Workshops & Webinars

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June 27 An Author Business Plan with Orly KonigWhat is it, Do You Need One and How to Develop One

As an author, you’re expected to be equal parts artist and business person. Whether your goals are to self-publish, go with a small publisher, or go the traditional route with an agent, having a business plan is a necessary tool to keep you on track. In this webinar, we’ll talk about what a business plan is for an author and why you need one, how to develop a plan that works for you, and how to use the plan once you’ve created it.

Orly Konig is an escapee from the corporate world where she spent sixteen years in the space industry. Now she spends her days chatting up imaginary friends, drinking entirely too much coffee, and negotiating writing space around two over-fed cats. She is the founding president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, and a quarterly contributor to the Writers in the Storm blog.
She is the author of Carousel Beach (May 2018) and The Distance Home (May 2017).

June 25-30 2018 Prepare your Pitch Workshop

Based on the Grabbing the Reader Workshop, participants will prepare, critique and hone your pitches. A great opportunity to get feedback from other writers on your pitch in advance of the agent pitch day in July, or just a chance to keep honing your pitch writing skills. Registration will open on June 4.

Wednesday July 18 2018 Agent Pitch Day

Once a year for a full 24 hours, members can pitch one women’s fiction manuscript, and within one week, agents reply to the posts they would like to pursue with what they want to see.

This is a FREE, members-only event, but due to overwhelming popularity, the event is capped at 80 registrants. In the weeks prior to registration, participating agents’ information will be posted.  

*Title and dates subject to change.

August 15 Your Author Brand with Dana KayeHow to Identify and Establish Your Unique Author Brand

Each year, millions of books hit the market, both online and in stores. How can you get readers’ attention and build an audience in such a crowded marketplace? This webinar will help show authors how to identify their unique author brand, create a memorable tagline, and establish their name recognition in the marketplace. 

Dana Kaye is the owner of Kaye Publicity Inc., a boutique PR company specializing in publishing and entertainment. Known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends, she frequently speaks on the topics of social media, branding, and publishing trends. She is also the author of YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND: A Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales and the creator of Branding Outside the Box.

Prior 2018 workshops

January 22-25 Grabbing the Reader 

No matter how much time we spend writing our books, we need to grab the reader right away with our first pages, whether it be an agent, editor or potential customer. Do your first pages get the job done?

Post your first two pages (500 words) and get honest, helpful, anonymous feedback from other WFWA members on whether they’ve been ‘grabbed’. In return, you’ll give the same to at least five other members who post their pages. 

This workshop is free for all WFWA members.

The Elements of Timeless Storytelling with Donald Maass 

Learn how to adapt and apply elements from the classics to your contemporary fiction.

Donald Maass will teach lessons derived from time-tested literature that will guide writers to utilize the force of these story elements: 

  • Knowing narrators
  • Driving desires
  • Riddles and plights
  • Impossible tasks
  • “Enchanted” lands
  • Magical and surprising secondary characters. 

Please note this is a master class designed for experienced fiction writers. This class is a repeat of the March class. Limited to 40 participants in each workshop. You can only sign up once.

Registration opens April 16. $60 registration fee is for members only, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.