(PRWEB) March 17, 2005
With only a few hundred first novelists published each year, competition among would-be novelists for available slots with reputable publishers is fierce. Editors working for large publishers no longer cultivate promising novelists with flawed manuscripts but instead rely on literary agents to discover and present top talent for them. One of ManhattanÂs most experienced agents, Donald Maass, who sells more than one hundred novels a year to major publishers, will be in Vancouver on April 9th and 10th to offer the keys to creating a novel acquisition editors canÂt resist.
The two-day workshop, ÂWriting the Breakout Novel,Â features Donald MaassÂs ÂagentÂs-eyeÂ view of such vital elements as character, plot and theme. He brings these concepts to life by involving seminar participants in exercises that enable writers to plumb the depths of their characters, deepen themes, strengthen point of view and voice, and more. ÂWriters love MaassÂs smart, funny style and his nuts-and-bolts approach,Â says Lorin Oberweger, whose company, Free Expressions, sponsors the Maass seminar and others nationwide.
MaassÂs seminar is also popular among experienced mid-list authors hoping to rise to bestseller ranks. As successful author Karen Leabo says, ÂIÂve written and sold forty novels, but Don Maass helped crystallize concepts IÂve heard over and over. I feel confident I can put the advice into practical use and reach that next level in my career.Â
The seminar cost is $239 (early registration) and includes beverage breaks, lunch, an evening reception on Saturday, and beverage breaks on Sunday. The Vancouver seminar will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Those interested in the April seminar should call 813-684-7988 or toll-free in the US: 866-I-WRITE-2 (866-497-4832) or visit the Free Expressions website at http://www.free-expressions.com. Pre-registration is required for all seminars.
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