The 2014 Arizona Writing Workshops: Phoenix (Nov. 21) and Tucson (Nov. 22)

Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 12.58.51 PMThe latest Arizona Writing Workshop is now finished. Thank you to all who attended. If you are interested in attending the next area event, email us at writingdayworkshops [at] and say you want to be alerted about the next AZ workshop when a date is finalized.


The Society of Southwestern Authors and Writing Day Workshops are excited to announce The 2014 Arizona Writing Workshops — two full-day “How to Get Published” writing events in Arizona. On Friday, Nov. 21, there is an all-day event in Phoenix; and on Saturday, Nov. 22, there is a separate all-day event in Tucson. (The one-day schedules are both the same. Writers should attend one event, not both.)

These writing events are a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch an agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Arizona Writing Workshops!


These are special, separate-yet-identical one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshops on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, 2014, with Friday’s event in Phoenix and Saturday’s event in Tucson. In other words, either workshop is one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

The events are designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. We will have literary agents on site to talk to writers.

By the end of either workshop, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. (Please note that the workshops are separate and identical — with both agents attending both 9-5 events. Writers will likely want to attend one workshop or the other, not both.) The workshops are being co-coordinated by the Society of Southwestern Authors.


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These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.

(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)


(Please note that all pricing and details are identical for writers who wish to attend the Phoenix event on Nov. 21 or the Tucson event on Nov. 22. The events are virtually identical in schedule and faculty. Only the location is different. When you register, you will be asked which workshop you want to sign up for.)

$99 — base price for registration to one event and access to all workshops, all day.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with one of the literary agents. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get agent feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for two meeting slots at twice the price to give themselves a longer consultation/pitch, or to meet multiple individuals.

Add $59 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter. (This rate is a special event value for Arizona Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the critique, because if you are meeting with an agent/editor at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email:, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Arizona workshop specifically.


There is limited space at both events. The Friday event in Phoenix can only hold 70 attendees. The Saturday event in Tucson can only hold 100 attendees. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, if either workshop is sold out. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked in a location, then yes, we still have room at both events, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: (Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Arizona workshop specifically.) She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The AWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 70% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 30% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)