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Have you written a novel, or are you actively working on one?

Would you like to have it reviewed by a leading professional editor / literary agent ?

Are you open to critical analysis of your work by a veteran
who makes her living inside the publishing industry?

Boot Camp Extreme™ is a unique opportunity to learn from literary agent and professional editor, Toni Lopopolo, who will teach the steps necessary to improve the quality of your writing skills and techniques. This development takes place in a small group of dedicated active writers who can survive and prosper from an intensive training session. Thus, the name, Boot Camp Extreme. If you really want your work critically analyzed and get the tough love needed to polish the manuscript for publication, this is unique opportunity to get ahead of the game.

workshop You will raise the quality of your writing, learn where your story really starts , learn to identify "habit" words and how to kill them, discover the right point of view (POV) to tell the story, learn to break the story into scenes, learn to listen to your own work and keep yourself as an author out of the work, discover how to develop a voice appropriate to the novel at hand, get rid of "hack" habits, as well as learn the reality of the book publishing market as it exists today.

  • This workshop is limited in size, so you receive a maximum amount individual attention in a workshop environment. This class has sold out in the past, so don't miss this opportunity.
  • After you register and pay for the workshop, please submit a properly formatted sample (see guidelines below) of your writing to: masters (at) wcwriters.com
Don't miss this unique opportunity to improve your skills and master your manuscript!

Workshop Leader / Instructor:

Toni LopopoloToni Lopopolo was formerly the executive editor at Macmillan, St Marin’s Press. She opened her literary agency in 1991.

As an Editor, and Writing Instructor, she uses a unique teaching method to help first-time novelists master the skills needed to successfully write book-length fiction. She aids nonfiction writers to produce compelling narrative nonfiction, using fiction techniques. The small group workshops Toni holds for writers of fiction and memoir, offered both in person and Online, fill up fast.

 Fiction Bootcamp intensive workshops, which Toni teaches with nationally renowned book editor, Shelly Lowenkopf, receive continual praise from former students.

Toni has held workshops at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, at De Sales University,  at the Writer’s Room of Bucks County, PA, for the Ventura County Writers Club, at the popular Tea With Toni seminars in Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, for the  Greater Los Angeles Writers Society conferences, and many other venues. Her most popular lecture is: The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelist Make.

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 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

Guidelines for the sample first four pages of your manuscript to be submitted:
  • Pages must be typed, double-spaced;
  • Use Courier or Times (New Roman) font,
  • 12 point type size
  • Your name on each page at the top with a page number.
  • Format the work in MS Word and save in a "doc" or "RTF" format.
  • Do not submit a PDF.
Early bird Registration for Full Day: $229
Week of Event Registration:     $299
DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, CA 90230 [ map »
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Class sizes are limited.
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This workshop may be held concurrently with other events for writers. Registration and acceptance into individual programs/workshops does NOT include access to all other events. 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.