LIVE Online Workshops

Interactive Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction Workshops
Sundays 10 am PT (1 pm ET)
In the Comfort of Y
Save driving time and gas costs

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All you need is a computer with a webcam. ooVoo is like Skype, only clear and able to make Toni Lopopolo and fellow writers visible to the entire workshop. The download is free, easy to install and simple to use. Writers will see each other, talk, exchange comments, and much more. Each week you submit up to eight pages. Your writing will be edited by Toni and by each of the other writers; you will edit theirs. Your writing will be read aloud, discussed and critiqued during the session. You will see your writing skills go up three to five levels.

Limited to Six Writers
Sundays 10:30 am
PST (1:30 pm EST)
$265 for 4 sessions

Sharpen your writing skills and ability to self-edit with guidance from a former Executive Editor at Macmillan and St Martin’s Press. Toni Lopopolo, literary agent, works daily with publishers and knows what they want and what they require from new authors.

oovoo writing workshop“Thanks Toni, very glad I attended. In addition to the valuable tools you taught, you opened my eyes to an entire new way to attack the book.”  – Ken Davis, Manhattan Beach

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
  • The importance of subtext

To learn more contact:
Toni Lopopolo,
or call Toni at (215) 353-1151

Writing a memoir? Join the online memoir class.

Once a writer’s place is reserved, the workshop fee is nonrefundable. Missed workshops or single sessions may be made up within 60 days of original date.

What Students Say “Toni’s rapier sharp eye for editorial detail hones in on POV problems, adjective/adverb abuse, dull dialogue, extraneous exposition, and a plethora of pratfalls budding novelists make. With skill and wit she’ll show you (not tell you) that lessons learned in Writing 101 aren’t selling to today’s publishers, plus ways to advance your writing to a new level of excellence.”
Marianne, Venice, CA