Don Maass


A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass’s agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004) and The Fire in Fiction (2009). His latest book, The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers, was released in March. He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 3:30pm

More than twenty years since its first publication, Diana Gabaldon's first book, Outlander, returned to the NYT bestseller list this summer, in response to the debut of the Outlander TV series. That got us wondering about our panelists' first experiences on the list: where were they when they found out? What difference did it make to their careers? Did they buy nicer pyjamas to work in? How did they celebrate? This panel traditionally wanders a great deal of ground with a lot of laughter, so bring your questions and enjoy!

Friday 3:30pm

What makes a fictional world one that readers never want to leave?  Learn practical techniques in this hands-on workshop by master craft teacher and agent Donald Maass.

Thursday 5:30pm

In the author's mind, most manuscripts are rich in emotion. On the page, though, most manuscripts cause readers to feel little. "Shown" emotions fall flat. "Told" emotions don't affect us. In this hands-on writing workshop, craft guru and agent Donald Maass teaches techniques that produce high emotional impact, regardless of writing style and story type. Participants will learn the methods of fusing emotional arcs and plot, key moments, effective showing, extended telling, emotional layers, revelations and more. A brand new workshop from one of SIWC's most popular presenters.