The 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop: May 6, 2017

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter a successful 2015 event in Seattle, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Seattle, WA on May 6, 2017.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop!


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent faculty so far includes:

  • [NEW ADDITION] editor Danielle Marshall (Lake Union Publishing)
  • [NEW ADDITION] editor Alison Dasho (Montlake Publishing)
  • [NEW ADDITION] literary agent Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)
  • [NEW ADDITION] literary agent Annie Bomke (Annie Bomke Literary)
  • [NEW ADDITION] literary agent Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
  • literary agent Carlie Webber (Fuse Literary)
  • editor Jason Kirk (47North)
  • literary agent Mandy Hubbard (Emerald City Literary)
  • literary agent Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary)
  • literary agent Valerie Noble (Donaghy Literary Group)
  • literary agent Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency)
  • literary agent Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary)
  • literary agent Amy Levenson (Blue Heron Literary)
  • literary agent Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary)
  • literary agent Elizabeth Wales (Wales Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary)
  • literary agent Adria Goetz (Martin Literary Management)
  • and possibly more to come

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops.


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue, 3225 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. (425)644-2500.

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What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.

Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

Official welcome from coordinator Jessica Bell.

1. An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today (Regent Room). This workshop examines traditional publishing vs. self-publishing / e-publishing.

2. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction (Ambassador Room). This session will discuss the tips and tricks for making middle grade and YA novels great.

3. How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir (Diplomat Room). In this session, you’ll learn what sells (and why), and how you can get your memoir published.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.44.34 AMBLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. Breaking the Rules of Writing 101 (Ambassador Room). When does breaking the rules work? When does it fail? Arming our decisions with the knowledge of what the rules are and why to break them is the key to successful defiance of tradition.

2. Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters (Regent Room). This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents.

3. Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction (Diplomat Room). This presentation will teach you how to keep readers—including agents and editors—turning pages late into the night.

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest (Regent Room). This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
2.  Nonfiction Intense: Book Proposal Tips (Diplomat Room). If you are trying to create an awesome nonfiction book proposal, this presentation is for you.

3. Picture Book Intensive: Advice on Selling Your Children’s Book (Ambassador Room). In this session, we’ll discuss questions to consider before sending a picture book manuscript out in the world.

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. How to Self-Publish Your Book Now and Do It Right (Diplomat Room). You’ll learn how to: prepare your manuscript, design your cover, format your paperback interior & ebook, register with desired retailers/distributors, and much more.

2. Ten Keys to Writing Success (Regent Room). Learn 10 things you can be doing right now that will help get your book(s) published and find success.

3. Talking Fantasy and Science Fiction (Ambassador Room). A panel of attending literary agents will be discussing the genres of science fiction and fantasy — i.e., how to write and sell speculative fiction.

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. How to Market Yourself and Your Books: Talking Author Social Media, Blogging, and Platform (Ambassador Room). This session includes easy-to-understand advice on social media (Twitter, Facebook, more), blogging, and other simple ways you can market your work online.

2. An Agent’s Guide to Revision and Self-Editing (Regent Room). This session will discuss common manuscript problems as well as tools you can use to create the manuscripts that will get the attention you want from agents and editors—and readers.

3. How to Write and Sell Romance in Today’s Market (Diplomat Room). This session will address important topics and tips for writers of romance.


At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.

Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.



Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.49.19 PM.pngGordon Warnock [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a founding partner at Fuse Literary. For nonfiction, he represents memoir (adult, new adult, young adult, graphic), cookbooks, food narratives, illustrated/art, photography, political books, current events, pop science, pop culture (especially punk culture and geek culture), self-help, how to, humor, pets, business and career. For fiction, he seeks high concept suspense, literary fiction (young adult, adult), and graphic novels (any age). He is not looking for religious fiction, genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, fantasy), legal thrillers, New Age, picture books, middle grade, novellas or screenplays. Learn more about Gordon here.

Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 1.11.32 AM.pngAlison Dasho is an acquiring editor at Montlake, the romance imprint of Amazon Publishing. Alison began her editorial career at Bleak House Books in Madison, Wisconsin, where she acquired, edited, and managed production of just about every title on the list until 2009.  She seeks contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries & thrillers that have romantic elements. Learn more about Alison here.

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 1.20.21 AM.pngDanielle Marshall is the editor director of Lake Union Publishing, part of Amazon Publishing. After founding and running her own book marketing and PR firm, she joined Amazon Publishing in 2012 where she’s worked on both the marketing and editorial sides of the house. In 2015 Danielle was appointed Editorial Director of Lake Union Publishing, named for the lake near their Seattle offices. She is seeking upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, and commercial / book club fiction. Learn more about Danielle here.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.34.40 PM.pngLisa Abellera [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She represents upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or medical science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, new adult, young adult, and middle grade. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work. Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays. Learn more about Lisa here.

Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 5.52.10 PM.pngAnnie Bomke is a literary agent and the founder of Annie Bomke Literary Agency. She has worked on a wide variety of genres including mainstream and literary fiction, self-help, business, health/diet, memoir, parenting, relationships, psychology, and humor, but she is most passionate about character-driven literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and psychology. Learn more about Annie here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.02.35 PM.pngMandy Hubbard [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founding literary agent at Emerald City Literary. She is seeking: middle grade novels, young adult novels, and adult genre romance. She especially likes diverse books, epic sci-fi and fantasy for teens, the-sexier-the-better romance, unreliable narrators, and MG & YA with unusual formats or timelines. Learn more about Mandy here.

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.23.13 AM.pngCarlie Webber [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. She represents fiction in the genres of young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She is no longer interested in any kind of nonfiction. Learn more about Carlie here.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 4.00.53 PM.pngThao Le [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She represents adult science fiction & fantasy, young adult, middle grade, and is selectively open to romance, and picture books by authors who are also illustrators. For adult and YA science fiction & fantasy, she enjoys stories rooted in mythology, fairytales, and legends with atmospheric settings and strong worldbuilding. For contemporary YA, she’s seeking witty, heartfelt writing with an authentic teen voice. For middle grade, she’s looking for fantastic adventures and clever heroes/heroines. For romance, she’s drawn to strong, memorable characters whose individual journeys brings them together. She’s particularly seeking unique historical romance and speculative romance similar to Gail Carrier’s Parasol Protectorate series. She also loves magic realism and beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is always on the lookout for more diversity and LGBTQ stories. Learn more about Thao here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 10.03.59 PM.pngAmy Levenson [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Blue Heron Literary. She represents mainstream literary and commercial fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, narrative nonfiction, and popular culture. She is actively seeking middle grade and young adult fiction (all genres), from adventure driven and fantastical to contemporary settings exploring social issues. For new adult and adult fiction, she seeks plot-driven literary works and upmarket commercial stories with only a touch of genre. She is especially drawn to a strong voice and dynamic characters, a well-paced plot, witty or quirky humor, and am always susceptible to a good solid tug on the heart strings. Learn more about Amy here.

Screen shot 2015-05-26 at 9.23.50 PMPaul S. Levine [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founder of Paul S. Levine Literary. Open to virtually any genre or category, he will consider fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult manuscripts, and proposals for nonfiction books. Some of his recent fiction sales include mystery, crime, thriller, women’s fiction, and romance. Some of his recent nonfiction sales include diet, how-to, business/finance, true crime, parenting, and advice/relationships. He is not interested in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Learn more about Paul here.

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.23.28 AM.pngNephele Tempest, [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] a literary agent, joined The Knight Agency in 2005 and continues to actively build her client list. She is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction. Learn more about agent Nephele Tempest here.

Screen Shot 2016-11-24 at 2.20.45 PM.pngValerie Noble [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the senior agent at Donaghy Literary Group.  Valerie loves science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal. She is actively seeking young adult fiction and adult fiction in the following areas: science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and historical fantasy. Learn more about Valerie here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 1.03.44 PM.pngScott Eagan is the founder of Greyhaus Literary Agency. Scott specializes in new adult romance, single title contemporary romance (think “old school” Danielle Steel romances that focus on relationships), single title historical romance (any time period, but no Westerns of Civil War), single title paranormal romance (looking for unique and different; no high fantasy please), single title romantic suspense, women’s fiction (i.e., book club fiction). Scott will consider previously published books if they fit the mold of what he represents. Learn more about Scott here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 3.39.17 PM.pngElizabeth Wales [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency. She is seeking quality works of fiction and narrative nonfiction. The Agency is especially interested in story-driven narratives, new voices, and progressive cultural points of view. The agency does not represent self-help, how-to, children’s books, romance, genre fiction in general (fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, mysteries), or screenplays. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 6.44.10 PM.pngAdria Goetz is an associate literary agent with Martin Literary Management. She is actively building her client list and looking for writers. Adria represents the lifestyle genre and everything under the Christian umbrella—children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, and adult fiction and nonfiction (including memoir). Learn more about Adria here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.20.58 PM.pngLindsay Mealing [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Emerald City Literary. Lindsay represents: science fiction, fantasy, and young adult. Some elements within those genres that she especially likes include intrigue, espionage, politics, dark fantasy, space opera, epic sci-fi/fantasy with huge stakes and strong worldbuilding, morally grey stories and characters, gothic horror, cyberpunk, beautiful literary stories that will make me cry, historical fantasy, dark, twisty contemporary YA, anti-heroes/heroines, and gaming/geek culture. Learn more about Lindsay here.

Screen Shot 2016-12-29 at 3.20.28 PM.pngJason Kirk is an award-winning editor for 47North and Skyscape, the speculative and YA imprints of Amazon Publishing. He is actively seeking fantasy and science fiction for adults, as well as sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary novels for young adults. Learn more about Jason here.

Eve Porinchak is a literary agent with the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. Unfortunately, she had to cancel her appearance at the event.

Clelia Gore is a literary agent and media manager for Martin Literary Management. Unfortunately, she had to cancel her appearance at the event.

        More 2017 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.

These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)



$169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2017 SWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 10, 2016, registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.20.11 AM.pngI signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.07.56 AM.png“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.00 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.08.09 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Seattle Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

Add $79 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. You can opt for as many critiques as you like. Options:

  • Young adult / middle grade / chapter books: Faculty member Madeline Smoot, a children’s book editor who is teaching at the event, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. No picture books, please.
  • Adult fantasy / adult science fiction / literary fiction / mainstream fiction: Faculty member Camille Griep, a published fantasy novelist, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Women’s fiction (all kinds), romance, paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, memoir, historical fiction [SOLD OUT]: Faculty member Andrea Hurst, a writing instructor and longtime former literary agent, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. Note that Andrea is now sold out of 2017 critique spots.
  • Science fiction & fantasy for adults, mystery, thriller, suspense, paranormal: Faculty member Sean Fletcher, a writing instructor and longtime former literary agent, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email:, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Seattle workshop specifically.


Because of limited space at the venue, the workshop can only allow 150 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The SWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Seattle workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop.


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