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How to Write YA & Kidlit - A Workshop with Literary Agent Ali McDonald

How to Write YA & Kidlit - A Workshop with Literary Agent Ali McDonald

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About this workshop

This 3-hour workshop is designed for you aspiring authors who write for the YA (Young Adult) and Children's (Kidlit) Market: readers from ages 0 to 18. It will help you write and publish your literary masterpiece, no matter what stage you're at. 

In this workshop you'll learn from YA & Kidlit expert and Literary Agent Ali McDonald how to navigate the writing & publishing process to help your book sell.

Join us, and we'll help you finally head out on that book tour you've been dreaming about!

How will this workshop kick-start my YA or Kidlit writing career?

How do you find the right agent and publisher for your one-and-only book, the one you've been working on forever!?

In 2019's crowded market, navigating the publishing process is more difficult than ever. Too many writers' work goes undiscovered—but with insight from an industry professional like Ali, you can find the perfect agent-publisher fit for your YA or Kidlit book.

In this workshop, YA & Kidlit expert Ali McDonald will lay out the exact steps you need to take to get your children’s writing project published. She will:

  • Teach you how to position your work to get the attention of the agent or editor you want
  • Demystify the querying process
  • Explain what publishers and editors are really looking for
  • Outline the current and future YA & Kidlit market climate
  • Illustrate the ideal agent-author relationship
  • And help you pursue publication with confidence!

In this 3-hour workshop you will also learn:
    • How to know when you're ready to submit to agents and/or editors
    • Do you actually need a literary agent?
    • What can you expect an agent to do for you?
    • How to find the right literary agent fit for you
    • Querying an agent, and query letter do's and don'ts

    Finally, this workshop includes:
    • Detailed tips and tools that will help you improve your writing and get published
    • A chance to ask questions of Ali McDonald, either in-person or on camera, or by email after the event. All questions will be answered!
    • video recording of the workshop emailed to you after the event


      Am I ready for this workshop?

      YES! We believe in you! This workshop is open to you writers who are at any stage of your writing journey, in any genre of children's literature.

      The best way to improve your writing and increase your chances of selling your book to a publisher is under the guidance of a YA & Kidlit expert, Ali McDonald, a professional literary agent who has 10 years of experience in the business!

      Whether you have...

      • Just an idea in your head
      • An outline of your book
      • A few lines down on paper, or
      • A full manuscript
      ...Then you will benefit from this workshop. Join us to learn from an expert how to write and sell your YA or Kidlit book!

      About Ali McDonald

      Ali teaches publishing to writing students at the University of Toronto School for Continuing Studies and is living the dream of having a job she loves.

      In her 10th year at Toronto literary agency The Rights Factory, Ali McDonald is the lead agent specializing in children’s literature.

      She represents a select list of authors with projects ranging from novelty, board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels, to middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction and non-fiction.

      Ali enjoys working primarily with debut authors, but also has the distinguished pleasure of representing critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors among her international clients, including a New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award Winner:  

      What writers are saying about Ali

      "My 1-on-1 meeting with Ali was absolutely fantastic. She gave me a lot of great editorial direction and ideas on how to improve the content and writing of my manuscript. She was very forthright but generous and kind in her advice and feedback. I feel excited and re-energized to continue working on my book, and can’t wait to attend more writers meetings and workshops to further my development as a writer." 
      — L.K., Toronto

      "I just had my meeting with Ali and the experience was fantastic. Her input, comments, I just loved spending time with her.” 
      — Johanna Montilla, Toronto

      "It was amazing! Ali was very encouraging and her feedback and suggestions were really helpful. I was really glad I did it." 
       Jacquie Buncel, Toronto

      How does this work?

      You get two options:

      1. Join in person: Hosted in Toronto at CSI Annex and limited to 10 writers, come prepared to read aloud your query letter draft. Ali and the group will provide you feedback in real-time.

      2. Join online: Participate in the workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world. You will get to ask questions by video chat or by typing them out, which Ali will answer during the workshop. Limited to 20 writers.

      Plus, add a 45-minute 1-on-1 manuscript review with Ali and save 10%. It's the best way to improve your book, and can be scheduled any time. Learn more about the 1-on-1s here

      We use Zoom Webinars for the online option. Don't want to share your webcam? No problem, we won't make you!