2019 Craft of Fiction: The Submission Series with Kim Taylor Blakemore and Jennifer Springsteen
Getting close to finishing your manuscript? When our story is near completion, it's time to dig in deeper and polish. It is also a time where we wonder, "What next?" Like all art forms, writing is communication and our manuscripts are how we long to communicate with readers.
This series will focus you on your compelling opening pages and resonant ending. It will give you deep editing skills for your final revision. You will learn how to hone your project into the perfect pitch for agents, literary magazines, and publishers. Finally, you'll write your full synopsis: what it's all about.
We've timed this series to ready you for the Willamette Writers Conference in the hopes you will pitch your well-thought-out manuscript to agents.
Saturdays and some Sundays: May 25, June 8 & 9, 15& 16, June 22, and June 29 & 30, 2019 (Please see descriptions and individual registration links below) Time: both Saturday and Sunday workshops are from 10am to 12:30pm* Location: PDX Writers Studio Cost: Each workshop is individually priced at $55 for one-day workshops and $110 for two-day workshops OR save yourself money and sign up for the whole series at $375!
Please note: There will be a $25 deposit for individual workshops and a $50 deposit for the series. Deposits will be refunded for workshops cancelled a week prior, otherwise the deposit will be held.
Dates and Descriptions:
Editing Bootcamp, Saturday, May 25, 2019 with Kim Taylor Blakemore
We love it. We hate it. Without it, a story is doomed. This interactive workshop will walk you through a specific process for deep editing of paragraphs, sentences and words. We will cut and paste and move and chip away at our work until it is powerful. Please bring 2-3 copies of 3 pages of a work in progress.
Good Endings, Saturday, June 8, 2019 with Jennifer Springsteen
Where you end is as important as where you started. It creates a lasting tone: the one you set in the beginning. We'll examine good endings and write our own. We'll look back to story starts and connect tone and character development.
The First Ten, Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2019 with Kim Taylor Blakemore Your first ten pages make a lasting impression on your reader - and carry a great responsibility. Here we establish setting, tone, pace, genre. In these few pages we offer the reader a taste of what is to come, hooking them through conflict, character, and stakes. This is not the place for saggy back story or long winded narrative. This is about action and getting your reader to jump in feet first.
In this workshop we will share and rewrite our first 10 pages, using prompts to explore and deepen the opening and lay the groundwork for the story to come.
The synopsis gives the agent or publisher the whole shabang, no back-of-book cliff hangers here. While your synopsis should utilize the narrative tone of your book, it is a different animal from the manuscript. This is where the reader learns what happens and in what order from start to finish.
In this workshop, you will learn the basic dos and don'ts about synopsis writing, then write your own.
The Pitch, Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2019 with Kim Taylor Blakemore
Your query letter and pitch are your manuscript's calling cards - a good query letter can hook an editor or agent into requesting more pages. In this workshop you will hone your query, create a 50-word pitch that encapsulates the essence and heart of your story, and create a letter that grabs the attention of the editor or agent you seek.