The 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop: February 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter a successful 2016 event in Atlanta, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Atlanta, GA on February 25, 2017.

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 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop!


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 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:

  • [NEW] literary agent Samantha Fountain (Corvisiero Agency)
  • literary agent Vicki Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary)
  • literary scout Jen Karsbaek (Fuse Literary)
  • editor Shae Anderson (UrbanEdge Publishing)
  • literary agent Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency)
  • literary agent Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  • literary agent Cherry Weiner (Weiner Literary)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Janell Walden Agyeman (Marie Brown Associates)
  • literary agent Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Latoya C. Smith (L. Perkins Agency)
  • literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
  • literary agent Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.)
  • editor Elizabeth May (Kensington Publishing)
  • literary agent Kristy Hunter (The Knight Agency)
  • 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.


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017 — at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel, 111 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346. (770) 396-6800.

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What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. We will soon have a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions and presenter bios. The topics below are mostly set, but subject to change.

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. An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). This workshop examines traditional publishing vs. self-publishing / e-publishing.

2. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction (Grand Salon 3). This session will discuss the tips and tricks for making middle grade and YA novels great.

3. How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir (Design and Discovery rooms combined). In this session, you’ll learn what sells (and why), and how you can get your memoir published.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.44.34 AMBLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. The Art of Voice: How to Make Your Writing Come to Life (Grand Salon 3). This session focuses on how to craft prose and sentences that pop off the page.

2. Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents.

3. Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction (Design and Discovery rooms combined). This presentation will teach you how to keep readers—including agents and editors—turning pages late into the night.

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 (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). 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.  Nonfiction Intense: Book Proposal Tips (Grand Salon 3). If you are trying to create an awesome nonfiction book proposal, this presentation is for you.

3. Picture Book Intensive: Advice on Selling Your Children’s Book (Design and Discovery rooms combined). In this session, we’ll discuss questions to consider before sending a picture book manuscript out in the world.

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. How to Self-Publish Your Book Now and Do It Right (Grand Salon 3). You’ll learn how to: prepare your manuscript, design your cover, format your paperback interior & ebook, register with desired retailers/distributors, and much more.

2. Ten Keys to Writing Success (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). Learn 10 things you can be doing right now that will help get your book(s) published and find success.

3. Talking Fantasy and Science Fiction (Design and Discovery rooms combined). A panel of attending literary agents will be discussing the genres of science fiction and fantasy — i.e., how to write and sell speculative fiction.

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. How to Market Yourself and Your Books: Talking Author Social Media, Blogging, and Platform (Grand Salon 3). This session includes easy-to-understand advice on social media (Twitter, Facebook, more), blogging, and other simple ways you can market your work online.

2. Talking Self-Editing and Revision (Grand Salon 1+2 combined). This session will discuss common manuscript problems as well as tools you can use to create the manuscripts that will get the attention you want from agents and editors—and readers.

3. How to Write and Sell Romance (Design and Discovery rooms combined). This session will address important topics and tips for writers of romance.


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.



Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.14.19 AMSamantha Fountain is a literary-agent-in-training with Corvisiero Literary. She will be taking pitches for herself as well as Corvisiero Literary as a whole. Samantha is personally seeking young adult contemporary titles, historical fiction for both young adults and adults, as well as mysteries and thrillers with dark, dramatic undertones. She is also taking pitches on behalf of Corvisiero Literary co-agents for the following: science fiction, fantasy, horror, action / adventure, young adult fantasy and sci-fi, and middle grade. Learn more about Samantha here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 11.27.21 AMSally Apokedak [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] 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.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 9.50.27 AMVicki Selvaggio [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary. She is currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, and adult fiction. Vicki is especially drawn to middle grade and young adult. “I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.” Learn more about Vicki here.

Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 12.22.33 AM.pngJen Karsbaek [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary scout with Fuse Literary Agency (formerly named Foreword Literary). Jen now acts as an agency scout to find exciting and talented writers for the agency’s current agents. She is happy to take pitches on behalf of her co-agents for the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, mainstream/upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, middle grade, new adult, young adult, and literary fiction. The agency also seeks books by and about people from marginalized perspectives, such as LGBT people and/or racial minorities. Learn more about Jen here.

Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 10.26.00 AM.pngShae Anderson is an editor with UrbanEdge Publishing. UrbanEdge is not just about contemporary fiction, urban fiction, or nonfiction. Instead, it focuses on good books – life changing books. Shae seeks submissions for drama (no street lit), crime/mystery, romance (chick lit), and nonfiction self-help. She is actively seeking submissions and looks forward to meeting amazing writers at the event. Learn more about Shae here.

Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 3.25.40 PM.pngElaine Spencer [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with The Knight Agency. She also serves as vice president of operations for the agency. Elaine is a member of RWA and AAR and is interested in a wide variety of subgenres, including but not limited to: romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade material. She loves stories that include dogs, cooking, fashion, secret societies or clubs, southern flair, wit and humor, heart-tugging conclusions that will bring her to tears and smart sassy characters that stay with you long after the final pages. Learn more about Elaine here.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 9.39.26 AM.pngMarisa A. Corvisiero [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founder of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the genres listed, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed), self-help, science nonfiction, and business books. She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Learn more about Marisa here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 10.44.51 AM.pngLatoya C. Smith is a literary agent with L. Perkins Agency. Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions. Latoya tends to shy away from YA, sci-fi/fantasy, historical, steampunk, and urban fantasy, however if she happens to fall in with projects within those genres, she is happy to represent them. Learn more about Latoya here.

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.12.13 AM.pngEric Smith [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with P.S. Literary. He is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in young adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), new adult, and literary and commercial fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas. Learn more about Eric here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 7.14.57 PM.pngElizabeth May [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is an editorial assistant at Kensington Publishing Corporation. She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest include action/adventure, commercial, fantasy, general, historical, horror, humorous, LGBTQ, literary, mystery, new adult, religious, romance, science fiction, women’s fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest: biography, crafts/DIY, history, humor, journalism, memoir, pop culture, travel, and true crime. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 9.50.39 AM.pngKristy Hunter [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with The Knight Agency. She is seeking: Kristy is currently accepting submissions from a wide variety of genres, including women’s fiction, mystery, historical romance, romance, young adult, and middle grade. Having spent significant time in the south and New York City, she particularly likes books set in these regions. She also enjoys books that feature horses, boarding schools, sisters, and sororities—to name just a few. Learn more about Kristy here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.33.38 PM.pngJanell Walden Agyeman is a literary agent with Marie Brown Associates. She is primarily seeking middle grade and young adult fiction at this conference.  For young adult fiction, she’d most like to see contemporary stories–with or without fantasy elements–that reflect some aspect of multicultural America and are free from stereotypes.  Also, stories that can make her laugh will always appeal. For adult readers Janell will also consider women’s upmarket fiction and nonfiction on creative living topics in essay, memoir, or advice genres. Learn more about Janell here

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 3.29.31 PM.pngElizabeth Copps [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc., and she is actively building her client list. She is seeking: In fiction, action/adventure, children’s, commercial, family saga, historical, horror, humor, LGBTQ, literary, middle grade, mystery, thriller, women’s fiction, and young adult. In nonfiction, she seeks humor, pop culture, and travel. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

Cherry Weiner is the founder of her own agency, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency. Unfortunately, she had to cancel on the event.

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 4.02.36 PM.pngMark Gottlieb [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Trident Media Group. He represents all genres of fiction, nonfiction, middle grade, young adult, children’s picture books, and graphic novels. Learn more about Mark here.

Vanessa Eccles is a literary agent with Golden Wheat Literary. Unfortunately, she had to cancel on the event.

        More 2017 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.)



$169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2017 ATLWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 10, 2016, 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.)

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.20.11 AM.pngI signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.07.56 AM.png“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.00 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.09 AM.png“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 Chuck Sambuchino, 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 $79 — 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:

  • Young adult / middle grade / chapter books: Faculty member Madeline Smoot, a children’s book editor, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, 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.
  • Women’s fiction / literary fiction / mainstream fiction: Faculty member Ricki Schultz, a published women’s fiction author and professional freelance editor, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Mystery / suspense: Faculty member Rona Simmons, a published suspense author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email:, 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: 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.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Atlanta Writing Workshop.


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