WAENET Writer's Workshop


WAENET Writer's Workshop

We would like to plan a WAENet Writer's Workshop some time next year. In order to determine the details we would like to know what would make our workshop stand out from others that are available. Let us know what you would like to see. Would you want everyone on one schedule, or broken up into different tracks? Do you want some carved out leisure time to socialize with other writers? What kinds of classes or special sessions would you want? 

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Should we have an online course or an in person workshop?

Started by Deborah Herman. Last reply by JEN Garrett Aug 5, 2017. 5 Replies

We would like to know which you would prefer. Since we started this social network there have been many improvements in technology where we can have webinars and presentations without leaving our…Continue

Help us plan a WAENet Writer's Workshop

Started by Deborah Herman. Last reply by Deborah Herman Mar 30, 2016. 12 Replies

We are contemplating hosting a WAENet writer's workshop next year. We want to make it unique and a reflection of the needs of our membership. Please join this group and tell us what you would love to…Continue

Writers' Group

Started by Carole Spearin McCauley Feb 1, 2014. 0 Replies

Dear Deborah and Jeff, Do you know about Berkshire Women Writers Festival coming throughout the Berkshires during all of March? Supposed to include all kiinds of writers, plus some editors and…Continue

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Comment by Noa Daniels on April 11, 2014 at 3:26pm

I would not be able to travel to MA for the workshop, but like Jen, I would love to be able to "attend" through Youtube, Google, Skype, etc.  I am currently writing poetry but am also interested in thriller/mystery genres. 

If sessions are not able to accommodate "virtual attendees", perhaps you'd consider recording the various workshops.  You could then offer them, after the fact, for purchase by title.  

Comment by JEN Garrett on February 1, 2014 at 8:26pm


More than ever, I wish I lived near MA! I hope you'll consider my input even though I'm not able to attend in person. Here's my thoughts and questions:

1. Since I'm tucked in the Sierra Nevadas, I like being able to "attend" workshops through Youtube, Google Hangouts, or Skype. But if that's not a possibility, I would love the opportunity to get the podcasts or nuggets from your workshops afterward.

2. I like no cost workshops. That's why I'm a member of this group. However, I know that asking a fee may be necessary to cover expenses and limit attendance to really serious writers. I respect that, but I can still wish for no cost workshops. 

3. As my chosen area is children's books, I'm especially interested in that part of the publishing world. A class on understanding the differences in the publishing process for picture books, middle grades novels and chapter books, YA/NA, adult fiction, children's nonfiction, and adult nonfiction would be helpful.

4.  If I could attend personally, I would want a one day workshop on Saturday, maybe with a lunch break in the middle. Since I can't, I'm kind of hoping for weekday evenings. 

5. The thing I love most about Jeff Herman's Guide is the "what I'm looking for" sections from the editors and agents. I'm always asking, "What's big in the publishing world, especially in the children's corner of the field?"

6. I need tips on building my platform, and I need to know how important that is for a children's writer.

7. It used to be that most agents don't want to take on a picture book author, and I would have better luck getting published a few times first. Is this still true? I'm seeing more and more agents specializing in children's books. Are they looking mostly for novels and those who've already successfully been published? Or would an emergent picture book writer have a better chance today?

8. Some workshops have writing exercises. To me, a writing exercise would be a breather. They are fun to do, but I gain more information from hearing speakers, talking with other writers, and seeing pitches and queries that worked. 

9. I've been Writing my own Perfect Proposal, except I been aiming to sell me as a children's author more than any one project. Apparently that is called a juvenile submissions packet. Are these really necessary, and how are they different from nonfiction proposals?

10. I'd like to learn more about how books are bought. For example, how do librarians buy books? What websites do schools use when buying books? How do book sellers buy books? Do agents have special connections to Amazon or other online stores? And in the children's section, How do you get your book on Accelerated Reader or other sites like it? Does writing a quiz for your book make it easier to get on those sites?

11. If a workshop does cost money, I'd want to take something home with me. A small bag of writer goodies, a bookmark with a list of contacts, an autograph book so writers can exchange info, or even a t-shirt can make the difference between, "Should I go?" and "I'm Going!" 

12. After the workshop, please share, share, share! 

Comment by Marika H O'Baire-Kark on February 1, 2014 at 7:02pm

My favorite writer's workshops had all the genres represented and you could, if you were a poet, spend some time writing poems, developing craft, meeting published poets AND you could spend some time doing something completely different!  I would love to attend mystery, thriller, or sci fi writer's sessions as well as more creative nonfiction work.  We always had time for personal evolution in courses that added to the depth, diversity and quality of our lives and work.  I learned the Cherokee morning prayer and have used it and taught it in many venues.  We always need to meet agents/editors/publishers to establish connections and learn they are ordinary people dedicated to the advancement of literature and our culture as are we.  The first evening of our get together was always created as a way to meet and greet each other, find a common ground by sharing (3 minutes each) our work and be inspired by a speaker as to what moves us to write and its value in the world.  Most other evenings are free for what we need.  Sessions do not start until 0900 the next day.  A warm fireplace where people can gather seems to be a necessity and a farewell evening with work shared again.  One half day free would be welcome for those who would like to explore the area, or who need a binge writing session.


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