MWPA-215x215Instructor: Celia Johnson
Date & Time: Saturday, February 13 & 20 | 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $95 | Nonmember $160

A writer’s journey often feels like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, particularly once you venture beyond the manuscript. Crafting a query letter. Developing a proposal. Building a platform. Reaching out to agents and editors. There are all sorts of potential pitfalls at each step. But if you understand the agents’ and editors’ perspectives—or, in other words, the business side of buying a book—it’s much easier to navigate the publishing realm.

This two-part workshop is designed for both fiction and nonfiction writers who have a finished manuscript. It will give a basic overview of the industry and help attendees strategize outreach for their manuscripts. The workshop will pay special attention to drafting and redrafting query letters and zeroing in on the best agents and editors to reach out to in the industry.

+ IN ADVANCE In advance of the workshops, each attendee is asked to write a brief statement of up to 250-words about their project and what stage they are in with it. Please send an email no later than February 5 to with the subject line: “JOHNSON ADVENTURE.”

+ IN THE END Attendees will leave this workshop with a polished query letter and a game plan for their own project, whether it’s a finished manuscript or one that’s well underway.

CeliaCelia Johnson is the Creative Director of Slice Literary, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between emerging writers and the professional publishing realm. Among other endeavors, Slice Literary publishes Slice magazine and hosts the annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Celia worked as an acquisitions editor at major publishing houses in New York for almost a decade before moving to Maine. Her projects included fiction and nonfiction by bestselling and award-winning authors. Johnson is also an author and her most recent book is Odd Type Writers: The Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (Perigee/Penguin). Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, Reader’s Digest, and the Huffington Post, among others.

The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit.
> DEADLINE: Monday, January 25 at 9:00 a.m.

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