As I mentioned on Monday, I had the opportunity to spend last weekend in Atlanta GA, at an amazing seminar, Writing Bestselling Fiction, led by Chip MacGregor and Susan May Warren. It’s one of several seminars offered by The Master Seminars.
These seminars are the brain child of Chip MacGregor, President of MacGregor Literary. He’s teamed up with some outstanding professionals in the writing industry, including Susan May Warren, Lisa Samson, Susan Meissner, Jim Rubart and Tiffany Colter.
There are several things that made this particular seminar valuable to me.
- First of all, the teacher/student ratio. Although they do accept registration in some of the seminars for up to fourteen students, the one I attended only had ten. I felt like I got to spend two full days with industry professionals advising me on my writing and career.
- The second thing I got out of this weekend was practical writing instruction that I could immediately apply to my work. It was an intimate enough setting so that I felt very comfortable asking specific questions about my WIP (work in progress). So many of the classes and lectures I’ve attended haven’t always been that relaxed and the lessons not that easy to apply.
- The third thing I took away was encouragement. Now, don’t get me wrong, a lot of conferences and seminars encourage writers. But very few give specific, encouraging feedback about what the writer is currently working on and the direction of his career. I got those very things from Chip and Susie.
The Master Seminars take place once a month at various locations. The three seminars currently being offered on a rotating basis are:
- Marketing Your Novel
- Writing Bestselling Fiction
- Adding Depth to Your Fiction
So tell me, what seminars or workshops have you attended?
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