2022 Willamette Writers Conference Master Classes

In-Person and Online Master Classes

This year, Willamette Writers is offering both in-person and online Master Classes before the 2022 Willamette Writers Conference. You can find out more and register for our 2022 Willamette Writers Conference Master Classes at our Conference Registration. Here is who you’ll meet at the conference this year!

Online 2022 Willamette Writers Conference Master Classes

How to Sell More Books: Laying the Foundation for Bigger Book Sales with Penny C. Sansevieri

Class Time:

• 7/30/22 from 9AM-12PM Pacific Time
• 8/1/22 from 5-6PM Pacific Time
• 8/2/22 from 5-6PM Pacific Time

Laying the foundation for success is one of the key factors that will determine whether your book will make it – or not. This class uncovers key strategies for success, by demystifying things like “brand” and “author platform” and will teach attendees a simple pathway to create more book sales, including Amazon optimizations, connecting with influencers, and expanding your platform.

About Penny C. Sansevieri

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of sixteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon, 5 Minute Book Marketing, and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.” AME has had dozens of books top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

In-Person 2022 Willamette Writers Conference Master Classes

In-Person Master Classes take place August 4 from 9AM-3PM Pacific Time at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Turn Your Passion into Paychecks: Feature Articles for Magazines/Newspapers with Melissa Hart

In this Master Class, writers will study a variety of published articles, then learn what editors look for. With in-depth discussions and written work, writers will learn how to write and submit an effective query letter, and how to find and interview expert sources, then incorporate interviews into articles. Join this Master Class to lean how to turn your passion into paychecks! Registration required. This Master Class is limited to 15 writers.

About Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. She’s the author, most recently, of the middle-grade novel Daisy Woodworm Changes the World. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

The Change of Heart: Character Transformation Master Class with Eric Witchey

At the heart of every story is a change of heart. The moment when the reader feels the main character’s transformation is critical to all great tales, and it begins in the first line. Award-winning writer Eric Witchey will guide this fun, interactive seminar in transformation. The seminar will focus on the presentation of character psychology and its relationship to theme. The seminar will explore emotional representation of core psychology, incremental change caused by dramatic development, and necessary points of demonstration of change. Participants will walk away with an understanding of character resistance to change, reaction to epiphany, how resolution of cognitive dissonance demonstrates theme, and a set of executable tools for managing these crucial elements in any genre. Registration required. This Master Class is limited to 15 writers.

About Eric Witchey

Eric Witchey’s has published in 12 genres and received recognition from Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, Independent Publisher Book Awards, International Book Awards, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Program, Short Story America, and other organizations.

Metaphor and the Fantastical Imagination with Armin Tolentino

During the past two years, as our nation has grappled with disease, racial inequities, the social impacts of technology, and prolonged isolation, we’ve heard our stunned brothers and sisters describe life since March 2020 with phrases like, “it’s just so surreal” and “I can’t even put it into words.” These phrases may have come from our own mouths too, and yet, as writers, we’re still compelled to try and give words to these strange, bewildering times. In this generative workshop, we’ll explore how metaphor and the intersection of observation and imagination can create a deeper meaning and truer reflection of our experience than if we were to just “tell it straight.” In this interactive, collaborative Master Class, writers will generate their own metaphoric starts from which they can build poems that give shape to the chaos and honor the gorgeous complexities of being human. Registration required. This Master Class is limited to 15 writers.

About Armin Tolentino

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive. He serves as Clark County Washington Poet Laureate (2021-2023) and is a former Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship Recipient. His poetry explores the borders of the mundane and fantastical.

The Protagonist’s Journey with Scott Myers

The best writing is character-driven writing. In this daylong intensive master class, you will go deep into the Protagonist’s Journey, exploring character-driven screenwriting and storytelling. With interactive presentations, in-depth discussions and writing exercises, you will discover that the Protagonist’s Journey is not only a narrative imperative, it’s also a commercial necessity. Space in this Master Class is limited to 15 writers. Registration required.

About Scott Myers

Since selling his spec script K-9 in 1987, Scott has written 30 projects for every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His film writing credits include K-9 starring Jim Belushi, Alaska starring Vincent Kartheisher, and Trojan War starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. From 2002 to 2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, a television production company. In 2002, he began teaching screenwriting in his spare time.

Writing for TV with Anissa Dorsey

Are you working on your half hour comedy or one hour drama? Struggling with your scenes or dialogue falling flat? Join Anissa Dorsey for a Master Class on TV Writing. In this five-hour class, Anissa will take you behind the TV screen to get to the heart of screenwriting. Prepare your pages early and get feedback on your script, then collaborate with your colleagues and learn directly from Anissa. You won’t want to miss this Master Class.

About Anissa Dorsey

Anissa has spent a lifetime working in all facets of entertainment doing representation, writing, content development, production, post-production and current series programming. She began in high school as radio talent and local television production, along with directing live TV shows daily. Anissa later moved into film production, music production, live action, and animation. Anissa has also worked to create web content, online gaming, comics, and creative development. At Cartoon Network, Anissa worked in current programming and development for original shows and shorts, revamped WB classics like Scooby-Doo and other Hanna Barbera characters, The Goonies animated series with Richard Donner and The Lost Boys Animated; she developed DC Comic TV series and films for The Batman, Legion of Superheroes, Teen Titans amonst others. Anissa worked closely with new talent, high-profile talent and high-profile properties such as The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal and others. Anissa also has experience working with Nickelodeon, Disney, independent comic publishers, up-and-coming and established cartoon and comic book creators and talent.

What Anissa Represents

Anissa is currently representing traditional, diverse and marginalized creators, writers and illustrators for the graphic novel format that is appealing to all ages and genres. Anissa is currently open to signing referrals, dynamic new talent and well-established talent who use their own voices and unique experiences for publishing and other mediums.

Register for 2022 Willamette Writers Conference Master Classes

Find out more info and register for our 2022 Willamette Writers Conference Master Classes at Conference Registration.

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