The 2019 Florida Writing Workshop: June 8, 2019 in Tampa

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter successful 2016 and 2018 events in Tampa, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Florida Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Tampa, FL on June 8, 2019.

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 2019 Florida Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore. 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 & editor faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Saritza Hernandez (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Cricket Freeman (The August Agency)
  • literary agent Karen Solem (Spencerhill Associates)
  • literary agent Sharon Belcastro (Belcastro Agency)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Nalini Akolekar (Spencerhill Associates)
  • literary agent Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates)
  • literary agent Marlene Stringer (The Stringer Agency)
  • literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson (Corvisiero Agency)
  • and probably 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 Kimiko Nakamura of Writing Day Workshops, with assistance from local writing groups.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019 — at the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore, 5303 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609. (813)289-1950.

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THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (JUNE 8, 2019):

What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.

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 (East). This workshop is quick and easy overview of the publishing industry today, and how it’s changing.

2. Out of This World Writing — Tips on Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction and Fantasy) (Main). Learn how to create intense believable worlds that allow for fantastic events.

3. Self-Editing and Revision (West). This session will help identify key areas for voice, structure, and word choice, as well as provide specific checklists to help you polish those pages to perfection.

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

1. Tips on How to Write Like the Pros (Main). This workshop is a thorough crash course concerning craft, style and voice.

2. Pitching and Querying Literary Agents (East). Learn how to write an engaging query letter or perfect your elevator pitch.

3. Mastering the Elements of Suspense to Write a Riveting Mystery, Thriller or Crime Novel (West). Learn how to use internal and external conflict and increasing stakes to keep your characters in the pressure cooker and your readers on the edge of their seats.

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

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 (East). 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.  How to Sell a Nonfiction Book (Main). This session is completely devoted to nonfiction book proposals.

3. You CAN Publish a Picture Book (East). 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. Do I Care?Five Elements That Create Unforgettable Fiction (West). An intensive workshop designed to help writers create fiction that challenges, enthralls, and spurs reader investment, ensuring a lifelong audience for your work.

2. Twenty Questions You Need Answered Before You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book (East). Before you publish your work or query an agent, there are plenty of things you need to know.

3. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction (Main). Writing for children isn’t all that different from writing for adults.

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. What the Heck is a Platform? (Main). In this workshop, we’ll debunk some of those myths and ease some of the anxiety around promoting one’s work. Learn how to best use promotion and social media.

2. Twenty Questions You Need Answered After You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book (East). After you self-publish your work or get a traditional publishing book deal, there are plenty of things you need to know.

3. How to Write and Sell Romance in Today’s Market (West). This session will address important topics and tips for writers of romance.

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.

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PITCH AGENTS AND EDITORS:

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.29.46 AM.pngKaitlyn Johnson is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking upper middle grade, young adult, new adult romance, fantasy works (yes, that very much includes urban!) and time travel, romance (erotic elements OK), historical fiction (anything other than Henry VIII, Shakespeare, American Civil War, Greek gods/myths), contemporary (can grab her attention only if the concept is unique and well executed, LGBT welcome in all noted genres. Learn more about Kaitlyn here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 4.51.55 PM.pngCricket Freeman is a literary agent with The August Agency. She is seeking: Her fiction interests include mainstream fiction, literary fiction, and crime/mystery/thriller (including historicals), and fiction with an international flavor. Her nonfiction interests include narrative nonfiction, memoir, history, biography, business, true crime (including historicals), pop culture, arts & entertainment, political & social sciences, academic works, media & current events (seasoned journalists receive special attention here), and nonfiction with an international flavor. Learn more about Cricket here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-19 at 9.56.13 AM.pngKaren Solem is a literary agent and the president of Spencerhill Associates. Karen represents a broad range of commercial fiction, and though a number of her clients have become New York Times bestsellers, she still takes great pleasure in discovering and working with new talent. Karen is looking for literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction, primarily for the adult market. She would love to read a richly detailed historical novel or historical suspense, a big sprawling family saga, or engrossing women’s fiction. She especially enjoys southern women’s fiction; and given her passion for animals, seeks any work involving dogs, horses or the natural world. She loves a great suspense novel and especially those with a psychological hook. Learn more about Karen here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 1.18.25 PMMarlene Stringer is a literary agent and the founder of Stringer Literary Agency. She will be at the Tampa event. She represents mystery, thriller, contemporary and urban fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, young adult / teen, and women’s fiction. She also represents select nonfiction, including parenting, history, music, sports and popular science. “If your manuscript falls between categories, or you are not sure of the category, pitch and we’ll let you know if we’d like to take a look.” Note that she does not represent picture books, plays, short stories, poetry, academic, or memoir. Learn more about Marlene here.

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 2.55.01 PM.pngSharon Belcastro is the founder of the Belcastro Agency. She is seeking cozy mysteries, thriller, suspense fiction, mystery with romantic elements, romance (both contemporary and suspenseful), and young adult fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and action/adventure). “We look for a unique voice and a strong protagonist full of attitude. We like dark and intense but we won’t turn away something that’s a little on the lighter side. We enjoy a touch of humor, and we would never turn away something sexy.” Learn more about Sharon here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 10.30.32 AMMarisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary. Marisa seeks creative stories with developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. She is seeking: contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the aforementioned genres, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), and picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed). She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. In nonfiction, she likes self-help, science nonfiction, and business books (including titles for kids). Learn more about Marisa here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-17 at 2.56.33 PM.pngNicole Resciniti is a senior literary agent with The Seymour Agency. She is seeking: happily-ever-after romances, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, YA, and inspirational novels. Currently on her specific wishlist: high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA. Learn more about Nicole here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 1.26.15 AM.pngAmanda Leuck is a literary agent with Spencerhill Associates. She is seeking: strong, character-driven stories, written with an unforgettable voice. She’s looking for literary and commercial YA, new adult fiction, urban fantasy, and romance in all genres, including edgy romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal with a fresh twist. Learn more about Amanda here.

126a6eaa16ef1d4b5ef0e677c1965ca7Saritza Hernandez is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary, and is representing the entire agency and their genres. She will be at the Tampa event. Her personal tastes lean toward erotica (all kinds), but she is open to hearing pitches for all her co-agents in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, romance, thrillers, adventure, paranormal, young adult, middle grade, picture books, historical romance, new adult (both romance and non-romance), and graphic novels. In nonfiction, she can take pitches for parenting, education, self-improvement, science, and business. Learn more about Saritza here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 1.51.28 PM.pngNalini Akolekar is a literary agent with Spencerhill Associates. Nalini currently represents several best-selling authors, and has placed books with a wide range of publishers, from the Big Five to Amazon, Harlequin, indies and E-first. She specializes in romance and women’s fiction in the adult market, but she also loves thrillers. Please note that her agency does not represent children’s books. Learn more about Nalini here.

        More 2019 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. You can pitch as many agents & editors as like you wish.

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.)

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PRICING:

$189 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2019 FWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 2018, 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.png“I 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 Brian Klems, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Florida 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 $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 double-spaced 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 Don Bruns, a published author of thriller/mystery, 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 his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Literary fiction, humorous fiction, mystery, fantasy, memoir, business nonfiction: Faculty member Erik Deckers, a published author and 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 his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • More options forthcoming.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Kimiko Nakamura via email: WDWcoordinator@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 Kimiko plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Florida workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION:

Because of limited space at the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore, 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: WDWcoordinator@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 FWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Kimiko plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Florida 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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