From a Fabulous First Page to the Perfect Pitch:  How to Build a Bestseller Virtual/Online Writer’s Weekend Retreat, Feb 24-26

We’ve all read bestselling novels so perfect they seemed almost magical. Those of us who are writers ourselves often turn that last page and wonder: How did they do it? How do these authors weave stories filled with just the right ingredients to keep readers enthralled, and wanting more? How do they attract agents and publishers and eventually become bestselling authors? And more importantly: How can we create that same magical experience for our readers, and ourselves?

Writers’ Weekend is an intensive online “retreat” featuring workshops led by bestselling authors Jacquelyn Mitchard, and special “How I Do It” talks and Q/A/s with Karen Dionne, and Ann Wertz Garvin—all designed to help both published and unpublished writers make their writing as magical–and successful–as possible. Click here for the schedule.  Workshops include: 

Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author of 22 novels for adults and teenagers, including The Deep End of the Ocean, the Oprah Winfrey Book Club’s inaugural selection, will lead:

“How to Create a Fabulous First Page”

“How to Map out a Page-turning Plot”

First Page or Synopsis Reviews, plus intensive Developmental Reviews and one-on-one Advising Sessions with Ms. Mitchard are also available as add-ons during the Writers’ Weekend Retreat (see below).

Internationally Bestselling Author Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter has been published in 27 languages; it is slated for a 2022 release as a major motion picture starring Daisy Ridley and Ben Mendelsohn.  

Her 2020 novel The Wicked Sister was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best thrillers of 2020.

Ms. Dionne will discuss “How to Add Suspense to Any Genre.” 

USA Today bestselling author Ann Wertz Garvin, founder of the Tall Poppy Writers, a cross-genre, cross-publisher women’s author collective, s, writes “about women, with a good sense of humor, who do too much in a world that asks too much from them.” Ms. Garvin’s talk “How to Write the Perfect Pitch” could change your life–and jump start your publishing career.



As an added bonus, Folio Literary Management Founder and Literary Agent Jeffrey Kleinman will discuss “What Agents are Looking For” on Monday, February 27.

WANT MORE? Add to your Writers’ Weekend experience with:

First Page OR Synopsis Review: Submit the first page of your novel (or short story) OR a synopsis of your novel for Author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s review and written comments: $150

In depth Developmental Review* and 30-minute 1 on 1 Zoom Advising Session with Author Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the Oprah Book Club’s inaugural selection. $350

*Developmental Reviews and Pitch Sessions are limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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