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#TeamMindhunters Pitch Wars Wish List 2021

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  • You can find the simple text version of our wishlist page here.
  • AHEM. HELLO!

    • #PitchWars is here ALREADY? WHAT?
    [GIF: The two main characters (very “shippable”) of the anime Bakuman dancing excitedly. The story is about two friends who want to write and illustrate stories together. Guys, that’s literally us.]

    What is Pitch Wars?

    • Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, professional writers, and industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript, pitch, and query shine for the agent showcase. If you want to learn more, check out the Pitch Wars website.

    HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

    QUICK SUMMARY OF #TEAMMINDHUNTERS WISHLIST

    • Here’s a quick summary of the following wishlist:
      • We are #TeamMindhunters, Aty S. Behsam and Maedeh B. Saaina, and this year we are mentoring YA.
      • Aty is an author, artist, translator, editor, and Maedeh is a university lecturer, artist, and writer.
      • This year we’re looking for the following genres: Polished Contemporary/Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery/Horror Young Adult or New Adult novels or graphic novels.
      • We do accept NA.
      • We do accept graphic novels.
      • We do accept Fairy Tale Retelling.
      • We do accept stories about sports, especially if they feature women, and/or LGBTQA+ characters.
      • We’re very close, which means we also work closely on our mentee’s book.
      • The following is the details of #TeamMindhunters’s wishlist:

    Warning: The following wishlist features the word “dark” approximately 95846548 times. That says a lot about us, doesn’t it? lol

    Let’s get down to business!

    [GIF: Bakuman’s MCs being super excited]

    WHO ARE WE AND WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT TO US

    [Photo: Aty and Maedeh, the Persian girls who want to read your stories. Actual photo of us this time lol]
    • We’re both writers, artists and both writing mentors and teachers. Aty has been teaching writing, and mentoring writers for years, including Pitch Wars 2018, 2019, and 2020, and Maedeh has been mentoring writers for years, and has been a story critic for even longer. Maedeh’s experience helps recognize strong and weak points in stories, and Aty quickly finds ways to fix the problems. Maedeh also has super sharp eyes for story elements, details, and logical plot development, and Aty is good at working on your characters and relationships.
    • Aty was a mentee in 2017 with her book COUP DE GRACE, and Maedeh helped polish that book. We understand the pressure and the commitment on your end, and we understand the love you hold for your stories. So now we can help you.
    • If we pick you, it means we care about your book. A lot. We’re going to cheer on you, help you, and cry with you whenever you need. We can also send you cat, bunny, goose, and parrot pictures. Aty has two cats and Maedeh has… multiple species in her house lol
    • We’ll be your creative partner. We’ll show you ways to fix things when you’re feeling trapped, and make the best parts of your book shine even brighter.
    • Actually we have multiple writing and art projects together. Daryan manga, White Satin comic, and even novels on the way. (You can follow Aty’s Instagram, and Maedeh’s Instagram for more info.)
    • We have multiple mentee success stories, and we’re proud of them! Both in our country and in PW, Aty has had the pleasure of watching her mentees succeed. They are all amazing storytellers. Two of Aty’s PW mentees found agents. Aty’s 2019 PW mentee Ann Fraistat’s book is coming out in Spring next year, so don’t forget to follow her work. Also follow Aty’s last year PW mentee Melanie Schubert because she’s awesome. Maedeh is mentoring PW for the first time, but you shall see her skills soon.

    Now, the actual wishlist. Aty has never been able to keep this short, but this time Maedeh will try to make that happen (Future Aty: hahahahahaha). So without further ado, let’s move on to…

    WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

    [GIF: Bakuman‘s MCs dancing together.]
    • Polished Contemporary/Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror/Mystery Young Adult or New Adult novels or graphic novels.

    CONTEMPORARY

    • For Contemporary, we want stories that deal with the real world issues. We’re especially interested in stories that feel personal and show cultures and lifestyles that are under-represented. We want stories that show different corners of the world, and characters that open our minds to different ways of thinking. Is your story dark? We’re all in! Is your story a comedy? OH YES. Is your story dark and funny? Give us! We want stories with good characters, clear goals, and stakes. We want stories that subvert expectations and give us nice twists. Think, Booksmart.
    [GIF: the main characters of the movie Booksmart walking in slow motion.]

  • We would love to read stories about sports or skills, especially if the actual story is about the struggles, anxiety, and the process of accepting and loving yourself. Think Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyuu!! We’d love to read stories about artists, writers, or athletes. Bonus points if it also features healthy relationships and same-sex couples, like Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto’s Yuri On Ice.
  • [GIF: Victor, an actual angel– um, a figure skater performing in the anime Yuri On Ice.]

    ROMANCE

    • We want all the tropes, but also healthy relationships that defy the rules and tropes of the setting. Give us enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, star-crossed lovers, strangers to lovers, bad boys/girls/non-binary characters falling for the unlikely person, all the angst and yearning! Give us “we’re supposed to be enemies but we’re also really in love” or “why am I still thinking about you?” Give us the slow burn romance. All types of pairings, every sexuality, and gender identity.
    • We also want sex-positive romantic comedies like Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemud-Broka, or a YA Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
    • Give us friends to lovers, strangers to lovers, baddies falling for the unlikely person, sloooooow burn, “I am bound by duty/honor, but this devious wildcard has shown up in my life and I will never be the same.” OH NO, THERE’S ONLY ONE BED, and excessive use of nicknames until a Soft™ moment.
    • Huge bonus points if your story has
      • LGBTQA+ ROMANCE
      • Multiracial couples
      • Same-sex couples in the Middle-East
      • One or both of them being immigrants or refugees
    [GIF: Victor and Yuri from the anime Yuri On Ice, saving 2016 with a history-making kiss. Is it too obvious we adore Yuri and Victor? Because we do.]

    HORROR

    • Give us your dark stories that walk the thin line between death and beauty, like Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul, and anything gothic-inspired (horror, fantasy, romance–we want it all).
    • Give us big creep and light on jump-scares. Actually, give us nightmares, and ghost lol. Also delusions and nightmares that turn out to be real. And no, Maedeh is not about to kill Aty for asking this.
    • If you have horror with strong social commentary, Like Jordan Peele’s Get Out, YES.
    • If you can mix mystery thriller with horror in a subtle way, we’re so in.
    • Actually, as you can tell by our team’s name, we love Mindhunter, both the book and the series. If you can give us the kind of psychological mystery thriller mixed with a touch of uneasiness that is subtle yet very creepy, oh gosh OH GOSH WE WOULD LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
    [GIF: Disoriented images of Mindhunter series; a prison, a man in chains, a man looking through a dark corridor, red color soaking through the white background making a screaming face. Yes, it’s not dark at alllll.]

    THRILLER, MYSTERY, CRIME

    • We want fast-paced, dark commercial stories with big twists. Think YA Jason Bourne.
    • We want Mafia stories with romantic subplots, smart detective stories with dark, angsty plot, and characters walking the thin line between right and wrong.
    • You got a YA murder mystery? We love Aty’s last co-mentor Kylie Schachte’s You’re Next. If you have something similar, give us!
    • We also would love a dark, gut-wrenching time-travel/crime story like the anime Erased [Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi].
    • We want stories with characters from different background working together to solve the problem. Think YA Mad Max: Fury Road
    [GIF: Max and Furiosa teaming up to defeat the villain.]

    FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

    • As for FANTASY, we want everything but high fantasy. If your fantasy goes beyond Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and reaches J. R. R. Tolkien’s works, we’re not the right mentors for you.
    • Give us your monsters and creatures, your whimsy, beautiful, chilling tales, and your creepy, mysterious settings. We accept contemporary fantasy, fantasy settings based on real world locations, or speculative fiction that mixes real world with fiction. We want fantasy horrors like Akihito Tsukushi’s Made in Abyss.
    [GIF: Made in Abyss and its beautiful setting; houses around a huge hole in the ground, which they call abyss and explore at great costs. Water runs through the city and pours into the abyss.]
    • If you have magic, make it unique. Give us the sort of magic that not only colors the plot, but also seeps into characters and their development. If your magic system affects the world, the plot, and the characters directly, and if you have a setting that is well-thought and features realistic class systems like Avatar: The Last Airbender, send it, IT IS THE LAW.
    • We would love to see magic that deals with unique trades and skills–clockmaking, woodworking, food–anything special and highly specific turned into enchantment. Give us interesting cultures and worlds that feel strange yet so real.
    • If you have lovely, lyrical writing that places magic in our real world without explanation or reason, we would very much like to read it. We love lyrical whimsy or anything that can comp Hayao Miyazaki’s works. We love Miyazaki a lot.
    • Victoria Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians are some of our favorites, too.
    • We want to be entranced by your prose and the aching loveliness of the magic, but we also want to explore The Dark Side™ .
    • If you’re sending us Fairy Tale Retelling, please keep it fresh. Just swapping characters with no interesting twists is not really for us. We want creepy, beautiful, chilling fairytale retellings–the looser the interpretation, the better.
    • Bonus points If you are retelling tales that are from your own country.
    • We also want dark comedy fantasy that deal with real issues and high stakes even though they make us laugh with great comedic moments or characters, like Adachitoka’s Noragami.
    [GIF: The main trio of Noragami anime; a god who wants to be remembered, a girl whose soul keeps leaving her body after an accident, and a boy’s spirit who now works as a friend, family and a weapon for the god. HOW AWESOME IS THIS STORY OMG?]
    • FOR HISTORICAL FANTASY, if you have fantasy that’s based on or inspired by Iranian/Persian culture/settings/tales, send it over. Think Hiromu Arakawa’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The author is Japanese, but did her research and wrote a great story and awesome characters based on a novel inspired by an old Persian tale.
    [GIF: from the anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan, awesome Persian girl in a sword fight with a Persian man who happens to be Aty’s crush *sobs*]
    • For NON-PERSIAN Historical Fantasy, we only accept stories about your own history. If you have a historical fantasy that does not take place or feature MCs of your own culture or ethnicity, we’re not the right mentors for you. We’d make an exception for Persian Historical Fantasy, because we would be able to help you with history and culture. If neither you nor we wholly know and feel for the history of your story, we can’t better it.
    • For Science Fiction, we want both fast, action-packed, gripping, witty, adrenaline-fueled, freaking fun, and slow, sinister, creepy, chilling sci-fi. We love Wilder Girls by Rory Power or Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.
    • Give us machines and complicated concepts that speak of human condition like Yoko Taro’s Nier: Automata.
    [GIF: 2B and 9S, the androids in Yoko Taro’s game, Nier: Automata]
    • Give us androids falling in love, machines understanding humanity, science-born creatures falling for the wrong person and changing the whole plot because of it. Give us unlikely friendships and make-believe families. Give us an awesome psychological sci-fi thriller like YA version of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • Give us space sci-fi with complicated plots about friendship and humanity. Space wars are totally awesome.
    • If you have a Sci-Fi/Fantasy with an interesting cast of characters and a plot about moral values and humanity, we need it! Just like every year, if you have something like Hiromu Arakawa’s beautiful manga Fullmetal Alchemist, just give it to us. Please?
    [GIF: from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the protagonist, Edward]
    • If you have a Dystopian novel, make it unique, and no Dystopian with heavy reliance on diseases. Rather than the scientific process of the apocalypse or the diseases, etc, we’re more interested in reading stories that focus on strong characters and well-written relationships. Think, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Or Neil Druckmann’s The Last of Us.
    [GIF: Ellie and Joel, the main characters of the beloved game, The Last Of Us. Ellie is looking our the window while Joel drives.]

    GRAPHIC NOVELS

    [GIF: From the anime Bakuman, the process of creating manga (Japanese comic)]
    • For Graphic Novels, we want stories of all genres. We’re looking for unique characters and well-executed concepts.
    • Please send us COMPLETED chapters, not just the MS without the actual artwork and/or only with concept arts.
    • Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, Adachitoka’s Noragami, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul, and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga are some of our favorites. They hurt the right way!
    • Also, our favorite superheroes are Batman and Spiderman. Just saying.
    • Actually if you’re going to give us superhero novels or graphic novels, think Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
    [GIF: From Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, upside down image of Miles “rising” by taking a leap of faith.]

    Important Notes & Huge + Points

    • This year we’re accepting novels that have romance, and stories that don’t. Meaning that your story doesn’t have to feature any romance to be valid for submitting to us, but we’d also love it if it does. Either way, we just want a good story.
    • Female leads! That says it all.
    • LGBTQA+ leads.
    • MUSLIM CHARACTERS.
    • Stories with male leads addressing toxic masculinity, and/or crossing gender barriers.
    • We’re particular suckers for anti-heroes. Give us anti-heroes to hate to love and love to hate!
    • Don’t forget Trigger Warnings if your story needs them.
    [GIF: Bakuman‘s MCs happy for a second and then shook. That’s us realizing we’re about to fall for your book.]
    • HUGE BONUS POINTS if you have a well-developed, highly intelligent villain/antagonist like Johan Liebert in Naoki Urasawa’s Monster. Give us complicated, realistic villains. Villains and antagonists whose motivations are understandable, even if their ways are questionable, are always our thing. Especial bonus point if your villain is female. We need more well-written female villains and antagonists.
    • Give us the ones we can identify with, and love, but we know are wrong in their methods and have just fallen too deep into the dark side. The ones who were once good, but now have lost their way.
    [GIF: Johan, the main antagonist of the anime, Monster, and one of the best villains ever written.]
    • REMEMBER THAT DARK AND LIGHT GO HAND IN HAND! Look, we love happy stories. But an all happy story is not our thing. Conflict is our thing. We write dark, gritty Young Adult with a lot of conflict, and we want to help our mentee. That said, we also love our silver lining! Where there is darkness, there should be light. Bittersweet endings are also our thing. So keep this in mind if you want to send your dark stories: in the end …
    [GIF: from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nagisa [white-haired pretty boy], saying, “There is always hope.”]
    • WE WANT DIVERSE NARRATIVES AND STORIES, WRITTEN BY MARGINALIZED WRITERS WHO HAVE A DIRECT EXPERIENCE WITHIN THESE COMMUNITIES
      • We want stories taking place in Asia or Africa, or with genuine, correct references to Asian and/or African culture, written by Asian or African writers.
      • We want stories with black/POC main characters, by black/POC writers.
      • We want stories with LGBTQA+ characters, written by people from LGBTQA+ community.
      • We want stories featuring disabled characters, written by disabled writers.
      • We want stories of characters going through things that the writers has felt to the core of their heart.
      • We want to work with marginalized writers of all groups.

    Also…

    WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR

    [GIF: Bakuman’s MCs being all defensive lol.]
    • The “Not Right For us” part
    • It DOES NOT mean there is anything wrong with your story, it’s just not right for us if it’s in the following list.
      • High Fantasy
      • Hard Science Fiction
      • Historical [except your own history/Persian Historical fantasy]
      • Regency
      • Suspense
      • Inspirational
      • Memoir
      • Natural disasters
      • Erotica
      • Western
      • Stories that are dark all through and have a “bad”/dark ending.
      • We can’t believe we’re saying this, but please don’t send us Corona stories… 🙂
      • Stories that rely heavily on the depiction of diseases.
      • (Trigger Warning) Plots ending with suicide. Also please no stories that use rape as a plot point or plot device.

    HOW WE EDIT AND COMMUNICATE

    • In the first round, we will mark up the issues with your plot, character arc and development, opening and ending, relationships, and issues that would need to be revised. We’ll provide you with an edit letter with our opinions and suggestions about how we can make your story better. You will have in-line notes with our opinions and edits, about what we think works really well and what we think should change. It’s totally up to you what suggestions you follow, as it is your story, and we’re only here to help you. You will have some homework for your novel, like forms and charts to fill in for your characters, making scene maps, outlines, etc, depending on your story. We’ll work on your novel in another round of edits after you made the revisions, then a line edit, and we’ll also work on your pitch and query.
    • We’ll be in touch via Twitter, Instagram, and email. We’ll be in constant communication. We’ll also video chat to discuss our approach to revisions and possible rewrites, if you’re comfortable.
    • We will try not to stalk your Twitter. But we will stalk your Twitter. Be kind to everyone. Encourage people. Then you will be encouraged as well.
    -[GIF: Bakuman’s MCs bumping elbows.]

    Final Notes:

    1. THIS YEAR WE DO ACCEPT NEW ADULT. Just a reminder!
    2. READ THE WISHLIST CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. Please don’t waste one of your mentor slots by submitting something we won’t be the right fit for.
    3. PITCH WARS IS MORE THAN A CONTEST. Many writer friends are just waiting to meet you and become your CPs and that is the greatest gift Pitch Wars gives everyone who enters every year. Find yourself a CP who cares about your work as much as you care about theirs. Find friends who help you, read for you, give you courage and strength in your writing journey. That’s the magic of Pitch Wars: It connects hearts.
    4. BE READY FOR SOME HARD WORK. It’s all about teamwork. A partnership. If we pick you, we are partners.
    5. PLEASE REMEMBER THAN NOT BEING CHOSEN DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT A GOOD ENOUGH WRITER. In the end, no matter how much we love your stories, we can only pick ONE mentee. It doesn’t make us happy to say no to many good stories. It’s about falling in love with that one MS, that one MC, that one writer. Never forget that gathering enough courage to take part in the first place is huge, and you are awesome no matter what. Also, you can always find so many awesome writers through #PitchWars tag.
    6. You have questions? Do not hesitate to write to Aty on her Twitter or Instagram or Maedeh on her Twitter or Instagram
    7. You are awesome. Never forget that.
    [GIF: Yuri On Ice‘s Victor and Yuri waving and cheering for you and you alone]

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    Don’t forget to check out the wishlists of the amazing YA mentors this year:

    Pitch Wars 2021 Young Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists

    1. Mary E. Roach (Accepts NA)
    2. Amelia Diane Coombs (Accepts NA)
    3. Diana Urban
    4. Susan Bishop Crispell (Accepts NA)
    5. TJ Ohler (Accepts NA)
    6. Laurie Dennison (Accepts NA)
    7. Justine Pucella Winans (Accepts NA)
    8. Zoulfa Katouh and Molly X Chang (Accepts NA)
    9. Sonora Reyes (Accepts NA)
    10. Abigail Johnson
    11. Rosiee Thor and Emily Grey
    12. Carlyn Greenwald (Accepts NA)
    13. M.T. Khan (Accepts NA)
    14. Sarvenaz Taghavian
    15. Emery Lee
    16. Margie Fuston (Accepts NA)
    17. Aashna Avachat (Accepts NA)
    18. Allison Saft (Accepts NA)
    19. Fiona McLaren
    20. Jessica Lewis
    21. Brianna Bourne (Accepts NA)
    22. Jamie McHenry
    23. Meg Long and Rochelle Hassan (Accepts NA)
    24. Laura Weymouth (Accepts NA)
    25. Natalie Crown and Angelica Monai (Accepts NA)
    26. Skyla Arndt and Alex Brown (Accepts NA)
    27. Charity Alyse and Cimone Watson (Accepts NA)
    28. Emily Thiede and Lauren Blackwood (Accepts NA)
    29. Anna Sortino and Annika J. Cosgrove (Accepts NA)
    30. Jenny Perinovic and Kyrie McCauley (Accepts NA)
    31. Carrie S. Allen and Sabrina Lotfi
    32. Jamie Howard and Meredith Tate (Accepts NA)
    33. KL Burd (Accepts NA)
    34. Jennifer Yu (Accepts NA)
    35. Hoda Agharazi and Lyssa Mia Smith (Accepts NA)
    36. Em X. Liu and Grace D. Li (Accepts NA)
    37. Carly Heath (Accepts NA)
    38. Kiana Krystle (Accepts NA)
    39. Sarah Underwood and Kat Dunn (Accepts NA)
    40. Joel Brigham (Accepts NA)
    41. Dante Medema and Liz Lawson (Accepts NA)
    42. Aty S. Behsam and Maedeh B. Saaina (Accepts NA)
    43. Kylie Schachte (Accepts NA)
    44. Gabi Burton (Accepts NA)
    45. Aaron Cole and Tamara Cole (Accepts NA)
    46. Hannah V. Sawyerr and Olivia Liu (Accepts NA)
    47. Bethany Mangle (Accepts NA)
    48. Lane Clarke (Accepts NA)
    49. Sunya Mara (Accepts NA)
    50. Karen Bao (Accepts NA)


    Click here to view all Pitch Wars 2021 Mentors’ Wish Lists. To view the wish lists by genre, visit this link.

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    SIMPLE TEXT VERSION: #TeamMindhunters Pitch Wars Wish List 2021

    Category : Uncategorized

  • You can find the simple text version of our wishlist page here.
  • AHEM. HELLO!

    • #PitchWars is here ALREADY? WHAT?

    What is Pitch Wars?

    • Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, professional writers, and industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript, pitch, and query shine for the agent showcase. If you want to learn more, check out the Pitch Wars website.

    HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

    QUICK SUMMARY OF #TEAMMINDHUNTERS WISHLIST

    • Here’s a quick summary of the following wishlist:
      • We are #TeamMindhunters, Aty S. Behsam and Maedeh B. Saaina, and this year we are mentoring YA.
      • Aty is an author, artist, translator, editor, and Maedeh is a university lecturer, artist, and writer.
      • This year we’re looking for the following genres: Polished Contemporary/Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery/Horror Young Adult or New Adult novels or graphic novels.
      • We do accept NA.
      • We do accept graphic novels.
      • We do accept Fairy Tale Retelling.
      • We do accept stories about sports, especially if they feature women, and/or LGBTQA+ characters.
      • We’re very close, which means we also work closely on our mentee’s book.
      • The following is the details of #TeamMindhunters’s wishlist:

    Warning: The following wishlist features the word “dark” approximately 95846548 times. That says a lot about us, doesn’t it? lol

    Let’s get down to business!

    WHO ARE WE AND WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT TO US

    • We’re both writers, artists and both writing mentors and teachers. Aty has been teaching writing, and mentoring writers for years, including Pitch Wars 2018, 2019, and 2020, and Maedeh has been mentoring writers for years, and has been a story critic for even longer. Maedeh’s experience helps recognize strong and weak points in stories, and Aty quickly finds ways to fix the problems. Maedeh also has super sharp eyes for story elements, details, and logical plot development, and Aty is good at working on your characters and relationships.
    • Aty was a mentee in 2017 with her book COUP DE GRACE, and Maedeh helped polish that book. We understand the pressure and the commitment on your end, and we understand the love you hold for your stories. So now we can help you.
    • If we pick you, it means we care about your book. A lot. We’re going to cheer on you, help you, and cry with you whenever you need. We can also send you cat, bunny, goose, and parrot pictures. Aty has two cats and Maedeh has… multiple species in her house lol
    • We’ll be your creative partner. We’ll show you ways to fix things when you’re feeling trapped, and make the best parts of your book shine even brighter.
    • Actually we have multiple writing and art projects together. Daryan manga, White Satin comic, and even novels on the way. (You can follow Aty’s Instagram, and Maedeh’s Instagram for more info.)
    • We have multiple mentee success stories, and we’re proud of them! Both in our country and in PW, Aty has had the pleasure of watching her mentees succeed. They are all amazing storytellers. Two of Aty’s PW mentees found agents. Aty’s 2019 PW mentee Ann Fraistat’s book is coming out in Spring next year, so don’t forget to follow her work. Also follow Aty’s last year PW mentee Melanie Schubert because she’s awesome. Maedeh is mentoring PW for the first time, but you shall see her skills soon.

    Now, the actual wishlist. Aty has never been able to keep this short, but this time Maedeh will try to make that happen (Future Aty: hahahahahaha). So without further ado, let’s move on to…

    WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

    • Polished Contemporary/Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror/Mystery Young Adult or New Adult novels or graphic novels.

    CONTEMPORARY

    • For Contemporary, we want stories that deal with the real world issues. We’re especially interested in stories that feel personal and show cultures and lifestyles that are under-represented. We want stories that show different corners of the world, and characters that open our minds to different ways of thinking. Is your story dark? We’re all in! Is your story a comedy? OH YES. Is your story dark and funny? Give us! We want stories with good characters, clear goals, and stakes. We want stories that subvert expectations and give us nice twists. Think, Booksmart.

  • We would love to read stories about sports or skills, especially if the actual story is about the struggles, anxiety, and the process of accepting and loving yourself. Think Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyuu!! We’d love to read stories about artists, writers, or athletes. Bonus points if it also features a healthy relationships and same-sex couples, like Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto’s Yuri On Ice.
  • ROMANCE

    • We want all the tropes, but also healthy relationships that defy the rules and tropes of the setting. Give us enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, star-crossed lovers, strangers to lovers, bad boys/girls/non-binary characters falling for the unlikely person, all the angst and yearning! Give us “we’re supposed to be enemies but we’re also really in love” or “why am I still thinking about you?” Give us the slow burn romance. All types of pairings, every sexuality, and gender identity.
    • We also want sex-positive romantic comedies like Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemud-Broka, or a YA Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
    • Give us friends to lovers, strangers to lovers, baddies falling for the unlikely person, sloooooow burn, “I am bound by duty/honor, but this devious wildcard has shown up in my life and I will never be the same.” OH NO, THERE’S ONLY ONE BED, and excessive use of nicknames until a Soft™ moment.
    • Huge bonus points if your story has
      • LGBTQA+ ROMANCE
      • Multiracial couples
      • Same-sex couples in the Middle-East
      • One or both of them being immigrants or refugees

    HORROR

    • Give us your dark stories that walk the thin line between death and beauty, like Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul, and anything gothic-inspired (horror, fantasy, romance–we want it all).
    • Give us big creep and light on jump-scares. Actually, give us nightmares, and ghost lol. Also delusions and nightmares that turn out to be real. And no, Maedeh is not about to kill Aty for asking this.
    • If you have horror with strong social commentary, Like Jordan Peele’s Get Out, YES.
    • If you can mix mystery thriller with horror in a subtle way, we’re so in.
    • Actually, as you can tell by our team’s name, we love Mindhunter, both the book and the series. If you can give us the kind of psychological mystery thriller mixed with a touch of uneasiness that is subtle yet very creepy, oh gosh OH GOSH WE WOULD LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

    THRILLER, MYSTERY, CRIME

    • We want fast-paced, dark commercial stories with big twists. Think YA Jason Bourne.
    • We want Mafia stories with romantic subplots, smart detective stories with dark, angsty plot, and characters walking the thin line between right and wrong.
    • You got a YA murder mystery? We love Aty’s last co-mentor Kylie Schachte’s You’re Next. If you have something similar, give us!
    • We also would love a dark, gut-wrenching time-travel/crime story like the anime Erased [Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi].
    • We want stories with characters from different background working together to solve the problem. Think YA Mad Max: Fury Road

    FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

    • As for FANTASY, we want everything but high fantasy. If your fantasy goes beyond Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and reaches J. R. R. Tolkien’s works, we’re not the right mentors for you.
    • Give us your monsters and creatures, your whimsy, beautiful, chilling tales, and your creepy, mysterious settings. We accept contemporary fantasy, fantasy settings based on real world locations, or speculative fiction that mixes real world with fiction. We want fantasy horrors like Akihito Tsukushi’s Made in Abyss.
    • If you have magic, make it unique. Give us the sort of magic that not only colors the plot, but also seeps into characters and their development. If your magic system affects the world, the plot, and the characters directly, and if you have a setting that is well-thought and features realistic class systems like Avatar: The Last Airbender, send it, IT IS THE LAW.
    • We would love to see magic that deals with unique trades and skills–clockmaking, woodworking, food–anything special and highly specific turned into enchantment. Give us interesting cultures and worlds that feel strange yet so real.
    • If you have lovely, lyrical writing that places magic in our real world without explanation or reason, we would very much like to read it. We love lyrical whimsy or anything that can comp Hayao Miyazaki’s works. We love Miyazaki a lot.
    • Victoria Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians are some of our favorites, too.
    • We want to be entranced by your prose and the aching loveliness of the magic, but we also want to explore The Dark Side™ .
    • If you’re sending us Fairy Tale Retelling, please keep it fresh. Just swapping characters with no interesting twists is not really for us. We want creepy, beautiful, chilling fairytale retellings–the looser the interpretation, the better.
    • Bonus points If you are retelling tales that are from your own country.
    • We also want dark comedy fantasy that deal with real issues and high stakes even though they make us laugh with great comedic moments or characters, like Adachitoka’s Noragami.
    • FOR HISTORICAL FANTASY, if you have fantasy that’s based on or inspired by Iranian/Persian culture/settings/tales, send it over. Think Hiromu Arakawa’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The author is Japanese, but did her research and wrote a great story and awesome characters based on a novel inspired by an old Persian tale.
    • For NON-PERSIAN Historical Fantasy, we only accept stories about your own history. If you have a historical fantasy that does not take place or feature MCs of your own culture or ethnicity, we’re not the right mentors for you. We’d make an exception for Persian Historical Fantasy, because we would be able to help you with history and culture. If neither you nor we wholly know and feel for the history of your story, we can’t better it.
    • For Science Fiction, we want both fast, action-packed, gripping, witty, adrenaline-fueled, freaking fun, and slow, sinister, creepy, chilling sci-fi. We love Wilder Girls by Rory Power or Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.
    • Give us machines and complicated concepts that speak of human condition like Yoko Taro’s Nier: Automata.
    • Give us androids falling in love, machines understanding humanity, science-born creatures falling for the wrong person and changing the whole plot because of it. Give us unlikely friendships and make-believe families. Give us an awesome psychological sci-fi thriller like YA version of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • Give us space sci-fi with complicated plots about friendship and humanity. Space wars are totally awesome.
    • If you have a Sci-Fi/Fantasy with an interesting cast of characters and a plot about moral values and humanity, we need it! Just like every year, if you have something like Hiromu Arakawa’s beautiful manga Fullmetal Alchemist, just give it to us. Please?
    • If you have a Dystopian novel, make it unique, and no Dystopian with heavy reliance on diseases. Rather than the scientific process of the apocalypse or the diseases, etc, we’re more interested in reading stories that focus on strong characters and well-written relationships. Think, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Or Neil Druckmann’s The Last of Us.

    GRAPHIC NOVELS

    • For Graphic Novels, we want stories of all genres. We’re looking for unique characters and well-executed concepts.
    • Please send us COMPLETED chapters, not just the MS without the actual artwork and/or only with concept arts.
    • Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, Adachitoka’s Noragami, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul, and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga are some of our favorites. They hurt the right way!
    • Also, our favorite superheroes are Batman and Spiderman. Just saying.
    • Actually if you’re going to give us superhero novels or graphic novels, think Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

    Important Notes & Huge + Points

    • This year we’re accepting novels that have romance, and stories that don’t. Meaning that your story doesn’t have to feature any romance to be valid for submitting to us, but we’d also love it if it does. Either way, we just want a good story.
    • Female leads! That says it all.
    • LGBTQA+ leads.
    • MUSLIM CHARACTERS
    • Stories with male leads addressing toxic masculinity, and/or crossing gender barriers.
    • We’re particular suckers for anti-heroes. Give us anti-heroes to hate to love and love to hate!
    • Don’t forget Trigger Warnings if your story needs them.
    • HUGE BONUS POINTS if you have a well-developed, highly intelligent villain/antagonist like Johan Liebert in Naoki Urasawa’s Monster. Give us complicated, realistic villains. Villains and antagonists whose motivations are understandable, even if their ways are questionable, are always our thing. Especial bonus point if your villain is female. We need more well-written female villains and antagonists.
    • Give us the ones we can identify with, and love, but we know are wrong in their methods and have just fallen too deep into the dark side. The ones who were once good, but now have lost their way.
    • REMEMBER THAT DARK AND LIGHT GO HAND IN HAND! Look, we love happy stories. But an all happy story is not our thing. Conflict is our thing. We write dark, gritty Young Adult with a lot of conflict, and we want to help our mentee. That said, we also love our silver lining! Where there is darkness, there should be light. Bittersweet endings are also our thing. So keep this in mind if you want to send your dark stories: in the end …
    • WE WANT DIVERSE NARRATIVES AND STORIES, WRITTEN BY MARGINALIZED WRITERS WHO HAVE A DIRECT EXPERIENCE WITHIN THESE COMMUNITIES
      • We want stories taking place in Asia or Africa, or with genuine, correct references to Asian and/or African culture, written by Asian or African writers.
      • We want stories with black/POC main characters, by black/POC writers.
      • We want stories with LGBTQA+ characters, written by people from LGBTQA+ community.
      • We want stories featuring disabled characters, written by disabled writers.
      • We want stories of characters going through things that the writers has felt to the core of their heart.
      • We want to work with marginalized writers of all groups.

    Also…

    WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR

    • The “Not Right For us” part
    • It DOES NOT mean there is anything wrong with your story, it’s just not right for us if it’s in the following list.
      • High Fantasy
      • Hard Science Fiction
      • Historical [except your own history/Persian Historical fantasy]
      • Regency
      • Suspense
      • Inspirational
      • Memoir
      • Natural disasters
      • Erotica
      • Western
      • Stories that are dark all through and have a “bad”/dark ending.
      • We can’t believe we’re saying this, but please don’t send us Corona stories… 🙂
      • Stories that rely heavily on the depiction of diseases.
      • (Trigger Warning) Plots ending with suicide. Also please no stories that use rape as a plot point or plot device.

    HOW WE EDIT AND COMMUNICATE

    • In the first round, we will mark up the issues with your plot, character arc and development, opening and ending, relationships, and issues that would need to be revised. We’ll provide you with an edit letter with our opinions and suggestions about how we can make your story better. You will have in-line notes with our opinions and edits, about what we think works really well and what we think should change. It’s totally up to you what suggestions you follow, as it is your story, and we’re only here to help you. You will have some homework for your novel, like forms and charts to fill in for your characters, making scene maps, outlines, etc, depending on your story. We’ll work on your novel in another round of edits after you made the revisions, then a line edit, and we’ll also work on your pitch and query.
    • We’ll be in touch via Twitter, Instagram, and email. We’ll be in constant communication. We’ll also video chat to discuss our approach to revisions and possible rewrites, if you’re comfortable.
    • We will try not to stalk your Twitter. But we will stalk your Twitter. Be kind to everyone. Encourage people. Then you will be encouraged as well.

    Final Notes:

    1. THIS YEAR WE DO ACCEPT NEW ADULT. Just a reminder!
    2. READ THE WISHLIST CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. Please don’t waste one of your mentor slots by submitting something we won’t be the right fit for.
    3. PITCH WARS IS MORE THAN A CONTEST. Many writer friends are just waiting to meet you and become your CPs and that is the greatest gift Pitch Wars gives everyone who enters every year. Find yourself a CP who cares about your work as much as you care about theirs. Find friends who help you, read for you, give you courage and strength in your writing journey. That’s the magic of Pitch Wars: It connects hearts.
    4. BE READY FOR SOME HARD WORK. It’s all about teamwork. A partnership. If we pick you, we are partners.
    5. PLEASE REMEMBER THAN NOT BEING CHOSEN DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT A GOOD ENOUGH WRITER. In the end, no matter how much we love your stories, we can only pick ONE mentee. It doesn’t make us happy to say no to many good stories. It’s about falling in love with that one MS, that one MC, that one writer. Never forget that gathering enough courage to take part in the first place is huge, and you are awesome no matter what. Also, you can always find so many awesome writers through #PitchWars tag.
    6. You have questions? Do not hesitate to write to Aty on her Twitter or Instagram or Maedeh on her Twitter or Instagram
    7. You are awesome. Never forget that.

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    Don’t forget to check out the wishlists of the amazing YA mentors this year:

    Pitch Wars 2021 Young Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists

    1. Mary E. Roach (Accepts NA)
    2. Amelia Diane Coombs (Accepts NA)
    3. Diana Urban
    4. Susan Bishop Crispell (Accepts NA)
    5. TJ Ohler (Accepts NA)
    6. Laurie Dennison (Accepts NA)
    7. Justine Pucella Winans (Accepts NA)
    8. Zoulfa Katouh and Molly X Chang (Accepts NA)
    9. Sonora Reyes (Accepts NA)
    10. Abigail Johnson
    11. Rosiee Thor and Emily Grey
    12. Carlyn Greenwald (Accepts NA)
    13. M.T. Khan (Accepts NA)
    14. Sarvenaz Taghavian
    15. Emery Lee
    16. Margie Fuston (Accepts NA)
    17. Aashna Avachat (Accepts NA)
    18. Allison Saft (Accepts NA)
    19. Fiona McLaren
    20. Jessica Lewis
    21. Brianna Bourne (Accepts NA)
    22. Jamie McHenry
    23. Meg Long and Rochelle Hassan (Accepts NA)
    24. Laura Weymouth (Accepts NA)
    25. Natalie Crown and Angelica Monai (Accepts NA)
    26. Skyla Arndt and Alex Brown (Accepts NA)
    27. Charity Alyse and Cimone Watson (Accepts NA)
    28. Emily Thiede and Lauren Blackwood (Accepts NA)
    29. Anna Sortino and Annika J. Cosgrove (Accepts NA)
    30. Jenny Perinovic and Kyrie McCauley (Accepts NA)
    31. Carrie S. Allen and Sabrina Lotfi
    32. Jamie Howard and Meredith Tate (Accepts NA)
    33. KL Burd (Accepts NA)
    34. Jennifer Yu (Accepts NA)
    35. Hoda Agharazi and Lyssa Mia Smith (Accepts NA)
    36. Em X. Liu and Grace D. Li (Accepts NA)
    37. Carly Heath (Accepts NA)
    38. Kiana Krystle (Accepts NA)
    39. Sarah Underwood and Kat Dunn (Accepts NA)
    40. Joel Brigham (Accepts NA)
    41. Dante Medema and Liz Lawson (Accepts NA)
    42. Aty S. Behsam and Maedeh B. Saaina (Accepts NA)
    43. Kylie Schachte (Accepts NA)
    44. Gabi Burton (Accepts NA)
    45. Aaron Cole and Tamara Cole (Accepts NA)
    46. Hannah V. Sawyerr and Olivia Liu (Accepts NA)
    47. Bethany Mangle (Accepts NA)
    48. Lane Clarke (Accepts NA)
    49. Sunya Mara (Accepts NA)
    50. Karen Bao (Accepts NA)


    Click here to view all Pitch Wars 2021 Mentors’ Wish Lists. To view the wish lists by genre, visit this link.

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    کارگاه پاییزی آنلاین داستان‌پردازی | دورهٔ برخطِ داستان‌نویسی

    Category : Announcements

    داستانِ رُمان، فیلم‌نامه، بازی، کمیک و مانگا

    هزینه دوره: ۴۹۵۰۰ ۴۲۰,۰۰۰ تومان

    ثبت نام کارگاه آنلاین داستان‌پردازی پایه ۱

    زمان: ۲۰ ساعت، ۸ جلسۀ ۲ ساعتی، هفته‌ای ۱ جلسه
    یعنی، ۱۶ ساعت + ۴ ساعت تمرین و اجرای آموزه‌ها
    چهارشنبه‌ها ساعت ۱۶ تا ۱۸
    از چهارشنبه ۱۳ مرداد ۱۴۰۰ تا چهارشنبه ۳۱ شهریور ۱۴۰۰

    مدرس: مائده ساینا

    .مکان: این دوره آنلاین است و ثبت نام از هر کشور و شهری آزاد است

    ثبت نام از راهِ کارت‌به‌کارت انجام می‌شود. برای ثبت نام و پرسش سوال در تلگرام به دستیار عاطفه بهسام و یا در اینستاگرام به صفحه کلاس‌ها پیام بزنید

    دوره داستان‌پردازی عاطفه بهسام در انستیتوی ملی بازی‌سازی ایران

    داستان‌پردازی چیست و چرا اهمیت دارد؟

    داستان‌پردازی درگیرشدن با داستان‌نویسی از راهی متفاوت و نو است. پایه تمام داستان‌ها، چه رُمان و فیلم‌نامه و چه بازی و کمیک و مانگا، داستان‌پردازی دقیق و پردازش‌یافته و پالایش‌شده است. داستان‌نویسیِ حرفه‌ای اصولی دارد و داستانِ پاکیزه همین‌طور شمّی و آزمون‌وخطایی عمل نمی‌آید. داستان‌نویسی فقط بیان خامِ روایتی هرچند عمیق نیست. روایت را باید در قاب و قالبِ قواعدی ریخت و درست‌وحسابی آماده کرد و با دلِ قُرص به دست خواننده داد. از راهی روشمند و آرام، کارگاه آنلاین داستان‌پردازی دستِ قلمتان را می‌گیرد و مربی‌وار جلو می‌بردتان. ۰

    جلسه ارائه دانشجویان دوره داستان‌پردازی عاطفه بهسام در مؤسسهٔ ویراستاران

    مزیت کارگاه آنلاین داستان‌پردازی به روش بین‌الملل

    کلاس و کارگاه آموزشی برای داستان‌نویسی و نویسندگی خلاق داستانی زیاد است، ولی مزیت ویژهٔ کارگاه آنلاین داستان‌پردازی عاطفه بهسام این است که محتوای آن برگرفته از دوره‌ها و منابع آموزشیِ داستان‌نویسی در جهان است. او سال‌هاست منابع آموزشیِ دست‌اول در داستان‌نویسی را مطالعه و مرور می‌کند و دوره‌های آموزشیِ بین‌المللی را می‌گذراند و داور و مربیِ چند رویداد جهانیِ داستان‌نویسی است. زادگاه داستان‌ها و افسانه‌ها شرق بوده است؛ اما در ادبیات مدرن، غرب توانسته است در تدوین و قالب‌پردازی و نوآوری، ذائقهٔ جهانیان را تحث تأثیر قرار دهد و استانداردسازی کند. از قضا، ما زمینه و مایه‌اش را برای روایتگری داریم و می‌مانَد آگاهی از اصول روزِ پرداختن روایت. اینجا سخن از داستان مدرن است: آنچه در کتاب‌های پُرفروش و مطرحِ جهان رخ می‌دهد، آنچه در فیلم‌نامه‌های ممتاز جاری است، آنچه در شیوهٔ روایتِ رسانه‌های اثرگذار حضور دارد و آنچه برخاسته از ملاک‌های پسند و ناپسندِ مخاطبان نسل امروز بر پایهٔ قواعد نظام‌یافته و روزآمدشده است. ۰

     مزیت دوم، تعاملی‌بودن آموزش‌هاست، بدون یدک‌کشیِ این عنوان و بدون شعاردادن. در کارگاه داستان‌پردازی، همگی مستمر نظر می‌دهند، بحث می‌کنند، بارها بلند فکر می‌کنند، به‌دفعات خود را بروز می‌دهند و می‌کوشند «بُرون‌داد» تولید کنند. این رسم و شیوهٔ مدرس است. اگر به جزوه‌نویسی و گرفتن «درون‌دادِ» محض عادت دارید و دوست دارید که آخرِ این کارگاه‌ها جزوه‌ای شیک و منظم در دست داشته باشید و ذوق کنید که کلی نکتهٔ نظری یاد گرفته‌اید به جای کار عملی، این کارگاه برای شما مناسب نیست! روال کارگاه داستان‌پردازی، نوشتن است. ۰

    کارگاه آنلاین داستان‌پردازی عاطفه بهسام پُرتمرین و پُرتکلیف است. دست‌کم باید روزی یک‌ساعت زمان بگذارید. می‌خواهیم یاد بگیریم که با قلم و کاغذ و صفحه‌کلید دوست بشویم و ترسمان از آن بریزد و سوار واژه‌ها و جمله‌ها بشویم و به جاهای دیدنیِ درون و بیرونمان سر بزنیم. عادت به نوشتن یکی از اهداف این کارگاه است. با تمرین‌ها و تکلیف‌های این کارگاه، آماده می‌شوید برای اینکه «عادت نوشتن» را در خود بسازید. القصه، به این کارگاه بیایید اگر این عادت به نوشتن را دوست دارید. اما اگر دوست ندارید بنویسید، ما راه میان‌بُری بلد نیستیم. اگر قرار نیست پشت فرمانِ ماشین بنشینید، چه کاری است به کلاس‌های آموزش رانندگی بروید؟ داستان‌نویسی «دانش» نیست، مهارتِ مبتنی بر دانش و آگاهی است. قواعدآموزی لازم دارد و دست‌گرمی و نوشتن و نوشتن و نوشتن. ۰

    دورهٔ داستان‌پردازی چند سطح دارد؟ مراحلش چیست؟

    عاطفه بهسام داستان‌پردازی را در دو دستهٔ «دورهٔ اصلی» و «دوره‌های تکی» تدریس می‌کند. دورۀ اصلی داستان‌پردازی شش کارگاه است. هریک از کارگاه‌ها پیش‌نیازِ کارگاه بعدی است و فرد مشتاق باید از «پایه ۱» شروع کند و به‌ترتیب پیش برود. ۰

    دورهٔ اصلی داستان‌پردازی

    کارگاه ۱. داستان‌پردازی پایۀ ۱ 
    کارگاه ۲. داستان‌پردازی پایۀ ۲
    کارگاه ۳. داستان‌پردازی میانی ۱
    کارگاه ۴. داستان‌پردازی میانی ۲
    کارگاه ۵. داستان‌پردازی پیشرفته ۱
    کارگاه ۶. داستان‌پردازی پیشرفته ۲

    دوره‌های تکی و تخصصی پس از اتمام دوره‌ اصلی

    کارگاه ۷. اقتباس معکوس
    ‌‌کارگاه ۸. ایدهٔ خام ۱
    ‌کارگاه ۹. ایدهٔ خام ۲
    ‌کارگاه ۱۰. شخصیت‌پردازی و روان‌شناسی
    کارگاه ۱۱. روند و پیشرفت داستان
    ‌کارگاه ۱۲. نوشتن و ارائهٔ داستان
    کارگاه ۱۳. تحقیق، نوشتن و چاپ داستان
    کارگاه ۱۴. کارگاه رمان
    کارگاه ۱۵. کارگاه بازی‌نامه
    کارگاه ۱۶. کارگاه داستان فیلم
    کارگاه ۱۷. کارگاه داستان مانگا و کُمیک

    من دوره‌های داستان‌نویسی رفته‌ام. می‌شود دورهٔ داستان‌پردازی عاطفه بهسام را از سطح پیشرفته‌اش بیایم؟

    در برنامۀ اجرایی در این کارگاه، این کارها تعریف نشده است: آزمون تعیین‌سطح، جهشی‌خواندن، ورود از میانهٔ سطوح و… . از سرِ متفاوت‌بودن محتوا و تمرین‌های چشمگیر دوره، هر عزیزی باید بزرگواری کند و از دورۀ پایۀ ۱ شروع کند؛ حتی اگر چند داستان و رمان نوشته باشد، حتی اگر چندین دورۀ داستان‌نویسی گذرانده باشد و حتی اگر کتاب‌های مرجعِ داستان‌نویسی را خوانده باشد. پس باید از ابتدا با هم شروع کنیم. ۰

    در برنامۀ اجرایی در این کارگاه، این کارها تعریف نشده است: آزمون تعیین‌سطح، جهشی‌خواندن، ورود از میانهٔ سطوح و… . از سرِ متفاوت‌بودن محتوا و تمرین‌های چشمگیر دوره، هر عزیزی باید بزرگواری کند و از دورۀ پایۀ ۱ شروع کند؛ حتی اگر چند داستان و رمان نوشته باشد، حتی اگر چندین دورۀ داستان‌نویسی گذرانده باشد و حتی اگر کتاب‌های مرجعِ داستان‌نویسی را خوانده باشد. پس باید از ابتدا با هم شروع کنیم.

    ۰

    مدرس این دوره: مائده ب. ساینا

    نویسنده، طراح، منتور نویسندگی، استاد دانشگاه علوم و تحقیقات

    صفحهٔ مائده ساینا در پیچوارز 

    داور و مدرس مسابقهٔ بین‌المللیِ نویسندگی پیچْوارز آمریکا ۲۰۲۱ (Pitch Wars)
    دانشجوی دوره کامل داستان پردازی بین الملل عاطفه بهسام
    استادیار کارگاه‌های داستان و شخصیت‌پردازیِ داستان در مؤسسهٔ «ویراستاران»، انستیتوی ملی بازی‌سازی و دانشگاه امام‌خمینی(ره)
    استاد اولین مسابقهٔ کُمیک دیزاتن
    دانشجوی دورهٔ نویسندگی جسیکا برودی
    طراح شخصیت و مانگا
    ویراستار و طراح، در چند
    کارگردان دوم «یوری بر رادیو»، نخستین پادکست اختصاصی «انیمه» و «مانگا» (کست‌باکس، شنوتو، توییتر، تلگرام، اینستاگرام)

    .

    تنظیم کننده دوره های داستان پردازی بین الملل: عاطفه س. بهسام
    نویسنده، طراح، مدرس، مترجم

    صفحهٔ عاطفه بهسام در پیچوارز 

    ۲۰۲۱ داور و مدرس مسابقهٔ بین‌المللیِ نویسندگی پیچْوارز آمریکا ۲۰۱۸ ، ۲۰۱۹ ، ۲۰۲۰ و  (Pitch Wars)
    نویسندهٔ رمانِ برنده در مسابقهٔ بین‌المللیِ نویسندگی پیچوارز آمریکا ۲۰۱۷
    مدرس کارگاه‌های داستان و شخصیت‌پردازیِ داستان در مؤسسهٔ «ویراستاران»، انستیتوی ملی بازی‌سازی، دانشگاه امام‌خمینی(ره) و مؤسسه‌های دیگر
    دانش‌آموختهٔ دورهٔ نوشتن و ویراستِ رمان انگلیسی، سوزان لاکین
    دانش‌آموختهٔ دورهٔ شخصیت‌پردازی و روند داستان، مایکل هیگ و کریس وگلر
    دانشجوی دورهٔ نویسندگی حرفه‌ای، جسیکا برودی
    طراح شخصیت و طراح جلد، در چند نشر انگلیسی و آمریکایی
    ویراستار و طراح، در چند نشریهٔ انگلیسی و آمریکایی
    مدرس دورهٔ نوشتن و چاپ داستان به زبان انگلیسی
    داور اولین مسابقهٔ کُمیک دیزاتن
    کارگردان «یوری بر رادیو»، نخستین پادکست اختصاصی «انیمه» و «مانگا» (کست‌باکس، شنوتو، توییتر، تلگرام، اینستاگرام)
    سخنران تِداکس جوانان تهران ۲۰۱۸

    سخنرانی تداکس عاطفه بهسام


    Word Counts for Children, MG, YA, and Adult books, by genre (by SARAH NICOLAS)

    Category : Uncategorized

    Word Count for stories by Sarah Nicolas:

    Short Stories: 7,500 words
    Novellettes: 7,500 – 17,000
    Novellas: 17,000 – 40,000
    Novels: 40,000 + words

    Childrens Books

    Picture Book: 0-800 words, preferably in 300-550 range
    Early Reader: 100 – 2,500 words, depending on level
    Chapter Book: 4,000-13,000, preferably 6-10k

    Middle Grade

    Contemporary: 25,000-60,000, preferably 30-45k
    Fantasy/Sci-fi: 35,000-75,000, preferably 40-60k

    Young Adult

    Contemporary: 40,000-95,000, preferably 55-80k
    Fantasy/Sci-fi: 50,000-140,000, preferably 65-90k

    Adult

    Contemporary: 75,000-110,000
    Literary: 60,000-80,000
    Fantasy/Sci-fi: 90,000-125,000, preferably ~100k
    Women’s Fiction: 80,000-120,000
    Romance: 40,000-100,000
    Category Romance: 45-60k
    Romantic Suspense: ~70,000
    Historical: 60-95k
    Single Title Contemporary: 60-100k
    Novellas: 20-45k
    Mystery/Thriller: 65,000-95,000, preferably ~80k
    Memoir: 65,000-100,000
    Historical: 80,000-120,000, preferably <100k

    استاندارد بین‌المللی تعداد کلمات داستان (با تشکر از سارا نیکولاس)


    Pitch Wars Wish List 2020: Simple Text

    Category : Uncategorized

    • Detailed, complete Wishlist Page (with gifs etc.) here.

    LONG STORY SHORT

    • Here’s a quick summary of the following wishlist:
    • I’m Aty S. Behsam, writer, artist, translator, and this year I’m mentoring YA. I accept NA, and I’m looking for the following genres: Polished Contemporary/Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery Young Adult or New Adult novels or graphic novels.
    • You can ask questions/communicate with me through Twitter, Instagram, and once I pick my mentee, we’ll communicate through Twitter, Instagram, and email.
    • You can find the simple text version of this wishlist page here.
    • The following is the details of my wishlist:
    • AHEM. HELLO!
    • [GIF: anime girl is excitedly jumping around and that is literally me.]
    • #PitchWars is finally here, so, as usual, let’s all take a moment to PANIC AND GET EXCITED AT THE SAME TIME!

    What is Pitch Wars?

    • Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, professional writers, and industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript, pitch, and query shine for the agent showcase. If you want to learn more, check out the Pitch Wars website.
    • [GIF: Kermit the frog is screaming on a table… I swear to God.]
    • AWESOME, RIGHT?

    • Warning: The following wishlist features the word “dark” approximately 95846548 times.
    • Now… let’s get down to business!

    Here’s who I am and why you should submit to me:

    • I’m a writer, artist, translator, editor, and a full-time writing mentor and teacher. I have been teaching writing, and mentoring writers for years, including Pitch Wars 2018 and 2019. The experience helps me quickly recognize strong and weak points in stories.
    • I was a mentee in 2017 with my book COUP DE GRACE. I understand the pressure and the commitment on your end, and I understand the love you hold for your stories. So now I can help you.
    • If I pick you, it means I care about your book. A lot. I’m going to cheer on you, help you, and cry with you whenever you need. I can also send you cat pictures. Yes. I have two of them.
    • I’ll be your creative partner. I’ll show you ways to fix things when you’re feeling trapped, and make the best parts of your book shine even brighter.
    • Both my 2018 and 2019 mentees have success stories, and I’m proud of them! They worked so hard, they’re so talented and such amazing storytellers, and they made it. My last year’s mentee Ann Fraistat’s book is coming out in Spring 2022, so don’t forget to follow her work.
    • [GIF: Kermit the frog is jumping up and down, and funnily enough that is also me.]
    • Well then. Since I’m trying (TRYING) to keep this short for once (spoilers: I will fail), without further ado, let’s move on to…
    • WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR
    • [GIF: Japanese lady Marie Kondo politely says, “This one sparks joy.”]
    • Polished Contemporary/Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery Young Adult or New Adult novels or graphic novels.

    Overview

    • For Contemporary, I want stories that deal with the real world issues. I’m especially interested in stories that feel personal and show cultures and lifestyles that are under-represented. I want stories that show different corners of the world, and characters that open my mind to different ways of thinking. Is your story dark? I’m all in! Is your story a comedy? OH YES. Is your story dark and funny?
    • [GIF: John Legend singing “Show me”.]
    • For Romance, I want all the tropes, but also healthy relationships that defy the rules and tropes of the setting. Give me enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, star-crossed lovers, strangers to lovers, bad boys/girls falling for the unlikely person, all the angst and yearning! Give me “we’re supposed to be enemies but we’re also really in love” or “why am I still thinking about you?” Give me the slow burn romance. All types of pairings, every sexuality, and gender identity.
    • [GIF: Paul Rudd saying “Give me it. Give me it! C’mon give me it!”]
    • Huge bonus points if your story has
      • LGBTQA+ ROMANCE
      • Multiracial couples
      • Same-sex couples in the Middle-East
      • One or both of them being immigrants or refugees
    • [GIF: Stephen Colbert smashing stuff with a hammer and saying “Give me the fucking thing!”]
    • In Thriller, Mystery and Crime, I want fast-paced, commercial mystery with big twists. I want action thrillers like YA Jason Bourne books and movies, or dark, strong stories like Mad Max: Fury Road. I want Mafia stories with romantic subplots, smart detective stories with dark, angsty plot, and characters walking the thin line between right and wrong.
    • [GIF: Loki shouting “Tell me!”]
    • I would adore a dark romance sci-fi like Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. And honestly, I would kill for a dark, gut-wrenching time-travel/crime story like the anime Erased [Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi]. But make it Young Adult.
    • [GIF: from the anime Erased, a little boy is watching a little girl standing alone under the snow, her red coat being the only color in the shot.]
    • If you happen to have the YA version of Neon Genesis Evangelion or an awesome psychological sci-fi thriller like it, featuring a same-sex couple, please, I NEED IT.
    • [GIF: from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji and Nagisa smile at each other, ahem, because these boys love each other *sobs*]
    • As for Fantasy, I want everything but high fantasy. If your fantasy goes beyond Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and reaches J. R. R. Tolkien’s works, I’m not the right mentor for you.
    • Give me your odd monsters and creatures, your whimsy, beautiful, chilling tales, and your creepy, mysterious settings that take part in the story like an active character. I want scary fantasy stories full of heart; Young Adult version of Akihito Tsukushi’s Made in Abyss, and anything that can comp Hayao Miyazaki.
    • [GIF: Made in Abyss beautiful setting, where people live around a huge hole in the ground, which they call abyss and explore at great costs]

    • I also love contemporary fantasy, fantasy settings based on real world locations, or speculative fiction that mixes read world with fiction. You see, what I really want in fantasy is … again … characters to love!
    • [GIF: Kermit the frog is chilling and drinking his tea]
    • Send me your story if it’s a dark comedy fantasy, like Adachitoka’s Noragami manga.
    • If you have magic, make it unique. Give me the sort of magic that not only colors the plot, but also seeps into characters and their development.
    • Extra bonus points for fantasy that’s based on or inspired by Iranian/Persian culture/settings/tales. Think Hiromu Arakawa’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The author is Japanese, but did her research and wrote a great story and awesome characters based on a novel inspired by an old Persian tale.
    • [GIF: from the anime The Heroic Legend of Arslan, awesome Persian girl in a sword fight with a Persian man who happens to be Aty’s crush *sobs*]
    • For non-Persian Historical Fantasy, I only accept #OwnVoices stories. If you have a historical fantasy that does not take place or feature MCs of your own culture or ethnicity, I’m not the right mentor for you. I make an exception for Persian Historical Fantasy, because I would be able to help you with history and culture. If neither you nor I wholly know and feel for the history of your story, we can’t better it.
    • [GIF: Kermit the frog and Christian Bale are sitting in their cars and looking at each other through the windows. Don’t ask.]
    • I want compelling stories with an interesting cast of characters, and a plot about moral values and humanity. Think Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga. If you have something like this, I’m 100000000% the right mentor for you!
    • [GIF: from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, epic fight between two alchemists]
    • If you have great characters who have a say in the plot, and setting that is well-thought and features realistic class systems like Avatar: The Last Airbender, send me your story, IT IS THE LAW.
    • [GIF: from Avatar: The Last Airbender, MC is flying with two other great characters]
    • For Graphic Novels, I want stories of all genres. I’m looking for unique characters and well-executed concepts. Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, Adachitoka’s Noragami, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul, and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga are some of my favorites. They hurt the right way!
    • [GIF: Adam Levine motioning for you to give me your story. I’m not making this up.]

    Important Notes & Huge + Points

    • I’m looking at novels that have at least a little bit of romance. Your genre doesn’t have to be romance, and the story doesn’t have to be all about romantic relationships, but if you’re submitting to me, your story should have a taste of romance in it–a pinch of love spice is all I need, even if the couple don’t really become a couple! If a romantic relationship is one of the driving forces in your story, whether the genre is romance or not, I’m the right mentor for you.
    • [GIF: from the anime Yuri on Ice, Victor and Yuri share an intimate kiss and MAKE HISTORY.]
    • Female leads! That says it all!
    • Stories with male leads addressing toxic masculinity, and/or crossing gender barriers. Huge bonus point.
    • I’m a particular sucker for anti-heroes. Give me anti-heroes to hate to love and love to hate! Huge + point if they have big development. MAKE ME SUFFER, I’M ASKING YOU TO!
    • [GIF: Kermit the frog evil-laughing]
    • Give me complicated, realistic villains! Villains and antagonists whose motivations are understandable, even if their ways are questionable, are always my thing. Especial bonus point if your villain is female. We need more well-written female villains and antagonists. The ones we can identify with, and love, but we know are wrong in their methods and have just fallen too deep into the dark side. The ones who were once good, but now have lost their way.
    • [GIF: Kuvira from The Legend of Korra, playing with a piece of metal with her metal bending abilities.]
    • Give me the dark and light together! Look, I love happy stories. I do. But an all happy story is not my thing. Conflict is my thing. Dark stories give me the kind of pleasure that happy stories just don’t. I write dark, gritty Young Adult with a lot of conflict, and I want to help my mentee. I love my characters suffering…
    • [GIF: from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nagisa [white-haired pretty boy], saying with a sad face, “I’m sorry, this wasn’t the happiness you desired.”]
    • But keep in mind that I also love my silver lining! Where there is darkness, there should be light. Bittersweet endings are also my thing. So keep this in mind if you want to send your dark stories:
    • [GIF: from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nagisa [the same white-haired pretty boy], saying, “There is always hope.”]
    • #OwnVoices novels hold a special place in my heart. I want stories taking place in Asia or Africa, or with genuine, correct references to Asian and/or African culture, written by Asian or African writers. Stories with black/POC main characters, by black/POC writers. Stories with LGBTQA+ characters, written by people from LGBTQA+ community. I want stories featuring disabled characters, written by disabled writers. I want stories of characters going through things that the writers has felt to the core of their heart. I want your #OwnVoices story. I want to work with marginalized writers of all groups.

    Now…

    • [GIF: Evil Kermit appears in front of Kermit the frog]

    WHAT I AM NOT LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR:

    • The “Not Right For Me” part
    • It DOES NOT mean there is anything wrong with your story, it’s just not right for me if it’s in the following list.
      • High Fantasy
      • Hard Science Fiction
      • Horror
      • Historical [except OwnVoices/Persian Historical fantasy]
      • Regency
      • Fairy Tale Retelling
      • Suspense
      • Inspirational
      • Memoir
      • Natural disasters
      • Erotica
      • Western
      • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but please don’t send me Corona stories …
    • [GIF: Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino casually having tea and staring at each other blankly without a word.]

    HOW I EDIT AND COMMUNICATE

    • In the first round, I will mark up the issues with your plot, character arc and development, opening and ending, relationships, and issues that would need to be revised. I’ll provide you with an edit letter with my opinions and suggestions about how we can make your story better. You will have in-line notes with my opinions and edits, about what I think works really well and what I think should change. It’s totally up to you what suggestions you follow, as it is your story, and I’m only here to help you. You will have some homework for your novel, like forms and charts to fill in for your characters, making scene maps, outlines, etc, depending on your story. We’ll work on your novel in another round of edits after you made the revisions, then a line edit, and we’ll also work on your pitch and query.
    • We’ll be in touch via Twitter and emails. We’ll be in constant communication. We’ll also video chat to discuss our approach to revisions and possible rewrites, if you’re comfortable.
    • I will try not to stalk your Twitter. But I will stalk your Twitter. Be kind to everyone. Encourage people. Then you will be encouraged as well.
    • [GIF: Stephen Colbert and Kermit the frog rejoicing. I’m doing the same.]

    Final Notes:

    1. THIS YEAR I DO ACCEPT NEW ADULT. Just a reminder!
    2. READ THE WISHLIST CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. Please don’t waste one of your mentor slots by submitting something I won’t be the right fit for.
    3. PITCH WARS IS MORE THAN A CONTEST. Many writer friends are just waiting to meet you and become your CPs and that is the greatest gift Pitch Wars gives everyone who enters every year. Find yourself a CP who cares about your work as much as you care about theirs. Find friends who help you, read for you, give you courage and strength in your writing journey. That’s the magic of Pitch Wars: It connects hearts.
    4. BE READY FOR SOME HARD WORK. It’s all about teamwork. A partnership. If I pick you, we are partners.
    5. PLEASE REMEMBER THAN NOT BEING CHOSEN DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT A GOOD ENOUGH WRITER. In the end, no matter how much we love your stories, each of us can only pick ONE mentee. It doesn’t make us happy to say no to many good stories. It’s about falling in love with that one MS, that one MC, that one writer. Never forget that gathering enough courage to take part in the first place is huge, and you are awesome no matter what. Also, you can always find so many awesome writers through #PitchWars tag.
    6. You have questions? Do not hesitate to write to me on Twitter.
    7. You are awesome.
    • [GIF: David Bowie singing “You Are Awesome” and rightfully pointing at you and you alone]

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    Don’t forget to check out the wishlists of the amazing YA mentors this year:

    Pitch Wars 2020 Young Adult Mentors’ Wish Lists

    1. Aiden Thomas (Accepts NA)
    2. Sarvenaz Tash (Accepts NA)
    3. Chloe Gong and Tashie Bhuiyan
    4. Abigail Johnson
    5. Kit Frick and Carlyn Greenwald
    6. Sonora Reyes (Accepts NA)
    7. Laurie Dennison
    8. J.Elle and Emily Golden
    9. Andrea Contos (Accepts NA)
    10. Emily Thiede (Accepts NA)
    11. Amanda Panitch
    12. Allison Saft and Ava Reid (Accepts NA)
    13. Emery Lee (Accepts NA)
    14. Carrie S. Allen and Sabrina Lotfi
    15. Shannon A. Thompson and Sandra Proudman (Accepts NA)
    16. Adiba Jaigirdar and Gabriela Martins
    17. Michaela Greer (Accepts NA)
    18. Tash McAdam
    19. ST Sterlings (Accepts NA)
    20. Maiya Ibrahim and Ayana Gray (Accepts NA)
    21. Meg Long and Xiran Jay Zhao (Accepts NA)
    22. Margie Fuston
    23. Jamie Howard
    24. Nova McBee
    25. Amelia Diane Coombs and Sophie Gonzales (Accepts NA)
    26. Rachel Griffin
    27. Susan Lee and Auriane Desombre (Accepts NA)
    28. Ciannon Smart
    29. Sasha Peyton Smith and Kristin Lambert
    30. Lane Clarke (Accepts NA)
    31. Lyndsay Ely (Accepts NA)
    32. Anna Sortino (Accepts NA)
    33. Jennieke Cohen
    34. Bethany Mangle (Accepts NA)
    35. Sunya Mara (Accepts NA)
    36. Kat Dunn and Daphne Lao Tonge
    37. Sheena Boekweg and Alechia Dow (Accepts NA)
    38. Liz Lawson and Dante Medema (Accepts NA)
    39. Sarah Dass (Accepts NA)
    40. Zach Hines (Accepts NA)
    41. Hoda Agharazi (Accepts NA)
    42. Dawn Ius and April Snellings (Accepts NA)
    43. Kara McDowell and Kimberly Gabriel
    44. Kylie Schachte (Accepts NA)
    45. Deborah Falaye
    46. Rona Wang (Accepts NA)
    47. Becca Mix and Grace Li (Accepts NA)
    48. Aty S. Behsam (Accepts NA)


    Click here to view all Pitch Wars 2020 Mentors’ Wish Lists

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    New Website Is Finally Up

    Category : Announcements

    At last! My website is back and online.

    There will be more changes soon. The gallery is only a selection of my artworks, and other pages need to be updated as well.

    Thank you for your patience.

    ~Aty