Monday June 3, 2019
07:00 Photography Walk with Matthew Ferrara
Meet in Reception Area
08:00 Pitch Your Project
Pitch your book idea to Jeff Kleinman, Literary Agent and get feedback on your project. By appointment.
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome to the Art of Writing – with Lisa Clifford and Matthew Ferrara
09:30 – 11:00 Get Started, Keep Going with Shelley Weiner
Why write? Inspiration, impetus, and overcoming resistance. Tenacity and curiosity are the keys – but technique is vital. Lively interactive workshops are designed to bring to life Five Essential Foundations which form the basis for all fiction.
Essential Foundation 1: Character, character, character
It’s the springboard to narrative: the invention of fully rounded characters that will transport us through your story and carry the reader along.
11:00 Coffee and Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Narrative and Dialogue with Shelley Weiner
Essential Foundation 2: Hearing your characters talk.
Dialogue is conflict; it’s what characters do to one another and must be pointed, intentional, and relevant. Insightful exercises bring it alive.
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
Locations nearby Palazzo San Niccolo
15:00 Unlock Your Creativity with Matthew Ferrara
Spark your creativity with quick word exercises and techniques for building great opening sentences, paragraphs that draw readers into your story and play with words to bring your stories alive.
16:00 – 18:00 Free Time to Write or Meet with your Tutors
Spend the afternoon writing on your own or make a private appointment to discuss your writing with your tutors.
18:00 – 19:00 Conversations with a Literary Agent: Agent 101
Get an insider’s view of the publishing space with a special industry guest, Jeff Kleinman. Learn how to boil your book down to a sentence or two that will not only provide focus for your book, but allow others to talk about it more effectively. Also learn tips for finding and working with an agent, author/agent agreement terms and what to expect when working with an agent.