Saugatuck StoryFest

Sunday Workshop Registration

WORKSHOP PANEL ONE - Register here!

                                             

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.

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Staples High School

It’s the Real Read of What It Takes to Get Published Today – Learn from Publishing Insiders

Led by Meryl Moss. Panelists: Eric Kampmann, Cynthia Mason, Susan Shapiro Barasch, Tricia Tierney

It starts with an idea…and then a manuscript….and then what? Only everything! Navigating the publishing landscape and getting a book published is an unknown world for most new authors.  This session is geared to help writers understand how the publishing process really works and how to get in. If you are interested in hearing about how the traditional and hybrid publishing process works, this is the session you can’t afford to miss.

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Staples High School

Editing your Own Work

Led by Joyce Markovics

Separating yourself from your writing—be it fiction or non-fiction—is always difficult. Learn how to step back from what you’ve written and to look at it again with a critical eye. 

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Staples High School

Pitching & 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.

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Staples High School

So You’ve Written a Book –

Now Let’s Get People to Read it!

Led by Meryl Moss. Panelists: Joe Meyers, Chris Fahey, Jim Alkon, and Carole Claps

It’s a whole new world out there! Today’s media ecosystem is vastly different from what it looked like only a short time ago. And that compounds the issue for many authors starting their journey and seeking guidance and support with marketing and publicity. This panel is designed to provide writers with a starting point in understanding the book media and marketing environment and come away with tangible tips on what they need to consider to drive awareness for their new titles.  Writers will hear first-hand from media experts how a book is pitched and considered for an interview, and what publicists do – tried and true, as well as out of the box – to excel in the world of media, influencer development, social media and marketing. You’ve given birth to a new book – now let’s show it off to the world of readers!

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Staples High School

Writing What Matters

Led By Chavisa Woods

* This is a 90-minute workshop.

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.

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Staples High School

WORKSHOP PANEL TWO - Register here!

                                             

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.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Staples High School

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.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Staples High School

Creating a Narrative for Yourself as an Author with Social Media

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.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Staples High School

WORKSHOP PANEL THREE - Register here!

                                             

Writing the Teen Experience 

Led by Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, and Michael Belanger

YA writers Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, and Michael Belanger will lead a roundtable discussion with Teen Track participants about writing the teen experience..

10:00 a.m.

Staples High School

RODENT Writing

Led by Nic Stone

YA writer Nic Stone leads Teen Track participants through her RODENT writing technique and shares her insight on crafting strong fiction..

11:00 a.m.

Staples High School

Keynote Address with Ibi Zoboi

National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi addresses the StoryFest audience about her new book, Pride, and the importance of Story.

12:00 p.m.

Staples High School

WORKSHOP PANEL: TEEN TRACK - Register here!

                                             

Writing the Five Senses

Led by Michael Belanger

In this workshop, we’ll explore writing with the five senses by finding the magic and mystery in simple objects. Students will be walked through a series of steps to help unlock their unique voice, leading to building a character and creating a scene based on something as simple as a chair. All levels are welcome. All you need is a pen, pencil, or computer!

2:00 p.m.

Staples High School

Breathing Life Into Your Characters

Led by Alcy Leyva and Matthew Binder

Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, it is important to shape your characters in ways that will resonate with your readers. Whether you're painting a story from your childhood or describing the new vampire clan in the neighborhood, writers need to strike a careful balance of realistic and relatable when building a unique and compelling narrative. During this workshop, authors Alcy Leyva (AND THEN THERE WERE CROWS) and Matthew Binder (THE ABSOLVED) will explain how they approach imbuing characters with both voice and personality. If time permits, they would also like to offer one-on-one character pitches with attendees of the workshop. Come ready to write and create!

3:00 p.m.

Staples High School

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