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.

An editor or agent will visit all workshops. Some classes may have guest presenters. Each instructor will keep the individual student in mind.

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

Full Novel Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Stephen Fraser, Agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

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.

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

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

Getting Ready for the Full Novel Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Carol Lynch Williams

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

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.

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

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

Boot Camp (CLASS FULL)

with Lisa Mangum

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

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. Each attendee will be asked to submit 12,500-13,750 words.

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.

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

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

Advanced Workshop

with Lindsey Leavitt

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

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. Each attendee will be asked to submit 4500-5000 words.

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.

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

Email staff@wifyr.com for Preapproval

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

Picture Book Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Jennifer Adams

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

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 an in-class working group pitch session with an editor or agent. Each attendee will have an opportunity to hone their pitch with the help from the editor/agent and their classmates.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Jennifer Adams here.

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

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

Novel Workshop

with Kathryn Purdie

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

In this class, you will learn from a #1 New York Times bestselling author about strong characterization skills and plotting techniques to make your story more gripping and resonant. In advance, attendees will submit the first 4500-5500 words (approximately 15 pages) of their stories. During the workshop, we’ll 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 an in-class working group pitch session with an editor or agent. Each attendee will have an opportunity to hone their pitch with the help from the editor/agent and their classmates.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Kathryn Purdie here.

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

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

Novel Workshop (CLASS FULL)

with Janette Rallison

5-Day, June 12-16, 2017, 8:30-12:30

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 an in-class working group pitch session with an editor or agent. Each attendee will have an opportunity to hone their pitch with the help from the editor/agent and their classmates.

Class caps at 13.

Learn more about Janette Rallison here.

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

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