Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One-Day Workshop in New York City/Feb. 22!

Mike's Writing Workshop and Writers Helping Writers Presents:

The Writing Life
A one-day writers workshop in New York City offering advanced strategies on making it in the publishing world

Please join award-winning writer/journalist Michael P. Geffner, former Simon & Schuster book editor Marcela Landres, and literary agent Regina Brooks for three enlightening hours on the world of big-time publishing.

What: Building the Professional Writing Life; Learning How Editors Think; Finding, Impressing and Landing a Literary Agent

When: Sunday, Feb. 22, 1-4PM (with 4-5PM for private one-on-one consultations)

Where: A gloriously-serene restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens (easy to reach by car or subway)

Cost: $99.00 (PayPal available)

Pre-Registration required before Feb. 18: Please email mgeffy@gmail.com for details.

Register now with payment to reserve your spot! Only 20 people max!


Michael P. Geffner has written for Details, Texas Monthly, The Village Voice, USA Today, The Sporting News, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Associated Press. His work has been acknowledged for excellence by The Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Sports Editors, Best American Sports Writing, New York Press, and the New York Publishers Association.

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Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, and is the publisher of Latinidad, an award-winning e-zine which was chosen as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer's Digest Magazine. She speaks frequently for organizations such as the New York Round Table Writers’ Conference, Columbia University, and The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

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Regina Brooks is the president of the Serendipity Literary Agency LLC., where she represents a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including: three-time National Book Award finalist, author Marilyn Nelson; and Oprah Book List pick Sundee Frazier. Brooks has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill, is the author of Never Finished! Never Done!, and has been featured in Essence, Publishers Weekly, Sister to Sister magazine, and the Writers Digest Guide to Literary Agents.

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For an additional charge of $30, you can reserve a 15-minute private consultation with any of the speakers. Book writers should submit no more than 10 double-spaced pages of a manuscript plus a one-page synopsis by Feb 18th, so it can be forwarded well in advance to Ms. Landres (she does not accept poetry or children’s books) or Ms. Brooks. Journalists should submit to Mr. Geffner their query letters and/or resumes of no more than one page, or a story of no more than 10 pages double-spaced. You should include your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address on the first page of each piece of work.

These one-on-one sessions are open only to workshop attendees.

Testimonials from previous workshops:

"For writers new to the publishing market, but also for those with experience, Michael Geffner's One-Day Publishing Workshops are not to be missed. As someone who has been involved in small-press literary publishing for more than a decade, I can vouch for the good advice given to writers hoping to submit their work to editors and agents. Wearing my other hat, as a writer looking for recognition and support of my own work, I was moved by the generosity that Mr. Geffner and his panelists showed the workshop attendees. The inspiring workshops provide specific advice, opportunities to connect with mentors and peers in a lasting way, and also the unbeatable opportunity to sit one-on-one with professionals in the field, including editors and agents whose attention is otherwise difficult to attract, and receive direct feedback on manuscripts and query letters. Mr. Geffner is on a mission--self-explanatory in the title of his venture, "Writers Helping Writers." You'd be hard pressed to find a better value, or a better way to spend a day, than Mr. Geffner's workshops."
Allison Parker

"A big 'thank you' to Mike Geffner and Marcela Landres for putting so much into Sunday's workshop. I took away so many valuable action points for my next assignment. Thanks for being so generous with the inside track and how to set it all up properly. I walked away with a stack of notes that spoke directly to me and where I am right now. Judging from the writing going on around the room, everyone else was in the same frame of mind. I only wish I had gotten this information 20 years ago. You certainly delivered and I'm going to make sure I don't let you down. For anyone who may have missed it: If we ask really nicely, perhaps they will do it again. Mike and Marcela rock publishing! Thanks again."
Erin Snyder Dixon

"After attending Mike’s workshop I came away with a sense of direction in terms of where to focus my attention on how to find a place for myself as a writer. I now have tools as to where to look for contacts, how to approach the right people and ways to establish myself in this career path. The small group fostered a relaxed atmosphere and great dialogue between the participants and the workshop leaders, which included Marcela Landres. What a treat to be able to pick the collective brains of these two people! Their combined expertise and willingness to share the inside information pertaining to such simple inquiries as to income expectations and the process of publishing a book shed light on questions that too few “insider’s” like to or want to share. Oh and the food was great too!"
Melissa Dorfman

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