If you’re at all in tune with the literary agent scene, you know Donald Maass‘s name.
Through the good folks at Free Expressions, Don offers weekend and week-long workshops in writing the breakout novel.
With lodging and meals included, these workshops are an absolute steal ,and Don has the goods. A great lecturer, funny, informed, full of life and vitality and the burning desire to bring better books into the world.
If you go with the week-long intensive, Don will receive the first 50 pages of your manuscript and give you a half hour one-on-one response to it. You do understand, don’t you, how valuable that is?
There are many more perqs, but that’s the best of them, and potentially the most valuable if Don is sufficiently jazzed by those opening pages.
I had the privilege of being one of 30 students attending the week-long in Park City, Utah a little over a year ago. No go with my manuscript, alas, but I’m slated to attend the one next March or April in the Pacific Northwest (the place yet to be determined as of this posting) and I’ll be there with 50 solid pages.
Then you should read these two books right now:
- Writing the Breakout Novel
- Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Making Your Novel Stand Out and Succeed
Save those pennies, boys and girls!