WORKSHOPS

toolboxpgi0500Part of honoring my writing profession is paying it forward. With that intent, I’ve created workshops to share the knowledge I’ve gained from years of studying the writing craft, learning about the publishing industry, making mistakes along the way, and discovering what works.

In addition to speaking at writer’s conferences, I offer in-person and online writing workshops. See below for the current schedule.

**Workshops Now Available for 2012!**

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THE HUNGRY WRITER’S GUIDE TO TRACKING & CAPTURING A LITERARY AGENT: How to Get the RIGHT Agent for Your Manuscript

Are you looking for the perfect agent to represent your manuscript but not sure where to start? Have you sent out queries and received rejection letters? If you haven’t had agents request a partial or full read of your manuscript, you need help targeting the right agent and honing your pitch and query letter.

This class is for writers who want to find an agent who will fall in love with their manuscript and be excited to present their work to major publishers. Querying is not a numbers game. Mass submissions = mass rejections. Without the proper approach, your manuscript will never have the opportunity to be read by an agent.

DATE: ONGOING

DURATION: 4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In this three-week, intensive workshop you will work step-by-step through the process of finding the best agent for your manuscript. By the end of this class, you will have a list of agents who are currently signing and selling in your genre, a polished pitch, and a succinct and professional query letter that you can begin sending out immediately.

This workshop will show you how to target the right agent for your material. You will develop your “elevator pitch” and learn valuable tips for in-person pitching. The format agents use to pitch a book to editors is what you need to use to capture an agent’s interest when you pitch at conferences. The course covers the most important components and structure of a successful query letter. You will learn how to craft a query letter that showcases your voice, the tone and content of your book, and lifts your query out of the slush pile.

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week 1: Determine your genre and begin researching appropriate agents using instructor’s techniques. Includes instruction about where and how to target agents currently representing and selling manuscripts in your genre. (No, it’s not the Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, or Jeff Herman’s Book.)

Week 2 & 3: Craft your query letter. Discover the dos and don’ts of query letter content. Learn the structure that conveys your storyline and piques an agent’s interest, and how to make your query stand out from the rest. Review, editing, and feedback provided by instructor. Continue researching appropriate agents.

Week 4: Develop your pitch capsule. Learn to effectively pitch your story in less than 1 minute. Receive instructor feedback on drafts and revisions of your pitch. Practice delivering your pitch during an end-of-workshop chat session.

Materials needed: None. Instructor will provide all digital and link resources.

Annette Fix @ B&NABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Annette Fix is the author of The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir. When doing the agent query shuffle, she discovered her specific technique and was signed by a top NY agent within one month of sending her e-query. Annette speaks at national writer’s conferences, and provides freelance services that include manuscript analysis, publishing and online marketing consulting.

COST: $299, (SUMMER SPECIAL: $249) includes individual support and feedback from your instructor, weekly assignments, and FREE valuable query samples from agents in the publishing industry.

“After you helped me work through creating and practicing my pitch capsule, the YA agent I pitched asked for my manuscript partial! There’s no way I could have done it without your help.” ~ Derral

“Annette’s course on acquiring an agent streamlined a process that may have taken me months, or even years, to figure out on my own. It was especially helpful for a novice like me, because she gave me the essential tools I need to query, pitch, and even assure my manuscript is up to par. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to jump in the deep end of the publishing world.” ~ Lindsey Burton

“Annette’s “How to get an agent” Workshop is an investment well spent.  Her openness and willingness to share tools and resources is unlimited, and her advice is on the mark.  I’ve taught English and creative writing for eight years, and the resources she shared are ones I was not familiar with, nor would I have ever discovered them if not for taking her course.  I recommend this workshop to all writers ready and hungry to get their work out there!” ~ Jeannine Hogue

HOW TO GET THE RIGHT AGENT FOR YOUR MANUSCRIPT sign up now!

***Limited to 10 students.***

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If you would like to pay by personal check, please send an email to annette [at] annettefix [dot] com to request the mailing address.

Also available via http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/WOWclasses.html

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WRITE FROM YOUR SOUL: MEMOIR WORKSHOP

DATE: ONGOING

DURATION: 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Discover the story you want to tell and learn how to turn your personal experiences into a story that comes alive on the page.

Each week, the lessons cover specific techniques to build your storytelling skills, allowing you to tell your unique, personal story in a way that has universal appeal for readers. Through writing prompts, exercises, and handouts created by the instructor, you will begin writing your memoir using specific storytelling techniques: dialogue, characterization, setting, imagery, etc.

“It was above and beyond what I expected.” ~ Akanke

“Very instructional and insightful. Annette strikes the balance between useful feedback, open exchange, and directed exercise. ~ Randi

“A great experience that motivated me to write. I feel like I learned things that will help my writing. The information and feedback are really useful, plus the techniques to improve your writing! ~ Deborah

“This was a very constructive and encouraging workshop. I loved it! Thank you. Each session I was inspired. Thank you for doing what you do!” ~ Adriene

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week 1: Discover Your Story. Introduction to Memoir and Discover Your Story’s Universal Theme.

Assignments: A questionnaire, prompts, and exercises guide you through the necessary steps to discover the personal story you really want to write.

Week 2: Dialogue. Many aspiring memoir writers tell their story, instead of showing the human interaction and allowing the reader to watch it unfold. This week’s prompts and exercises will challenge you to use the dialogue techniques covered in the handouts to bring your words and the words of the other people in your story to life.

Assignment: Write dialogue scene.

Week 3: Setting/Imagery. Learn how to pull the reader into your story and have them walk beside you, experiencing your life as it unfolds. This week’s prompts and exercises challenge you to use techniques covered in the handouts to revisit where your story took place and bring your sensory memory to life on the page.

Assignment: Write setting/imagery scene incorporating dialogue.

Week 4: Characterization. Vivid characters are memorable characters. This week’s prompts and exercises challenge you to use techniques covered in the handouts to portray yourself and other people in your story as three-dimensional, complex characters that resonate with readers.

Assignment: Write characterization scene, incorporating setting/imagery and dialogue.

Week 5 & 6: Plotting: Beginning/Middle/End plus Backstory/Exposition. You need to know where your story begins and ends, what makes up the middle, what backstory to include and what to leave out. These two weeks will cover specific techniques to determine the path your story will take on paper and help you develop the structure.

Assignment: Create plot outline/story timeline.

Materials needed: No special materials needed. Handouts provided by the instructor.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Annette Fix is the former Senior Editor of WOW!. She is also the author of The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir, which was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s 2009 Book of the Year Award and was offered an option for development as a cable TV series. Annette speaks about memoir writing at national writer’s conferences and teaches her Write From Your Soul program online and in-person.

COST:  $249, which includes access to a private online discussion forum, weekly assignments, comprehensive technique handouts and resources, and e-mail support and assignment feedback from the instructor.

***Limited to 10 students.***

paypal

If you would like to pay by personal check, please send an email to annette [at] annettefix [dot] com to request the mailing address.

Also available via http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/wowclasses.html

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Digital Revolution: How to Publish Your Fiction or Nonfiction Book as an eBook

DATE: ONGOING

DURATION: 4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Change isn’t coming to the publishing industry; it’s already here. There were 10 million eReaders in circulation in the U.S. at the end of 2010, and readers spent $1 billion on eBooks in 2010. That number is expected to triple by 2015.

If you’re tired of waiting for the traditional publishing gatekeepers to give you permission to publish your book, and you’re ready to join the digital revolution, this class will guide you through the process of how to publish your fiction or nonfiction book as an eBook.

You don’t have to be tech savvy or a business person. You just need to the desire to get your book into the hands of readers.

By the end of this course, you will know the formatting and conversion options for your eBook and also receive tips for creating an eye-catching cover design. You will create the proper metadata; understand pricing, royalties, lending, and digital rights management; select your BISAC categories and keywords, write your book description; discover where and how to market your eBook; and set up distribution*.

*If your manuscript (and cover image) is ready to go, you can pull the trigger and publish your eBook by the end of the workshop.

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week One: Forum discussion: Direction of digital publishing and the opportunities for writers to take control of their writing careers. Lesson: eBook formats, conversion options, and cover design.

Week Two: Lesson: How to write compelling book sales copy.

Assignment: Develop your book description (aka back cover copy). Submit drafts for feedback from the instructor.

Week Three – Lesson: Metadata, pricing, royalties, lending, and digital rights management.

Assignment: Select appropriate BISAC categories and keywords. Write your front matter (copyright page, dedication, etc.)

Week Four – Lesson: Distribution options and process. Marketing avenues.

Assignment: Pull the publishing trigger, if you’re ready.

Materials needed: Instructor will provide all digital documents and link resources.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Annette is excited about the opportunity writers have to take control of their careers by embracing digital publishing. She speaks at writer’s conferences about ePublishing as well as other topics, and also provides freelance services that include editing and comprehensive manuscript analysis.

COST:  $299, which includes access to a private online discussion forum, weekly assignments, support and feedback from your instructor.

***Limited to 10 students.***

paypal

If you would like to pay by personal check, please send an email to annette [at] annettefix [dot] com to request the mailing address.

Also available via http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/WOWclasses.html

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ONLINE AUTHOR & BOOK PROMOTION

A six-week intensive workshop that will take you step-by-step through the process of finding your audience and carving your niche in cyberspace. By the end of this class, you will have a viable online marketing plan for your book, a platform for building awareness of your expertise/products/writing services, and a working knowledge of the vast options for online marketing.

DATE: ONGOING

DURATION: 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is for writers who would like to create a cost-effective and efficient online marketing plan to globally promote themselves and their writing. This workshop is essential for fiction and nonfiction authors, freelance writers, and writing service providers who are ready to promote themselves on the World Wide Web.

To get the most out of this workshop, you must be willing to dive in to explore technology and online applications of which you may be unfamiliar. You don’t need to be tech savvy, just willing to learn.

*This is not a technical workshop.* Assignments that require you to use a blogging platform, social networking pages, etc., do not include instruction for how to create them. However, you will be guided to the resources you will need to complete the tasks. The focus of this workshop is how to use online marketing effectively.

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week 1: Goal setting and individual project analysis. Includes introducing students to the best options available for marketing themselves and their writing online.

Week 2: Establishing/expanding your online presence. Includes website/blog review (or creation) and tools to improve (or create) content, traffic ranking, and visibility.

Week 3: Social networking. Includes choosing the right social network for your goals, the dos and don’ts of how to promote yourself and your writing, and the best way to connect with industry professionals.

Week 4: Article syndication (nonfiction), Reading Group Guide development (fiction), and online review resources.

Week 5: Exploring online multimedia. Includes an introduction to book trailers, vlogging, and podcasting.

Week 6: Putting it all together. Includes setting a realistic timeline for implementing the stages of your marketing action plan, and how to set up your own online book tour and topic-specific blog carnival.

Final Monday: Wrap-party chat and peer review.

Materials needed:
reliable email service, high-speed internet connection.

Annette Fix @ B&NABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Annette Fix Annette Fix is the author of The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir. Her memoir was recently offered an option for development as a cable television series (the direct result of her social networking on Twitter). Annette speaks at national writer’s conferences, and provides freelance services that include manuscript analysis, and publishing and online marketing consulting.

COST: $299 (introductory price), includes access to a private Google Group, individual support and feedback from your instructor customized for your promotion goals, weekly assignments, a weekly one-hour group chat, filtered resources from top experts in the industry, and a free ebook of handouts that take you step-by-step through the process of establishing your presence online.

***Limited to 10 students.***

“Annette Fix presents information that is useful to any writer’s career. She uses her successes and failures to show writers what can work for them in their  online marketing plans. Annette is well-versed in the latest technology. She presents writers with a can-do attitude. Her information is relevant, her use of technology is pertinent, and she conveys all with an enthusiasm that is motivational and inspirational.” ~ Barri

ONLINE AUTHOR & BOOK PROMOTION sign up now!

paypal

If you would like to pay by personal check, please send an email to annette [at] annettefix [dot] com to request the mailing address.

Also available via WOW! Women on Writing.  http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/WOWclasses.html

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  1. […] THANKS Oh and a special thanks to Annette Fix – author of The Break-up Diet for her tips on how to make my blog […]

  2. Pam,

    Thanks for your feedback! =) I’ve held in-person, two-hour classes at the library. And I may set up similar classes through the local community education programs. Perhaps day-long classes. But it’s a ton of information and can be a little overwhelming to some. And much of the details need to be directly applied—such as setting up an RSS feed, registering with blog directories, etc. The online classes are designed to take writers step-by-step, so by the end of the six weeks, they are fully established online.

    I’ll keep you posted if/when the in-person classes are available.

  3. annette,
    if you every condense your On-Line author and book promotion class to one morning or one day i’d really be interested. let me know. thanks. – pam

  4. Hey Annette,

    Just wanted to say hello and it was nice to meet you, albeit very briefly, in Cape Girardeau. I think my son was quite stricken. 🙂 Thanks for the mention on your blog. Every little bit helps. I’ll be adding a link to my website on the Friends of StoneThread page sometime early next week. For now, prepping to teach another seminar this Saturday. Never seems to stop.

    Anyway, thanks again.
    Harvey

  5. The workshop dates will be posted by mid-April. Stay tuned! =) If you subscribe to The Paper Trail blog through the RSS feed, you’ll see the update because I’ll blog about it.

  6. Hi Annette,

    Thanks for holding How to Get the RIGHT Agent for Your Manuscript Sunday. I’m still sifting through all of the Web sites. The information is very helpful and I feel I can more easily narrow down my focus looking for an agent rather than using the shot gun in the dark approach and hoping I hit something.

    Will you be posting details and registration for your workshops soon? I’m very much interested in signing up for them. Thanks.

    – Stephen Tremp

  7. I can’t wait to attend these lectures!


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