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The Shit No One Tells You About Writing Virtual Retreat
We’re beyond excited to announce the first ever The Shit No One Tells You About Writing Virtual Retreat that will be run from 10am to 5pm (Eastern Time) on the 29th and 30th of January 2022. Who says Januarys have to be dreary and shitty? Not us!

We have 16 hours of jam-packed, amazing content lined up for you including talks by guests like Brit Bennet (#1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Vanishing Half), Jessica Brody (Saves the Cat! Writes a Novel), Lisa Cron (Story Genius), Courtney Maum (Before and After the Book Deal) Valerie Francis (The Story Grid Method) and Sally Kim (SVP, Publisher of Putnam, PRH).

We'll also have Clubhouse parties, breakaway sessions, Q&As, guided writing prompts, special discounts on writing software, writing software demos, a closed Facebook group for you to connect with other writers, and tons of literary prizes.

You'll also have access to The Shit No One Tells You About Writing Book Club that will meet four times a year to discuss elements of craft as they pertain to the chosen book.

Podcast hosts, Bianca Marais (author of Hum If You Don't Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh), Carly Watters (agent at PS Literary Agency) and CeCe Lyra (agent at PS Literary Agency and author of The Sisterhood Series) will also be doing presentations on various elements of craft and the business of publishing.

You don't want to miss out!

For more info, go to: https://www.biancamarais.com/courses-retreats-and-services.html
Jan 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Jan 30, 2022 10:00 AM
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Speakers

Brit Bennett
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller, and her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
Lisa Cron
Story Coach and Author
Lisa Cron is a story coach and the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence and Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages that Go Nowhere) both published by Ten Speed Press. Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency. Since 2006, she's been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and she's on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in visual narrative in New York City.
Courtney Maum
Author and writing intructor
Author of five books, including the game changing publishing guide BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOOK DEAL and the forthcoming memoir, THE YEAR OF THE HORSES, Courtney is a writer and book coach hellbent on preserving the joy of art-making in a culture obsessed with turning artists into brands. A nominee for the Joyce Carol Oates prize and the host of the monthly “Beyond Fiction” conversation series at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Courtney’s essays and articles have been widely published in outlets like The New York Times and Buzzfeed, and her short story “This is Not Your Fault” was recently turned into an Audible Original. A frequent interviewer of high-profile writers such as Anne Perry, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Edouard Louis, Courtney is also the founder of the learning collaborative, The Cabins.
Valerie Francis
Author, editor and podcaster
Valerie Francis is a Certified Story Grid Editor and best-selling author of both women’s and children’s fiction. As a writer, she understands what it feels like to struggle with a manuscript that doesn’t work and has spent many late nights rewriting drafts in frustration. That all changed in January 2015 when she discovered The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know (then in blog form). Since then, she has been studying and applying Shawn Coyne’s methodology and knows from experience how well his technique works. In fact, that’s why she became a Certified Story Grid Editor—to help fellow writers learn to apply these editing principles and ultimately become better storytellers. Her specialties include: love stories, thrillers, horror stories (especially gothic literature and stories with supernatural elements), mysteries and crime fiction, women’s fiction and middle grade stories. She works with novelists, screenwriters and playwrights.
Sally Kim
SVP and Publisher at Putnam
Sally Kim is SVP, Publisher of Putnam. In addition to overseeing the imprint’s editorial, marketing, and publicity departments, she acquires and edits her own list of quality fiction with commercial appeal, including New York Times bestsellers by Robert Jones, Jr. (The Prophets), Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age), Chloe Benjamin (The Immortalists), Cristina Alger (Girls Like Us), and John Kenney (Love Poems for Married People). Recent publications include novels by Alma Katsu, Steven Rowley, M.O. Walsh, and Kate Russo; forthcoming are the next novels by award-winning authors Megan Abbott, Sarah Winman, Nickolas Butler, and Karen Joy Fowler. Prior to Putnam, Sally was Editorial Director at Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, and worked at HarperCollins, the Crown Publishing Group, and St. Martin’s Press, after getting her start at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency more than 25 years ago. She’s acquired celebrated debuts by Gillian Flynn, Lisa Unger, Courtney Maum, Jami Attenberg and Ann Leary.
Susie Whelehan
Author, poet and AWA method facilitator
I have written for most of my life: from Christmas skits to perform with my siblings at family parties when we were young, to a Christmas Story I shared with little ones for decades in schools. In between I had a monthly humour column in my high school newspaper and published my first poetry in those same years. During my thirty-three year career teaching children in Kindergarten to Grade Four I kept writing. Several of my scripts were produced for the award-winning children’s television program The Big Comfy Couch. Poetry and stories for young ones appeared in reading series books published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, MeadowBook Press, and Curriculum Plus. My poetry for adults has been published by Vox Benedictina, Hidden Brook Press, Novalis and The Windsor Review. One of my poems received First Place from the annual Canadian Church Press Awards. Another was a finalist in CBC Canada Writes. My essays have appeared in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.
Jessica Brody
Author of Saves the Cat! Writes a Novel
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica Brody later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author. Since then, Jessica has written and published over seventeen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays (a Texas Lone Star list selection), Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing, The Geography of Lost Things, Better You Than Me, The Chaos of Standing Still, In Some Other Life (a Junior Library Guilt selection), and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy. She is also the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. a how-to plotting book for novelists. Her next young adult novel, Sky Without Stars, a sci-fi retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (co-written by Joanne Rendell) releases in March of 2019.