Writing Events

Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
James McGowan
Wednesday, July 14th, 4pm-5:30pm PT / 7pm-8:30pm ET

In this one-session, 90-minute seminar and Q&A, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding an agent for your picture books, whether you’re an author, illustrator, or author-illustrator. From selecting which manuscript to query with, crafting a query letter that grabs attention, choosing your additional manuscripts in the submission package, and keeping track of your queries sent -- you’ll come away from this session ready to dive into the query trenches confidently.

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesdays, Jul 21 & Jul 28, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This two-part workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of the nonfiction book proposal—an essential component to getting any book deal. You will learn how to examine your nonfiction book idea, what elements are needed to craft a strong nonfiction proposal, how to determine which information to highlight, and the steps to creating a powerful book proposal that will take you from agent to publisher.

Speaker: 
Sirin Kale
Wednesday, August 4th, 10:30am-11:30am PT / 1:30pm-2:30pm ET

A masterclass in feature writing from one of the most respected feature writers in British journalism today. Please note that the ticket price for this event is listed in US dollars. It will be offered at 10:30am Pacific Time (US) which is 6:30pm British Summer Time (UK).

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Wednesdays, Sep 8 - Sep 29, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join Rebecca Makkai to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers.

Past Events

Speaker: 
Susan Hawk
Tuesdays, Jun 15 & Jun 22, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join literary agent Susan Hawk for an interactive workshop designed to help you get your children’s book published.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Jun 1 & Jun 8, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, May 4 & May 11, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Speaker: 
David Peterson
Monday, April 19th, 3pm-4:30pm PT / 6pm-7:30pm ET

It’s been ten years since the first episode of “Game of Thrones” aired on HBO and changed the landscape of language creation forever. In this retrospective, series language creator David J. Peterson will detail what went into creating the languages of an era-defining show and explore what’s next.

Speaker: 
Richard Toye
Saturdays, Apr 17 & Apr 24, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This event will teach you the key principles of devising a successful book proposal. You will learn how to devise a clear pitch to maximise your chances of getting a publisher’s attention.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Apr 6 & Apr 13, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Tuesday, March 30th, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Take your comedy career to the next level with personalized instruction and feedback from professional comedian Sarah Tollemache.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Learn what it takes to become a professional comedian from someone who has done it. Professional comedian Sarah Tollemache will share how she got started in comedy, insights she has learned over the years professionally, and what you can do to have a career like hers.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, March 16th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 27th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Austen Tosone
Thursday, February 25th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Search engine optimization can seem overwhelming but it really comes down to a few best practices to help your content get discovered on search engines. This workshop will focus on the basics from talking about the long-term benefits of being strategic with SEO, auditing your blog with analytics, the basic elements of keyword research, and how to build links and authority to drive consistent traffic to your blog.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This intimate three-session workshop will offer personalized insight and feedback to help aspiring nonfiction authors craft the most important parts of their book: the thesis, the voice, and the first chapter. Each session will feature helpful craft exercises, resources, and feedback on your writing and ideas.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Mondays, Feb 1 - Feb 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesday, January 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, January 19th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60 minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursdays, October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursday, October 29th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”