ONLINE: The 2022 ATLWW is an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on March 4-5, 2022. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) Online events are easy and awesome, and the online events we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of a traditional in-person event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about what it means to have a writers conference online.)
THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (MARCH 4-5, 2022):
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2022:
9:30 – 10:30: “Querytip,” taught by literary agent Amaryah Orenstein. A query letter is your one chance to entice an agent or editor into reading your manuscript. Needless to say it must be just right. But what does a perfect pitch entail? In this course, an experienced literary agent will offer tips on how (and how not) to pitch your work to increase the chances of an agent or editor requesting your manuscript.
10:45 – 11:45: “Mastering Your First 5 Pages,” taught by literary agent Kortney Price. No matter the length of your novel, the first five pages are going to do the most work. In the publishing industry, the quality of an entire novel is sometimes determined through just these pages. In bookstores around the world, readers decide whether or not to purchase after reading just a few pages in. Therefore, we need to put a lot of care and attention into making sure that we put our best foot forward by carefully crafting five pages that draw a reader in and hook them so that they read until the very end. In this talk, we’ll go through some of the most common pitfalls as well as strategies to polish these hard-working pages to a shine.
11:45 – 1:15: Break
1:15 – 2:30: “Writer’s Block and How to Get Past It,” taught by Devon Halliday. If you’re not having fun writing, the reader isn’t having fun reading. Dreading or dragging your feet through a chapter is a sign that the chapter shouldn’t be in the book. In this talk, a literary agent suggests a few radical re-imagining exercises that will sidestep the block entirely.
2:45 – 3:45: “How Do I Decide? Traditional vs. Indie Publishing,” taught by literary agent Rachelle Gardner.
There is plenty of information available on both traditional and self-publishing. But how do you choose between the two? This workshop will guide writers through the decision, allowing them to ignore the noise and hype and focus on their personal path. It’s a fair and balanced approach that avoids favoring one choice over the other–and instead teaches how to determine which choice best fits each individual’s situation.
4:00 – 5:00: “Understanding Platform and How to Market Yourself & Your Work,” taught by Gordon Warnock. Whether you’re traditionally published or self-published, everyone could use some helpful guidance on how to effectively market themselves and sell more books. This session includes easy-to-understand advice on social media (Twitter, Facebook, more), blogging, and other simple ways you can market your work online cheaply and easily. This session will address all aspects of platform — what it is, how to get it, and how to show an agent that you have it
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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022:
9:30 – 10:30: “Using Facts in To Make Your Fiction Amazing,” taught by Savannah Brooks. A character always feels more fleshed out and a world always feels richer when some element of research goes into their creation. During this session, we’ll go over various kinds of research, practice getting into a research mindset, and examine award-winning fiction titles to see how they incorporate facts. Ultimately, you’ll leave with an understanding of your own areas of expertise, tools for being more cognizant of the intriguing world around you, and examples of how to layer information into your writing in a fun and fascinating way.
10:45 – 11:45: “The Perfect Pitch,” taught by literary agent Latoya C. Smith. With twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, Latoya will share with you the tools you’ll need to successfully partner with the right literary agent. In this course, you will learn how to prepare your written and verbal pitch; key search tools used to find the right agent for your work; what your agent should bring to the table; how you should be using your agent; and more!
11:45 – 1:15: Break
1:15 – 2:30: “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest, with participating literary agents and editors. In the vein of “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent,” 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. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. All submissions should be novels or memoir—no prescriptive nonfiction or picture books, please. Do not send your pages in advance. You will bring printed copies with you, and instructions will be sent out approximately one week before the event.)
2:45 – 3:45: Open Agent Q&A Panel. Several attending literary agents will open themselves up to open Q&A from ATLWW attendees. Bring your questions and get them answered in this popular session.
4:00 – 5:00: “Working With a Literary Agent,” taught by Kaitlyn Sanchez. If you want to find out what it’s like to work with an agent, hop in on this talk with up-and-coming agent Kaitlyn Sanchez. The talk covers the following questions (and more): Why should I have an agent? What does a working agent-author relationship look like? How much will an agent edit my work? What are other things to understand when working with professional representation?
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Classes are recorded (and this is amazing news)! With an in-person conference, attendees would miss snippets of classes because they leave the classroom to pitch, or make a phone call, or anything else. But the 10 classes happening March 4-5, 2022 are all recorded, which means we will send the days’ recording following the event. You can watch classes as many times as you want during the next six months. This is an exciting new element that we couldn’t include before. Also, we will be sending out all handouts for all classes to attendees in advance.
FREE ADDITIONAL CLASSES:
Lastly, having this new technology allows us WDW faculty members to pre-record sessions, too—meaning we will actually send attendees many extra FREE classes as part of their attendance. In addition to getting the weekend’s 10 classes sent to you to watch over and over again, we will also send you 12 more FREE classes on the side, for attending in 2022:
- “How to Write a Damn Fine Query Letter,” taught by literary agent Carlisle Webber.
- “Word Wizardry: Crafting a Stand-Out Voice,” taught by literary agent Kelly Peterson.
- “The Business of How Authors Make Money,” taught by literary agent Carly Waters
- “3 Things You Must Do Before Contacting a Literary Agent,” taught by literary agent Barb Roose.
- “7 Marketing Tips for Authors,” taught by published author E.J. Wenstrom.
- “How to Get Past Writer’s Block,” taught by literary agent Devon Halliday.
- “Traditional vs. Independent/Self-publishing, taught by literary agent Leticia Gomez.
- “How to Write Great Romance Novels,” taught by published author Sarah Zettel.
- “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy that Sells,” taught by published author Olivia Cole.
- “Ask an Agent Anything: A Q&A Panel” — a chance to see aspiring writers get expert answers and advice from literary agents.
- “So You’ve Finished Writing and Revising Your Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel,” taught by published author Julie Eshbaugh.
- “Writing and Selling Fiction vs. Nonfiction,” taught by literary agent Leticia Gomez.