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Improve Your Writing ... Now!

Do You Want to Take Your Writing to a Higher Level

And Increase Your Chances for Publishing Success?

Toni Lopopolo at West Coast Writers Conferences

Learn what it takes from veteran literary agent and former New York publishing editor, Toni Lopopolo, who will bring the experience, insider connections, and all-important story insight.

Ms. 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.

Through this exclusive workshop you will get a select portion of your manuscript read by a literary agent / veteran educator in advance, which she will review with you in class, and you will revise during your time together.

Get personal attention on your novel -- insight you will not receive anywhere else!


  1. A new understanding of how characters must tell their own stories
  2. How and why characters reveal and betray things through action, only hinted at before through foreshadowing and inference
  3. How 21st century characters speak
  4. How the genre of your choice has grown–right under your 20th century nose.
  5. What editors and agents expect from writers today
  6. How to keep your stories from going stale and talky
  7. How to find your own best way to work
  8. How to make your work stand out from the submissions in publishers slush piles
  9. How to think series novels
  10. How and when to end stories
  11. How and when to begin them
  12. Why self-publishing is NOT a good idea until you know why

This interactive Master Class is limited in size, so you receive a maximum amount of individual attention in a workshop environment.

Once you enroll, you may email the first ten pages of your manuscript (be sure to double-space), and a one-page  synopsis to Lopopolobooks (at) aol.com

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

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!
Sunday, June 19th, 2016 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ±
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 boot camp–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 boot camp,  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

query letter 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 CC104
[ map »

Register Now and Save. Class size is limited.

Sunday, June 19, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 ± pm

FEE $149 / Early Bird* $99

* Early Bird registration closes on
June 01, 11:59 pm PST, 2016

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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. Class size is limited, so everyone gets personal attention.