Saugatuck StoryFest: Sunday Workshop Events

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday October 14 moves to Staples High School and will feature workshops, panels and a mini-BookCon with authors, editors, agents and educators.
Location: Staples High School, 70 North Avenue
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Link to StoryFest website.
Link to StoryFest website partnership page.

Alphabetical listing of participants.

9:30 am: Workshop registration & sign in

Registration Link

Finishing Drafts
Led by John Adamus
The first rule of writing - you have to finish your drafts, since they won't and can't become books otherwise. So what does it take to finish? What should be in a finished manuscript? How can you take your draft from wherever it is to where it needs to be Find out all that and more in this informative workshop.

The Business of Writing
Led by Meryl Moss
Get the inside skinny on book publicity, marketing, promotion and social media with Meryl Moss, founder of Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.

WORKSHOP PANEL 2: 2-2:50 pm
Registration Link

Pitching and Querying
Led by John Adamus
You finished your manuscript? That's great! Are you ready for what comes next? Whether you're self-publishing or going a more traditional route, you'll need not just a great manuscript but a strong query and pitch to get that manuscript into the hands of readers, agents, editors, and publishers. In this workshop find out what makes a good query, how to figure out your best route to published success and how to pitch your story to make people take notice.

The Business of Writing
Led by Meryl Moss
Get the inside skinny on book publicity, marketing, promotion and social media with Meryl Moss, founder of Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib. 

Writing What Matters 
Led By Chavisa Woods
* This is a 90-minute workshop (2-3:30 pm)
Award-winning NYC-based author Chavisa Woods, will engage students in a generative writing exercise guaranteed to strengthen the impact of narrative writing, and get students who may be blocked, writing again. Woods says: “I want writers who take my course to become more deliberate. My goal for this class is to make writers aware of the differences between expository writing, and writing in-scene, and the impact these tools have on the reader.” *If time permits, at the end of the workshop, woods will participate in a Q&A around understanding the small press landscape, creating cover letters, getting involved in literary communities, and submitting works for publication.

WORKSHOP PANEL 3: 3-3:50 pm
Registration Link

Building an author platform/audience/community
Led by John Adamus
If you think that a career as a writer only involves the production of manuscripts, you're discounting one of the most important part of being a writer - having an audience and network of readers, peers, friends, and colleagues who can help take your success to even greater heights. "Platform" is one hell of a buzzword, but what is it really? How do you start one, how do you build one, how do you fix one that you've maybe neglected? This workshop will explore and explain what an author needs to do with social media, content, and presence.

What’s Your Lane?
Led by Susan Ross and Westport Writers’ Workshop
Come join us for a rousing panel with Westport Writers Workshop faculty to discuss different genres of writing and consider how stories evolve and can be told in a myriad of ways, including: Fiction, Memoir, Children's, Young Adult, Playwriting, etc." In this workshop, published authors will give personal insight into what considerations go into choosing a genre and will inspire you to think about the various creative possibilities for your work.

Creating a Narrative for Yourself as an Author
Led by Craig Tello
Your personal story can be one of the most effective tools you have to sell your work. Craig Tello will provide insight on ways to craft a compelling narrative out of your own story and how to use it to share your work with the world.


Staples High School
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