Donald Maass Workshop

Do you want to write a BESTSELLING NOVEL?

Do you want to write a novel that “breaks out” from the competition and is the next runaway bestseller?

Do you want to write a novel that editors and agents vie to publish?

Then don’t miss bestselling author and literary agent Donald Maass’s internationally acclaimed workshop:

Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel - cover photoThis full-day, hands-on workshop will help you hone your writing skills, regardless of your writing experience.

Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share—regardless of genre—and presents writing techniques that make books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace.

Learn to captivate readers, publishers, and editors, so that your work can break out of the pack and hit the bestseller’s list!


  • establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place
  • weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story
  • create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page
  • explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers
  • sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish
  • develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competition.

Whether you write—or want to write—crime fiction, science fiction, romance, humor, horror, fantasy, or any other genre, here is your chance to learn how to WRITE THE BREAKOUT NOVEL!

Praise for Writing the Breakout Novel

In today’s world, an author who doesn’t produce a breakout novel risks getting lost in the midlist of the publishing world. Maass, the author of 17 novels [and] a literary agent representing such distinguished writers as Anne Perry . . . knows firsthand what makes a novel rise above its category in the already saturated book market.

Using his own clients as case studies, Maass defines the most crucial elements of a breakout novel—a powerful sense of time and place, larger-than-life characters, a high degree of tension, good subplots, and universal themes—and shows the reader how to use these elements efficiently to write a novel that will generate interest and have the potential to hit the best sellers lists. Library Journal

About Donald Maass

Donald MaassDonald Maas is president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York, which he founded in 1980. He represents more than 100 fiction writers and sells more than 150 novels per year to top publishers. He has obtained six-and seven-figure advances from publishers such as Ballantine Books and G.P. Putnam.

He represents such professionals as New York Times bestselling authors Anne Perry and Jim Butcher, USA Today bestselling-author Anne Bishop, Edgar Award-winner Leslie S. Klinger, fantasy author David Zindell, and science fiction writers David Feintuch and Todd McCaffrey.

Maass is the bestselling author of 17 novels and non-fiction blockbusters, including Writing the Breakout Novel, The Fire in Fiction, The Breakout Novelist and Writing 21st Century Fiction. His workshops consistently garner rave reviews.


Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Stonecreek Golf Club
4435 E. Paradise Village Parkway South
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Early Bird Registration: $79.00 (Oct 15 – Nov 30, 2015)
Holiday Registration: $99.00 (Dec 1, 2015 – Jan 15th, 2016)
Winter Registration: $115 (Jan 16 – Mar 31, 2016)
Normal Registration: $135 (Apr 1 – May 14, 2016)

What to Bring:

  • Writing tablet and pens, or a fully charged laptop or tablet
  • Your work-in-progress
  • LOTS of enthusiasm (you will be writing that day).


Credit card and debit card payments are due at the time of registration. If paying by credit card or debit card DO NOT PUT IN A ZIP CODE for shipping fees as nothing will be shipped.

If paying by check, your check must be received within 10 days of the date you registered or your registration will automatically be cancelled.

Checks should be mailed to:
Sisters in Crime – Desert Sleuths Chapter
7349 N. Paseo del Sur
# 515-194
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by email (at the address) no later than February 13, 2016 – OR – postmarked no later than February 13th and received at the Desert Sleuths mailing address, will received a full refund minus $20.

No refunds after February 13, 2016.