After successful 2016, 2017, and 2018 events in Atlanta, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2019.
This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop!
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel (north central suburbs). In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.
This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:
- literary agent Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary)
- literary agent Jennifer Unter (The Unter Agency)
- literary agent Alexis Sattler (HSG Agency)
- literary agent Susan Velazquez (JABberwocky Literary)
- literary agent Weronika Janczuk (D4Eo Literary)
- literary agent Nikki Terpilowski (Holloway Literary)
- literary agent Diana Flegal (Hartline Literary)
- literary agent Caroline George (C.Y.L.E. Literary)
- literary agent Ali Herring (Spencerhill Associates)
- literary agent Cherry Weiner (Weiner Literary)
- literary agent Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency)
- editor Shae Anderson (UrbanEdge Publishing)
- and possibly more to come.
By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops, with administration from the Broadleaf Writers Association.
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 — at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel, 111 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346. (770) 396-6800.
THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (MARCH 9, 2019):
What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. The topics below are mostly set, but subject to change. You can see a more detailed layout of the day’s classes on the Schedule Page here.
Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:
8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.
BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30
1. Getting Published in Today’s World: 10 Tips to Make You the Writer Agents and Publishers Want. This workshop discusses the challenges writers face in publishing today and offers up 10 practical tips to help you break through the barriers and find success.
2. Writing Other Worlds — a Guide to Blending Setting, Plot, and Character in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Writers will learn how to build vibrant worlds, and how the details of setting can be used to add depth to characters and plots.
3. How To Add Comic Relief To Your Fiction (And Make it Better). Learn when to use humor in your work, how to get funny ideas, and the various techniques to sharpen your wit.
1. 15 Tips on How to Write Like the Pros. This workshop is a thorough crash course concerning craft, style and voice.
2. Pitch, Please: An Agent’s Guide to Pitches & Queries. Inspired by submissions she received, literary agent Caroline George hosts a discussion-based workshop focused on the dos and don’ts of pitching/querying agents.
3. Strategies for Creating Realistic Romantic Relationships (in Your Novel). This session, taught by a literary agent who represents romance, examines the keys to the love stories that win over readers (and publishers).
(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15
Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.
BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30
1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest. This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
2. How to Sell a Nonfiction Book: The 9 Musts of a Proposal. This session is completely devoted to nonfiction book proposals.
3. Breaking In With Picture Books. Get an inside view on how to write and sell picture books from a picture book agent.
BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45
1. Scenes & Chapters As Puzzle Pieces: Strategies for Building Novel Structure. Learn the methods by which writers choose when/how to begin and end chapters as well as individual scenes; the means by which to grow tension over an arc; internal and external triggers for plot development; and the link between organic scenes and entire chapters.
2. The Fiendish Art of Crafting Suspense for Thrillers, Mysteries and Crime (& Any Novel, Really). The presentation will show you how to keep your readers flying through the pages, desperate to know what’s going to happen next.
3. The 10 Principles of Building Platform. With platform a must for writers today, here’s all you need to understand to achieve platform so you can build an audience and, ultimately, sell your book..
(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)
BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00
1. 18 Frequently Asked Questions About Publishing All Writers Should Know. Before you publish your work or query an agent (and after), there are plenty of things you need to know. This session covers the important topics all writers should understand.
2. How to Make Your YA or MG Book Un-Put-Down-Able. What makes a young adult or middle grade book un-put-down-able? Learn how to write compelling YA & MG that readers don’t want to put down.
3. The Secrets to Self-Publishing Success. Changes in the publishing environment have made self-publishing a viable path. But with thousands of would-be writers diving in, how can you rise above the morass and find success?
SESSIONS END: 5:00
At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.
Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:
Sally Apokedak is a literary agent with The Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She represents picture books (author-illustrators only, please), middle grade books, young adult, adult inspirational / Christian fiction, and nonfiction. In MG, she loves boy-centric books, science, boys who go on adventures, boy geniuses, and fantasies. In YA, fantasy is her favorite, and if there’s romance, she loves it even more — though she is open to a variety of YA. In terms of nonfiction (for adults or children), she seeks devotional books, Christian living, science for young children, and biography. But you may try her on anything. Lastly, she seeks fantasy and romantic suspense for the adult inspirational market. Learn more about Sally here.
Jennifer Unter is a literary agent and the founder of The Unter Agency. The Unter Agency represents quality fiction and general nonfiction. Her nonfiction interests include memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Adult fiction interests are women’s/book club fiction and literary fiction. She is also open to seeing commercial thrillers and mysteries. (No romance or sci-fi or fantasy, please.) The Unter Agency also represents all types of children’s literature — picture books, middle grade, and young adult. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Weronika Janczuk is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary. “I am not, and have never been, a single-genre reader. I am eager only for the best-told stories, building out a list of talented novelists and writers in many genres.” She is seeking: young adult, fantasy & sci-fi, literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, romance crime, mystery & thrillers. memoir and nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.). Learn more about Weronika here.
Nikki Terpilowski is a literary agent and founder of Holloway Literary. She seeks Southern fiction, historical fiction, young adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, romance (contemporary, historical and romantic suspense), cozy mysteries, science fiction (including Afrofuturist fiction), and African-American fiction of all types. For nonfiction, she seeks books related to mindfulness, healthy eating (Paleo, gluten-free, etc.), regional/ethnic/fusion cookbooks, foodie subjects, travel, alternative simple living, i.e. homesteading, minimalism, etc, interesting self-help (personal and professional), military experiences, Civil War, and Southern living. Learn more about Nikki here.
Alexis Sattler is a literary agent with HSG Agency. Alexis reads across genre with a particular eye toward literary fiction, contemporary family sagas, science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, mysteries, and historical fiction. She is also open to idea-driven nonfiction in the spaces of science, technology, history, politics, cultural criticism, and narrative journalism. An avid armchair traveler, she looks for works that explore unique clashes of culture and believes deeply in the power of world-building. Learn more about Alexis here.
Diana Flegal is a literary agent with Hartline Literary. She represents mainstream and inspirational titles, fiction and nonfiction, but nothing that conflicts with the Christian Worldview. She is currently looking for nonfiction authors with a substantial platform, as well as outstanding contemporary women’s fiction, issue fiction, and formula romance. Learn more about Diana here.
Caroline George is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles. Learn more about Caroline here.
Moe Ferrara is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary Agency. Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres–especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket. Learn more about Moe here.
Ali Herring is a literary agent with Spencerhill Associates. She is seeking commercial young adult and middle grade (espescially sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, Southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction – all with a marketable hook, captivating voice, fantastical world building and inventive plots. Learn more about Ali here.
Susan Velazquez is a literary agent with JABberwocky Literary Agency. Susan is looking for fantasy novels, science fiction (preferably speculative/near-future), literary/upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and young adult novels. Learn more about Susan here.
Shae Anderson is an editor with UrbanEdge Publishing. She seeks submissions for drama (no street lit), crime/mystery, romance (chick lit), and nonfiction self-help. “Our authors represent a variety of life experiences, backgrounds, and interests – it’s what makes us unique. UrbanEdge is not just about contemporary fiction, urban fiction, or nonfiction. Instead, we seek good books – life changing books. UrbanEdge publishing only takes on projects that we believe in 150% – nothing less.” Learn more about Shae here.
Cherry Weiner is the founder of her own agency, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency. She represents many types of novels, including fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery/crime, romance, women’s fiction, and horror novels.
More 2019 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.
(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)
$189 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2019 ATLWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 2018, registration is now OPEN.
Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)
“I signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh
“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos
“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park
“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn
Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Brian Klems, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Atlanta Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?
Add $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:
- Thriller, mystery, suspense, horror and humorous fiction: Faculty member Jeff Strand, a published author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Literary fiction, mainstream fiction, romance, women’s fiction, memoir: Faculty member Ricki Schultz, a published author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Paranormal, horror, urban fantasy, thrillers, mystery, suspense: Faculty member Michelle Muto, a published writer, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. (She accepts her critique categories for adult fiction, new adult fiction, and young adult fiction.)
- Young adult, middle grade, and kids chapter books: Faculty member Rachael Allen, a published writer, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. (No picture books please.)
- Southern fiction, literary fiction, mainstream/upmarket fiction, women’s fiction: Faculty member Lorna Hollifield, a published Southern fiction author, will get your work in advance and edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story. She will then meet with you for 10 minutes at the event to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- More possibly forthcoming.
How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: WDWconference@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.
Because of limited space at the venue (Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel), the workshop can only allow 200 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.
Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.
How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: WDWconference@gmail.com. She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The ATLWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.
Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)