Instructor: Elizabeth Atkinson
Date & Time: Saturday, July 7 | 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: Auburn Public Library
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $45 | Nonmember: $100
Registration Closes: July 5
*Co-sponsored by the Auburn Public Library
After completing the first draft of a middle-grade or YA novel, most writers have numerous questions about the next steps. In this workshop, award-winning middle grade author Elizabeth Atkinson—a finalist for the (and 2016 Maine Literary Award 2016 for Young People’s Literature)—will guide participants through the process of getting their manuscripts published…and beyond.
The workshop will begin with tips on polishing and formatting one’s work, then move on to the process of querying agents, as well as submitting one’s work unrepresented. The basics of traditional publishing will be explained, along with the pros and cons of self-publishing. Atkinson will touch on the usefulness of writing groups versus when to hire a professional editor.
The second half of the workshop will cover the basics of creating an online platform (websites and social media), as well as book promotion, which can be particularly overwhelming for writers but is often required by publishers and is vital to a book’s success.
Ample time will be allotted for questions, so bring a list! All attendees will be provided with take-home resources and professional recommendations.
+ TWO SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE This workshop is co-sponsored by the Auburn Public Library; the MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for an Auburn Public Library patron, as well as one full scholarship for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on June 25 at 9:00 a.m. → MORE INFORMATION
Elizabeth Atkinson’s quirky, heartfelt middle grade novels include From Alice to Zen (Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books), I, Emma Freke (starred School Library Journal review, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books, 2010 Gold Moonbeam Award, Honor Book Award by the Society of School Librarians International, the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award shortlist, Sunshine State Young Reader Award, and the Ado-Lisant prize in Belgium for the French Edition), The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball (2016 Gold Moonbeam Award, 2016 Maine Literary Finalist, LitPick Top Choice Award, Scandinavian translations) and her newest release, The Island of Beyond (New York Public Library’s Best Kids & Teen Books 2016 list, 2017 Maine Literary Finalist).
Raised in Harvard, Massachusetts, Elizabeth received an MA in Liberal Studies (with a concentration in Creative Writing) at Dartmouth College. She currently divides her time between Newburyport, Massachusetts and Center Lovell, Maine. VISIT www.elizabethatkinson.com
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