Letters from the Program Director: The Skill of Synopsis

Hello writers,

At the 2021 Agents & Editors Conference, Richard Z. Santos gave a presentation on the synopsis and he started it by saying: “Writing a synopsis is really really difficult. It is not natural, it is not easy, it is not a skill you’re just born with, and it’s not something where you wake up one day and just do it.” And we know this probably resonates with every writer who has ever attempted to write the “dreaded” synopsis.

Unfortunately, there’s usually no getting around it. Agents and editors ask for synopses, competitions require synopses (…like WLT’s Manuscript Contest), fellowship and residency applications may ask for synopses, and the list goes on. But while the synopsis is notorious for being difficult to get right, there are key features that make for a good one.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Getting Your Synopsis Ready for Competitions, Agents, and Editors” with Richard Z. Santos on Wednesday, February 9. If you want to make sure your synopsis is in the best shape possible before submitting to a competition or querying an agent, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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