The 2016 Colorado Writing Workshop: July 30, 2016 (Denver)

Screen shot 2014-08-13 at 8.58.34 PM[The 2016 Colorado Writing Workshop is now complete. Thank you to all who attended. We do not have a date for a future Colorado event but hope to soon. If you have never attended one of our Colorado events and want to be included on an email list of news concerning the next one(s), email coordinator Jessica Bell at writingdayworkshops [at] gmail.com and say so. Thanks!]

After a successful launch in 2014, the Colorado Writing Workshop is back for 2016! Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2016 Colorado Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event outside Denver, CO on July 30, 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 new venue (125 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Colorado Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver-Thornton. 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. The event’s faculty includes:

  • literary agent Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates)
  • literary agent Dawn Frederick (Red Sofa Literary)
  • literary agent Alex Barba (Inklings Literary)
  • literary agent Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron Literary)
  • literary scout Angie Hodapp (Nelson Literary)
  • literary agent Greg Johnson (Wordserve Literary)
  • literary agent Becky LeJeune (Bond Literary)
  • literary agent Samantha Fountain (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Laura Zats (Red Sofa Literary)
  • and possibly 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

A new presenter will be named when the next workshop is set.

LOCATION & DETAILS

Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver-Thornton, 83 East 120th Avenue, Thornton Co. 80233. (303) 920-8000. (The Doubletree Hilton has reserved a block of rooms for workshop attendees at a special rate of $129 a night. To get the discount, click here to get your room. Note: Limited rooms available.)

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (JULY 30, 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 2016-02-29 at 9.25.16 AM.pngCarlie Webber is a literary agent and the founder of CK Webber Associates Literary Management. She represents fiction in the genres of young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Learn more about Carlie here.

dawn-1313Dawn Frederick is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary Agency. She represents writers of young adult, middle grade, and graphic novels. She also personally seeks nonfiction in the following categories: biography, creative (narrative) nonfiction, history, humor, pop culture, women’s narratives (chicklit nonfiction), sports, social issues and current affairs, pop culture. Learn more about Dawn here.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.34.40 PM.pngLisa Abellera is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron and Associates. She is seeking to represent: upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or medical science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, new adult, young adult, and middle grade. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work. Learn more about Lisa here.

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.34.47 PM.pngGreg Johnson is the founder of Wordserve Literary. In the general market, he seeks historical fiction, children’s works, and YA. He also seeks inspirational/Christian fiction. His nonfiction tastes are more varied, and he specializes in religion/spirituality, memoir, military nonfiction, or history nonfiction. Business books, health, and humor rounds out what he is looking to acquire.. That said, the agency still primarily represents “authors of faith” who seek to publish in any genre or market (the general trade or CBA). Learn more about Greg here.

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 11.57.28 AM.pngAngie Hodapp is the Contracts and Royalties Manager for Nelson Literary. She is attending the conference on behalf of her agency as a talent scout for agency founder Kristin Nelson. She wants to hear pitches for young adult and upper-level middle grade novels in all subgenres; big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl); literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Art of Racing in the Rain); upmarket women’s fiction (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice); single-title romance (historicals especially; Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir); and lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War). Learn more about Angie here.

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.42.03 PM.pngBecky LeJeune is an associate literary agent with Bond Literary. She is actively building her client list, and is interested in adult and teen horror, mystery novels, new thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction novels, fantasy novels, and general fiction. Learn more about Becky LeJeune here.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.14.19 AMSamantha Fountain is a literary-agent-in-training with Corvisiero Literary. She will be taking pitches for herself as well as Corvisiero Literary as a whole. Samantha is personally seeking young adult contemporary titles, historical fiction for both young adults and adults, as well as mysteries and thrillers with dark, dramatic undertones. She is also taking pitches on behalf of Corvisiero Literary co-agents for the following: science fiction, fantasy, horror, action / adventure, young adult fantasy and sci-fi, and middle grade. Learn more about Samantha here.

Screen shot 2016-05-16 at 5.47.13 PM.pngLaura Zats is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. Laura seeks young adult fiction, especially contemporary, middle grade contemporary/adventure, adult fantasy and science fiction (loves non-traditional settings, fast-paced storytelling, anthropological elements, and smart humor; no high fantasy) romance and erotica (especially contemporary; please no vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, or mermaids). Learn more about Laura here.

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 2.22.00 PM.pngAlex Barba is an agent with Inklings Literary. She represents young adult and middle grade fiction, and is primarily looking for contemporary YA, but will also welcome queries of contemporary YA with light fantasy or sci-fi elements. A clever retelling/re-spin of an old classic is always thrilling (think Ella Enchanted, her favorite book). She’s particularly seeking issue-driven YA, empowered girl protagonists, compelling teen romance, positive (not too angsty) stories with nerdy girl or boy characters, stories about that awkward tween phase (ages 9-13), slightly dark/subversive story lines for upper YA, strong female friendships, and historical fiction (think the original American Girl series). Learn more about Alex 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 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to one event and access to all workshops, all day on July 30, 2016.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with one of the literary agents. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get agent feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for two meeting slots at twice the price to give themselves a longer consultation/pitch, or to meet multiple individuals.

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. 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 Colorado workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION

Because of limited space at the venue of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver-Thornton, 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, if either workshop is sold out. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked in a location, then yes, we still have room at both events, 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. (Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Colorado workshop specifically.) 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 CWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event.

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 Colorado Writing Workshop.

 

 

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Carlie Webber of CK Webber Associates Literary Management

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.25.16 AM.pngCarlie Webber is a literary agent and the founder of CK Webber Associates Literary Management.She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She does not want to rep picture books, easy readers, poetry, scripts or curriculum nonfiction.

Agency Founder Carlie Webber refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. She took her love of YA and commercial fiction to the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science. For ten years, she worked as a public librarian serving teens and adults, served on book awards committees, and reviewed books professionally for journals including Kirkus Reviews and VOYA. Wishing to pursue her interest in the business side of books, she then enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. Her professional publishing experience includes an internship at Writers House and work with the Publish or Perish Agency/New England Publishing Associates and the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary

dawn-1313Red Sofa Literary is the celebration of the quirky, eclectic ideas in our exciting literary community.  Realizing that the best ideas come via engaging conversations and over good coffee, while sometimes relaxing in a colorful lounger.

Established by literary agent Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency,  she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency in 2002 (before Red Sofa Literary was established).

In addition to her literary agent duties, she extensively volunteers with her local library system, while still finding time to spend quality time on her “wheels.”

She carries a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.  “Not only do I know what people like to read and are currently  reading;  I also have the experience of  working one-on-one with authors, book distribution centers, and literary organizations.”

Dawn Frederick’s Representative Categories:

  • Young Adult – Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade – Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Biography — Historical, media-related, political—no personal memoirs
  • Creative Nonfiction — It needs to be smart, with noticeable platform, and highly commercial.
  • Graphic Novels — No manga please.
  • History – Books that will engage the commerical reader.  ex: Michael Beschloss
  • Humor – I loved The Zombie Survival Guide, How to be a Villain, and Yiddish with Dick and Jane.
  • Pop Culture – Especially Americana, and anything quirky
  • Social Issues/Current Affairs—Women’s Studies, GLTB Studies, Social Sciences, and more.
  • Sports — Less mainstream, more extreme sport, ex: Roller Derby
  • Women’s Narratives – chicklit nonfiction, Latina, African-American, and more.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lisa Abellera of Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.34.40 PM.pngLisa Abellera is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron and Associates.

She is seeking to represent: upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or medical science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, new adult, young adult, and middle grade. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work.

Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays.

She joined KCLA in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco.

Lisa had a successful career in the corporate world before joining the world of publishing. After editorial internships with an independent press and Kimberley Cameron & Associates, she now follows her true passion for books and writing. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing. She is excited to develop talented authors and help advance their careers.

Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, to idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, to a tangible sense of place, to multicultural aspects and international settings, to page-turning twists, and to emotionally immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Samantha Fountain of Corvisiero Literary

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.14.19 AM.pngSamantha Fountain is a literary agent in training with Corvisiero Literary. She will be taking pitches for herself as well as Corvisiero Literary as a whole.

Samantha is personally seeking:

  • young adult contemporary titles, and she has a particular love for dark, yet beautiful stories with unique voice (The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay).
  • historical fiction for both young adults and adults (Water for Elephants, Cold Mountain, The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See).
  • mysteries and thrillers with dark, dramatic undertones (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, Dare Me).

She is also taking pitches on behalf of Corvisiero Literary co-agents for the following:

  • middle grade
  • science fiction
  • fantasy
  • horror
  • action / adventure
  • young adult fantasy and sci-fi

Samantha wears a few hats in the literary world. An unquenchable passion burns within her at the mere thought or mention of books. With eight years experience in the industry from writing for various print, online media, and her own manuscripts, to creating/hosting successful online events that connect writers with freelance editors, literary agents, and publishing houses.

Samantha’s most recent event is a Twitter sensation and can be found under #p2p16. The book industry is where she feels at home.

Samantha’s full time job is most enjoyable. She spends her days with her five-year-old, Wallace. She LOVES coffee, or perhaps it’s an addiction. Singing is a daily thing in her household. She admits her voice is nothing to write home about. Her son is the only one that joins in these musicals. Nap and bedtime are Samantha’s allotted time to write, edit, and help in making other writers’ dreams come true.

Get to Know an Agent Scout in Attendance: Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 11.57.28 AM.pngAngie Hodapp is the Contracts and Royalties Manager for Nelson Literary. She is attending the conference on behalf of her agency as a talent scout for agency founder Kristin Nelson.

She wants to hear pitches for Kristin’s favorite categories, which are the following:

  • Young-adult and upper-level middle grade novels in all subgenres
  • Big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl)
  • Literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Art of Racing in the Rain)
  • Upmarket women’s fiction (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice)
  • Single-title romance (historicals especially; Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir)
  • Lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War)

The agency is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. That said, please remember that Kristin/Angie does not want pitches for nonfiction, memoir, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, children’s picture books or early reader chapter books, or material for the Christian/inspirational market.

Angie Hodapp graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 2002 and earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University in 2010. She has worked as an editorial assistant at Colorado Review, as a project manager for a publisher of resources for educators, and as an editor in the magazine industry. She loves teaching classes of interest to writers—everything from writing craft and information design to query-letter boot camps and royalties-auditing workshops. She and her husband live in Denver with their two former shelter cats.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Greg Johnson of Wordserve Literary

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.34.47 PM.pngGreg Johnson is the founder of Wordserve Literary.

He is seeking: In the general market, he seeks historical fiction, children’s works, and YA. He also seeks inspirational/Christian fiction. His nonfiction tastes are more varied, and he specializes in religion/spirituality, memoir, military nonfiction, or history nonfiction. Business books, health, and humor rounds out what he is looking to acquire.

The agency still primarily represents authors of faith who seek to publish in any genre or market (the general trade or CBA).

Greg has been in publishing for more than 25 years. Before becoming a full-time literary agent in 1994, he wrote and published 20 works of nonfiction with traditional publishers, as well as being an editor for a teenage boys magazine for five years. In his years as an agent, he has personally represented more than 2,300 books and negotiated more than 1,800 contracts to over 85 publishing houses. These works include adult trade books (nonfiction and fiction), children’s books, specialty Bibles, movie options, video curricula, audio products, gift books and greeting cards.

While Greg’s stable of authors is near full, he will occasionally take on new authors and new projects. Along with representing a broad array of adult fiction, primarily in the Christian market, Greg works with pastors and speakers, male and female, who have important and compelling messages to author for their constituents. He has also carved a niche by representing military nonfiction/memoir for those who have served our country from WWII until today.

Greg is married to Becky and together they are parents of six adult children and seven grandchildren. They make their home near Denver, Colo.