UPCOMING FREE TALKS
Washington Metro Area
Libraries, Community Centers, & Art Galleries
David Hazard walks you through a virtual book publishing committee meeting, telling you exactly what each member of a review committee, from the publisher to the promotions director, needs to hear to give the “thumbs-up” vote for your manuscript. Afterwards, he’ll field all your questions about agents, contracts, and e-book publishing.
David Hazard's talks are always anticipated and appreciated by our library patrons. His practical advice, born of years of experience, has encouraged many local writers to hone their craft and work toward publication!
Adult Services Librarian
Ashburn Library, Loudoun County Public Library
Adirondack Writing Sojourn
Old Forge, NY
A creative getaway to launch or advance your career in writing in the forever wild beauty of upstate New Yorks pristine mountains and lakes. Professional publishing consultants, writing coaches, and bestselling authors are on hand to guide you and provide constructive critiques in this powerful 6-night 5-day session.
September 10-16, 2017
the Arts Center
Old Forge, New York
- Writing and Self-Discovery: How Writers Find Their Unique Voice
Sat, May 27, 2017 1-4pm
Finding your "unique voice" is the same as finding the "edge" or "spin" that every agent and publisher will look for in your writing. Do you know what it is?
This workshop will help you explore your voice, and add the edge to your writing that makes it interesting for your readers... and marketable. As you come to truly understand and express yourself, you'll understand your audience more, as well. Your writing can become more purposeful and focused, and your pitches and proposals more focused on what agents and publishers are looking for: your unique "value propositions" and "takeaways."
Preregistration is required. Register by May 17
Getting Publishers to Say, "Yes!": The Insider Info You Need to Land the Contract
Friday, June 23, 2017, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Too often, good books 'miss the mark' and are not accepted - not because of the manuscript itself, but because the pitch and proposal is weak. That's a tragedy.
The workshop presents an insider's understanding of what it takes to get "yes" votes from key players in the publishing review process.
Preregistration required. Register by June 13, 2017
ART*ICULATION: Honing Your Powers of Expression: For Both Artists and Writers
— with David Hazard and Becky Harblin
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Writing that is vivid, colorful, and rich in detail has power to hold reader interest - including art patrons as well as literary agents and publishers. This workshop teaches greater “eye-word coordination”, an invaluable skill for both writers and writers and visual artists who write about their work.
Writing Powerful People: Making Your Characters - Real and Fictional - Come to Life
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Character development is essential to certain types of writing, including memoirs and character-driven novels and short stories. Character revelation is tricky, and too often done in "information" or "backstory" dumps. Not very satisfying. ("Oh here it comes - the backstory....")
This workshop will help you understand how to find or create the dynamic element within your people, real or imagined. If you want to improve your character skills, this workshop is for you.
Preregistration is required. Register by August 19, 2017
Memoirs and Novels : The Secrets of Great Narrative Writing
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Great memoirs don't just happen -- there is a secret to writing them.
Learn how to story-board your memoir from an expert writing coach. There is a "golden thread" of meaning in every life, and when you find it and write about it you connect with a broad audience of readers who will not be able to put your book down.
There are no 'ordinary lives' -- not really. The extraordinary is always there, just beneath the surface. Find that thread in your life, and write about it.
Preregistration is required. Register by September 17, 2017