University of Iowa

Ami Silber

Ami Silber is a multi-genre author, publishing under her own name as well as the pseudonyms Zoë Archer and Eva Leigh. She has published more than twenty novels in literary fiction and romance. Her novels have been nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and the RT Book Reviews Readers’ Choice Award, and they have won the OCC RWA Book Buyers Best Award. She received the Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers. Her books have also been translated into numerous languages. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and holds an M.A. in Literature from UC San Diego, as well as a B.A. in Pre- and Early Modern Literature from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in Central California with her husband. Learn more about Ami on the web at and

Instructor Events

One of the most essential components of writing and selling fiction is how quickly and strongly you’re able to snare your audience. Having a strong hook is not only a good marketing strategy, it can also improve and strengthen your writing. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to sell our books to readers, agents, editors, and ourselves with highly-crafted, sharply-honed hooks and elevator pitches.

In today’s market, the romance genre is one of the strongest and most enduring forms of fiction, with 2013 sales of over one billion dollars. Readers return again and again to lose themselves in the immersive world of romance. What brings them back and why do they remain loyal to this genre?