to Write Your First Novel
or Revise Your First
You need the skills to impress a publisher enough to receive a contract on your first novel.
Here's your chance to learn what it takes, then develop those skills with the guidance of a Master. Toni Lopopolo is a professional editor, seasoned instructor, and a successful literary agent since 1991. For twenty years before she opened her agency, Toni served as executive editor at Macmillan, then at St Martin’s Press in New York City. As an acquiring editor, Toni reviewed the best projects sent to her by agents.
When Toni opened her own agency, she realized, by what writers sent to her agency as “finished” manuscripts, that most had not mastered the required skills. Agents are the great “filtering” system, the “gate-keepers” who send only the most sophisticated writing they find, to editors in publishing houses. So Toni has developed proven methods to help writers learn those skills, practice those skills, and master them.
Photo by Kim Gottlieb-Walker for WC2
Guaranteed to raise your present skills several levels, this Master Class will help every writer learn:
The importance of voice
The Importance of story
The importance of your main character(s)
Why dialogue is not conversation
Conventions of style vs “rules”
The difference between story & plot
The importance of eccentricity in your characters
Ratio of narration to scenes
The golden rules of writing scenes
Rate of revelation
How to stay out of your own story! (author intervention)
How & Why to choose the best point of view for your novel
Why you must learn to cut; to kill your darlings
Your habit words
The secrets of verbs
The 20 terrible words
How to avoid the 10 Most Common Mistakes
How to read as a writer
How to create an irresistible storyline pitch
The best books to own on fiction writing ( see below)
The importance of defining and reading your genre
How and when to approach an agent
The importance of a professional editor
Why action beats narration
What’s best for you: big publisher, small publisher, self-publisher
This full-day interactive Master Class is limited in size,
so you receive a maximum amount of individual attention in a
As a bonus for registering you may bring the first chapter of your novel, or at least 6 pages, as well as a one-page synopsis. Be sure to double-space.
During this Master Class , you will be given short assignments and the time to complete them.
Suggested books from Amazon:
*Stein On Writing by Sol Stein
*Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
*The Fiction Writer’s Handbook by Shelly Lowenkopf *Bring these books with you.
Things to bring...
A list of the last 5 novels you’ve read plus a short report on each
Writing paper, your laptop, the 3 books if you can
Your list of questions re: any subject on writing, publishing, editing, etc.
Don't miss this unique opportunity
to improve your skills and master your manuscript!
This is being presented in conjunction
with a writers conference, but is a separate fee. It
includes a live Keynote Address with light buffet lunch and beverage
at no extra cost. You do not need to register for the writers
conference to register for this Masters Workshop. Registration
is only $149 at the door. (Pre-registration is
only $99 for a limited time)
Class size is limited, so everyone gets personal attention.
18th, 2014 • 10:00 am - 4:00±
Los Angeles Valley College, Campus Center (parking
is free)[ map
Here is what some of Toni’s students say:
“Very glad I attended. In addition to
the valuable tools you taught, you opened my eyes to an entire
new way to attack the book.” – Ken Davis, Manhattan
“I want to commend you on the way you
structured the bootcamp–so organized. Covered the salient
points needed to hone a writer’s skills as well as show us
how to recognize and avoid common pitfalls encountered along
the way. Loved the exercises you had us do. Very helpful.”
– Margarita de Palacios, Mexico City
“I learned more in the 2.5 days
of the bootcamp, than I have in two SBWCs, and then
some.” – Sonja Ferrera, Encino CA
“If one expects to have their manuscript
published, Toni will show you how to improve your chances.
She’s smart, knowledgeable and will help you perfect your
writing talent.” – Alixa, Moorpark CA
“I’ve learned so much, not only about
writing. You’ve given me the confidence to continue
my story, even when I have no idea what I’m doing. With
you’re invaluable help, I’m sure to meet my goal.” –
Shirley, Moorpark CA
This workshop will be held
Los Angeles Valley College,
5800 Fulton Ave,
Van Nuys CA 9140 between Burbank and Oxnard Ave.
Building and classroom TBA [
Now and Save. Class size is limited. Includes a complimentary light lunch and beverage.
Saturday October 18,
10:00 am - 4:00 ± pm
FEE $149 / Early Bird* $99
* Early Bird registration closes
Sunday October 11, 11:59pm PST, 2014
workshop may be held concurrently with other events
for writers. Registration and acceptance into individual programs/workshops
does not provide attendees access to said other events. Masters
Workshop is a full day and includes a complimentary light lunch
with beverages plus a special bonus guest speaker. You do NOT
need register for other events to participate in this Masters
Workshop, although you may be offered an additional discount
if you choose to do so.