After a successful 2016 event in San Francisco, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2018 Writing Workshop of San Francisco — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in the Bay Area on August 25, 2018.
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 2018 Writing Workshop of San Francisco!
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport. 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 ADDITION] literary agent Nicki Richesin of Wendy Sherman Associates
- [NEW ADDITION] literary agent Jordan Hamessley of New Leaf Literary
- literary agent Jennie Kendrick of Lupine Grove Literary
- literary agent Andy Ross (Andy Ross Literary)
- literary agent Carlie Webber (Fuse Literary)
- literary agent Amy Cloughley (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
- literary agent Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary)
- literary agent Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
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 assistance from local writing groups.
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2018 — at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport, 250 Gateway Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080. (650)589-3400.
THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (AUG. 25, 2018):
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. A Bird’s-eye View Publishing & Books in the Year 2018 (Grand Ballroom). This workshop examines traditional publishing vs. self-publishing / e-publishing.
2. Fine-Tuning: How to Revise and Edit Your Work (Stanley). In this workshop, find out how to polish your work until it’s ready for the exacting scrutiny of agents and publishers.
3. Ten Tips for Writing a Great Memoir (Northrup). In this session, you’ll learn what sells (and why), and how you can get your memoir published.
1. Tips on How to Write Like the Pros (Stanley). This session focuses on how to craft prose and sentences that pop off the page.
2. How to Write a Great Query Letter for Your Novel (Grand Ballroom). This workshop is a thorough crash course in writing fiction query letters.
3. Getting More Out of Social Media: New Ways to Query and Pitch Your Book (Northrup). With thousands of other authors in the same boat, how do you stand out? And how can an agent or reader who is looking for your type of book find you?
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 Ballroom). 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 (Stanley). 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 (Northrup). 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. Knock ’em Dead: Tips on Writing Mystery, Thriller, and Crime (Stanley). You have an idea for a crime novel that you think will be a winner. Now what? This class is designed to help you get from concept to published book.
2. Twenty Questions You Need Answered Before You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book (Grand Ballroom). Before you publish your work or query an agent, there are plenty of things you need to know.
3. Writing Other Worlds — a Guide to Blending Setting, Plot, and Character in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Northrup). Writers will learn how to build vibrant worlds, and how the details of setting can be used to add depth to characters and plots.
BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00
1. Twenty Questions You Need Answered After You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book (Grand Ballroom). After you self-publish your work or get a traditional publishing book deal, there are plenty of things you need to know.
2. Find Success Writing Romance (Stanley). In this session, bestselling author Rachael Herron will lead you through the steps of writing a romance novel that will satisfy both your creative drive and the genre reader’s expectation.
3. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction (Northrup). This session will discuss the tips and tricks for making middle grade and YA novels great.
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
Carlie Webber [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She does not want to rep picture books, easy readers, poetry, scripts or curriculum nonfiction. She no longer seeks nonfiction (or memoir) of any kind. Learn more about Carlie here.
Jordan Hamessley is a Literary Agent with New Leaf Literary. She is actively building a list of diverse children’s fiction from picture books through YA and select adult science fiction and horror authors. Jordan has a deep affection for contemporary middle grade and YA with heart and humor. She is always looking to find stories that bring the queer experience to the children’s space across all age ranges. In terms of genre, she is interested science fiction and horror. She is also looking for quirky, nonfiction picture books with a STEM focus. Learn more about Jordan here.
Nicki Richesin is a literary agent with Wendy Sherman Associates. Nicki is especially interested in representing: literary and upmarket fiction, young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. She is eager to discover authors writing about somewhat unconventional protagonists with an imaginative slant on storytelling. In young adult fiction, she has a particular fondness for coming-of-age stories that take a cue from classic literature. Nicki is drawn to memoir with a genuine voice that instantly connects with readers and takes them on a journey. She will always champion a story that investigates the true meaning of life, love, and identity. Learn more about Nicki here.
Jennie Kendrick is a literary agent with Lupine Grove Literary Jennie is looking for well-researched, character-driven young adult and middle fiction, particularly Own Voices works. She is particularly fond of historical fiction, paranormal fiction, classic 90s teen horror, and magical realism, but will gladly accept submissions from all YA/MG genres. Learn more about Jennie here.
Amy Cloughley [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She is actively building her client list with both debut and veteran writers. She enjoys literary and upmarket fiction of all types in addition to commercial—including well-researched historical and well-told women’s fiction. She also loves a page-turning mystery or suspense with sharp wit and unexpected twists and turns. She has a soft spot for distinctive, strong, contemporary characters set in small towns. Amy always looks for an unexpected story arc, a suitable pace, and a compelling protagonist. She is interested in narrative nonfiction when the plot and characters are immersed in a culture, lifestyle, discipline, or industry. She will also consider a travel or adventure memoir. She is not currently focusing on military/government thrillers, fantasy, or YA projects. Learn more about Amy here.
Jennifer March Soloway is a literary agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She enjoys all genres and categories of children’s books, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures — but her sweet spot is young adult. Jennifer adores action-packed kidlit thrillers and mysteries, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Lisa Abellera [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She represents upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or medical science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, new adult, young adult, and middle grade. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work. Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays. Learn more about Lisa here.
Andy Ross [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founding literary agent of Andy Ross Agency. He represents a wide range of subjects, including: narrative nonfiction, science, journalism, history, current affairs, contemporary culture, religion, children’s books and commercial and literary fiction. Learn more about Andy here.
Pam Victorio is a literary agent with D4EO Literary. Unfortunately, she had to cancel on the 2018 event.
More 2018 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 2018 WWOSF and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 17, 2017, 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 Writing Workshop of SF 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:
- Mystery, thriller, suspense and crime: Faculty member Terry Shames, a published mystery author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Adult science fiction and fantasy: Faculty member Caitlin Seal, a published sci-fi and fantasy author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- 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.
- Children’s picture books: Faculty member Jennifer Fosberry, a published picture book author, will get your work in advance, edit your picture book (maximum of 1,000 words in length), meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- Romance, women’s fiction, and memoir: Faculty member Rachael Herron, a published romance and memoir author, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
- More manuscript critique options 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 San Francisco workshop specifically.
Because of limited space at the venue (Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport), 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 WWOSF 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 San Francisco 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.)