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Master The Skills Needed
to Write Your First Novel
or Revise Your First Draf

You need the skills to impress a publisher enough to receive a contract on your first novel.
Toni Lopopolo at West Coast Writers Conferences 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.

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 workshop environment.

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.

Email the chapter to Toni Lopopolobooks (at) aol.com by October 5th 11:59pm PST

During this Master Class , you will be given short assignments and the time to complete them.

  Suggested books from Amazon:

  1. *Stein On Writing by Sol Stein
  2. *Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
  3. *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.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 • 10:00 am - 4:00±
Los Angeles Valley College, Campus Center
Register Now!(parking is free) [ map »

Here is what some of Toni’s students say:

Toni Lopopolo“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 Beach

“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

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This workshop will be held at
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Ave,
Van Nuys CA 9140
between Burbank and Oxnard Ave.
Building and classroom TBA
[ map »

Register Now and Save. Class size is limited.
Includes a complimentary light lunch and beverage.

Saturday October 18, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 ± pm

FEE $149 / Early Bird* $99

* Early Bird registration closes on
Sunday October 11, 11:59pm PST, 2014

Register Now!

This 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.