[The 2015 Indiana Writing Workshop is now complete. Thank you to all who attended. We do not have a date for a future Indiana event but hope to soon. If you have never attended one of our Indiana events and want to be included on an email list of news concerning the next one(s), email coordinator Jessica Bell at writingdayworkshops [at] gmail.com and say so. Thanks!
After a successful launch in 2014, the Indiana Writing Workshop is back for 2015! The staff behind the organization and instruction of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop are excited to announce The 2015 Indiana Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Indianapolis, IN on October 24, 2015.
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 new venue (100 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2015 Indiana Writing Workshop!
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the downtown Embassy Suites in Indianapolis, IN. 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. The event’s faculty includes literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary), literary agent Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary), literary agent Laura Crockett of TriadaUS, and literary agent Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary).
By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey.
THIS YEAR’S PRESENTER/INSTRUCTOR
A new presenter will be named when the next workshop is set.
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the downtown Embassy Suites, 110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. (317)236-1800. Click on this image to see its location on a map:
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (OCT. 24, 2015)
9 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.
9:30 – 10:30: “A Bird’s-eye View Publishing & Books in the Year 2015.” This workshop is quick & easy overview of the publishing industry today, and how it’s changing. The speech is designed to educate writers and help them understand what publishing options exist for them today and why it’s an exciting time to be a writer.
10:30 – 11:45: “15 Tips on How to Write Like the Pros.” This workshop is a thorough crash course concerning craft, style and voice. We’ll discuss nuts & bolts tips for sentence construction like how to avoid passive tense, how to use vivid language, how to self-edit your own work, how to make your characters memorable, the art of compelling dialogue, and much more.
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.)
2:45 – 4:00: “25 Questions You Need Answered Before You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book.” Before you publish your work or query an agent, there are plenty of things you need to know — such as how to submit to agents properly, how to find the best self-publishing service for your need, what social media channels you should be on already, how to launch your book right, how to draft a compelling query/pitch and synopsis, how to find other writers who can help you, and much more.
4:00 – 5:00: “25 Questions You Need Answered After You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book.” After you self-publish your work or get a traditional publishing book deal, there are plenty of things you need to know — such as how to promote yourself, how to keep your career going with multiple books, how you cross between the words of self-publishing and traditional publishing (i.e., use them both) to make the most money, how to build a readership, and much more.
All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.
PITCH A LITERARY AGENT!
Kimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. Kimiko represents fiction in young adult and adult within the genres of historical, contemporary, literary, and women’s fiction. She loves thought-provoking projects that re-imagine what’s possible, characters with something (or nothing) to lose, unique viewpoints, trailblazing heroines, and anything with elements of magical realism. For nonfiction she represents cookbooks and memoirs. On her bookshelf and in her inbox, she looks for cookbooks she can read like the Sunday morning paper and daring memoirs of people making their mark on the world. Learn more about Kimiko here.
Alice Speilburg [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founder of Speilburg Literary. 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, and young adult. 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, and travel. Learn more about Alice here.
Victoria Lea [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent at Aponte Literary. She accepts submissions of any genre of mainstream fiction and nonfiction, but especially seeks women’s novels, historical novels, supernatural and paranormal fiction, fantasy novels, political and science thrillers. In nonfiction, she’ll look at any genre with commercial potential. What she consider most important, and certainly more important than genre, is that the writing be strong and fresh. Learn more about Victoria here.
Kaylee Davis is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. Kaylee is actively acquiring middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction — particularly sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, literary, and LGBTQ. She is drawn to exciting, thought-provoking stories with a fresh perspective that explores what it means to be human. She loves plot twists, genre-bending, unlikely allies, flawed heroes, and stories that are both literally and figuratively out of this world. Learn more about Kaylee here.
Amanda Luedeke [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent at MacGregor Literary. She represents general market and 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.
Laura Crockett [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent representing TriadaUS Literary. She will be taking pitches on behalf of herself as well as other agents at the agency — in the following genres: young adult, adult historical fiction, middle grade, mystery/crime, women’s fiction, and nonfiction projects. She is actively building her list of clients and is looking forward to talking with and meeting debut writers. Learn more about Laura 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.)
$129 — FINAL base price for registration to the event and access to all workshops, all day.
Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with a literary agent in attendance. You can sign up for as many pitch sessions as you like, and you can also book multiple meetings with the same faculty member. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.)
Add $59 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Because of limited space at the venue of the downtown Indy Embassy Suites, the workshop can only allow 100 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 100 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: email@example.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.)