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Masters workshops are half-day, full-day, two-day, and/or on-going  intensive sessions with
veteran educators, literary agents, industry experts, and best-selling authors. Locations and tuition fees vary. Classes are limited in size, so you get the maximum benefit. These Workshops are a terrific opportunity for writers of novels, short stories, screenplays--both fiction and nonfiction--to improve their writing to the next level and increase their chances for success. Bookmark this page and visit often, as workshops are added and updated regularly.

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Toni Lopopolo
Art Holcomb


Ten Steps To
Building a Better Story

Ninety percent (90!) of all stories fail at the premise level.  It's a fact that no amount of writing or skill can make a great story out of a weak idea. Now you can learn the steps professional writers use to qualify an idea before they commit to writing, and how too test your story at the premise level before you dedicate valuable time to developing and writing.

This Masters Workshop is ideal for both aspiring and active authors who want to take their writing to the next level and increase their chances for publication. Don't miss this special Masters Workshop with a true legend in the business! Register early for the best price and because his workshops fill up fast!

Half-Day Intensive Masters Workshops
with master educator and author, Art Holcomb

Event was held: Sunday April 09, 2017 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Class size limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

 

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Toni Lopopolo
Art Holcomb


How to Build your Writer's Platform
for ZERO DOLLARS

Being a successful writer in the 21st Century means that you have an internet presence and a way for others to find both you and your work. Even a beginning writer must start to develop fans as early as their every first story. And a fan today can mean a guaranteed buyer of your book tomorrow!

But just how to start? And how much will all this cost?

Fear not! Acclaimed writer and story consultant Art Holcomb can teach you how to build your writing business for virtually ZERO DOLLARS. These are the same techniques he teaches his private clients.

This Masters Workshop is ideal for both aspiring and active authors who want to take their writing to the next level and increase their chances for publication.

Half-Day Intensive Masters Workshops
with master educator and author, Art Holcomb

Sunday April 09, 2017 9:30 - 12:30 pm
Class size limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

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Sarah Hower Hart
Sarah Howery Hart

No PR budget? No Worries:
How To Obtain Thousands of $$$
of free publicity for your books

A Live Interactive Workshop

What’s the difference between “publicity” and “advertising”?  How can knowing the difference garner thousands of dollars in free publicity for your books?   These and many more important questions will be answered during this important workshop conducted by author, magazine writer, and former Public Relations specialist Sarah Howery Hart.

This 4-hour Intensive Masters Workshop

WILL BE HELD AGAIN IN THE FUTURE
Date, Time tba

Class size is limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

David Gerrold
David Gerrold
David Gerrold
Three-Part, Full Day Lecture and Workshop
with a Multi-award Winning Master Author and Educator

Authorship means Taking Charge of Your Story

Your passion is the engine for your writing, but great stories come not only from great passion, but genuine commitment to getting from page one to page last.

This course focuses on the key elements of drama, including: structure, characterization, and style, with special emphasis on world-building. These workshops are about getting under the hood and working on the underlying mechanics of plot and character. Presented in three cost-effective sessions this exclusive, intensive workshop is an interactive seminar, a candid give-and-take discussion about the heart and soul and nuts and bolts of creating a compelling experience for the reader. Whether it’s a short story, a novel, or a screenplay, the principles of effective storytelling are universal.

Session One: Story Structure - Plot is what your characters do.

Session Two: Characterization - Characterization is who your characters are

Session Three: Style - Style is the voice of the story.

Three-part Intensive Writing Workshop - One Day Only!
Date
time

Class size is limited.

Paul S. Levine, Esq.
Paul S. Levine, Esq.

The Legal and Business Aspects of Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction Books

The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. How does a writer get an agent and an attorney? How does the writer’s work get sold and how is the writer compensated? What will the agent and the lawyer do for the writer? How are they compensated? How do writers work together?

This comprehensive-one day seminar with one of the only Literary Agents in Los Angeles who is also a successful attorney, will cover all the principles and answer your questions.

Full-day 7-part Intensive Legal and Business Workshop
WILL BE HELD AGAIN IN 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Class size is limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

Christine Conradt
Christine Conradt
Screenwriting
Master Workshops

Have you written a screenplay, or are you actively working on one? Would you like to learn how to structure your story and turn it into a screenplay? Now you can learn the basics of screenwriting structure from Christine Conradt — a seasoned professional with more than 50 produced film and TV movie credits. There will be two sessions:

Screenplay Basics:
How to Integrate Structure and Character

Saturday Morning Workshop
9:00 am – 12± pm

Screenwriting: Crafting Scenes Like a Pro
Saturday Afternoon Workshop
1:00 pm – 5± pm

Class sizes are limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

Toni Lopopolo
Art Holcomb


Essential Story Structure

You know that structure is important, but what do you really need to know to get the most out of your story?

Acclaimed writing instructor Art Holcomb will take you through the fundamentals of how to turn your story into something compelling to agents and editors alike. In this hands-on workshop, Art will show you simple ways to make any story better with just one pass at your manuscript.

x Half-Day Intensive Masters Workshops
with master educator and author, Art Holcomb

2017 Date Coming soon...

Class size is limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

Essential Story Structure


Steven Hutson

Tough Love for Writers:
Take Charge of Your Writing Career

Today’s publishing environment offers unprecedented opportunities for new writers to make their mark. New business models and whiz-bang technologies make it easier than ever, to get a book on the market. In this 6-hour interactive workshop, we will examine the workings of the publishing industry. Why do some books succeed, while so many fail? Bring your questions, your thick skin, and your hard-learned lessons.

Two-Part, Half-Day Intensive Masters Workshops
with Literary Agent Steven Hutson

Saturday, TBA
Morning Session 9:30 am - 12:30, Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm - 4:30

Class size is limited. Register now for early bird discounts!

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Aspiring Authors
Master The Skills Needed
to Write Your First Novel
or Revise Your First Draft

A Live Intensive Workshop

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.

Full day workshop includes
light lunch and beverages
.

Do you have a fascinating story idea, but need to polish up on the basics of writing a novel you can sell? This Creative Writing workshop with veteran educator Ace Antonio Hall will give you the basics of writing a novel plus the guidance to make your story more dynamic. Learn how to tell an engaging story!

Full day workshop includes
light lunch and beverages
.
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The Five Keys to Developing and Finishing
Your Story

A Live Intensive Workshop

This interactive workshop with Nancy Ellen Dodd will help you recognize 1) where you are in the story development, 2) which voice to write in, 3) how to punch up your characters, 4) how to know where your story should begin, and 5) what you need to finish it.

Full day workshop includes
light lunch and beverages
.
Details
Query Letters
Will be held again
Getting An Agent or Publisher to say "YES"

Long-time literary agent Claire Gerus will teach participants of this hands-on workshop how to construct an inviting, powerful query letter for either fiction or nonfiction. Attendees may bring their own examples. Full day event includes keynote address and light lunch.

Claire Gerus
Toni Lopopolo

Do you want to improve your writing skills
and chances of authoring a successful memoir?

Now you can! Literary agent Toni Lopopolo will help you craft your manuscript into a marketable book during this intensive workshop. A former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, Toni knows what it takes to get a book polished and published.

A Full-Day Intensive Masters Workshop
with Literary Agent Toni Lopopolo

WILL BE HELD AGAIN IN THE FUTURE

Class size is limited. Register now for early bird discounts!


Laurie Lamson
Creative Writing Incubator
Want to write a book but not sure how to get started?

Having trouble completing a novel, or screenplay?

Overwhelmed with ideas? Or maybe you’re just feeling stuck?

Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson is offering a creative writing “incubator” workshop designed to give you the kick-start you need for a specific project, or just to get you writing in general. She will explore the overall cultural purpose of storytelling and participants will have the opportunity to clarify their own values and perspectives - a big part of developing a unique voice and staying motivated as a writer.

A Half-Day Intensive Masters Workshop
with Professional Editor Laurie Lamson

Date YBA
Class size is limited. Register now for early bird discounts! Will be held again in the future Details
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