Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Brooklyn Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Brooklyn, NY, on June 15, 2019.
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 (125 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Brooklyn Writing Workshop!
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Sheraton Brooklyn. 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:
- literary agent Amaryah Orenstein (GO Literary)
- literary agent Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary)
- literary agent Tanusri Prasanna (Foundry Literary + Media)
- literary agent Reiko Davis (DeFiore & Company)
- and many more agents/editors to come.
By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Kerrie Flanagan of Writing Day Workshops, with help from local writing groups.
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel, 228 Duffield St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 855-1900.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019)
8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.
9:30 – 10:30 AM:
Class choice #1: An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today
Class choice #2: An Agent’s Tips on Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade
Class choice #1: An Agent’s Tips on Writing Great Mystery, Thriller, Crime, and Suspense
Class choice #2: How to Write an Awesome Query Letter
11:45 – 1:15: Lunch on your own.
1:15 – 2:30:
Class choice #1: “Writers’ Got Talent” — A First Pages Critique Fest (general/all fiction & memoir)
Class choice #2: “Writers’ Got Talent” — A First Pages Critique Fest (this side class specifically for YA & MG first pages)
Class choice #1: What Happens After You Get an Agent?
Class choice #2: Social Media Advice — How to Market Yourself and Your Books
4:00 – 5:00:
Class choice #1: Let’s Talk Craft — An Agent’s Take on Awesome Plot, Character, Voice, & Style
Class choice #2: An Agent’s Tips on Writing Romance and Women’s Fiction
All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR!
Tanusri Prasanna is a literary agent with Foundry Literary + Media. In the children’s space, Tanusri represents picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction. Her favorite middle grade novels blend literary voices with compelling and intricate plots, magical realism, mysteries, or light-hearted stories set in schools or interesting neighborhoods. In young adult, she looks for ambitious world-building fantasies, contemporary coming-of-age stories, charming and relatable romances, and voice-driven suspense. And in the picture book space, Tanusri gravitates towards wry humor and twisty endings, but also meaningful, concept-driven, texts. She also selectively represents children’s nonfiction featuring fascinating aspects of our world introduced in a manner that excites the imagination and curiosity of young readers. Tanusri looks for accessible and wide-reaching narrative nonfiction set against themes in social justice, rights, and representation, and her clients include thought leaders and activists in these fields. She also represents memoirs that speak to these issues with authenticity, humor and heart, and particularly those highlighting diverse viewpoints, experiences and even storytelling styles.
Tanusri began her career as an advocate for human rights and the whole range of un- or under-represented stories. Today, she translates this passion for voice into her client representation. Tanusri was born and raised in India and has strong roots in the sub-continent. She has a law degree from the National Law School of India, an LLM from Harvard Law School, and holds a PhD in jurisprudence and human rights law from Oxford University. She has worked in the World Bank’s legal department in Washington and as a fellow at Columbia Law School.
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Amaryah Orenstein is a literary agent and the founder of GO Literary.
Amaryah has always loved to read and provide (oftentimes unsolicited) editorial advice and, as a literary agent, she is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. She is particularly drawn to narrative nonfiction and memoir but enjoys any book that connects the reader to its characters and evokes thought and feeling.
Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations, including the Tauber Institute, where she edited books for Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Amaryah earned a BA at McGill University before coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies in American History. She completed an MA at Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a PhD at Brandeis University.
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Kate McKean is a literary agent with Howard Morhaim Literary. Kate joined HMLA in 2006. She earned her master’s degree in fiction writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and began her publishing career at the University Press of Florida. She is proud to work with New York Times best selling authors in a wide variety of genres including Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s Texts From Jane Eyre, Madeleine Roux’s YA horror series Asylum, and Brittany Gibbons’ memoir Fat Girl Walking. In addition to working with clients, she is an adjunct professor at New York University.
For adults, she is primarily interested in contemporary women’s fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction. For children, she is looking for projects in middle grade and young adult in the areas of horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as picture books of all kinds, especially non-fiction picture books. In non-fiction, for adults or children/teens, she represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop-culture, memoir, sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft. She is also interested in graphic novels and memoirs for all ages–adult and children. She is not actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, or screenplays.
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Reiko Davis is a literary agent with DeFiore & Company. Before joining DeFiore, Reiko was an associate agent at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency for four years. She grew up in Kansas City, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course.
Reiko’s interests are varied, but she is particularly drawn to adult literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, and young adult and middle grade fiction. Above all, she wants to discover books that surprise and move her with their irresistible characters and language.
She loves a strong narrative voice; smart, funny heroines; narrowly located settings (especially towns in the South and Midwest); family sagas; darkly suspenseful novels; and stories of remarkable friendships or that explore the often perilous terrain of human relationships. For children’s books, she is actively looking for young adult and middle grade fiction—whether it be contemporary, historical, light fantasy, or simply a story with a timeless quality and vibrant characters. She would love to see more #OwnVoices manuscripts from writers of color. For nonfiction, she is most interested in cultural, social, and literary history; fascinating tours through niche subjects; narrative science; psychology; guides on creativity; and memoir.
New agents may be added for the 2019 event at any time. Check back.
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.)
$189 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2019 BWW and access to all workshops, all day, on Saturday, June 15, 2019. As of fall 2018, event registration is now OPEN.
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. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)
“I met my client, Alison Hammer, at the 2017 Writing
Workshop of Chicago and just sold her book.”
– literary agent Joanna Mackenzie of Nelson Literary
“Good news! I signed a client [novelist Aliza Mann]
from the 2017 Michigan Writing Workshop!”
– literary agent Sara Mebigow of KT Literary
“I signed author Stephanie Wright from
the 2018 Seattle Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary
“I signed an author [Kate Thompson] that I
met at the 2017 Philadelphia Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary
“I signed novelist Kathleen McInnis after meeting her
at the 2016 Chesapeake Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary + Media
Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, former longtime editor of the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS for Writer’s Digest Books. (This rate is a special event value for BWW 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?
Add $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:
How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Kerrie Flanagan via email: WDWfaculty@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 Kerrie plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Brooklyn workshop specifically.
Because of limited space at the venue of the Sheraton Brooklyn, the workshop can only allow 125 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 Kerrie Flanagan via email: WDWfaculty@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 BWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Kerrie plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Brooklyn 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.)