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Jess supports equity and inclusivity in the world of books and beyond. She is not available for any events that discriminate against marginalized or underrepresented people,
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Some past events!
TENNESSEE WRITING WORKSHOP
August 3, 2019 in Nashville, TN
How to Write Young Adult and Middle Grade that Sells taught by Jessica Burkhart. Jessica will take writers through creating a YA or MG novel that sells. Jess will use forty-five minutes to explore: brainstorming a concept and idea, outlining and what kind of outline Jess uses, creating relatable characters, constructing an interesting setting, crafting realistic voice and realizing the importance of a strong chapter ending. Jess will include her favorite list of resources, too, that will be helpful to both new and veteran writers. The remaining workshop time will be dedicated to Q&A.
Publicity and Marketing 101 for New Authors taught by Jessica Burkhart. Jessica will teach workshop participants how to market and publicize their book no matter if one is from a small house or a large one. With a minuscule to non-existent publicity budget, Jess was able to help her books sell over 1 million copies. Jess will begin with a brief introduction about why self-promotion and marketing are important. Then, she will detail how and when to begin putting together a marketing plan which includes a monthly to-do list as far as 18 months from publication. Jess will share the best tips and tricks she learned in her ten years promoting her books. The remaining workshop time will be dedicated to Q&A.
September 29, 2018 (Saturday)
Chattanooga's Celebration of Young Adult and Middle Grade Literature
Writing workshops offered:
I've taught a variety of topics from writing middle-grade novels to how to market your book via The Writing Barn and Tennessee Writing Workshop. I greatly enjoy teaching and do best with kids in fourth grade and older and adults. If you'd like to book me to teach a writing workshop, please shoot me an email and we can discuss your needs. Bigger cities accessible to me include Chicago and St. Louis.