Writers Conference Spotlight: Midwest Writers Workshop (July 26-28, 2012)

I am pumped to be presenting at the 2012 Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, IN, July 26–28, 2012. This is widely regarded as being one of the Midwest’s premiere events, and I’m fortunate enough to have snagged an instructor invite for 2012. Read on to learn the event details.


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The event goes down from July 26–28, 2012, at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. In their own words: “The mission of MWW is to give all writers the opportunity to improve their craft, to associate with highly credentialed professionals, and to network with other writers.”


Along with a variety of editors and authors, four literary agents will be in attendance:

1. Sarah LaPolla is an associate agent at Curtis Brown. Sarah represents both adult and young adult fiction. For adult books, she is looking for literary fiction, urban fantasy, magical realism, mystery, literary horror, and has a soft spot for short story collections. On the YA side, she welcomes contemporary/realistic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, mystery, and horror.

2. Kathleen Ortiz is a former online editor and interactive designer who uses her experience in online marketing to help authors build their communities and promote themselves and their books. She looks past the pages of a story and thinks of ways to help authors reach more readers so they can interact with the characters and their world. As subrights director, she handles foreign, audio and digital rights for the agency. She has an intimate list of clients, with Jaime Reed’s debut YA paranormal romance, Living Violet, book one of the Cambion Chronicles, coming out by Kensington in January 2012. She is currently closed to submissions (except conference requests) until August 1, 2011.

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3. Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management is on the lookout for adult fiction that runs the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). He also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance.

4. JL Stermer is an agent in the literary division of talent agency N.S. Bienstock. She is currently seeking both fiction and non-fiction. On the fiction side, she’d love to see both commercial and literary fiction as well as graphic novels. On the non-fiction side, she is looking for cookbooks and food-related narratives, prescriptive health, diet, and fitness, how-to, reference, narrative non-fiction, current events-related projects and all things


The event has 30+ different instructional sessions with top quality faculty during our 3-day program on everything from fiction to nonfiction, marketing, and ways to get creative juices flowing. Thursday focuses on genre-specific intensive sessions. Friday and Saturday are packed with sessions on the craft of writing and the business of writing.

MWW Extras include:

  • Agent Pitch Sessions
  • “Practice Your Pitch” Session (Thursday evening)
  • Manuscript Evaluations (
  • Query Letter Critiques !
  • Social Media Consultations
  • Writing Contests (win money & prizes!)
  • Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
  • Awards Banquet

See all event details here.



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