The New Orleans Writing Workshop

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2017 Update: The latest New Orleans Writing Workshop has been postponed indefinitely. Apologies for this. If you want to know when the next New Orleans event will be held, email us at writingdayworkshops [at] and tell us so. Thank you!


Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The New Orleans Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (125 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the New Orleans Writing Workshop!


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter. In other words, it’s 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.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well.

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Jessica Bell of Writing Day Workshops.


Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 10.07.06 PM.pngMarisa A. Corvisiero is a literary agent and the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. She is also a literary consultant, speaker, author, and attorney (The Corvisiero Law Practice, P.C) in New York City. Marisa began her publishing career as an agent at L. Perkins Associates, before founding her own agency, which now has eight agents. As an agent, she has attended more than 50 writing conferences and events, instructing on the craft and business of writing at many of those events. She represents a broad array of fiction and nonfiction — books for both children and adults, and instructs frequently on topics such as literary agents, getting published, e-publishing, successful writing techniques, selling & pitching your book, and more. Marisa loves teaching writers how to get published, and is excited about being the 2017 presenter for the New Orleans Writing Workshop. As an agent, she represents contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the genres listed, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed), self-help, science nonfiction, and business books.


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (French Quarter), 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130. (504)586-0300.

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All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.



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.)


$149 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2017 NOWW and access to all workshops, all day, on April 22, 2017. As of November 2016, event registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10.

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter.

How to pay/register — The latest New Orleans workshop has been postponed indefinitely. If you want to know how to sign up for future area workshops, email coordinator Jessica Bell at and tell her so.


Because of limited space at the venue of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, the workshop can only allow 125 registrants, unless spacing issues change. 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, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The latest New Orleans workshop has been postponed indefinitely. If you want to know how to sign up for future area workshops, email coordinator Jessica Bell at and tell her so.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% 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.)


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