand Oaks

Tea With Toni workshop offered for writers of fiction & narrative nonfiction (memoir)
August 5, 12, 19 & 26
September 9, 16, 23 & 30


Thousand Oaks, 1-5 pm

01toniLiterary 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. Her highly successful “Tea with Toni” workshops bring area writers up to competitive speed with important techniques in both fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Toni Lopopolo Literary ManagementToni’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.

What will be covered:

For fiction writers:

  • Your character’s (or characters’) defining moment*
  • How to Kill Your Darlings*
  • Creating a distinct voice by choosing the strongest point of view*
  • Using the six senses*
  • Awareness of  your habit words*
  • Avoiding author intervention
  • Writing powerful sentences; knowing what to cut*
  • The importance of eccentricity in characters*
  • Intensifying the intimacy of your characters
  • Writing in dramatic scenes*
  • Listening to your own writing*
  • The importance of self-editing skills*
  • Story vs. Plot
  • Avoiding reader feeder
  • Your show vs. tell ratio*

*These skills crossover to memoir.

For memoir writers:

  • How to create a unique voice
  • Fiction techniques that make nonfiction intriguing and engrossing
  • The art of detachment
  • The elements that give a real-life story universal appeal
  • How to orchestrate story, characters, events
  • How to narrow the lens to achieve focus for today’s readers.
    If your memoir should be fictionalized
  • If your memoir measures up to what’s published today
  • 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

BONUS: Each writer will receive a thoroughly edited copy
of their pages from Toni each week.

Workshop limited to six writers who must submit the first five pages of their first chapter before acceptance.

Saturday from 1 to 5 PM
Thousand Oaks

For further information please email: lopopolobooks@aol.com
or call Toni at (215) 353-1151

What Students Say 

“Couldn’t have written anything without you.” — Larry Seeley, Santa Fe, NM author of Gypsies Tramps and Thieves, and 17 Degrees North

“Character development, pace, dialog: all essential tools for mastering the craft. I’ve taken classes, joined writer’s groups and participated in workshops but nothing brought these things home like Tea With Toni. If you’re serious about writing, open your mind, let go of your ego and let Toni help you become the writer you know you can be. I know I’m glad I did.”  — Sharon, Thousand Oaks, CA








3 Responses to Tea with Toni Saturdays Thousand Oaks

  1. Windsor says:

    Hello Toni

    I will be back from NYC soon and would like to attend those four work shop classes in Thousand Oaks. Please let me know…
    Thank you,


  2. Kathie Marshall says:

    Hi, Toni. I’d like to continue, so please reserve a spot for me for the next series of Tea with Toni beginning Sept. 12. Thanks. Kathie Marshall

  3. lopopolo says:

    of course.

    Toni Lopopolo lopopolobooks@aol.com

    Lopopololiterary.com 215-353-1151

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