ONLINE: The 2022 MWW is an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on October 7-8, 2022. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) Online events are easy and awesome, and the online events we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of a traditional in-person event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about what it means to have a writers conference online.)
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THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (OCTOBER 7-8, 2022):
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2022:
9:30 – 10:30: The Author/Agent Relationship, taught by Kaitlyn Johnson. It’s hard to tell the difference between a skilled, legit agent and someone you’d rather avoid. How do you know what questions to ask? How can you tell what practices aren’t the norm? In this session, literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson goes through the “need to know” details from when you get THE CALL all the way to when your agent sends you to editors. Learn how to research agents, target agents, talk with them, and more.
10:45 – 11:45: Navigating the Road to Publication and a Book Deal, taught by Rachelle Gardner. The world of publishing can be confusing, and the fact that you receive that long-awaited book contract doesn’t seem to clear up any mysteries! This workshop will explain the entire process between the time you submit a query to an agent and the time your book is published. You’ll learn what the editorial, marketing, sales and art departments are doing about your book along the way—and most importantly, what will be expected of you. Includes the basics about contracts, deadlines, book covers, and marketing expectations. This workshop will shed light on the vast shadowy halls of the publishing house and help you navigate your way through your first experience as a published author.
11:45 – 1:15: Break
1:15 – 2:30: Editing for the Eye, the Ear, and the Hand, taught by Vicki Selvaggio. After your first draft is complete, the REAL work begins! With a completed manuscript, it’s time to delve deeper into the elements of a story, while considering editing in the written stage, the visual stage, and the audible stage. While some editing tips are effortless, some require more butt in chair and sweat and tears and work. Editing/self-editing can seem challenging, but writing is rewriting and writing and rewriting equals editing. Adding a word, rephrasing a sentence, it’s editing in its simplest form. With an accompanying handout (and writing exercises, if time allows or to do at home), this breakout session will highlight different editing tips, while providing tips on how elements of a story can fall short.
2:45 – 3:45: Query Like a Pro, taught by Kat Kerr. This class, taught by a literary agent, examines how to write an awesome query letter that gets agent attention and requests to see more of your writing. We will examine how to construct a query, what goes into an effective pitch, and the differences between a query letter for fiction vs. a query letter for nonfiction.
4:00 – 5:00: TBD
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022:
9:30 – 10:30: Revise Like the Pros — How to Use Beta Readers in Your Life and Make Your Writing Better, taught by Cherie Postill. When you complete your novel or book, you’ll need to revise and self edit — this much you know. But how do you get talented people around you to look at your work and offer constructive intelligent feedback? The sad fact is that writers are publishing too soon to disastrous results because they are skipping this step entirely or getting it wrong. Beta readers identify undeveloped writing and help you prepare your manuscript for launch. In this class, attendees will understand how to use beta readers to compose a better novel or book, seek out 5-star reviews online, and attract loyal readers.
10:45 – 11:45: Fine-Tune Your Submission Package to Get to Yes, taught by Sarah N. Fisk. If your manuscript is solid and you know how to write a query, but you’re not quite getting the responses you’d like to see, there might be small things in your initial pitch holding you back. Literary Agent Sarah N. Fisk will discuss the small tweaks that often need to be made in query letters and first pages to get to that yes.
11:45 – 1:15: Break
1:15 – 2:30: “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest, with participating literary agents and editors. 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 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. All submissions should be novels or memoir—no prescriptive nonfiction or picture books, please. Do not send your pages in advance. You will bring printed copies with you, and instructions will be sent out approximately one week before the event.)
2:45 – 3:45: Open Agent Q&A Panel. Several attending literary agents will open themselves up to open Q&A from MWW attendees. Bring your questions and get them answered in this popular session.
4:00 – 5:00: Create an Engaging Social Media Platform, taught by Amy Brewer. This class will cover the most essential social medias to use to create a well performing platform. Topics addressed include how to anchor your platform with an author website, how to creating a Facebook author page and get followers, how to create a Twitter page and get followers, and the growing value of Instagram.
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Classes are recorded (and this is amazing news)! With an in-person conference, attendees would miss snippets of classes because they leave the classroom to pitch, or make a phone call, or anything else. But the 10 classes happening October 7-8, 2022 are all recorded, which means we will send the days’ recording following the event. You can watch classes as many times as you want during the next six months. This is an exciting new element that we couldn’t include before. Also, we will be sending out all handouts for all classes to attendees in advance.
FREE ADDITIONAL CLASSES:
Lastly, having this new technology allows us WDW faculty members to pre-record sessions, too—meaning we will actually send attendees many extra FREE classes as part of their attendance. In addition to getting the weekend’s 10 classes sent to you to watch over and over again, we will also send you 12 more FREE classes on the side, for attending in 2022:
- “How to Write a Damn Fine Query Letter,” taught by literary agent Carlisle Webber.
- “Word Wizardry: Crafting a Stand-Out Voice,” taught by literary agent Kelly Peterson.
- “The Business of How Authors Make Money,” taught by literary agent Carly Waters
- “3 Things You Must Do Before Contacting a Literary Agent,” taught by literary agent Barb Roose.
- “7 Marketing Tips for Authors,” taught by published author E.J. Wenstrom.
- “How to Get Past Writer’s Block,” taught by literary agent Devon Halliday.
- “Traditional vs. Independent/Self-publishing, taught by literary agent Leticia Gomez.
- “How to Write Great Romance Novels,” taught by published author Sarah Zettel.
- “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy that Sells,” taught by published author Olivia Cole.
- “Ask an Agent Anything: A Q&A Panel” — a chance to see aspiring writers get expert answers and advice from literary agents.
- “So You’ve Finished Writing and Revising Your Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel,” taught by published author Julie Eshbaugh.
- “Writing and Selling Fiction vs. Nonfiction,” taught by literary agent Leticia Gomez.