In this workshop, we will analyze your story idea, your writing style, character motivation, sense of setting, character commitment, and all those other little things that agents and editors look for when they open sample pages. You will learn what opens doors for your story – and what closes them. This is a 2-part workshop geared specifically to those writing genre or category:
- Thriller / Suspense / Mystery / Procedural
- Women’s Fiction / Literary / Biography / Memoir
- Romance / Western / Sci-Fi /
- YA / Paranormal
(Please, no inspirational / poetry / experimental)
Pre-Registration is required at the time you register for the conference. This is a 2-part workshop; each session is different. Limited to 12 participants only. Material should be ready for submission or very close to it. Participants must e-mail the following to Jean Jenkins on or before February 1, 2015:
- First 15 pages of your manuscript; (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, single-sided pages, 1′′ margins; [this is industry standard]
- Query Paragraph: Describe your story using active verbs and vivid descriptions in 8 lines or less. Should contain (5 points): Who is the main character? What happens to him or her? What moral choice does s/he face? Why can this character not give up? What terrible thing will happen because of that choice or if s/he’s unsuccessful?
- With query graph, please also let me know:
- Your target genre
- Your story’s inciting incident? What happens that kicks off this chain of events? Why would your main character respond to it?
- A paragraph about why you chose to write about this main character
Please put “SCWC Submission” in the subject line of your e-mail, and send your pages as attached Word documents. Your material will be critiqued and returned to you at the workshop meetings. This workshop is a combination of lecture, character and story analysis, and Q&A. Each member’s material will be analyzed individually but the discussion will be pertinent to the entire group as you learn about what sells, what doesn’t, what turns agents and editors on—or off, and how to present your story and your characters in the best light. If you have specific questions about your project, or about submitting to an agent, come prepared to ask. And come prepared to take lots of notes.
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