Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Writing Workshop Held in Queens, NY on 3/22/09

Here's the latest news from Marcela Landres:

One-Day Writers Workshop: The Writing Life, Queens, NY

WHAT: Please join award-winning writer/journalist Michael P. Geffner and former
Simon & Schuster book editor Marcela Landres for three infinitely enlightening
hours on the world of big-time publishing. Topics include: Building the
Professional Writing Life; Learning How Editors Think; Finding, Impressing
and Landing a Literary Agent

For an additional charge of $30, you can reserve a 15-minute private
consultation with any of the speakers. Book writers should submit no
more than 10 double-spaced pages of a manuscript plus a one-page
synopsis, so it can be forwarded well in advance to
Ms. Landres (she does not accept poetry or children's books). Journalists
should submit to Mr. Geffner their query
letters and/or resumes of no more than one page, or a story of no
more than 10 pages double-spaced. You should include your name,
mailing address,phone number and e-mail address on the first page
of each piece of work.

These one-on-one sessions are open only to workshop attendees!

"For writers new to the publishing market, but also for those with experience,
Michael Geffner's One-Day Publishing Workshops are not to be missed. As
someone whohas been involved in small-press literary publishing for more
than a decade, I can vouch for the good advice given to writers hoping to
submit their work to editors and agents. Wearing my other hat, as a writer
looking for recognition and support of my own work, I was moved by the
generosity that Mr. Geffner and his panelists showed the workshop attendees.
The inspiring workshops provide specific advice, opportunities to connect with
mentors and peers in a lasting way, and also the unbeatable opportunity to sit
one-on-one with professionals in the field, including editors and agents
whose attention is otherwise difficult to attract, and receive direct feedback on
manuscripts and query letters. Mr. Geffner is on a mission--self-explanatory
in the title of his venture, "Writers Helping Writers." You'd be hard pressed to
find a better value, or a better way to spend a day, than Mr. Geffner's
workshops."--Allison Parker

"A big 'thank you' to Mike and Marcela for putting so much into Sunday's
workshop. I took away so many valuable action points for my next
assignment. Thanks for being so generous with the inside track and how to
set it all up properly. I walked away with a stack of notes that spoke directly to
me and where I am right now. Judging from the writing going on around the
room, everyone else was in the same frame of mind. I only wish I had gotten
this information 20 years ago. You certainly delivered and I'm going to make
sure I don't let you down. Thanks again."--Erin Snyder Dixon

"After attending Mike's workshop I came away with a sense of direction in
terms of where to focus my attention on how to find a place for myself as a
writer. I now have tools as to where to look for contacts, how to approach the
right people and ways to establish myself in this career path. The small group
fostered a relaxed atmosphere and great dialogue between the participants
and the workshop leaders, which included Marcela Landres. What a treat to be
able to pick the collective brains of these two people! Their combined
expertise and willingness to share the inside information pertaining to such
simple inquiries as to income expectations and the process of publishing a
book shed light on questions that too few "insider's" like to or want to share.
Oh and the food was great too! "--Melissa Dorfman

WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 1-4 p.m. (with 4-5 p.m. for consultations)

WHERE: A restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens (easy to reach by car or

WHO: Michael P. Geffner has written for Details, Texas Monthly, The
Village Voice, The Sporting News, and The Associated Press. His work
has been acknowledged for excellence by The Society of Professional
Journalists, the Associated Press Sports Editors, Best American Sports
Writing, New York Press, and the New York Publishers Association.

Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The
Real Reason They Rejected You, and is the publisher of Latinidad, an
award-winning e-zine which was chosen as one of the 101 Best Web
Sites for Writers by Writer's Digest Magazine. She speaks frequently for
organizations such as the New York Round Table Writers' Conference,
Columbia University, and The National Association of Latino Arts and

REGISTER/QUESTIONS: Cost is $99.00, pre-registration required. Please
email mgeffy@live.com for details.
For a list of all my upcoming workshops, visit
Marcela Landres
Editorial Consultant
Web Site: http://www.marcelalandres.com/
Free e-zine: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/marcelalandres/
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Author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You

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