Schedule: 2020 Workshop

THIS YEAR’S SESSION & WORKSHOPS (OCT. 3, 2020):

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location. Check in and get comfortable.

There will be 3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day. Agent pitches and critique consultations overlap with the sessions below. The schedule of presentation topics below is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

CLASSES TBA

BLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

CLASSES TBA

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes. There are lots of options, including onsite restaurants, and nearby places to eat.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “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. The Dos and Don’ts of Pitching Picture Books: What Agents and Editors Need to See, taught by Emma Sector. I’ll answer questions like; Do I need to work with an illustrator to develop my story? How many pages should a picture book be? What’s trending right now? Then, we’ll go into how best to pitch you picture book, answering questions like; What’s going to catch an agent’s eye? Are comparison titles really that important? And, what should I look for when researching agents?

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

CLASSES TBA

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

CLASSES TBA

SESSIONS END: 5:00

At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore station for a short while to sign any books for attendees.