Schedule: 2022 Workshop

ONLINE: The 2022 FWW is an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on July 8-9, 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.)


FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022:

9:30 – 10:30: Changes in the Publishing Industry — What Writers Need to Know to Succeed, taught by Rachel Beck. In this class, a literary agent with more than a decade of experience in the publishing industry, will break down how the industry is changing — and what writers need to know to succeed. This session will address the gradual evolution of social media, ebooks, self-marketing, how editors purchase books, how agents now choose clients, and much more.

10:45 – 11:45: Choosing and Using Point of View in a Novel, taught by James Mustelier. This class, taught by a literary agent, will cover the advantages and drawbacks of choosing various point-of-view choices, important aspects to consider when writing from multiple POVs in the same narrative, and the relationship between POV and voice. Topics discussed include present vs past tense, limited vs omniscient third person, a single POV vs multiple, and more.

11:45 – 1:15: Break

1:15 – 2:15: How to Stand Out in the Query Trenches, taught by Kaitlyn Sanchez. Sending out a query can be a joyful but also nerve-racking experience. Join literary agent Kaitlyn Sanchez for some great tips on how to set yourself apart when querying. This talk features examples to guide you in finding your best way to stand out in the query trenches.

2:45 – 3:45: From Castles to Condominiums: Building Immersive Worlds in Any Kind of Fiction, taught by Laurel Symonds. Detailed world-building is essential to strong fiction—but it’s not just for fantasy and sci-fi! Learn the key points to creating believable worlds and how the world influences plot and character.

4:00 – 5:00: You Have an Agent Offer or Book Contract — Now What? taught by agent Carlie Webber. Many writers seek to get an agent and book deal. But what happens after these steps? Hear from literary agent Carlie Webber on how to effectively work with a literary agent, what to expect in the submission process, what it’s like to work with a publishing house editor, how to sell multiple books in your career, and much more.

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9:30 – 10:30: Crafting a Compelling Logline and Query Pitch, taught by Eve Porinchak. You only have one shot to hook an agent, and the key is crafting both a compelling logline and pitch. In this workshop, critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster author (and former literary agent) Eve Porinchak guides you in creating your one-sentence logline and query pitch. In addition to using these essential pieces in your query letter, your logline and pitch will also be used throughout the life of your book for marketing and publicity purposes. So, it is important to get these just right.  

10:45 – 11:45: How to Outline Your Novel or Memoir: Mastering Narrative Structure, taught by Mary Kole. Whether you’re a pantser or plotter, join this class for a rigorous look at the outline for fiction and creative nonfiction. This workshop will give you a battle-tested template and insights on outlining from over a decade inside the publishing business, so afterward, you will be bursting with ideas for crafting a bulletproof road map for your current or next project.

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 FWW attendees. Bring your questions and get them answered in this popular session.

4:00 – 5:00:  12 Ways to Improve Your Writing, taught by Erik Deckers. It’s frustrating for beginning writers who want to hone their craft, but aren’t given much direction beyond “write every day,” and “read a lot.” Most so-called content marketing secrets are nothing more than “write good stuff,” which is completely unhelpful. Wouldn’t it be great if there was just one list of tips you could follow? We will look at different writing secrets professionals use to produce tight, interesting content and break them down into simple steps everyone can use to improve their own writing. We’ll learn how to cut out unnecessary language and filler words, how to harness metaphors and similes to better understand complex ideas, and which grammar rules you should ignore. We’ll look at some unusual advice that every professional writer knows (and even does), why inspiration is the downfall of many writers, and one psychological trick that will cut years off your learning curve.

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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 July 8-9, 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.


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:

  1. “How to Write a Damn Fine Query Letter,” taught by literary agent Carlisle Webber.
  2. “Word Wizardry: Crafting a Stand-Out Voice,” taught by literary agent Kelly Peterson.
  3. “The Business of How Authors Make Money,” taught by literary agent Carly Watters
  4. “3 Things You Must Do Before Contacting a Literary Agent,” taught by literary agent Barb Roose.
  5. “7 Marketing Tips for Authors,” taught by published author E.J. Wenstrom.
  6. “How to Get Past Writer’s Block,” taught by literary agent Devon Halliday.
  7. “Traditional vs. Independent/Self-publishing, taught by literary agent Leticia Gomez.
  8. “How to Write Great Romance Novels,” taught by published author Sarah Zettel.
  9. “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy that Sells,” taught by published author Olivia Cole.
  10. “Ask an Agent Anything: A Q&A Panel” — a chance to see aspiring writers get expert answers and advice from literary agents.
  11. “So You’ve Finished Writing and Revising Your Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel,” taught by published author Julie Eshbaugh.
  12. “Writing and Selling Fiction vs. Nonfiction,” taught by literary agent Leticia Gomez.