All 5-Day Workshops Include the Afternoon Sessions & Keynote

In addition, attendees who register for the 5-day workshop will also enjoy:

  • 20 hours to work on their writing and publishing skills
  • Individual attention, feedback, and instruction from a published author
  • The chance to speak with an agent or editor about the business

Full Novel Workshop

With Heidi Taylor Gordon, Publishing Manager at Shadow Mountain

$1025 – EARLY BIRD PRICE ($1075 after 3/31/2018)

This class will spend a day focused on each of the following elements of writing: character, plot, setting, point of view, and theme/style. Throughout the course of the week, students will apply what they learn by creating a character list, an elevator pitch, and setting outlines, in addition to exercises that will help them define their writing style or theme and practice writing in an alternative POV.

The class caps at six, with a maximum word count of 60,000 per attendee. Enrollment includes a 5-page manuscript consultation with an editor or agent.

NOTE: To register you must:

  1. Qualify for this class, either by attending at least three years of WIFYR morning workshops OR by having comparable experience writing for children
  2. Send the first three pages of your novel (750 words), an outline, and a query letter to staff@wifyr.com for consideration by January 31, 2018

Getting Ready for the Full Novel Workshop

With Claudia Mills

$825 – EARLY BIRD ($875 after 3/31/2018)

A successful novel is made up of a series of individually engaging scenes, including a strong beginning, conflict-driven middle, emotionally gripping climax, and satisfying resolution. But these need to be integrated into an overarching structure that makes the whole more than merely the sum of its parts. While many writing classes are limited, out of necessity, to critique of individual scenes, this class will help writers approach the writing of the full novel with attention to how scenes are built into a compelling, unified work.

Targeted toward writers who have a first draft of a middle grade or YA novel already in progress, this course will provide opportunities for participants to share 20,000 words of crucial portions of their work for supportive, challenging critique. We will also critically analyze several novels by WIFYR faculty, as well as drawing on craft manuals for guidance. Students will need to submit their work to the full group two months before the start of the course to give us time for careful reading and commenting, as well as doing significant other reading in advance. We will all be working hard! But students should leave the class with clear guidance for bringing their novel-in-progress toward completion and developing it into its best vision of itself.

This workshop caps at eight, and enrollment includes a 5-page manuscript consultation an editor or agent.

NOTE: In order to register for this workshop, you must have attended WIFYR at least three times or have equivalent education or special permission. Prior to registration, you must get approval by emailing staff@wifyr.com.

Boot Camp

With J. Scott Savage

$725 – EARLY BIRD PRICE ($775 after 3/31/2018)

All stories are worthy and necessary, if told honestly and authentically. In this advanced, intensive workshop, J. Scott Savage 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.

The class caps at ten, and enrollment includes a 5-page manuscript consultation with an editor or agent.

NOTE: In order to register for this workshop, you must have attended WIFYR at least twice or have equivalent education or special permission. Prior to registration, you must get approval by emailing staff@wifyr.com.

Advanced Workshop

With Courtney Alameda

$525 – EARLY BIRD ($575 after 3/31/2018)

In this advanced novel workshop, Courtney Alameda will provide and guide rigorous critiques of attendees’ manuscripts. Expect daily presentations tailored to the class’s specific needs, covering anything from voice and style, world building, story structure, inclusivity, et cetera. Additionally, attendees will be given a short reading list to prepare for this high energy, occasionally unorthodox, and fast moving workshop. A WIFYR alumna and former young adult librarian, Courtney is a Stoker Award-nominated writer of novels, comic books, and short stories.

All novel genres are welcome in this class of 13 attendees. Each attendee will submit up to 5000 words (approximately 20 double-spaced pages) for critique by June 1, 2018.

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.

NOTE: In order to register for this workshop, you must have attended WIFYR at least twice or have equivalent education or special permission. Prior to registration, you must get approval by emailing staff@wifyr.com.

MG/YA Novel Workshop

With Stephanie Black

$525 – EARLY BIRD PRICE ($575 after 3/31/2018)

Students will submit 20 pages for critique, and we’ll spend class time discussing not only how to improve your manuscripts, but how to improve your writing overall. Good fiction is all about the lens you bring to a story and how you choose to crop and manipulate what’s on the page—I plan to give my students the tools to do so.

This workshop caps at 13, and 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.

YA/MG Novel Workshop

With Trent Reedy

$525 – EARLY BIRD ($575 after 3/31/2018)

To paraphrase Robert Frost, “writers work together . . . whether they work together or apart.” This is Trent’s way of saying that nobody writes alone. All the best writers benefit from valuable help from editors. In similar fashion, participants will meet in an atmosphere of respect and support to offer one another valuable feedback on fiction with the goal of helping their fellow writers revise, for it is in revision and hard work that books are made. Along the way, Trent will guide the manuscript critique and offer thoughtful commentary on important writing and revision concepts that emerge from the discussion.

Each writer will submit a piece of writing of no more than 6,000 words (up to 20 pages), and the workshop caps at 13.

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.

Picture Book Workshop

With Sharlee Glenn

$525 – EARLY BIRD ($575 after 3/31/2018)

“Books for young children are usually short. Young children themselves are usually short. This leads to an assumption that children have small brains and that writing for them is easy. The reverse is true. Young children have large, active brains, and writing for them is enormously difficult.” ~Mem Fox

In this class we will focus on mastering one of the most difficult forms of writing known to humankind—the picture book. We will begin by examining such fundamental questions as: What is a picture book? How is it different from, say, a magazine story? What makes a good picture book? During our time together, we will discuss both the craft of writing (focusing on such things as the writing process, rhythm, meter, cadence, rhyme, repetition, sensory language, figurative language, and imagery) and the business of writing (the submission process, publication, marketing, etc.). Since this is an intensive, hands-on workshop, participants are asked to bring at least one polished picture book manuscript with them to be shared, critiqued, and revised. They will also be expected to produce from 2-3 new manuscript drafts throughout the course of the week.

This workshop caps at 13, and 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.