Your Best Book Brings Agents, Editors and Authors to Virginia Beach

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The workshop will be held June 20-26 at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Being a successful writer in today’s market requires a range of skills and knowhow, and the best way to gain that understanding is to sit down with a panel of industry pros and learn firsthand what editors and agents are looking for.

For many writers, it’s a journey. The path begins with the first flash of insight, and many developing authors believe it ends with the initial draft of a manuscript. For those seeking to improve their craft, though, it’s on to rewrites, to the desks of agents and editors, back for copyedits, and then—hopefully, one day—to a bookstore shelf or digital marketplace. It’s a mystifying process that many don’t understand, and it can feel like a marathon over rocky, uncharted road.

Unless, says author and editor Lorin Oberweger, you have the right guides to lead you. Then that journey becomes an epic, heartfelt adventure.

Oberweger, who founded Free Expressions Literary Services in 1995, has assembled a premier cast of word sherpas, publishing ninjas, and literary wizards for Your Best Book, a week-long workshop designed to connect industry experts with growing writers.

The workshop, which will be held June 20-26 at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia, provides a fun and inspiring approach to craft, demystifies the nebulous querying and pitching process, and offers participants a peek at what piques a professional’s interest.

“I’ve always been a big fan of joy, of seeing writers succeed,” Oberweger says. “Being a successful writer in today’s market requires a range of skills and knowhow, and the best way to gain that understanding is to sit down with a panel of industry pros and learn firsthand what editors and agents are looking for.”

Workshop leaders include Josh and Tracey Adams of Adams Literary; author Joshua Corin; author and editor Emma Dryden; author Christine Goff; HarperCollins author and editor Andrew Harwell; author and editor Jordan Rosenfeld; Peter Rubie, CEO of Fine Print Literary Management; Amy Tannenbaum of the Jane Rotrosen Agency; author and editor Brenda Windberg; and Oberweger herself. Participants will join in a mix of activities throughout the week including daily classes on craft, one-on-one reviews with panelists, student feedback groups and more.

Rubie, a veteran journalist, author and editor, says that immersive workshops are an ideal way for writers to gain a better perspective on their craft, as well as a survey of today’s broad, and changing, literary landscape.

“There are many aspects of the publishing/writing process that are hard-earned and not at all intuitive,” Rubie notes. “Good workshops allow authors who are intent on mastering their craft and improving their writing to not only connect with other like-minded enthusiasts, but to spend an extended period of time studying the right things to focus on, under the guidance of experts who have spent years writing, editing and working with published writers.”

And, says author and editor Brenda Windberg, investment in these kinds of workshops brings lasting rewards, not only in a wellspring of knowledge, but in the friendship of an ongoing community.

“The writer's path is not an easy one, and every single writer I know struggles with holding on to the vision,” Windberg says. “Spending time with people who understand that struggle, as well as people who know how to shine a light and point the way, is absolutely invaluable. Good workshops help us find our tribe, our mentors, and our stamina, and I can't imagine success without any one of those.”

Additional information about the Your Best Book workshop, as well as a trove of writing resources, can be found at http://free-expressions.com.

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For more information, or availability
with listed authors, contact:
Lorin Oberweger, Owner
lorin(at)free-expressions.com
813-391-8980

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