2017 workshops

Webinar Wednesdays 

Wednesday November 29th   Social Media, Tips and Ideas for authors

Maggie Giles, one of WFWA's own social queens, will be sharing ideas and answering questions on how to get the most out of social media as a writer, without feeling like you're wasting your time.

Registration opens Monday November 13th. Live webinar will be at 7pm EST/ 6pm Central/4pm Pacific

Maggie Giles is a Canadian author who enjoys creating new connections and experiencing new opportunities. Her writing interests span across a variety of genres, most recently focusing on a thriller novel series.

Maggie is an avid participant of Scribophile, an online writing community for serious writers, as well as a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association where she has worked as their Social Media Coordinator since June 2014. She's addicted to social media.

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Wednesday October 25th Finding Your Hook

Kathryn Craft will be sharing ideas and answering questions on how to find the hook you need for that next book. 

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Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of two novels from Sourcebooks, THE ART OF FALLING and THE FAR END OF HAPPY. Her craft essays for Writer’s Digest Books have appeared in AUTHOR IN PROGRESS, NOVEL & SHORT STORY MARKET 2017, and THE COMPLETE HANDBOOK OF NOVEL WRITING. A freelance developmental editor at, Kathryn leads writing workshops and blogs monthly at Writers in the Storm and Writer Unboxed.

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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. 

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.

Prepare Your Pitch June 26–30 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. 

Agent Pitch Day July 12  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.