Thursday, May 14, 2009

Deborah Brodie Headlines First Annual Stanford Publishing Workshop...

Freelance editor Deborah Brodie has helped organize and will instruct at the First Annual Stanford Publishing Courses Writers Workshop, set for July 31 and August 1, at Stanford University in Palo Alto. The workshop will explore both craft and new media tools for marketing fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, books for adults, magazine journalism, writing for the Web, and creating blog and Web videos.

Deborah's sessions start on Thursday, July 30, before the workshop officially begins, with a relaxed conversation about The Writer’s Juggling Act: Balancing Work, Life, and Play.

Her subsequent sessions include:

  • Open with Enticement, Maintain Your Momentum, and End with a Bang
  • Honing Your Voice, Developing Plot, Deepening Characterization & More
  • Guided Writing Challenges: Tackling Writer’s Block
She’ll also moderate two panels, allowing lots of time for Q & A: Insider Advice from Children’s Book Editors and Wise Words from Children’s Book Agents.

The event is pricey ($650 per day, $990 for both days), but there's a 10% discount for groups and the quality of instruction promises to be high. Deborah spent 22 years at Viking and six years as co-founder of Roaring Brook Press before becoming a freelance editor for publishers and book doctor for literary agents and individuals and she does a great deal of instructing and mentoring. She's worked with Stephen King, David A. Adler, Sarah Dessen, Patricia Reilly Giff, Milton Meltzer, Jean Marzollo, Mary Pope Osborne, Jacqueline Wilson, and Jane Yolen.

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