The 2019 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop: March 9, 2019

screen-shot-2014-07-23-at-12-58-51-pm.pngWriting Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2019 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Pittsburgh, PA, on March 9, 2019.

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 2019 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh. 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 literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Hope Bollinger (CYLE Literary Elite)
  • literary agent Katelyn Uplinger (D4E0 Literary)
  • literary agent Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary)
  • literary agent Amelia Appel (TriadaUS Literary)
  • editor Lydia Sharp (Entangled Publishing)
  • literary agent Danielle Chiotti (Upstart Crow Literary)
  • literary agent Uwe Stender (TriadaUS Literary)
  • literary agent Vicki Selvaggio (Storm Literary)
  • literary agent Ella Marie Shupe (Belcastro Agency)
  • and likely more to be announced

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 Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops.

THIS YEAR’S PRESENTERS/INSTRUCTORS

forthcoming

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. (412)391-4600.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (MARCH 9, 2019)

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

9:30 – 10:30: “A Bird’s-eye View Publishing & Books in the Year 2019.” This workshop is quick & easy overview of the publishing industry today, and how it’s changing. The speech is designed to educate writers and help them understand what publishing options exist for them today and why it’s an exciting time to be a writer.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.12.02 AM10:30 – 11:45: “Tips on How to Write Like the Pros.” This workshop is a thorough crash course concerning craft, style and voice. We’ll discuss nuts & bolts tips for sentence construction like how to avoid passive tense, how to use vivid language, how to self-edit your own work, how to make your characters memorable, the art of compelling dialogue, and much more.

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 Chapter One 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 4 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.)

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.07.06 AM2:45 – 4:00: “25 Questions You Need Answered Before You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book.” Before you publish your work or query an agent, there are plenty of things you need to know — such as how to submit to agents properly, how to find the best self-publishing service for your need, what social media channels you should be on already, how to launch your book right, how to draft a compelling query/pitch and synopsis, how to find other writers who can help you, and much more.

4:00 – 5:00: “25 Questions You Need Answered After You Seek an Agent or Self-Publish Your Book.” After you self-publish your work or get a traditional publishing book deal, there are plenty of things you need to know — such as how to promote yourself, how to keep your career going with multiple books, how you cross between the words of self-publishing and traditional publishing (i.e., use them both) to make the most money, how to build a readership, and much more.

All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.

PITCH AN AGENT!

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 10.50.43 PM.pngLydia Sharp is an editor for Entangled Publishing. She is taking pitches for: young adult in any genre (must have a romance), adult contemporary romance, and women’s fiction (with or without romance). Lydia’s favorite stories have a brisk pace, crackling chemistry, witty banter, romantic moments that make you melt, a high stakes plot, characters that jump off the page, and a dramatic ending. Learn more about Lydia here.

Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 1.38.50 PMAmelia Appel is a literary agent with TriadaUS. For adult fiction, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, upmarket women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Projects with a smart, distinct voice, a fantastic setting to jump into, and/or a witty protagonist are all up her alley. She is not looking for romance novels. For adult nonfiction, she is primarily looking for creative nonfiction, humor, sports, how-to, pop culture, and true crime. She is not looking to represent memoir. Learn more about Amelia here.

Screen Shot 2018-12-10 at 2.05.49 PM.pngDanielle Chiotti is a literary agent with Upstart Crow Literary. Danielle is actively seeking fresh young adult and middle grade fiction across all genres. She is drawn toward gorgeous writing and strong, flawed characters. For adult fiction, she is seeking upmarket commercial fiction. For nonfiction, she is looking for compelling, voice-driven projects that shed a humorous or thought-provoking light on a previously unknown topic in the areas of narrative nonfiction/memoir, lifestyle, relationships, humor, current events, food, wine, and cooking. Learn more about Danielle here.

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Marisa Corvisiero is the founding agent of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the aforementioned genres, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed). She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Her nonfiction interests include science, self-help, and business books (including titles for kids). Learn more about Marisa here.

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 1.27.12 PMHope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. Literary Elite. She is seeking young adult, middle grade, some children’s books, historical fiction (especially more obscure time periods), fantasy, sci-fi, and exceptional romance. In nonfiction, she seeks humor books, family and relationships books, and ministry (Christian) books. Generally she does not take memoir unless the author has an exceptional platform. Learn more about Hope here.

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 10.53.11 PM.pngDr. Uwe Stender is the founding literary agent of TriadaUS Literary. He is interested in all kinds of nonfiction and fiction. In nonfiction, he is completely open to any project, from memoir, pop culture, and health — to how-to, gardening, history and everything in between, including nonfiction for children. In children’s fiction, he is looking for young adult, middle grade, and picture books. In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards women’s fiction, psychological suspense, and mysteries. As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. Learn more about Uwe here.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 9.50.27 AMVicki Selvaggio is a literary agent with Storm Literary (formerly with Jennifer De Chiara Literary). She is currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, and adult fiction. Vicki is especially drawn to middle grade and young adult. “I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.” Learn more about Vicki here.

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 5.38.23 PM.pngElla Marie Shupe is a literary agent with Belcastro Agency. She is seeking in adult: mysteries – all subgenres, thriller, suspense, and general fiction. “In adult fiction, we look for a unique voice and a strong protagonist full of attitude. We like dark and intense but we won’t turn away something that’s a little on the lighter side. We enjoy a touch of humor, and we would never turn away something sexy.” She is looking for young adult – fantasy, science fiction, action/adventure, contemporary, magical realism, mystery/thriller, and horror. “We want profound young adult with a strong protagonist. A whacky, funny, crazy, or thought-provoking voice will draw our attention. We look for entertaining storylines that deal with tough life issues. We look for big writing that remains fast-paced.” Learn more about Ella Marie here.

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 11.10.13 PM.pngKatelyn Uplinger is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary. Genres she represents in adult and young adult: historical, women’s fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, and all speculative, horror, thriller and suspense, and nonfiction in the categories of pop culture, social issues, and history. Learn more about Katelyn 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.)

PRICING

$169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2019 PWW and access to all workshops, all day, on March 9, 2019. As of fall 2018, 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 four 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 2016-12-13 at 12.20.11 AM.png“I signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.07.56 AM.png“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.00 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.09 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from previous instructor Chuck Sambuchino. (This rate is a special event value for Pittsburgh Writing 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?

Add $89 — 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:

  • Memoir, self-help, how to, and narrative nonfiction: Faculty member Dorit Sasson, a published memoir author, will get your work in advance, edit 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.
  • more options forthcoming

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and she 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 Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Pittsburgh workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION

Because of limited space at the venue of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 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 Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. She 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 PWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Pittsburgh 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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Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop.

 

 

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Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Lydia Sharp of Entangled Publishing

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 10.50.38 PM.pngLydia Sharp is an editor for Entangled Publishing.

She is taking pitches for: young adult in any genre (must have a romance), adult contemporary romance, and women’s fiction (with or without romance).

In the past Lydia has been a regular contributor to various publishing industry sites, including the award-winning Writer Unboxed, and currently serves as the final round judge for several RWA chapter contests. Lydia’s favorite stories have a brisk pace, crackling chemistry, witty banter, romantic moments that make you melt, a high stakes plot, characters that jump off the page, and a dramatic ending.

Lydia is also a YA author published with Scholastic and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Follow on Twitter @lydia_sharp for the most current updates and visit lydiasharpbooks.com for more info.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 10.30.32 AMMarisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of Corvisiero Literary.

Marisa seeks creative stories with developed plots and rich characters with unique voices.

She is seeking:

  • contemporary romance
  • thriller
  • adventure
  • paranormal / urban fantasy
  • science fiction
  • combinations of the genres listed above
  • middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction)
  • picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed)
  • She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories.
  • self-help
  • science nonfiction
  • business books (including titles for kids)

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Marisa A. Corvisiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency and our Senior Literary Agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L. Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a Literary Consultant, Speaker, Author and an Attorney practicing law with a focus on Corporate Law and Estate Planning in New York City.

Ms. Corvisiero is also the founder of The Corvisiero Law Practice, P.C. Since the law firm’s inception, it has achieved incredible success and growth, and continues on its high-speed trajectory towards excellence. The firm now provides assistance in a number of practice areas as a comprehensive package of legal services for existing and new clients.

Ms. Corvisiero has held positions in several law firms and companies since 1995 in different capacities. In such positions, she has attained the knowledge and experience necessary to properly and dynamically represent her clients. These stellar firms and companies include Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, a top global law firm; Windels, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, a white shoe boutique law firm; and Avaya, Inc., a fortune 500 telecommunications company among several distinguished others.

Ms. Corvisiero received her Bachelors in Business Administration in International Business and Marketing from Hofstra University in 1995, where she was the President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Chapter, and the President of the Pre Law Society during her last year. Ms. Corvisiero received her Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 2000, and earned Pace University School of Law’s prestigious International Law Certificate for her studies in International Law. During her legal studies, she held several Board positions on the Student Bar Association, where she was also the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, the Chair of the Social Committee, and the Co-Editor of the Pace University School of Law Year Book in 1999 and 2000.

Ms. Corvisiero is licensed to practice in New York State, and has been in good standing for the duration of her admission to the Bar. She belongs to the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

She is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and has some working knowledge of Portuguese and Japanese.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Amelia Appel of TriadaUS

Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 1.38.50 PMLiterary Agent Amelia Appel joined TriadaUS after previously assisting at McIntosh & Otis, Inc. and Writers House. She is seeking adult fiction, nonfiction, and occasional YA.

For adult fiction, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, upmarket women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Projects with a smart, distinct voice, a fantastic setting to jump into, and/or a witty protagonist are all up her alley. She is not looking for romance novels.

​For adult nonfiction, she is primarily looking for creative nonfiction, humor, sports, how-to, pop culture, and true crime. She is not looking to represent memoir.

​For YA, she is particularly interested in stories with a savvy protagonist and a slightly dark tone that deal with serious coming-of-age issues well.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Hope Bolinger of C.Y.L.E

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 1.27.08 PM.pngHope Bolinger is a junior agent at C.Y.L.E. Over 200 of her works have been featured in various publications. Her most recent achievement is having her YA novel Den contracted by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

She is seeking young adult, middle grade, some children’s books, historical fiction (especially more obscure time periods), fantasy, sci-fi, and exceptional romance. In nonfiction, she seeks humor books, family and relationships books, and ministry (Christian) books. Generally she does not take memoir unless the author has an exceptional platform.

Please no erotica, LGBT, new adult, or horror.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Katelyn Uplinger of D4E0 Literary

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 11.10.13 PM.pngKatelyn Uplinger is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary.

Genres she represents in adult and young adult:

  • Historical
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Romance
  • science fiction, fantasy, and all speculative
  • Horror
  • Thriller and suspense
  • Nonfiction in the categories of pop culture, social issues, and history

What she is not a good match for: cop procedurals and other detective sleuths, books about politics or terrorists, cozy mysteries, memoir, literary fiction.

“I’m an agent with D4EO agency and I’m currently building my client list. Before coming to D4EO I worked with other agencies, including Inklings, Holloway, and Folio. I’m looking for young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction. My nonfiction list is short, basically anything to do with historical topics or interesting cultural topics. In fiction, I’m especially looking for SFF and historical works. I enjoy anything with speculative elements. When it comes to historical I love all kinds, but I’m not the best person for cozy mystery or sleuth stories. I prefer my women’s fiction to be historical and I accept historical romance of all heat levels. While I’m interested in most time periods, I tend to shy away from WWI and WWII stories. I also love when romance is a big player in fantasy, think An Enchantment of Ravens and Uprooted. I also love combining historical and fantasy together. I love mythology, but I’m not the best choice for retellings unless they are more along the lines of loosely inspired by.

“I’m very picky about contemporary, but I prefer it to be YA and I love when romance is involved.

“A big note, I’m totally open to tragic romances like The Violinist of Venice or The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence. I LOVE real tragic historical romances. I also love historical romance with speculative elements, but straight historical romance is also good.

“I enjoy horror, especially when it has psychological elements. When it comes to thriller and suspense, I like creepy stories, like Baby Teeth. In adventure I love survival stories. When it comes to science fiction I love stories revolving around new planets, colonization, or even preparing for colonization. Think Semiosis and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

“Overall I’m looking to be transported to another time or place I don’t want to leave, hence my love of fantasy and historical. I also love stories that make me think “what if?” While I enjoy humor in my books, I also enjoy dark stories and especially dark fantasy. I love an enchanting voice that grips me, like in Wintersong. I also love exploring stories from the villain’s perspective or even morally gray characters who can either make me root for them, or make me eager to see their downfall.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 10.53.11 PM.pngDr. Uwe Stender is the founding literary agent of TriadaUS Literary.

Uwe is a full member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives). He is interested in all kinds of nonfiction and fiction. In nonfiction, he is completely open to any project, from memoir, pop culture, and health — to how-to, gardening, history and everything in between, including nonfiction for children. In children’s fiction, he is looking for young adult, middle grade, and picture books. In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards women’s fiction, psychological suspense, and mysteries. As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. So surprise him, his tastes are eclectic, and he may just love what you wrote!

His favorite novels right now are: Caraval, The Underground Railroad, Der Nasse Fisch, Kafka On The Shore, The Young Elites, and Wonder.