Write a Novel 2018

Write a Novel Workshop 2018 

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Learn advanced techniques on how to sharpen your present manuscript? Are you interested in traditional or self-publishing? Have questions about querying and agents? Then come join NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon best-selling authors to help guide you!

Where: Chengdu, China (Location TBA)

When: May 11-13th

Who: Lorie Langdon & Carey Corp and Ellen McGinty & Laura Frances  (See Author BIOs below!)

What: 3 days of workshops, lectures, and break-sessions of beginning and advanced aspects of novel writing and publishing. (Workshop Schedule below!)

How much: 950 RMB before April 11, 2018. 1250 RMB after April 11th. Pre-registration is open now to April 11th. Limited space. Student discounts available for local Chinese; 750 RMB with valid student ID.

How to Register: Fill out registration below and you will receive a confirmation and instructions on how to make your payment.

Who am I?: My name is Nova. I’m your host–a YA author who lives abroad and loves seeing authors everywhere fulfill their writing and publishing dreams. (See BIO page.) Please feel free to use the contact page for any questions you might have.


Book Tour: Public Author Talk and Book Signing schedule below.

Win a Trip to Tibet: Find details here to learn about this amazing opportunity put on by our sponsors, Extravagant Yak.



Lorie Langdon Bio



New York times, USA Today, and Amazon best selling author, Lorie Langdon, is an international speaker and author of six published books from Blink/HarperCollins, including the co-authored #1 Amazon best-selling DOON series, a young adult reimagining of the musical Brigadoon. The Doon series has been optioned for an episodic television series by Dreamstreet Studios and Lonetree Entertainment. Reviews for DOON are strong, with Booklist promising, “musical-theater fans will rejoice…” USA TODAY exclaims, “…this retelling of Brigadoon is a dessert bar of YA romance awesomeness!”

Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment Weekly.com and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. Her books have been featured in such high profile sites and magazines as USAToday.com, Girl’s Life Magazine, RedbookMagazine.com, YoungAdultBookCentral.com, TheYoungFolks.com, Hypable.com, and BroadwayWorld.com.

She has been a featured guest at New York City ComicCon, Book Expo America, NYC BookCon, and several American Library Association national conferences. In 2017, she headlined the Galway, Ireland Writer’s Conference and Workshop.

Lorie has spoken at multiple schools, book festivals, and writer’s organizations around the country on topics such as writing craft, online marketing, self-esteem, finding your purpose, and overcoming adversity.

She has contributed to numerous blogs on topics of young adult relevance, and was recently featured on The Spinning Pen’s celebration of global diversity in YA.

Lorie’s solo debut, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, released September 2016 and was named by Redbook Magazine as one of the “Books By Women You Must Read This Fall.”

USAToday.com raved, “This solo debut will pull you, heart-first, into the tale and keep you glued to the pages until you reach the pulse-pounding, heart-soaring end. Highly recommended!”

Popsugar.com exclaimed, “Easily the most thrilling and dangerously addictive YA novel to hit bookshelves this year, readers of all ages will fiercely devour every word of this stunning literary win.”


Her upcoming historical retelling, OLIVIA TWIST releases March 2018 with lots of early buzz. Prior to release, it has already become a #1 New Release in several categories on Amazon and will be sold in Target Stores throughout the U.S.

School Library Journal lauded, “Langdon of “Doon” series fame serves up a delightful, action-packed historical tale.”

With a Starred Review from Booklist Magazine: “The story’s breathlessly paced,

quick-witted adventures offer more twists than a Shakespearean comedy of errors…This clever retelling of Dickens’ Oliver Twist is perfect for readers who love romance, adventure, historical settings, and heroines who can kick butt in formal gowns.”

Lorie is in negotiations for the Olivia Twist film option with the producers of Dreamstreet Studios.

*For more information and Lorie’s latest book news, visit: www.LorieLangdon.com & www.doonseries.com

Carey Corp Bio


NY Times/USA Today/Amazon Best-Selling Author * International Speaker *Global Young Adult Ambassador

Publisher: BLINK/HarperCollins Agent: Nicole Resciniti The Seymour Agency www.theseymouragency.com

New York Times & USA Today best-selling author, CAREY CORP, has authored eight novels for teens. Her young adult debut, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Romance Writers’ of America, Golden Heart finalist. Her #1 Amazon best-selling DOON series, a four-book reimagining of the musical Brigadoon used with permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate & the Frederick Loewe Foundation and co-written with Lorie Langdon, has been featured on numerous sites, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Hypable.com, BroadwayWorld.com and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON novels have been optioned by Dreamstreet Entertainment and Lonetree Studios and are currently in the early stages of development for a network series. Other works include: Shades of Neverland, The Way Life Was Forever, and “The Vanishing Spring” in the YA Anthology: Eternal Spring.

Carey has been featured at the New York City ComicCon, Book Expo America, NYC BookCon, the Romance Writers’ of America annual conference, several American Library Association national conferences and the prestigious Romantic Times Convention’s YA Alley, participating as a panelist, lecturer, and guest speaker to educators, bloggers, reader, and students in the North American book community. She has spoken at numerous schools, book festivals, and writers’ organizations around the country on topics ranging from craft to character; highlights include: the journey to publication, craft of writing, digital marketing and social media platforms, bullying and self-esteem, and overcoming adversity. country on topics ranging from craft to character; highlights include: the journey to publication, craft of writing, digital marketing and social media platforms, bullying and self-esteem, and overcoming adversity.

Previous to writing young adult fiction for all ages, Carey spent six years touring internationally with the Covenant Players, a repertory theater company specializing in messages of encouragement geared toward middle grade and high school students learning English as a second language. During her time with CP, she travelled extensively in Europe.

In addition to writing and speaking, she works in digital marketing for the Procter and Gamble Company and is active in advocacy for children with dyslexia/dysgraphia.


Praise for the DOON series:
“an adventurous reimagining of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon” – USA Today “Oz meets Once Upon a Time.” – City Book Review

“…An imaginative reboot of the classic Brigadoon.” — School Library Journal
“The perfect mix of mystery, magic, and romance; be prepared to get lost in another world!”

— Maria V. Snyder, author of the New York Times bestselling Poison Study series

Website: www.DoonSeries.com * Instagram/Twitter: @careycorp * facebook.com/authorcareycorp

Laura Frances Bio


Self-published author of Slave, an Amazon bestselling dystopian series.

Laura was raised in Missouri, USA. She now teaches English in Japan with her husband and two children.

Laura strives to convince others through storytelling that they can do the things they think they can’t.

What reviewers are saying about Slave (Book One):

Slave is a refreshing and well-executed dystopian story, with a game of trust that is fantastically gripping, a main character you can’t help but root for, and a lot of potential to be fantastic series. 

Chocolate’n’Waffles Blog

Frances does an excellent job of exploring trauma and how people who have been traumatized act and/or behave.

– Cranky, The Book Curmudgeon Blog

Very well written book. The author’s perspective and experience on social anxiety is enlightening and visible through the descriptions of the main character’s situations.

  • – Amazon Reviewer

Praise for Hero (Book Two), released December 2017:

This is real life—the fall-out of tragedy and of man-inflicted wounds that are very difficult to heal. This is the birth of true courage.

Jennifer Rodewald, author

High stakes. Vivid characters. And a sweet, shy love story. Not to mention Frances’ fluid writing style.

– Amazon Reviewer

I am always recommending people to read this series. This is in my top three of dystopian series favorites.

– Amazon Reviewer

BOOK THREE in the series coming soon!

Ellen McGinty Bio


Author / Speaker

Agent: Kaitlyn Corvisiero and Marisa Corvisiero

Corvisiero Literary Agency


Ellen was born in Texas—and rode an alligator in her front yard. She now lives in Japan, with almost no yard, and rides a bicycle instead. She graduated university in Spain with a degree in Intercultural Studies and Spanish.

She is a long-time member of the Society of Children Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), worked as a journalist for Calvary Chapel magazine and published several articles, including cover stories on Nepal and world travel. Her current novel was selected for PitchSlam 2016 and Pitch2Publication16. Ellen is also a volunteer editor for TEENSPublish, a program to teach and inspire teen authors.

Twitter: @mcgintytokyo     Website: www.ellenmcginty.com

Conference Schedule

More Detailed Schedule coming soon!

Friday May 11 – 

2:00-4:00pm, Pre-Workshop Event – A Write-In option for more seasoned writers and pizza

6:30-9:00pm Workshop Opening Night 

Introduction of Authors

First Session: Story, Premise, and World-Building

Story – What makes a real story?

Premise: From Idea to Novel – How writing a premise, a basic outline, (and a query) helps you do this.

World-building Writing Activity- How developing your world strengthens your plot

Saturday May 12 –


First Session: Plot Structure part 1 (Basic Plot Structures, Hook & Inciting incident)  – Lorie & Carey

Writing Prompt

Break out Session:

What is a Query & How to write one – Ellen McGinty

Second Session:

Writing Relatable Characters – Lorie & Carey

Character exercise

Breakout Sessions:

The Road to Self Publishing – Laura Frances

Lunch break (meals are not provided.)


Third Session: Plot Structure Part 2 – How to write Character Arcs & Climax (Subplots, Ending) Lorie & Carey

Fourth Session: The Important Elements of a First Chapter – Lorie & Carey

Breakout Sessions:

Advanced Writing: What Agents look for & How to get one – Ellen McGinty

Choosing a POV – Laura Frances

Book Tour Talk: 7pm at BookWorm Cafe & Bookstore – Free entrance. Maps will be provided below.

Sunday May 13 –

10:00am -12:00pm (Optional!) Morning Write-IN session @ Maan Coffee House / Or go see the Pandas!


Fifth Session: Writing Prompt & Writing Voice & Theme – Lorie & Carey

Sixth Session: Applying ‘Important Elements of First Chapter’ to the rest of your book – Lorie & Carey

Pacing- How to move your story forward so readers keep turning pages.

Breakout Sessions:

The Anatomy of a Scene: Advanced Writing Tips – Ellen

First Chapter Critique Groups – Laura/Ellen

Book Tour Author Talk @ Fangsuo Bookstore 7:30pm Open to public

*Each session will end with 10-15 minutes of Q & A.

*Want a query critique or a first chapter critique? There will be options to win or buy one!


Workshop Event Location:

Friday Event Location:

Saturday event Location:

Sunday Event Location: Temple House, The Hall. 2pm.

TBA (Maps will be provided for event soon.)

Accommodation Recommendation:

Wuhou or Taikooli district or near the metro will be more convenient

Holiday Inn Express

Airbnb Chengdu

Holly’s Hostel, or find other Hostels @ Hostel World in Chengdu *Wuhou or Taikooli District

Chengdu is a great city with much to see! While in town we hope you can enjoy it. We will be adding a list of Exceptional Tourist Sights and Great Restaurants soon.

Maps To be provided soon. Thanks for your patience.

NOTE: For those coming from outside of China or Chengdu: All lodging, meals, and transportation must be self-arranged. Unfortunately, we cannot make any arrangements for anyone. Thanks, and stay tuned!

Book Tour Schedule

Book Tour Location and Times:

Open to pulbic:

May 12th, 7:30 pm: Bookworm Literary Cafe and Bookstore

May 13th, 7:30 pm: Fangsuo Bookstore

More to be announced soon.

Thanks for your patience.

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