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!