5 Day Workshops

NOTE: All Five-Day Workshops Include the Afternoon Sessions and Keynote.

Writers participating in the Five-Day Workshop will work for 20 hours on their writing and publishing skills. The average class has 13 students (plus an assistant for the teacher).

Classes are small for a reason—so writers get the individual attention they need to help them improve their craft. There’s time to review an attendee’s manuscript, learn more about the craft of writing, and time to get to know published authors, illustrators, editors, and agents.

Editors and agents will visit all workshops. Some classes may have guest presenters. Each instructor will keep the individual student in mind.

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$1005 EARLY BIRD ($1055 after 3/31/2017)

Full Novel Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Stephen Fraser, Agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

This week-long, full novel course features individual critiques and group discussions about each attendee’s manuscript, as well as in-depth lessons on story, character, stakes, and concept. Learn how to write a literary novel that will stand out in this tough marketplace.

The maximum word count will be 60,000 words per attendee.

NOTE: Steve will hand-pick the six attendees this year. If you are qualified for this class (having been to WIFYR morning sessions at least three years OR have comparable writing for children and young adult study, you may send the first three pages of your novel (750 words), an outline, and a query letter to staff@wifyr.com for consideration by January 27, 2017.

*Enrollment includes a 5 page manuscript consultation with an editor or agent.

Class caps at 6.

Learn more about Stephen Fraser here.

CLASS FULL

$805 EARLY BIRD ($855 after 3/31/2017)

Getting Ready for the Full Novel Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Carol Lynch Williams

In this Getting Ready for the Full Novel workshop, eight attendees will learn about structure, character development and how to write with emotion. We’ll look at the opening of your book, the important doors that lead the character to and through the middle of the novel and we’ll go over the climax and the end of the novel, too. Our class goal is to make your work the BEST it can be and prepare you for the Full Novel class the following year. Each attendee will submit 20,000 words of his or her writing (from specific parts of the novel), and a detailed synopsis (included in the 20,000 words), in advance, so we can start Monday morning ready to go.

NOTE: You must have attended WIFYR at least three years and/or have an equivalent of study in order to participate in this advanced class.

*Enrollment includes a five page manuscript consultation an editor or agent.

Class caps at 8.

Learn more about Carol Lynch Williams here.

CLASS FULL
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Lisa Mangum

$705 EARLY BIRD ($755 after 3/31/2017)

Boot Camp (CLASS FULL)

with Lisa Mangum

All stories are worthy and necessary, if told honestly and authentically. In this advanced, intensive workshop, Lisa will provide and guide in-depth critiques of participants’ manuscripts. All genres will be welcome, with a focus on helping stories become the best versions of themselves. Participants will be strongly encouraged to engage actively in the process of revision.

NOTE: Prerequisite required. Must have attended WIFYR at least two times or have equivalent education or special permission. Please send an email to staff@wifyr.com.

*Enrollment includes a 5 page manuscript consultation with an editor or agent.

Class caps at 10.

Learn more about Lisa Mangum here.

CLASS FULL

$505 EARLY BIRD ($555 after 3/31/2017)

Advanced Workshop

with Lindsey Leavitt

In this advanced novel workshop, Lindsey Leavitt will provide and guide in-depth critiques of participants’ manuscripts. Having taught at Highlight’s Foundation, written a successful middle grade series as well as several young adult novels, and with a background in elementary education, Lindsey is ready to help you make your book the best it can be. All genres are welcome in this class of 13 attendees.

NOTE: Prerequisite required. Must have attended WIFYR at least twice or have equivalent education or special permission. Please send an email to staff@wifyr.com.

*Enrollment includes a working group pitch session with an editor or agent.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Lindsey Leavitt here.

Email staff@wifyr.com for Preapproval
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$505 EARLY BIRD ($555 after 3/31/2017)

Picture Book Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Jennifer Adams

In this intensive workshop, we’ll explore the essential elements that go into great picture book writing. We will discuss structure, plot, characterization, motivation, and strong writing. We’ll discuss the importance of drafts and rewriting, how to overcome whatever is holding you back from getting words on the paper, and skills for managing a writing life. We’ll also focus extensively on editing (yourself and others) and how to work with an editor once your work is accepted for publication. You may bring two complete picture books (no longer than 800 words each) for workshopping.

*Enrollment includes a working group pitch session with an editor or agent.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Jennifer Adams here.

$505 EARLY BIRD ($555 after 3/31/2017)

Story & Character Workshop

with Kathryn Purdie

In this class, you will learn strong characterization skills and plotting techniques to make your story more gripping and resonant. Because the first few pages of a novel are the most important and the hardest to get right, we will focus on them. Attendees will submit the first 3000 words of their stories, in advance, as well as a 250-500 word synopsis, which will help us determine if you’ve begun your story in the right place and if you are making promises to your reader that best reflect what’s to come in your story. Be prepared for a positive but intense week of wonderful education. I’ll work hard to make our classroom a safe and encouraging space for constructive criticism, and I’ll need you to work hard to open yourself to that criticism in our group effort to make you a more brilliant writer. I look forward to our time together!

*Enrollment includes a working group pitch session with an editor or agent.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Kathryn Purdie here.

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Novel Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Janette Rallison

In this Novel Writing Class, attendees will learn about structure, character development and how to write with emotion. There are no formulas for writing a novel, but there are tried and true principals for writing successful fiction. Come learn the six things every author needs to know about their story before they hit the keyboard. We’ll cover the do’s and don’ts of plotting that will make writing your novel faster, selling your book easier, and keep your readers wanting more. Each attendee will submit 4500-5500 words of his or her novel, in advance. There will be homework and late nights and you will be a better, stronger writer when this class ends.

*Enrollment includes a working group pitch session with an editor or agent.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Janette Rallison here.

There will be no refunds after April 30th. If you cancel before this date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 20% administration fee.

2 and 3 Day Workshops

Don’t have all week? Welcome to our Two- and Three-Day Workshops.

$305 EARLY BIRD ($355 after 3/31/2017)

The Driving Interactions of Relationships, Characters and Plot

3-Day, June 14-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

with Ken Baker

Writers sometimes debate what drives the story—character or plot? Hey, what about relationships? Too often we overlook the importance that relationships play in driving the story. In addition to digging into how to enhance the impact of your characters and plots, this workshop will explore how relationships can further help you increase tension, drive the story in different directions, and pull the reader deeper into your story, as well as into the hearts and minds of your characters. The class is ideal for YA and MG novelists, but younger genre writers are welcome too. Attendees will be asked to submit in advance up to 5500 words of a story they want to workshop

NOTE: Enrollment includes afternoon classes for these days.

Class Caps at 15.

Learn more about Ken Baker here.

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$205 EARLY BIRD ($255 after 3/31/2017)

Crash Course in Writing

2-Day, June 12-13, 2017, 8:30-12:30

with Ilima Todd

So you want to be a writer but don’t know where to begin? Or you’ve started writing but are feeling overwhelmed with all the “rules” and stuck in your progress? This is the class for you! We’ll learn about writing basics across the board from ideas, plot, and character, to dialogue, voice, and revision skills. You’ll get a chance to practice what you learn with writing exercises along the way, giving you the skills to start writing and the confidence to do it!

NOTE: Enrollment includes afternoon classes for these days.

Class Caps at 15.

Learn more about Ilima Todd here.

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There will be no refunds after April 30th. If you cancel before this date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 20% administration fee.

The One-Day Workshops

GET THE ONE-DAY WORKSHOP PLUS THE REST OF THE DAY for only $110! The One-Day Workshop offers a small critique-group setting with the same intense, hands-on experience as the week-long morning workshop, but with a different teacher, different topic, every morning for four hours. Sign up for one day or all five!

$105 EARLY BIRD ($120 after 3/31/2017)

Monday, June 12, 2017 8:30-12:30

 Plotting, Dialogue, and Writing with Coauthors

with Brodi Ashton

These are a few of my favorite things. I’ll teach some of my favorite ways to plot, write believable dialogue, and coauthor books without killing each other.

NOTE: Enrollment includes afternoon classes for this day.

Class caps at 20.

Learn more about Brodi Ashton here.

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Sharlee Glenn

$105 EARLY BIRD ($120 after 3/31/2017)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 8:30-12:30

“Children’s Nonfiction: A Burgeoning Market”

with Sharlee Glenn

 

The children’s nonfiction market has exploded over the past few years, driven in part by the new Common Core standards which require that children in grades K-8 read at least 50% nonfiction. That number rises to 70% for students in grades 9-12. According to Book Business Magazine, juvenile nonfiction print sales have grown 28% since 2009, compared to the juvenile fiction growth rate of only 8%. Clearly, there’s never been a better time to write children’s nonfiction. In this session, we will explore together the exciting possibilities of this burgeoning market.

NOTE: Enrollment includes afternoon classes for this day.

Class Caps at 20.

Learn more about Sharlee Glenn here.

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$105 EARLY BIRD ($120 after 3/31/2017)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:30-12:30

 Power of Vulnerability

with Ann Dee Ellis

The power of vulnerability in your writing. We’ll talk about how to write vulnerable characters (real), how to be vulnerable writers (heart) and how to connect with vulnerable readers (everyone). The class will be workshopped based. This means we’ll be reading your scariest chapter and your messy outlines.

NOTE: Enrollment includes afternoon classes for this day.

Class caps at 20.

Learn more about Ann Dee Ellis here.

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J Scott Savage

$105 EARLY BIRD ($120 after 3/31/2017)

Friday, June 16, 2017 8:30-12:30

 The Power of Worldbuilding

with J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage will provide instruction on how to build a rich, imaginative, and believable world in your fiction.

NOTE: Enrollment includes afternoon classes for this day.

Class Caps at 20.

Learn more about J. Scott Savage here.

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There will be no refunds after April 30th. If you cancel before this date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 20% administration fee.