Category Archive: Workshop

New York Pitch Conference and Novel Writing Workshop

New York Pitch Conference What: New York Pitch Conference and Novel Writing Workshop
When: Mar 16 – 19, 2017

Where: Ripley Grier Studios, 580 8th Avenue, New York NY

Why: Hone your pitch, and in so doing, gain insight in to the marketability of your work. The New York Pitch Conference bills itself as “The Premier Career Launcher for Commercial Authors.” They claim to focus on almost everything: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy or Young Adult.

Learn with authors, agents and editors, including Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff, and Paula Munier.

Tagline: “An Intensive Novel Workshop and Retreat”

Algonkian – the sponsor – bills itself as one of “the most successful and pragmatic events for writers and authors who desire to break into major commercial markets.” Learn how pitch a professional and get your work taken seriously industry professionals. All advice is provided by professionals, not peer critique.

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Ann Wylie Master Classes: Master the Art of the Storyteller

Ann Wylie Master Classes

Ann Wylie works with communicators who want to reach more readers and with organizations that want to get the word out.

What: Writing workshop
When: Feb 23 – 24, 2017
Where: The Great Room, 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo CA


Find tips for getting people to pay attention to your messages, understand them faster and remember them longer. Learn to each readers online, write copy that moves people to act, master the art of the corporate storyteller and make your writing easier to read and understand.


Ann Wylie, owner Wylie Communications, is the author of over a dozen learning tools. Previously Ann was editor of Hallmark Cards’ employee magazine, CROWN. She has won more than 60 communication awards, including a WIC Clarion and two IABC Gold Quills.


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The Asheville Christian Writers Conference – Writers Bootcamp

Why: Take part in classes and small discussion groups about editors, agents and publishers. Also explore workshops led by award-winning authors.


  • Best selling and award winning authors Vonda Skelton and Michelle Medlock Adams
  • Author and writing coach – Larry Leech
  • Award winning authors Yvonne Lehman, Cindy Sproles and Edie Melson
  • Christian Communicator and Editor Lin Johnson
  • Linda Gilden, author
  • Denise Loock, author and editor
  • Eddie Jones, Publisher Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Christian
  • Communicator, Magazine publishers and Radio Host
  • Scott McCausey and worship leader, LaTan Murphy

From the organizers:

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference offers attendees the experience of a large writers conference but on a more personal and intimate level. Consider this your “Writers Bootcamp” and an intense weekend of fun and work.

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Jan 16 2017

Content Creation Camp


Get time to escape and achieve clarity about your book idea, finally start writing your blog, or start/finish any other writing project. Attend short workshops limited to ten per group, and learn writing tools and techniques, surrounded by plenty of time to write, in a beautiful and hopefully inspiring environment.


Gina Hogan Edwards, Creativity Coach, Editor, and Founder of Around the Writer’s Table will lead short morning/afternoon workshops.

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Jan 09 2017

2017 Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Susan R. Williamson, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival

What: Poetry Festival with workshops, readings, craft talks, individual conference, social events

When: Jan 16 – 21, 2017

Where: Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL


Workshops with Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, and Robert Wrigley. Special Guest is past NEA Chairman, Dana Gioia.

Some highlights:

  • 2016 High School Poetry Contest
  • Charles Simic 2017 special guest poet
  • Traveling to Delray Beach
  • Haiku/zuihitsu workshop


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Key West Literary Seminar: Writers’ Workshop Program

What: Workshop
When: January 16 – 20, 2017
Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West FL


This Writers’ Workshop Program is intended to provide all writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements. Enrollment is limited to twelve participants per workshop to maintain teacher/student ratio.


  • Jennine Capó Crucet: “No Word Out of Place: Revision from the Ground Up”
  • Billy Collins: “Poetry: Pursuing the Love of Strangers”
  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee: “Writing Irresistible Fiction and Creative Nonfiction”
  • Kristen-Paige Madonia: “Who, What, When, & Why: An Intro to Young-Adult Lit”
  • Michael Maren: “Screenwriting 101”
  • Daniel Menaker: “Good Humor: How to Write Funny”
  • Kate Moses: “Imagining the Real: Transforming Fact into Fiction”
  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips: “Under the Surface: Studying the Music of Your Imagination”

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Writer Workshops Costa Rica

What: Three separate one-week seminars
When:  January 3 – 28
Where: Normas villas, 200 metros al oeste de la plaza de futbol La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica


Sign up for any or all of three one-week seminar/retreats, focus on a different aspect of your writing each week and learn yoga each morning from a certified yoga instructor.

The seminars:

Week 1: January 3-10

Acting Exercises for the Creative Writer
Leader: Isabelle Pierre

  • Experience how actors use physical exercises (including Laban, Lecoq, psychology gesture and improv) to explore character.
  • Move, play and feel a little silly.
  • Finish up with short reading-based workshop discoveries.

Isabelle Pierre is a NYC born actress and writer previously featured on NBC’s Shades of Blue and Hulu’s The Path. She also participated in two web-series: No Method and Finding Me: The Series. Isabelle has performed off-off Broadway at the American Theatre of Actors, HERE Arts Center and The Flea Theatre.

Week 2 : January 12- 19

Fundamentals of Comedy
Leader: Ginny Leise

Humor: a most beloved yet often intimidating genre. Everybody is funny and has a funny a story to tell. This workshop aims to instill writers with confidence in their own unique comedic voice. Start with the foundations of Comedy 101, examples of the greats and then jump into our own personal essays and storytelling performances. The workshop will culminate in a show for every participant to read or perform their work.

Ginny Leise is a writer, filmmaker and comedian living in Astoria, NY. She has extensive experience and training in improv and sketch writing at The People’s Improv Theater and Upright Citizen’s Brigade, storytelling at the Magnet Theater with Adam Wade and acting at the Atlantic Acting School. She has been telling comedic stories on stage for four years. She has hosted her own shows at Union Hall and The Bell House in Brooklyn and toured all over the country with a storytelling ensemble. Her writing credits include the play Great Gig: A Workshop for Business, the short film Pillows, the web series, The Shame Game, Feminist Babysitter and Hearts of Gold. Her most recent project is the TV pilot Urban Teach Now.

Week 3: January 21-28

Success through Self-Publishing
Leader: Robert Kroese

Learn the ropes of self publishing, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, e-book formatting, distribution, and marketing your book.

Robert Kroese has written eleven novels, mostly humorous scifi and fantasy, including Mercury Falls. Five of these were published by Amazon’s scifi imprint, 47North and five were self-published. Robert’s latest book, The Big Sheep, is published by Thomas Dunne/MacMillan.

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Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

What: Writer’s retreat
When: January 13-16, 2017
Where: Stockton Seaview Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ area

Why: Write and attend lots of prose and poetry workshops. Special guests, and Pulitzer Prize winners, Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds lead feedback sessions of Advanced Poetry Writing.

Poetry Workshops:

  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Feedback session with Stephen Dunn
  • Feedback session with Sharon Olds
  • Creative Writing Sampler (Fiction, Poetry, Memoir)

Additional Writing Workshops:

  • Fiction workshops
  • Nonfiction and memoir workshops
  • Song writing and other writing workshops

Tagline: Supportive. Energizing. Inspiring.

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How to write an essay like greatest writers did?

What: Essay writing workshop for students
When: November 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Le Bain club, The Standard Hotel, 18th floor, New York City.

Why: Talk, write, and think about great essays by prominent writers from Hemingway and Nabokov to Burroughs and Kerouac.

  • Analyze essays by the greatest writers of all time.
  • Have a look at companies’ case studies that have gone viral.
  • Read papers of unknown authors that were never read before.
  • Produce strategies for making your essay go viral
  • Use technologies for gaining ideas
  • Write essays with power, style, and inspiration

Workshop leader:

Educational coach Natalie Andersen.


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The Ultimate Writers Weekend

Why: Join Andrew Jobling, author of Eat Chocolate, Drink Alcohol and be Lean & Healthy and other books, and mentor Kelly Myles, also a recently published author,  for a weekend of advice about how to harness your habits, change your attitude and finish your book. Learn about publishing productivity, effectiveness and time management, as well as marketability.

Ultimate Writers Weekend

Andrew Jobling

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