This workshop will cover how to summarize your story and why that matters. Nothing reveals the strengths and weaknesses of a novel more than its synopsis—but how on earth do you boil down a novel-length work into a few hundred words? In this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to create a killer synopsis for your book, one step at a time. We’ll also discuss how a synopsis can clue you in to a revision plan and how to incorporate it in a query to a literary agent. You’ll leave this session with a targeted toolbox of editing tricks and the confidence to move forward on your project!
Tara Sullivan writes Young Adult novels that address contemporary human rights issues. Her debut, Golden Boy, won the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Award, and was a YALSA, Kirkus and Wall Street Journal book of the year. Her second novel, The Bitter Side of Sweet, is a CABA 2017 Africana Honor award winner, an ALSC Notable Children’s Book of 2017, a Bank Street 2017 Best Children’s Book of the Year. Tara currently lives and writes in Massachusetts. Find out more about Tara. Twitter: @SullivanStories
This workshop is a collaboration between SCBWI’s ShopTalks and WestportWRITES series. Learn more about The New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.