The 2016 Tennessee Writing Workshop: July 23, 2016 (Nashville)

Screen shot 2014-10-02 at 10.29.46 PMAfter a successful launch in 2015, the Tennessee Writing Workshop is back for 2016! Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2016 Tennessee Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event outside Nashville, TN on July 23, 2016.

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 (130 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Tennessee Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South Cool Springs. 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:

  • editor Jenny Baumgartner (Nelson Books)
  • literary agent Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary)
  • acquiring editor Laura Apperson (St. Martin’s)
  • literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary)
  • and 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 YEAR’S PRESENTER/INSTRUCTOR

Screen shot 2015-05-26 at 10.09.53 PMBrian A. Klems (@BrianKlems) is the online editor of WritersDigest.com. His blog, The Writer’s Dig—which covers everything writing and publishing—is one of the fastest growing blogs in the writing community. Brian has been a part of the Writer’s Digest family since 2003 and has overseen the the launch of the Writer’s Digest blogs as well as helped Writer’s Digest become a vibrant member of the social media community, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. Brian’s first book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Guide to Raising Daughters (Adams Media) was released in April 2013. It received high-level buzz and praise from some of the funniest writers alive, including Dave Barry and Bruce Cameron. Brian is also a proud graduate of the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a husband, softball infielder, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, TN, 37067. (615)515-5151.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (JULY 23, 2016)

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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.12.02 AM10:30 – 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.)

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.07.06 AM2:45 – 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 AN AGENT!

Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 10.27.21 PMJulie Gwinn [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is an agent with The Seymour Agency, and was formerly an editor with many years of publishing experience. Her primary areas of interest include Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, as well as young adult novels. Learn more about Julie here.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 12.26.19 PM.pngJenny Baumgartner [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the Editorial Director for Nelson Books, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Jenny is currently acquiring nonfiction in almost any area and has a personal interest in contemporary Christianity, psychology, memoirs, business and leadership, social justice issues, and spiritual formation. Learn more about Jenny here.

screen-shot-2016-02-17-at-12-22-49-pm.pngLaura Apperson [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is an editor at St. Martin’s Press. She is searching for: fresh, bold voices, compelling storytelling, and superb writing. She will take pitches for narrative nonfiction (current events, history, biography, as well as memoir), literary fiction, upmarket/mainstream fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, and young adult. Learn more about Laura here.

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 1.06.24 PM.pngTricia Skinner [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. She is representing the entire agency and taking pitches on behalf of both herself and all her co-agents. She is taking pitches for the following fiction genres: romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery / thriller / suspense, horror, young adult, middle grade, literary fiction, new adult, graphic novels, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, novels books by and about people from marginalized perspectives (such as LGBT people and/or racial minorities), and picture books (especially from author-illustrators). She is taking pitches for the following nonfiction categories: memoir (including YA and graphic), cookbooks and food studies, political and current events, pop science, pop culture (also punk culture and geek culture), self-help, how-to, humor, pets, business / career, narrative nonfiction, history (particularly of the ancient world), history, theater / cinema / television, music, feminism and gender studies, LGBT, fashion, science / medicine, economics, sociology / social trends, craft, and design. Learn more about Tricia here.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 9.39.26 AM.pngMarisa A. Corvisiero [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founder of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the genres listed, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed), self-help, science nonfiction, and business books. She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Learn more about Marisa here.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.53.51 PMEric Smith [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with P.S. Literary. He is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in young adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), new adult, and literary and commercial fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas. Learn more about Eric here.

1400255_10200197887830313_1109260645_o-150x150Victoria 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.

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 10.48.06 PM.pngCate Hart [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent at Corvisiero Literary. Cate seeks unique stories with well-crafted plots and unforgettable characters with a strong voice. Her favorite genre is historical, whether it’s Middle Grade or YA, Adult Romance or something even spicier. The time periods she loves most are Elizabethan England, the American and French Revolutions, the Victorian Era and the Gilded Age. She loves Scottish and French History. If it’s steampunk, clockpunk, or candlepunk, she wants it. Her first love will always be young adult. She will consider any YA subgenre, but is looking especially for Fantasy and Magical Realism. For Middle Grade, she is looking for Fantasy, Adventure and Mystery with a humorous or heart-warming voice and a unique concept. For Adult, she is only accepting Historical Romance. Cate will also consider select LGBTQ and Erotica. For Non-Fiction, Cate will consider select histories and biographies. She is looking for secret histories and little known facts and events. She enjoys reading about the everyday heroes of the American and French Revolutions, something more beyond the tactics of war. Learn more about Cate 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 — the complete base price for registration to the 2016 TWW and access to all workshops, all day, July 23, 2016.

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.

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 3.01.32 PM“I signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 3.05.52 PM“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 1.31.47 PM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest. (Chuck is Brian’s co-worker, and he was the instructor for the TWW in 2015. This rate is a special event value for 2016 Tennessee 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: WDWconference@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 Tennessee workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION

Because of limited space at the venue of the Embassy Suites, the workshop can only allow 130 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: WDWconference@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 TWW 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 Tennessee 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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Thank you for your interest in the Tennessee Writing Workshop.

 

 

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Jenny Baumgartner of Nelson Books

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Jenny Baumgartner is the Editorial Director for Nelson Books, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

Jenny is currently acquiring nonfiction in almost any area and has a personal interest in contemporary Christianity, psychology, memoirs, business and leadership, social justice issues, and spiritual formation.

Even after twenty-plus years’ experience in book publishing, she’s like a kid in a candy store when given the opportunity to partner with a writer on a new book. She has edited renowned authors, such as Andy Andrews, Max Lucado, and Frank Peretti, whose books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times and USA Today and has been honored to be a part of many more books that have shaped and transformed lives. Over the years, she has taught at many writer’s conferences and has shepherded, sometimes pushed, many students through English 101 and 102 at various universities and community colleges. She lives in Nashville, TN, with her family.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency

Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 10.27.15 PM[SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS]

Literary agent Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Last year she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. She has more than 25 years public relations and marketing experience and has also worked in marketing for several Nashville non-profit organizations including the TN Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross and the YWCA. She is married and has two children.

Her primary areas of interest include Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, and young adult novels.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tricia Skinner of Fuse Literary

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Tri­cia Skin­ner is a literary agent with Fuse Literary.

She is representing the entire agency and taking pitches on behalf of both herself and all her co-agents.

She is taking pitches for the following fiction genres:

  • genre romance (subgenres of science fiction, futuristic, fantasy, suspense, military/special ops, firefighters, cowboys, paranormal, and medieval historical)
  • fantasy
  • science fiction
  • mystery / thriller / suspense
  • horror
  • young adult
  • middle grade
  • literary fiction
  • new adult
  • graphic novels
  • women’s fiction
  • upmarket fiction
  • novels books by and about people from marginalized perspectives, such as LGBT people and/or racial minorities.
  • picture books (especially from author-illustrators)

She is taking pitches for the following nonfiction categories:

  • memoir (including YA and graphic)
  • cookbooks and food studies
  • political and current events
  • pop science
  • pop culture (also punk culture and geek culture)
  • self-help
  • how-to
  • humor
  • pets
  • business / career
  • narrative nonfiction
  • history (particularly of the ancient world)
  • history
  • theater / cinema / television
  • music
  • feminism and gender studies
  • LGBT
  • fashion
  • science / medicine
  • economics
  • sociology / social trends
  • craft
  • design

Tricia herself is an author of passionate dark fantasy (represented by Agency co-founder Laurie McLean), Assistant Agent working with Laurie McLean, and a project manager for Short Fuse Publishing. She began her writing career as a business reporter at The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle. Eventually she transitioned into public relations for Belo Corp. and CBS television, and then game industry relations for The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University.

Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart.

When not writ­ing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is definitely Team Vader. Her fam­ily includes three Great Danes (so far).

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Laura Apperson of St. Martin’s Press

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Laura Apperson an editor at St. Martin’s Press.

She is searching for: fresh, bold voices, compelling storytelling, and superb writing. She will take pitches for narrative nonfiction (current events, history, biography, memoir), literary fiction, upmarket fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, YA.

Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Apperson worked in journalism before moving to New York City to pursue publishing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Find her website here and connect with her on Twitter.

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

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Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary.

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 Agent in Attendance: Cate Hart of Corvisiero Literary

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Cate Hart is a literary agent at Corvisiero Literary.

Cate is all about guilty pleasures. She loves salted caramel mochas, Justin Timberlake, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, and Steampunk. As a native Nashvillian, Cate’s biggest guilty pleasure is watching “Nashville.”

When she’s reading, Cate looks for character-driven stories, a distinguished voice, and intriguing plots.She loves characters that surprise her, like the pirate with a heart of gold, and plots that keep her guessing until the very last page.

When she’s not reading queries, Cate works with clients to build their platform, works on PR projects to help promote clients’ books, and reads manuscripts with an editorial eye.

She is seeking: Cate seeks unique stories with well-crafted plots and unforgettable characters with a strong voice. Her favorite genre is historical, whether it’s Middle Grade or YA, Adult Romance or something even spicier. The time periods she loves most are Elizabethan England, the American and French Revolutions, the Victorian Era and the Gilded Age. She loves Scottish and French History. If it’s steampunk, clockpunk, or candlepunk, she wants it.

Her first love will always be young adult. She will consider any YA subgenre, but is looking especially for Fantasy and Magical Realism.

For Middle Grade, she is looking for Fantasy, Adventure and Mystery with a humorous or heart-warming voice and a unique concept.

For Adult, she is only accepting Historical Romance.

Cate will also consider select LGBTQ and Erotica.

For Non-Fiction, Cate will consider select histories and biographies. She is looking for secret histories and little known facts and events. She enjoys reading about the everyday heroes of the American and French Revolutions, something more beyond the tactics of war.