Donald Maass


Donald-Maass-photoDonald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996),Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009), The Breakout Novelist (2011), Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012) and The Emotional Craft of Fiction (2019).  He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.


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2020 Appearances & Workshops

January 27-February 2
BONI Graduate Learning Retreat
Sarasota, FL
March 10-11
London Book Fair
London, UK
April 6-12
Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop 2.0
Hood River, OR
June 1-7
BONI Graduate Learning Retreat
Austin, TX
July 7-8
ThrillerFest XV – Master Class + CraftFest
International Thriller Writers
September 18-20
Alaska Writers Guild Conference 2010
Anchorage, AK
September 24
Pacific Northwest Writers Conference 2020 – Master Class
Seattle, WA
September 25-26
Women’s Fiction Writers Association Writing Retreat 2020
Albuquerque, NM
October 2
Write on the Sound
Edmonds, WA
October 15-18
Sacramento, CA
October 22-25
Surrey International Writers Conference + Masterclass
Surrey, BC
November 6-8
Breakthrough Novel Weekend
Portland, OR