MARCH 2019

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What is the TalNexus Writers Workshop?

Calling the next great American author! If that’s you, then get ready to have us fly you out to Los Angeles, put you up in a hotel, and spend an entire weekend developing your work at the TalNexus Writers Workshop for Fiction and Nonfiction Authors. You will have the opportunity to get thorough notes on your in-progress work as well as career advice from successful novelists, nonfiction authors, publishers, and literary agents.

Part of what makes the TalNexus Writers Workshop unique is that we accept novels, long-form narrative non-fiction, graphic novels, and short stories of any genre. We balance workshopping with lectures on traditional and a range of independent publishing strategies and exercises that will help you take the right steps to develop your own successful platform. Moreover, you’ll be joined by 10 mentors and industry experts and 15 peers, growing your personal network and knowledge of the craft of writing and the publishing industry.

What are the submission requirements?

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application including two essay questions
  • A creative work:
    • Novel Track (at least 50 pages or a completed novel);
    • Graphic Novel Track (at least 20 pages or a completed novel);
    • Narrative Nonfiction Track (at least 50 pages or a completed manuscript);
    • Short Story Track (at least 50 pages or a completed short story collection);
  • A 500-word detailed summary of the work
How are the mentor sessions divided?

Each of our talented and experienced mentors will be assigned four students whose work is in the same (or similar) genre and form. Each group will spend four sessions on creative works, such that each member of the group will get a dedicated hour and a half of feedback and discussion devoted exclusively to his or her work. This discussion will be led by the mentor. Each participant will obtain thorough notes on how to improve their manuscript and their skills as a writer from the mentor as well as from peer group members.

The Lectures

An industry expert will walk students through all their many options for entering the publishing world. Students will also undergo exercises during each lecture that are designed to help them choose and follow the best path for their work. From finding an agent to launching your own book on Amazon and everything in between, the publishing lecture series will help you bring your book to readers.

Post Workshop Virtual Lectures

After the workshop, Taliesin Nexus will facilitate group members sharing their updated works with each other and the mentors. In addition, you will have at least two video conference calls with an agent, publisher, or editor that will help you accomplish some of the goals you set for publishing during the workshop. Some potential topics include: marketing for your self-published books, how to get started with Amazon, choosing the right agent, publishing in literary magazines, and more.

At the end of the program, participants will have:

– Notes from each group member

– Notes from the mentor

– A publishing plan

– Resources and follow-up plans to accomplish the publishing plan.

In addition to this, all participants that address notes from the workshop and participate in the Post Workshop Calls will be eligible for a publication of their work in our quarterly anthology (print and online) CinderQ.

Matt Hennessey

Matt Hennessey

Associate Editorial Features Editor at Wall Street Journal


April Eberhardt

April Eberhardt

Literary Agent and Author Advocate


Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley

Author "Winter Birds"


Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Author "Desert Rose"