The 2018 Indiana Writing Workshop: February 10, 2018

screen-shot-2014-07-23-at-12-58-51-pm.pngAfter successful events in 2014 and 2015, the Indiana Writing Workshop is back for 2018! Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2018 Indiana Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Indianapolis, on February 10, 2018.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Indiana Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at the Keystone Crossing. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary)
  • literary agent Laura Zats (Red Sofa Literary)
  • literary agent Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Cyle Young (Hartline Literary)
  • literary agent assistant Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Kortney Price (Corvisiero Agency)
  • and possibly more to come!

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops, with assistance from local Indiana writing groups.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at the Keystone Crossing [updated hotel venue], 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240, (317) 846-2700.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (FEB. 10, 2018)

9 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

9:30 – 10:30: Your Publishing Options Today, taught by Marisa Corvisiero. This workshop examines the two largest routes any writer can take with their book: traditional publishing and self-publishing (e-publishing). We will examine the upsides of both routes, the downsides, and the next steps no matter what you decide. In today’s publishing world, a writer has to understand what they’re in for before they send their book out. This session is designed to prepare them for what’s to come and what options exist.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.12.02 AM10:30 – 11:45: The Elusive Literary Agent: How to Find and Secure Your Publishing Representative, taught by Alice Speilburg. Authors looking to publish their work with large, commercial publishers often find that most of these publishers do not accept submissions without a literary agent. This session will discuss with attendees what services an agent can provide to an author, and how each person might find the perfect agent who will guide their career where they want it to go. As most encounters with a literary agent involve a query or pitch, this class will also cover the basic structure for a query letter, tips and tricks for improving an elevator pitch, and tactics to avoid.

11:45 – 1:15: Lunch on your own. There are several restaurants within quick driving distance on the block.

1:15 – 2:30: “Writers’ Got Talent: A Chapter One Critique-Fest.” In the vein of American Idol or America’s Got Talent, this is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 4 attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts.)

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.07.06 AM2:45 – 4:00: Revising Your Manuscript, taught by Alice Speilburg. You wrote a book! Or at least, a first draft of a book. You’ve workshopped key chapters and rewritten important scenes dozens of times, but when you send it out to publishers and agents, no one is biting. It’s time to tackle a revision that encompasses the manuscript as a whole. This class will review key elements to consider when revising: pacing, structure, character development, and conflict, and will help attendees step back, to see the book as a whole, and develop a plan.

4:00 – 5:00: How to Market Yourself and Your Books: Author Platform & Social Media Explained, taught by Marisa Corvisiero. A writer’s platform is as important as ever now. Visibility and ability to self-market are mandatory these days for writers of nonfiction and self-published works. Furthermore, fiction writers want a platform to sell more books, meet readers, and increase their value. This speech teaches writers the basics of what a platform is and why it is necessary. Then we delve into the building blocks of what can constitute a platform, from media appearances and speaking engagements to blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more.

All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.

PITCH AN AGENT!

Screen shot 2014-09-26 at 12.34.10 AMAlice Speilburg is the founder of the Speilburg Literary Agency. She is currently building her client list and represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, she’s looking for authors with established platforms who are writing books in the following categories: biography, food, gender issues, health, history, literary journalism, music, pop culture, relationships, science, travel. in fiction, she’s currently looking for character-driven novels that fall under the following genres: historical fiction, mainstream, literary, mystery, science fiction, thriller/suspense, middle grade, young adult. Learn more about Alice here.

Screen shot 2016-05-16 at 5.47.13 PM.pngLaura Zats is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. Laura seeks young adult fiction (especially contemporary), middle grade contemporary / adventure, adult fantasy and science fiction (loves non-traditional settings, fast-paced storytelling, anthropological elements, and smart humor; no high fantasy), and romance & erotica (especially contemporary; please no vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, or mermaids). Learn more about Laura here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 10.30.32 AMMarisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking: contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the aforementioned genres, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed). She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Her nonfiction interests include science, self-help, and business books (including titles for kids). Learn more about Marisa here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.28.51 AM.pngCyle Young is a literary agent with Hartline Literary. Cyle is seeking: young adult, middle grade, chapter books, easy readers, picture books, board books, genre fiction (especially romance), love stories, speculative (science fiction and fantasy), nonfiction (parenting, leadership, ministry, and self-help), movie and screenplays. Learn more about Cyle here.

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 4.43.20 PM.pngLesley Sabga is an agent assistant at The Seymour Agency. She is taking pitches on behalf of all of the agency’s acquiring agents. She wants to hear pitches for happily-ever-after romance, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, young adult with a fresh voice (both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy), science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, picture books (especially author-illustrators), cookbooks, middle grade (all kinds), narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, Southern fiction, Christian and inspirational fiction & nonfiction, and memoir. Learn more about Lesley here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 10.14.13 AMAmanda Luedeke is a literary agent with the Macgregor Literary Agency. With five years experience as an agent, Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team. She represents general market and CBA (Christian market) projects, and her areas of interest include nonfiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction), young adult, and twenty-something/post college-aged hip lit (think Joe Meno, Brett McCracken, Brad Land, JD Salinger). Learn more about Amanda here.

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.42.21 AM.pngKortney Price is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary Agency. In middle grade:, she loves adventure or survival stories, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. For young adult, she seeks psychological thrillers, “geeky” or “artsy” romance, magical realism, fantasy of any kind, science fiction, and steampunk. For new adult and adult fiction, she is selectively looking for science fiction with a unique premise and high stakes and fantasy or paranormal featuring history are a favorite. She always enjoys old buildings, antiques with ghosts, time travel, ancient curses, and time travel. Learn more about Kortney here.

These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

PRICING

$149 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2018 IWW and access to all workshops, all day, on Feb. 10, 2018. As of November 2017, event registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.20.11 AM.png“I signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.07.56 AM.png“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.00 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.09 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from instructor Chuck Sambuchino, instructor for a previous IWW workshop in 2014. (This rate is a special event value for Indiana Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Indiana workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION

Because of limited space at the venue of the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel, the workshop can only allow 150 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: Writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The IWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Indiana workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary

CorvisieroMarisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary.

At the 2018 Indiana workshop, she will be teaching two classes in addition to taking pitches.

Marisa seeks creative stories with developed plots and rich characters with unique voices.

She is seeking:

  • contemporary romance
  • thriller
  • adventure
  • paranormal / urban fantasy
  • science fiction
  • combinations of the genres listed above
  • middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction)
  • picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed)
  • She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories.
  • self-help
  • science nonfiction
  • business books (including titles for kids)

Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency and our Senior Literary Agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L. Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant, Speaker, Author and an Attorney practicing law with a focus on Corporate Law and Estate Planning in New York City.

Ms. Corvisiero is also the founder of The Corvisiero Law Practice, P.C. Since the law firm’s inception, it has achieved incredible success and growth, and continues on its high-speed trajectory towards excellence. The firm now provides assistance in a number of practice areas as a comprehensive package of legal services for existing and new clients.

Ms. Corvisiero has held positions in several law firms and companies since 1995 in different capacities. In such positions, she has attained the knowledge and experience necessary to properly and dynamically represent her clients. These stellar firms and companies include Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, a top global law firm; Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, a white shoe boutique law firm; and Avaya, Inc., a fortune 500 telecommunications company among several distinguished others.

Ms. Corvisiero received her Bachelors in Business Administration in International Business and Marketing from Hofstra University in 1995, where she was the President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Chapter, and the President of the Pre Law Society during her last year. Ms. Corvisiero received her Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 2000, and earned Pace University School of Law’s prestigious International Law Certificate for her studies in International Law. During her legal studies, she held several Board positions on the Student Bar Association, where she was also the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, the Chair of the Social Committee, and the Co-Editor of the Pace University School of Law Year Book in 1999 and 2000.

Ms. Corvisiero is licensed to practice in New York State, and has been in good standing for the duration of her admission to the Bar. She belongs to the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

She is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and has some working knowledge of Portuguese and Japanese.

Get to Know an Agency Assistant in Attendance: Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 4.43.20 PM.pngLesley Sabga is an agent assistant at The Seymour Agency.

She is taking pitches on behalf of all of the agency’s acquiring agents. She wants to hear pitches for happily-ever-after romance, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, young adult with a fresh voice (both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy), science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, picture books (especially author-illustrators), cookbooks, middle grade (all kinds), narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, Southern fiction, Christian fiction & nonfiction, and memoir.

Lesley is a graduate of the editorial program at the University of Chicago and also hold a BA in English from the University of Kentucky. She has experience working in two publishing houses, Entangled Publishing and Jolly Fish Press, and is currently working at The Seymour Agency. She is also a full-time freelancer for the Editorial Freelance Association and the Chartwell Literary Group.

Lesley is an avid reader and a constant occupant of local coffeeshops and bookstores. She wakes up every day thankful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for literature professionally.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Cyle Young of Hartline Literary

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.28.47 AM.pngCyle Young is a literary agent with Hartline Literary.

Cyle is seeking:

  • YA, middle grade, and chapter books
  • genre fiction, especially romance
  • love stories
  • speculative (sci-fi and fantasy)
  • easy readers, picture books and board books
  • nonfiction (parenting, leadership, ministry, and self-help)
  • movie and screenplays (specific details at http://www.cyleyoung.com)

Cyle is a multiple-genre award-winning author. Winner of more than twenty writing awards, he considers himself a “binge writer” and routinely scribes 30,000 words in a weekend. His book Belly Buttons and Broken Hearts released with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2013.

Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful non-fiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry. He serves as managing editor of http://www.almostanauthor.com, a website devoted to helping aspiring writers become published authors, and is also a monthly contributor to the parenting website, http://www.just18summers.com, and the writing website, http://www.thewriteconversation.blogspot.com.

You can learn more about what genres Cyle is aquiring by visiting his website at http://www.cyleyoung.com.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kortney Price of Corvisiero Literary

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 11.42.21 AM.pngKortney Price is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary.

Kortney was (and still is) that person in the bookstore who recommends books to strangers based on what they’re buying. When she realized that she could make a career out of helping authors and getting excited over books, she decided to pursue a career in agenting. So, after graduating with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014, she started out with her first agency internship. Since then she has interned with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. She was an associate agent at Holloway Literary before finding her home with Corvisiero.

Outside of her world of books and publishing, Kortney can typically be found attending musicals, meandering through art museums, watching an absurd amount of movies, pretending she understands and can teach sports at her aunt’s special needs nonprofit, exploring the city, catering to her diva dog’s every whim, and trying to rein in her new puppy.

Having grown up in a small town, Kortney has always valued the stories that allow readers to escape into fantastic worlds and visit far away places. She loves reading about the things she loves so stories featuring an awesome sense of humor, art and artists, antiques and old buildings, and strong and quirky families are always welcome. Because of her 15+ years working in the special needs community, Kortney is always looking for stories featuring characters with special needs.

She is seeking:

Middle Grade: Adventure or survival stories, mysteries (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin), science fiction, fantasy, contemporary (Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff and Wonder by RJ Palacio), and light horror.

Young Adult: Psychological thrillers, “geeky” or “artsy” romance, magical realism (The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle or The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton), fantasy of any kind, science fiction, and steampunk (Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and The Finishing School series by Gail Calliger).

New Adult/Adult: Selectively looking for science fiction with a unique premise and high stakes and fantasy or paranormal featuring history are a favorite. Old buildings, antiques with ghosts, time travel, ancient curses, and did she mention time travel?

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Laura Zats of Red Sofa Literary

Screen shot 2016-05-16 at 5.47.13 PM.pngLaura Zats is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary.

Laura seeks young adult fiction, especially contemporary, middle grade contemporary/adventure, adult fantasy and science fiction (loves non-traditional settings, fast-paced storytelling, anthropological elements, and smart humor; no high fantasy) romance and erotica (especially contemporary; please no vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, or mermaids).

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 10.14.13 AMLiterary agent Amanda Luedeke (LEE-duh-key) works for the MacGregor Literary Agency.

Amanda was a 2006 graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University Fort Wayne. Since college, she’s made her living as a writer, working as a freelancer for local newspapers and marketing companies, while operating her own writing business.

With five years experience as an agent, Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team.

She represents general market and CBA (Christian market) projects, and her areas of interest include nonfiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction), young adult, and twenty-something/post college-aged hip lit (think Joe Meno, Brett McCracken, Brad Land, JD Salinger).

Utilizing her marketing background, Amanda blogs on ChipMacGregor.com, and she also released a marketing book, The Extroverted Writer.

Amanda loves big cities, great music, snuggly dogs, and taking online quizzes. Though she considers the Chicagoland area to be home, she currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband and Great Dane.