The 2020 Cincinnati Writing Workshop: May 16, 2020

screen-shot-2014-07-23-at-12-58-51-pm.pngWriting Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2020 Online Cincinnati Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Cincinnati, OH, on May 16, 2020.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Cincinnati Writing Workshop!

(IMPORTANT APRIL 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 CWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the new May 16 CWW Online Conference here and what everything means. Please note this website may still have outdated language on it that suggests an in-person event, but the event is now Online.)

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. 

We will have many new literary agents willing to take virtual pitches in 2020 — by Zoom or Skype or phone. Get to know all agents better by reading their full bios here. This year’s faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Erica Bauman (Aevitas Creative Management)
  • literary agent Jacqueline Lipton (Raven Quill Literary)
  • literary agent Chrysa Keenon (CYLE Literary)
  • literary agent Denise Barone (Barone Literary)
  • literary agent Kenzi Nevins (CYLE Literary)
  • literary agent Weronika Janczuk (Janczuk Literary)
  • literary agent Cortney Radocaj (Belcastro Agency)
  • literary agent Hope Bolinger (C.Y.L.E. Literary)
  • literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Cate Hart (Harvey Klinger Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
  • literary agent Sherry Robb (The Robb Company)
  • literary agent Jessica Schmeidler (Golden Wheat Literary)
  • literary agent Katherine Wessbecher (Bradford Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Vicki Selvaggio (Storm Literary)
  • literary agent Garrett Alwert (Emerald City Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Ben Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Kelly Van Sant (Red Sofa Literary)
  • literary agent Rae Loverde (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Kelly Peterson (Rees Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Carlie Webber (Fuse Literary)
  • literary agent Courtney Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary)
  • literary agent Michael Carr (Veritas Literary)
  • and more possibly to come. Again, see all full agent bios online here.

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Chuck Sambuchino of Writing Day Workshops.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513)421-9100.

(Remember the event is now online on May 16. All details & FAQ info about the online event can be found here. Ignore any wording on this page that still reflects the old in-person event.)

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020)

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

9:30 – 10:30: “How to Write a Submissions Package That Stands Out Among the Crowd,” taught by Jacqueline Lipton. This session, taught by a literary agent, provides handy tips and tricks for creating the perfect submissions package, making the query letter do its best work for you, and learning how to avoid wasting the valuable real estate that makes up the first 10-20 pages of your novel. We might also talk briefly about the dreaded synopsis!

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.12.02 AM10:45 – 11:45: “Making Social Media Work For You,” taught by Kenzi Nevins. As authors, most of us wish we could spend more time writing and leave marketing to the experts, but in today’s world, social media is a necessary part of our job. Fortunately, with a little work, you can turn it in to a vehicle for reaching the world with your words, rather than a frustrating time-waster.

11:45 – 1:15: Lunch on your own. There are several restaurants within quick driving distance on the block.

1:15 – 2:30: “Writers’ Got Talent: A First Page Critique-Fest.” In the vein of American Idol or America’s Got Talent, this is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. This is for fiction and memoir only — no picture books or prescriptive nonfiction.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.07.06 AM2:50 – 3:50: “Pitch, Please! How to Strike the Right Tone (and Other Helpful Tips) in Your Query Letter,” taught by Courtney Miller-Callihan and Ben Callihan. In this lively workshop, literary agents Courtney and Ben Miller-Callihan will guide you through some of the key dos and don’ts of putting your best self forward in your query letter. Can you be funny? Is there such a thing as being too clever? How much do rhetorical questions suck? [A: yes, yes, and a lot.] We’ll cover these questions and more and offer tons of insight from the agent’s side of the desk, so you can ensure that your query stands out (in a good way.)

4:00 – 5:00: “You Have an Agent Offer or Book Contract — Now What?” taught by agent Carlie Webber. Many writers seek to get an agent and book deal. But what happens after these steps? Hear from literary agent Carlie Webber on how to effectively work with a literary agent, what to expect in the submission process, what it’s like to work with a publishing house editor, how to sell multiple books in your career, and much more.

All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.

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PITCH AN AGENT!

 

This agent info section got too big, so we moved all the 20+ agent bios to a separate page here.

 

These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

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PRICING

$139 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2020 CWW and access to all workshops, all day, on Saturday, May 16, 2020. As of fall 2019, event registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are some quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 11.11.29 AM.png“I met my client, Alison Hammer, at the Writing
Workshop of Chicago and just sold her book.”
– literary agent Joanna Mackenzie of Nelson Literary

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.47.54 PM.png“Good news! I signed a client [novelist Aliza Mann]
from the Michigan Writing Workshop!”
– literary agent Sara Mebigow of KT Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 12.56.10 PM“I signed author Stephanie Wright from
the Seattle Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 9.07.44 PM“I signed an author [Kate Thompson] that I
met at the Philadelphia Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 2.54.50 PM.png“I signed novelist Kathleen McInnis after meeting her
at the Chesapeake Writing Workshop.”

– literary agent Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary + Media

Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 11.35.46 AMAdd $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, former longtime editor of the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS for Writer’s Digest Books. (This rate is a special event value for Cincinnati Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting? (Chuck is also teaching a session at the conference on dos and don’ts for contacting agents.)

Add $79 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Screen Shot 2019-04-01 at 10.56.14 PM.pngMiddle grade and young adult: Faculty member Emma Carlson Berne, a children’s book writer, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. No picture books, please. Emma is the author of dozens of kidlit books, both fiction and nonfiction, both original series and commissioned works (such as Star Wars novels by Disney/Lucasfilm). Emma is a former writer-in-residence of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Library.
  • Screen Shot 2019-12-18 at 11.44.01 PMLiterary fiction, mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thriller, crime, suspense, romance, science fiction, fantasy, children’s picture books: Faculty member Eve Porinchak, a freelance editor and former literary agent, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, and pass along written critique notes. Picture books should be 1,000 words, maximum, and can or cannot include illustrations. Unlike the other critquers at the Cincinnati event, Eve will not be there in person. Instead Eve is happy to have her 10-minute meetings with writers over the phone or Skype, either before or after the event.
  • Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 9.26.21 PM.pngMystery, thriller, general fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, women’s fiction: Tara Bailey is the founder and CEO of Bailey Publishing House. Tara founded Bailey Publishing House, LLC in 2016. She serves as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Editor. At the 2020 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, Tara is meeting with writers for add-on manuscript critiques. She is also co-teaching the day’s class on social media. Tara is a ghostwriter and author of Dracula of the West Side and Number Seven (2018). She’s the author of the dark comedy play, “Deadbeat” (2017). The play premiered on May 21, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, downtown Pittsburgh. The production was produced by Wali Jamal Abdullah and directed by Kim El. She was the featured speaker at the Celebration of Reading in June 2017 and Pittsburgh’s Write On: Black Book Expo in November 2017. Along with speaking at book festivals, BPH hosts an annual writers workshop. She’s been a featured guest on WAMO 100 radio programs and Soul Pitt Quarterly wrote an article about her company in Summer 2017 edition. In addition to her commitment to BPH, she is also Editor-in-Chief for a personal care home monthly magazine in Pennsylvania.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and he will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Cincinnati workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION

(IMPORTANT APRIL 2020 UPDATE: The 2020 CWW is now an Online Conference to keep everyone safe. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) This will be easy and awesome, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of the event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about the new May 16 CWW Online Conference here and what everything means. Please note this website may still have outdated language on it that suggests an in-person event, but the event is now Online.)

Because of limited space at the venue of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the workshop can only allow 150 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. He will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The CWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Cincinnati workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)

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