Donald Maass

Agent

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
Friday 3:30pm

This hands-on workshop reveals what will make your characters both real and memorable, with NY agent and popular SIWC presenter Donald Maass.

 

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Friday 3:30pm
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.

Saturday 3:30pm

In our annual bestseller panel, moderator Donald Maass leads our panel through an exploration of life in the big leagues. Our guess is they're not above writing in their pajamas if they feel like it. But wonder how life has changed since the publisher started putting "bestseller" on the covers of their books or what added challenges come writing the next book after a big success? Come find out!

Thursday 5:30pm

Based on NY agent Donald Maass’s brand new book, this hands-on workshop will show you how to build a great story and deepen it with beautiful writing.  From crafting the inner journey to the use of parallels and reversals, popular teacher Maass will illuminate the methods of literary/commercial masterworks and make any novel powerful.