2017 workshops

The Hidden Novel March 6 -17 and May 1-13 Every manuscript has unexplored dimensions. In this workshop, you'll learn how to enrich your novel with extra character layers, changing relationships, dilemmas and plights, wonder, and the hidden current that pulls readers through a story even more strongly than plot.   

This is a master level, hands-on workshop with four writing assignments spread over two weeks. Presented by New York literary agent and teacher Donald Maass, author of Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, The Fire in Fiction and Writing 21st Century Fiction.

Note: March workship is sold out. Registration for May workshop opens April 10 at 12pm (noon) Eastern, 9am Pacific.

Grabbing the Reader January 23-27. 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. 

*Title and dates subject to change.

2016 Workshops

Five Kinds of Shiny March 14-26 Some manuscripts sparkle and gleam. What not only catches the eyes of agents and editors but holds them in thrall all the way through? What signals “commercial” to industry types? How can you give your project that radiance without compromising its integrity?

Women's Fiction Craft Workshop May 16-27 Voice, setting and dialogue: do you know how to use them to your best advantage? Join us for the online Spring Women's Fiction Craft Workshop and learn how to maximize these three critical aspects of your fiction. Our five presenters are writing coaches, writing workshop leaders, award-winning, best-selling and multi-published authors. Workshop runs from May 16-27 and will be limited to 75 participants. Registration opens Monday, April 18.

Killing Our Darlings August 1-12 “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” So said Stephen King. This multi-presenter format on tension, stakes, pacing, character arcs and yes, killing your darlings, will help you edit and revise your work-in-progress until it shines. Participation will be limited to 80 people. Registration opens Monday, July 11.

As the World Turns – An Exploration into the Genre of Women’s Fiction October 24-28. Multi-presenter format. Topics to be discussed: Defining Women's Fiction; Genre Blending; Branding; Marketing and Trends. Drop in and see what authors, agents and editors have to say on the most pressing questions of writing in the WF genre and share what you've learned!