IYWM June 2015 Newsletter

Registration is Now Open!

Check out our exciting list of workshops and events!

Featured speakers for the June 25 – 28, 2015 workshop include:

Claire Eddy, Senior Editor, Tor/Forge Books

Stephen Saffel, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Titan Books

Roseanne Wells, Associate Agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Liz Coley, Guest Author

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Getting Ready for IYWM

What exactly is the IYWM workshop?
Some people may call it a retreat, other call it a residency. We call it amazing!

The days at the IYWM Workshop are packed full with amazing modules to help you grow as a writer. You will meet many other authors, intent on polishing their craft and getting published (if they’re not already). Beyond being an incredible learning experience, you will find this to be a unique networking environment.

What can you expect at the IYWM workshop?
Head over to the website to check out the daily schedule.

This will give you a pretty good idea how days are spent at this wonderful residency.

What fun events happen at the IYWM workshop?

  • Book Signing and Expo
    • Join a number of authors for our annual book signing/expo. This event is open to the public.
  • Public Forum
    • The public is welcome to a special session by our guest speaker.
  • The Costume Ball
    • *Costumes not required to attend…but they can if they want to!
  • Fundraising Raffle
    • The WPF Alumni Committee collects donations for the Scholarship Basket Raffle that takes place at the workshop in June. All money raised in ticket sales will go to the Writing Popular Fiction Alumni Scholarship Fund. As Alumni of the WPF program, the committee values the impact story telling and writing has on our lives. The continued support of the WPF program, our fellow Alumni and the scholarship awarded makes it possible for more great works of fiction to enter our lives. This scholarship will be awarded each term to someone with financial need in their final term toward achieving a Masters of Fine Arts in writing popular fiction.
    • Tickets for the Basket Raffle will be sold in the registration office throughout the residency, as well as at the booksigning and costume ball. The drawing will be held at the Costume Ball/Wine Social. Raffle items will be available for viewing during the days prior to the raffle.

Where are some good places to eat off campus?
Smokey Bones, Panera, Chipotle, Steak N Shake, Red Robin, Lupi & Leo, Robokyo hibachi, Five Guys Burgers, Headkeepers, Turina’s pizza and subs, Oliver’s Pourhouse, Moio’s pizza

What should I bring with me when attending the workshops?

  • Notebook/laptop
  • Possibly a recorder. Really it depends on how you take notes.
  • A copy (either memorized or written down) of your elevator pitch and if your novel is finished, a synopsis, cover letter
  • Business cards (There are professionals in every workshop and although you don’t want to stalk or hassle anyone you do want to be prepared)
  • Snacks. We get breaks, but 3 hours is a long time.
  • A light jacket because rooms are either 90 degrees or 40 and not anything in between

What are these raffle baskets I keep hearing about?
Each year, In Your Write Mind Workshop conducts a raffle drawing to support and fund our scholarship for the Writing Popular Fiction MFA. Last year, we raised over $1,600! Baskets are donated from all over the world and have included items such as signed books, movie memorabilia, coffee, tea, beer, wine, glassware, Seton Hill apparel, art, jewelry, hand-crafted goods, editing services and more.

Baskets will be located at In Your Write Mind Registration and will continue to arrive throughout the weekend so check back frequently. Tickets are sold at Registration Thursday through Saturday and will also be available at the book signing and Ball (until 10pm). The drawing will be held at the ball Saturday evening and winners will be announced at 10:45 pm.

How do I sign up for pitch sessions?
After you register, you will receive an email with instructions on how you can request a pitch session time slot. Pitch sessions take place from 1-5 pm on Friday during the workshop and are based on a lottery system**. While we try our best to give you your first choice of agent/editor, you may end up with your second choice or third choice. You will receive a message with your agent/editor and time slot the week prior to the workshop.

If there are open pitch slots left in the schedule, you may sign up at registration for an additional spot. Openings at registration are on a first come, first served basis.

**You must be registered for In Your Write Mind workshop in order to secure a pitch time slot.



Craft Tips and Tricks

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker



Alumni Publications

TJ Lantz, Rise of the (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Retics-Rosehaven-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00AHNDW0K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431820031&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+of+the+retics) Retics (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Retics-Rosehaven-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00AHNDW0K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431820031&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+of+the+retics) (Rosehaven Book 1) (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Retics-Rosehaven-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00AHNDW0K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431820031&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+of+the+retics)

What would you do if you found out you weren’t entirely human and specially trained hunters were trying to kill you? For Tyranna, a young orphan, it means moving to Rosehaven: a hidden city filled with sword-fighting squirrels, goblin assassins, and a dangerous criminal organization run by an emotionally imbalanced fairy. It might not be the safest place in the world, but when you’re Retic it’s the only place left.




In the last newsletter, there was an error in the spelling of one workshop presenter’s name. Jennifer Della Zanna was incorrectly printed as Jennifer Della.
Sorry about that, Jen.



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