Eastern PA Webinar—Focus Your New Year Writing Goals: Books that Transcend, with Melanie Castillo


Focus Your New Year Writing Goals: Books that Transcend

Thursday, January 7, 2021

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST

Editor and agent wishlists often include books that surprise them and put a fresh twist on something tried and true. But as so many writers know, that’s easier said than done, and the pursuit of doing so can stop creativity in its tracks. In this webinar, we’ll explore the art of crafting a high-concept story, discuss exercises you can do to develop this skill, and look at real-life examples of books that transcend trends, tropes, or formulas to dial down on what it really means to be part of the conversation and break out in a crowded market.

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of critiques are available.

For more information and to register, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-books-that-transcend/.

Get to know your instructor:

Melanie Castillo is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction along with select nonfiction titles. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an editorial project manager at Quarto and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. She currently lives in Long Beach and can be found on Twitter at @wellmelsbells.

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