Angie Azur is a YA Sci-fi Writer.
Writer for PALEO Magazine.
Former Intern at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
SCBWI & COWG Member.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big Sur Writer's Workshop

The Andrea Brown Agency puts on the best writer's workshop I have ever attended. That's saying a lot because I started going to workshops and conferences 8 years ago when I thought I could write better than the author's of the picture books I was reading to my first born son. I've since learned that it's a lot harder than it seems.

This workshop is unique in that it requires writers to submit a first chapter, or picture book before they are invited to the workshop. This means that not only are the editors, agents, and publishers a great resource to help make your manuscript stronger, but all of your fellow writers are too.

The are many reasons to attend this workshop:

  • The beauty of Big Sur
  • Nature all around you - turkeys & deer guaranteed 
  • Quiet - no TV, no Radio
  • Time away from family and duties
  • Meeting other writers
  • Relaxing with people who understand you
  • Talking to people - because we writers rarely do
  • Meeting the amazing agents
  • Songs by Magnus
  • Learning from those in the industry
  • Getting critique 
  • Giving critique
  • Asking questions
  • Revising time
  • Trail hiking
  • Beach combing
  • Pitching your work
  • Making new friends
  • Making new connections
  • Confirming you are a worthy writer
  • Confirming writing is not for you
  • Learning something new about yourself
  • New enthusiasm for the next revision
  • Leaving with a goal
  • Leaving with an agent asking to see your work

The next workshop will be March 2 - 4, 2012. I highly recommend it. I met wonderful writers there, and we've become facebook and email friends. This community is small - and the attendees are limited. It's a great place to show your work, get encouragement, and connect with your future agent. 

If you go - let me know what you think, and good luck!

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