As we draw ever closer to the start of the first ever Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshops a few people have asked what they should bring with them on the day, so we contacted our faculty and the response was:
- A notebook or laptop for notes (bring spare pens in case the first one runs out of ink).
- Business cards to hand out to agents, editors, and peers (which include your name, your e-mail, and your website/main social network urls)
-While there is air-conditioning at the college, some of the rooms can get hot in the afternoon. Wear layers so you have options.
- Seven copies of the first five pages of your manuscript for EACH of the TWO critique groups scheduled. Both groups will meet TWICE, so if you want to try a different manuscript the second time around, prepare for that. If you prefer to revise and resubmit the same manuscript for the second meeting, the hotel has a business center for your printing needs. If you’re driving, you may prefer to bring your own printer and paper to save money.
- A synopsis and query if you’re planning to attend Laurie McClean’s Pitch Kit workshop on Friday.
- An elevator pitch if you’re planning to attend Michael Bourret’s Elevator Pitch workshop on Friday.
-While Lara Perkins hasn’t asked for people to bring their first and last chapters to her Alpha and Omega workshop, you may want to have a copy with you to refer to on Saturday.
-Your revised elevator pitch if you wish to test out your pitch on peers on Saturday.
-Your first scenes and mocked-up query letters if you’re planning to attend the Like I Care: The 5 Elements that Really Sell a Story session with Lorin Oberweger and Emma Dryden on Sunday.
- Your finished pitch for the Agent Pitch Fest on Sunday.
In today’s uncertain publishing marketplace, a finely-honed pitch is a weapon worth adding to your arsenal so we hope you’ll take full advantage of the Pitch Track we’ve developed for you, from Friday’s workshops, to Saturday’s peer practice session, to Sunday’s Agent Pitch Fest.
And be sure to tell us about any resulting successes!
ps. The hotels have business centers with printers (first 10 pages free, and 10 cents per page after that—Hampton Inn)