From Premise To Pitch: Get Submission Ready With Two Seasoned Agents 2020
May 7 - 10, 2020
Join Us To:
Work with two agents in hands-on sessions that will help you prepare your pitch, synopsis, and bio for the submission process. Through one-to-one manuscript critiques of ten page samples and synopses, identify weaknesses in your manuscript that must be addressed before you submit. Ensure that the premise of your story will make agents and editors excited to read your manuscript. Please note that Gina and Jennie require two sets of submission materials: one for acceptance by March 15, and one for critique for the workshop by April 1.
What You’ll Learn:
Are you ready to start querying? During this workshop you will:
- Learn how to talk about your middle grade or young adult manuscript: how to pitch it, how to describe it, and the difference between the two.
- Find out how to ensure that the premise of your story will make agents and editors excited to read your manuscript.
- Have hands-on craft and marketing sessions to help you prepare your pitch, synopsis, and bio: pull all of the elements together to make your manuscript ready to submit.
- Develop skills to create a query letter that will rise above the slush.
- Complete exercises to help you identify weaknesses in your manuscript that must be addressed before you start submitting.
- Meet individually with an agent for a critique of your first 10 pages.
Please note: this workshop requires materials for acceptance. After registering for the course, you will be sent to a submission portal to upload the first five pages and synopsis of your work-in-progress, along with a cover letter stating whether this project has been submitted to agents or editors (or represented by any other agents.) Participants will be notified of acceptance no later than March 15, 2020.
On or before April 1, 2020, accepted participants are asked to deliver the first ten pages of their completed novel (should any revisions have taken place), synopsis, pitch, and bio. It’s important for participants to have finished projects, nearly ready to submit, to use in hands-on sessions at the workshop.
- You are a middle grade or young adult novelist. This workshop is only for novelists–no picture books please.
- You have a completed middle grade or young adult manuscript. You’ll get the most benefit from the workshop when you select one manuscript to focus on.
- You are actively querying your novel. You’ll get feedback on best practice for querying agents in the market.
- You are querying and receiving passes from agents or editors. This program is craft and business focused. Learn craft techniques to improve your writing, and business strategies to get your work in front of agents and editors.
- You have taken one of our foundational courses. If you’ve taken one of these workshops, you may find this course of special interest: Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course; Novel Beginnings; Summer Camp in Fiction; Writing for ALL Young Readers.
Still not sure if this is the right course for you? Watch a video where Program Director Alison Green Myers talks about our 2020 courses for novelists that will help you get your finished draft ready to submit.
Our workshops typically include faculty presentations, hands-on exercises, specialty topic sessions, some level of feedback, and retreat time for working on your own projects. Although we don’t have a finished agenda for this course yet, see a sample agenda here to get an idea of what to expect.
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $999.00
All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport. Airport pick-up at Newark Airport is also available for $75 round-trip.
We offer payment plans as low as $75/month. We'll be in touch with details after you register.
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Begins Thursday, May 7, with dinner, and ends on Sunday, May 10, with lunch.