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    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    QUERYPALOOZA

    HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY
    AND HOOK AN AGENT 

    with Author and Former Literary Agent Eve Porinchak


    In this interactive workshop Eve Porinchak, former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (JCLA, now part of Transatlantic Agency), will teach you the basics of how to write a QUERY LETTER – the most important step in landing your wonderful manuscript on an agent’s desk.

    During QUERYPALOOZA you will learn to:

    - Identify QUERY Do’s and Don’ts.

    - Write a one sentence logline whittling down your book to its main hook and theme.

    - Write a brief one paragraph pitch.

    - Write a brief, intriguing author bio.

    - Pull all these pieces together to create a concise and killer QUERY that will leave an agent begging to read your entire manuscript!

    * If you do have a query letter draft, you will want to have that with you. If not, no worries - we'll put you to work so that you will have a draft by the end of our session.



    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    EVE PORINCHAK

    Since earning a degree in psychology and biology from UCLA, Eve has spent much of her time in and out of jail—teaching creative writing to incarcerated teens. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary, Eve also attended medical school, served as a child welfare case worker, and has taught everything from Kindergarten to college courses. She speaks at conferences all over the country and teaches courses at UCLA on all things publishing. A highly collaborative developmental editor, Eve prides herself on whipping manuscripts into submission-ready shape, and has guided countless aspiring authors on their paths to publication.

    Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically - have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her critically acclaimed book, One Cut - a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s young adult true crime line SIMON TRUE in 2017.




    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 8
    Register

    ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
    FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

    Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

    Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


    THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

    As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

    Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

    In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

    TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

    TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

    T = Terrific

    We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

    A = Author Questions

    In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

    C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

    T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





      • 14 Aug 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online (Zoom)
      • 9
      Register

      ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
      FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

      Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

      Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


      THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

      As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

      Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

      In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

      TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

      TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

      T = Terrific

      We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

      A = Author Questions

      In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

      C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

      T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





        • 20 Aug 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew

        with Katherine E. Kottaras


        “Never think of revising as fixing something that is wrong...Rather think of it as an opportunity to improve something you already love.”

        -Marion Dane Bauer

        Do you have a work-in-progress that's been sitting in a drawer (or a laptop file) that misses you? Maybe you know that WIP needs work, but something's keeping you from diving back in. Maybe that something is...fear? Step by step, and with tools in hand, we will step away from fear and reopen those files. We'll ask the important questions and re-engage with the important work of revising our WIPs so that we can reignite our creativity and lean back into the joy of writing.

        Please bring the following materials:

        1. Writing implements - notebook and pen/laptop

        2. Chapter you would like to work on/revise

        NOTE: This workshop will be hosted over Zoom. Attendees will receive the link once they register for this event. 

         

        ABOUT THE SPEAKER

        KATHERINE E. KOTTARAS

        Katherine is a contemplative writer and holistic teacher.

        Katherine is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. She is also the writer, voice, and co-creator of Yoga with Eleonora on PillowFortTV.

        Katherine holds an M.A. in English and an M.S. in Kinesiology with a focus on Integrative Wellness. She has worked at the middle, high school, and community college levels for over two decades. She is also a yoga teacher, personal trainer, and health coach while also living with invisible illnesses and neurodivergence, and as such, she is passionate about mindfulness, bodily self-determination, and health equity. As the queer daughter of an immigrant, Katherine believes that holistic and inclusive approaches to expression, healing, and growth should be accessible to all.

        Check out Katherine’s new series, Yoga with Eleonora on YouTube, which helps kids of all ages calm their minds and bodies so they can respond to and communicate their feelings in healthy ways.


        Learn more about her YA books here: https://www.katherinekottaras.com/writing.html



        • 01 Oct 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

        Let the Character Drive the Bus:
        How to Craft a Story

        with Catherine Linka & Tami Lewis Brown

        Whether a character is a feisty pigeon, a determined scientist or a desperate art student, their stories begin with what drives them to pursue their desires. What a character wants and what they will do to get it provide the road map for how their story unfolds. What happens next or what we think of as plot comes directly from the main character. In this workshop, picture book and middle grade author, Tami Lewis Brown, teams up with young adult author, Catherine Linka, to show writers how to set both fictional and real characters on their journey and how to develop their journey through the choices they make and the opposition they must overcome. Intended for writers of picture books and picture book biographies, middle grade and young adult novels. Lecture will alternate with writing exercises. Attendees should bring a few sheets of plain paper, pencils and erasers and have their work-in-progress easily accessible.

         

        ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

        CATHERINE LINKA

        Catherine Linka is the author of three young adult novels, including the award-winning feminist dystopian A GIRL  CALLED FEARLESS and the sequel, A GIRL UNDONE. Her contemporary novel set in an art school, WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE, was included in the 2021 Best Books of the Year for 14+ by Bank Street College of Education.


        You can purchase copies of Catherine's books using the links below:

        A Girl Called Fearless

        A Girl Undone

        What I Want You to See

        TAMI LEWIS BROWN

        TAMI LEWIS BROWN has written picture books, biographies and novels for children. Her picture book biography PERKINS PERFECT PURPLE (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) was a finalist for the Cook Prize and SOAR, ELINOR! (Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers) won a place on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project’s top 10 feminist books. Tami holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College where she served on the Board of Trustees for over a decade. After leaving a career as a trial lawyer she became the writer-in-residence and elementary school librarian. She now writes books for young people full time in Northern Vermont and Washington, D.C.


         

        You can purchase copies of Tami's books using the links below:

        ART IS LIFE: The Life Of Artist Keith Haring

        Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future

         Perkin's Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry

        SOARELINOR!

        We Really Do Care

        THE MAP OF ME

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