In This Workshop You Will Learn:
- The difference between dialogue tags in high action scenes vs. emotional scene.
- When to omit the spoken word and let the character’s actions speak for itself.
- The importance of white space for impact and reader contemplation.
- Modern grammar style. Or why the Brits got it right the first time.
- Open-ended speech. The dash vs. the ellipses and what they tell the reader about your characters.
- Action beats: How to describe body movement between speech.
This is a read and critique workshop. Please be sure to bring your work!
Here is where you find your voice. Here is where you use it.
Did you know most agents and publishers read only the first five pages of a submitted manuscript? This workshop will show you how to develop, create and perfect a memoir that is worthy of staying out of the dreaded slush pile. As a participant of Workshop I you may come with only notes and ideas, but you will emerge with a newfound enthusiasm as well as the tools that all acclaimed memoirist use.
You will learn:
- How interesting and lyrical beginnings play the most important role in the process of hooking an agent.
- Prologues: Can a multi-layered memoir benefit from laying it all out?
- Non-linear or linear (arc) writing: Which style is best for your story?
- How to set up a compelling scene: Learn to create effective narration for place and time.
- The 10 most important editing steps to clean and tighten your writing.
- How to perfect the subtle art of unique, strange and memorable details.
- How the ever-present tension of threat is the key to captivating your readers.
- Learn the 5 most common dialogue mistakes and why speech placement can make or break a story.
- How to write effective backstory: Learn when to use it and when to let it go.
- How to perfect the art of subtle epiphanies versus what you’re still figuring out.
- Why a too-happy ending is the fastest way to an unhappy reader.
- Modern syntax and style in the Genre: Unique ways of turning your narrative into a style that is all your own.
- How to tactfully share stories of abuse while avoiding melodramatics.
- The importance of including the sex scene and how to write one.
In this workshop participants will learn key strategies to hooking a literary agent—the first and most important step to the publishing process. A literary agent is the person who is responsible for selling your book proposal, negotiating your publishing contract and making sure you receive a substantial advance in a timely manner. A literary agent will be the hardest working member of your team. Not only is she responsible for almost every detail of the business end of your book, an agent will help you prepare and perfect your proposal according to the guidelines set by each publishing house where your book will be pitched. She will help you through the interviewing process (yes, publishing houses actually interview a potential author via phone or Skype) as well as negotiate public relation matters with the marketing department of your publishing house.
When you need encouragement, when you have questions on just about anything, a good agent will be the one who guides you. That is why learning how to develop a solid the relationship between agent and author is imperative for anyone who wants to see their book sell—and sell well. Hardcore Memoir will teach you the two most important steps to getting your foot into the door of the publishing house: What an agent wants, and more importantly, what they don’t want. In this workshop you will learn how to make sense of the specific marketing protocol required in today’s publishing industry. At the end of this workshop you will have solid working knowledge of:
- How to find and approach an agent who specializes in memoir.
- Writing the perfect query letter that will make an agent request your proposal.
- Learning the importance of attaining blurbs before your work is published.
- How to write an extensive and interesting biography with less-than-extensive experience.
- Finding current comparable works and how to use them in your query letter.
- The importance of social media networking for developing relationships with authors and readers.