Paris Writers' Workshop Lecture Series from June 25 – 29th

PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP – Afternoon Lecture Series

June 25 – 29, 2012

Open to the public [but not free! – SpokenWord editor] the lecture series covers many aspects of writing and publishing. Registration is required and space is limited.

Tools of the Trade (PWU256)
Monday, June 25
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Samantha Chang, Kate McMullan, Kathleen Spivack, Christopher Tilghman
This panel is designed to share the talent and experience of our expert Writers-in-Residence with the entire PWW community. PWW attendees work intensively with just one of our accomplished faculty members, but these well-seasoned writers/teachers all have valuable information that should be available to all workshop attendees. Join us for what promises to be the ultimate lesson in “Tools of the Trade.”

How To Structure A Good Story: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings (PWU257)
Monday, June 25
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelist: Jami Bernard
This workshop, sometimes called SOS or secrets of structure, will review the basics of good story structure. Does your plot need help? Do you need to review the basic elements of structure. How will you craft a compelling beginning, middle, and end? In SOS, you’ll learn how to get a working structure for your fiction or memoir and how to create a blueprint for identifying the “beats” that shape and drive your story.

Secrets of Getting Published (PWU261)
Tuesday, June 26
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fee : 50€
Special Workshop with Jami Bernard
We are pleased to add a special afternoon session on Tuesday, June 26, free for all workshop attendees. This three-hour presentation is a step-by-step guide to  getting published, including:

  • How do you know when your book is ready?
  • The role of the agent/editor/publisher
  • The truth about the writing life
  • Why you need an agent and how to find one
  • Preparing your pitch
  • Publishing options
  • The ten biggest mistakes that keep writers from getting published
  • Tips for first-time authors

Literary Trends: Self-Publishing and E-Books (PWU271)
Wednesday, June 27
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Stephen Clarke, Mary Duncan, Gretel Furner, Timothy Smith
What’s going on in the literary world today? With the technology of the 21st century transforming our lives and with brick-and-mortar bookstores disappearing in cyberdust, everything is changing. Join an expert panel as they discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing and the advantages and pitfalls of eBooks … which we know are here to stay.

The Wide World of Nonfiction: From Memoir to Food to Travel (PWU272)
Wednesday, June 27
3:30pm to 4:45pm
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Alec Lobrano, Mimi Schwartz, Thirza Vallois
Nonfiction opportunities are endless. This lively and diverse panel will discuss the similarities and differences in writing for a range of nonfiction niches (from travel writing to restaurant reviews to essays to memoirs) and will include some helpful tricks and tips for discovering your voice, polishing your work, pitching yourself and your ideas, and finding publication channels.

Welcome to the 21st Century: How to Use Blogs and Social Media (PWU281)
Thursday, June 28
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Sion Dayson, Terrance Gelenter, Adrian Leeds
These days you almost have to write a blog and have a passion for tweeting to make yourself heard, and, even then, it’s a fight to find room in cyberspace. To talk about these phenomena, we have assembled a true panel of experts. They’ll talk about their own steps to finding their audience and online voice, as well as steps writers might take to promote and publicize their work … and find a publisher.

The Role of the Agent (PWU282)
Thursday, June 28
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Fee : 15€
Panelists: Paul Schmidtberger & our visiting Literary Agents (Lorella Belli, Kimberley Cameron, and Louise Greenberg)
Our panel of literary agents and a writer who has worked both with and without an agent will talk about the role of the agent, what the agent looks for in a writer and in a manuscript, and how the agent helps a client through all phases of development and promotion.

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