Writing Workshops

Writing Workshops offer a nurturing environment in which writers learn more about the craft of writing. These classes are typically taught by widely published and award-winning authors. Workshop coordinators may list their guidelines at Submit Your Announcement.

  • How To Get Your Book Published Workshop

    November 22, 2014

    Toulminville Library
    601 Stanton Road
    Mobile, AL 36617

    Through the workshop, Marcus Oaks will show attendees how to compose a winning query letter, evaluate publishing opportunities, compose comprehensive book proposal including building a dynamic platform, formatting your manuscript, developing a press kit, marketing techniques, self-publishing – traditional publishing - print on demand, writing styles, sales history, genres that are generally accepted by publishers, what editors really look for when receiving your solicited material, and much more. The workshop is open to the public and free of charge.

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    Marcus Oaks

  • A Michael Garrett—Writing Workshop

    November 22, 2014
    Fee: $60.00

    Long Beach City Library
    209 Jeff Davis Ave
    Long Beach, MS 39560

    If you want to impress commercial publishers (or your readers, if you self-publish), there are elements in an effective novel of which you're likely unaware. The quality of your writing alone is not nearly enough to please your readership; your story must be presented within certain parameters to compare favorably with commercial novels. This workshop will discuss what publishers want and don't want. Bring the first page of your novel for an evaluation of its effectiveness in capturing the interest of publishers and readers alike. Michael Garrett was Stephen King’s first editor, and has edited for Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Ellison, and Lawrence Block. See website for more information.

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  • The Writer's Hotel NYC Masterclass in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

    June 10-16, 2015
    Application Deadline: March 7, 2015

    You could be one-on-one with writers at the heart of the city this June! The Writer's Hotel & The New Guard literary review are hosting a Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry in Midtown Manhattan. Events are held between three writer's hotels. Classes are small, and the four-day workshops run for three full hours long. Choose your workshop leader and choose from four different craft lectures each afternoon. Meet agents and make those important literary connections. Take a walking tour at lunch, and read your own original work in the city at night. See website for more information.

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    July 13 - 17, 2015
    Oceanside Community Center
    1550 Pacific Ave
    Oceanside, OR 97141

    This is an intensive workshop for those who are not only passionate about children's book writing, but who dream of publishing their own children's books. Getting attendees published is the end goal. (Students from 2003 and 2007 have published their first books! Others have signed with an agent who has been an instructor for several summers.) The course is designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers. It consists of presentations by eight full-time instructors, gobs of writing, group manuscript sharing, and intensive consults with instructors. The instructors are five professional children's book authors, two children's book editors from major publishing houses, and a full-time children's book agent. What makes this course distinctive is the enormous amount of one-on-one coaching from the instructors, far, far more than from any other course we're aware of. See website for more information.


  • Highlights Foundation workshops


    The Highlights Foundation offers workshops for children’s writers year round. See website for specific workshops & dates. http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/upcoming-workshops/



    Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency facility located at 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168. ACA organizes many programs for artists of all ages and professional levels. See website for more information.


    Jim Frost, Co-Director / Residency
    386-427-6975, x16