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Friday, April 3
 

9:00am EDT

1A: Social Media Tough Love: Ten Tips for Authors
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Despite the fact that social media has been around for more than a decade, many authors are still resistant to using it, or have qualms in the midst of all the privacy issues and chaos of this world. Or if they are using it, they are using it wrong--pushing books annoyingly at people, targeting other writers instead of readers, or just throwing content out without engaging their audience. Social media is still the best place to reach readers and to help control one's own reputation, especially in an age when publishers aren't going to help much, if at all.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal King

Crystal King

Author, THE CHEF'S SECRET
Crystal King is the author of The Chef's Secret and Feast of Sorrow which was long-listed for the Center of Fiction's First Novel Prize and chosen as a Mass Book Awards Must Read. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

1C: How to Pitch
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Speakers
avatar for Sandy Lu

Sandy Lu

Literary Agent, L. Perkins Agency
Sandy Lu is a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency, which she joined in 2009.She holds BAs in psychology and sociology from Queens College, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Prior to becoming an agent, she attended the Ph.D. Program in Social and Personality Psychology... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

1M: Paths to Publishing: Where Do I Start?
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From seeking your first publication to building your publishing career, it may seem as if there's one "right path" to become an author. In fact, the "best" way to publish is complicated, and different for everyone depending on your project and goals.

Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent helps authors to publish everyday. She will walk you through some of the important considerations to investigate as you discover the best publication path for you. She works closely with publishing industry professionals to get the most current information, and will share with you the ins and outs of publishing today: from self publishing to hybrid to traditional--and everything in between.

Speakers
avatar for Annalisa Parent

Annalisa Parent

Date With the Muse
Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible.A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscience principles, she applies... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Gloucester Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

2A: From "Writer" to "Author": Navigating Your Debut Year(s)
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Congratulations—you’ve sold your first novel. Now what? What can you expect in terms of the editorial process (including those dreaded copy edits and proofreading 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pass pages and beyond), title selection, cover design, publicity and marketing meetings, pre- and post-publication events, launch parties, most-anticipated and best-of lists, social media, book festivals, etc., etc.? No matter whether they’re with a Big Five or an indie press, first-time authors seem to agree that their year is a dizzying and confusing mix of terrifying and exhilarating. Two authors who have successfully made the transition from “writer” to “author” in 2019 share their tips on how best to launch your debut novel without going crazy.

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer

Author, THE AGE OF LIGHT
Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her short fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, The Telegraph, The Tatler, and Bellevue Literary... Read More →
avatar for Angie Kim

Angie Kim

Author, MIRACLE CREEK
Angie Kim is the author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, named a "Best Book of the Year" by Time and Amazon, a Washington Post Summer Read pick, a Top 10 AppleBooks Debut of the Year, and an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick. Kim is one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Storytellers... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

2B: Forming and Publishing an Essay Collection
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The road to publishing an essay collection does not have to be a confusing process. In this workshop we will discuss how to polish single essays for journal submission, shop for journals that are a good fit for your work, and what nonfiction editors look for in submissions. We will then transition to strategies for compiling loose essays into a cohesive collection, including tips for writing between the "gaps" of your pieces, how to use key words as thematic anchors, and overall tips for structuring a strong collection.

Speakers
avatar for Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White

Author, SURVIVOR'S GUILT: ESSAYS ON RACE AND AMERICAN IDENTITY
Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019). Her collection of essays, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity is forthcoming from New Rivers... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

2L: Writing the Synopsis: Essentials, Tips, and Tricks For Crafting a Professional Synopsis
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Speakers
avatar for Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson

Literary Agent, Belcastro Literary Agency
After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. A literary agent for Belcastro Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial. Kaitlyn started her literary journey as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston, and a former agent with Corvisiero Literary Agency. She has written various articles for Writer's Digest and has h... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

3C: The Big Q's: What to Ask Prospective Agents
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So you’ve gotten the e-mail (or the phone call) and the Agent of Your Dreams wants to talk to you about representation. Even if their offer makes you feel like you’ve set an entire kaleidoscope of butterflies free in your stomach, you’ll want to have some questions lined up to hear about their process, the ins and outs of how this whole thing works, and suss out whether you think you’ll have a good working relationship with them. After all, the author-agent relationship is (and should be) a close one and one that hopefully will be the through line of your publishing career. In this class, we’ll be discussing what questions to ask (and why you should be asking them!).

Speakers
avatar for Amy Elizabeth Bishop

Amy Elizabeth Bishop

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. After a short stint as the financial & subrights assistant, she started assisting Jane Dystel, and in addition to managing her own list, now also oversees the office and the interns. Her... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

3D: Polished to Published: Placing Your Short Fiction in Literary Magazines and Small Presses
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Do you have short stories, essays, or poems that have been put through the wringer? Are you ready to take the leap into the submission world? Or perhaps you already have, but acceptances have been hard to come by? 

This session will demystify the submission process and provide specific strategies to maximize your chances at successful publication. From determining when your writing is ready for submission, to learning what parameters editors use to evaluate your work, to familiarizing yourself with the literary journal and small press landscape, you will receive resources, strategies, and tips that will ensure that your submissions are taken seriously. Whether you are working on individual stories or a full manuscript, realist fiction or more experimental work, we will discuss effective approaches to engage with a wide range of publications and ultimately find a home for your writing.

Speakers
avatar for Dariel Suarez

Dariel Suarez

Author, A KIND OF SOLITUDE
Dariel Suarez was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. Dariel’s story collection, A Kind of Solitude, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize... Read More →
avatar for Joy Baglio

Joy Baglio

Fiction Writer & Editor
Joy Baglio's short stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, TriQuarterly, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere, and she's received fellowships and grants from The Corporation of Yaddo... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

3F: Get Out of Your Head: For Writers Considering Self-Publishing
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The thought of becoming a published author is daunting for most writers. We get stuck in our heads. We think we need validation from the “Big 5” to be taken seriously. News flash! You don’t need validation from a major publisher to publish a book.

In this session, writers will learn how to self-publish a professionally bound book in simple steps that are digestible and attainable for every writer. Come learn from a self published author who will share intimate details about the process of publishing and writing. Aspiring published authors will receive step by step instructions on how to turn an idea into a manuscript, the art of choosing a book title, and how to successfully work with designers and copy editors to create an aesthetically pleasing book worthy to be sold in bookstores and on Amazon.

Speakers
avatar for Nakia Hill

Nakia Hill

Author, I STILL DID IT
Nakia currently resides in the South End in Boston. She directs 826 Boston's Writers' Room program supporting K-12 teachers and students. Nakia was named one of seven 2018 Boston Artists-in-Residence by Mayor Marty Walsh. She felt extremely blessed to collaborate with local government... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

3K: Nonfiction Idea Clinic
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In this session, the moderator (an established writer) will offer a brief preamble of the art of the non-fiction idea. Then, you will get two minutes to share your own idea for a non-fiction book for the audience, the moderator, and a panel of experts. The experts are agents, editors and publicists with years of experience working with non-fiction writers to turn their book proposals into reality and to promote them in the marketplace. After you read your idea (preferably from a text you have prepared and brought with you!), the agents and editors will ask you follow-up questions and troubleshoot your idea. You will discuss issues of platform, expertise, the viability of the idea itself, and other elements of the non-fiction market.

Please note that presenters will be chosen at random from names submitted in a hat at the start of the session. Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that your name will be called. This is a fun event that aims to be respectful of your idea and illuminate the process a writer goes through when she is developing an idea with an agent and/or editor. The point is not to get through as many writers as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate your ideas and offer concrete suggestions from which all could benefit. Though most people will be reading ideas for full-length books, you may also read an idea for a feature story or article to assess its viability with the panel of experts.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Papin

Jessica Papin

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Jessica Papin first joined DG&B in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined DG&B... Read More →
avatar for Linda K. Wertheimer

Linda K. Wertheimer

Author, Faith Ed.
Linda K. Wertheimer, a veteran journalist and a Grub Street instructor, is the author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance, published by Beacon Press in August 2015. Faith Ed, which grew out of a nonfiction proposal she wrote in a Finding Your Book course... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Straus

Jonah Straus

Literary Agent, Straus Literary
Jonah Straus is founder of Straus Literary, a boutique literary agency based in San Francisco with an office in New York. He specializes in literary fiction, journalism, history, narrative nonfiction, and the culinary arts.Jonah got his start in publishing in the warehouse of Atrium... Read More →
avatar for Annie Hwang

Annie Hwang

Literary Agency, Ayesha Pande Literary
Before joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Annie began her career at Folio Literary Management where she had the pleasure of working with debut and seasoned authors alike. As a former journalist, Annie possesses a keen editorial eye which she brings to her approach to agenting, taking... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

3:30pm EDT

4E: Researching and Choosing Agents to Query
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You've spent years of hard work writing and revising your first book, and it is time to begin looking for an agent. You have a query letter with a great hook and your first twenty pages sparkle. Now it's time to create a well-researched list of agents to query.

A carefully-curated agent list can save you both time and the pain of multiple rejections. Using online tools such as the Publishers Marketplace database and Query Tracker, I'll show you how to research agents, how to whittle down the list, and tips on how to plan your querying strategy.

Please bring your questions and titles of contemporary books similar to yours in genre, voice, and plot. If time permits, we will use these to demonstrate how to begin your research during the session.


Speakers
avatar for Louise Miller

Louise Miller

Author, THE LATE BLOOMERS' CLUB
Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef living in Boston, MA. Her debut novel, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living was selected as an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association, a Library Reads pick by Librarians across the U.S., and was shortlisted by the America... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor

3:30pm EDT

4J: Show Me the Money: The (Surprisingly Lucrative) World of Freelance Writing
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"Writing?" your relatives ask you, a look of pity in their eyes. "Can you really make enough money to get by?"

You can do a whole lot more than that.

While much of the current discussion around freelance writing centers on stagnant word-rates and shrinking editorial budgets at major magazines, the happy truth is that a talented and hard-working writer can earn an income well into the six figures. The trick is to look beyond the newsstand and search out lucrative, unadvertised opportunities in high-demand sectors like technology, business, healthcare, and even the nonprofit world. Organizations in these fields often have an insatiable demand for new content, along with the sorts of budgets that -- for a disciplined writer -- can result in thousands of dollars of work per week.

This session will cover how to identify, seek out, and create new opportunities, as well as how to quickly build up expertise in areas of high demand.

Speakers
avatar for Calvin Hennick

Calvin Hennick

Author, ONCE MORE TO THE RODEO
Calvin Hennick's debut memoir, Once More to the Rodeo received the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award. His essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications, including Yahoo Parenting, Parent & Child, Esquire, Runner's World, Bellevue Literary Review, and The... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Cambridge Room - 4th Floor

3:30pm EDT

4K: The Poet's Marketplace
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Prose-writers often speak of agents and synopses and book proposals, but what do you do if you're a poet? How do find enthusiastic audience for your poetry, whether in submitting collections to presses and contests, networking with editors, or building an audience poem by poem? Join this lively discussion among prominent poetry editors, publishing staff, active community members, and fellow successful poets about an opaque but vital topic: the "marketplace" of poetry. You'll leave with a clearer understanding of this landscape, and how to proceed in finding the readers you'll connect with most.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Charis-Molling

Erica Charis-Molling

Education Director, Mass Poetry
Erica Charis-Molling is a poet, educator, and librarian. Her writing has been published in Crosswinds, Presence, Glass, Anchor, Vinyl, Entropy, and Mezzo Cammin and is forthcoming in Redivider. She has taught workshops at the Boston Public Library and online courses for Berklee Online... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Darling

Kristina Darling

Author, DIFFICULT: ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST POETRY
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-four books, including DIFFICULT: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry (Black Ocean, forthcoming); Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle (Akron Poetry Series, forthcoming); Angel of the North (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming... Read More →
avatar for Martha Rhodes

Martha Rhodes

Author, THE THIN WALL
Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall (Pitt Poetry Series, 2017). She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a guest editor at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Colrain... Read More →
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Poet, STORMS BENEATH THE SKIN
Regie Gibson, has lectured and performed in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. In Italy, representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award (Monfalcone) & the Europa en Versi Award (LaGuardia di Como). Himself & his work appear in love jones: a feature-film... Read More →
avatar for Frances Donovan

Frances Donovan

Poet, MAD QUICK HAND OF THE SEASHORE
Frances Donovan’s chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore (Reaching Press, 2018) was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. Publication credits include The Rumpus, Snapdragon, and SWWIM. She holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University, is a certified Poet Educator... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor
 
Saturday, April 4
 

9:00am EDT

5C: #QueryTips: Demystifying the Query Process
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The act of querying can feel dizzying, confusing, overwhelming, [insert panicked adjective here]. In #QueryTips, you’ll learn about common mistakes to avoid with your queries, suggestions on where to find the right agent, and ways to make your query stand out. Take heart: querying just might be simpler than you think!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Elizabeth Bishop

Amy Elizabeth Bishop

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. After a short stint as the financial & subrights assistant, she started assisting Jane Dystel, and in addition to managing her own list, now also oversees the office and the interns. Her... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Statler Room - Mezzanine Level

9:00am EDT

5F: Getting Read, Noticed, and Understood on Sensitive Topics in Impossibly Polarized Times
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Learn to take the heat and take charge when taking a stand on hot-button issues, like politics, culture, gender, and race. This skill is more important than ever in today's polarized climate. Silence is a temptation, but not an option. Mary C. Curtis, award-winning journalist, columnist and essayist, will share how to add your voice - and change the narrative - to the never-ending debate on issues that matter, while keeping your sanity and the worst of the critics at bay, and offer tips on how to craft writing that is marketable to a variety of publishing outlets, no matter their particular persuasion. Yes, there are ways that may not get readers or editors to agree, but may lead them to grudging respect. Bring an idea and be prepared to explain it, defend it, and get readers to care. Walk away with a one-page sheet of never miss writing essentials.

Speakers
avatar for Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis

Columnist, Roll Call
Mary C. Curtis, a columnist at Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, CNN, The Root, ESPN's The Undefeated and talks politics on WCCB-TV in Charlotte. Curtis... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Beacon Hill Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5H: How to Think About Comparison & Competing Titles
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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Papin

Jessica Papin

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Jessica Papin first joined DG&B in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined DG&B... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

9:00am EDT

5K: Hybrid Publishing: How It Works and What It's Like
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Hybrid Publishing is hotter than ever, giving authors more control over their destiny. But what happens after the books are printed? Learn how Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, award-winning author of Eden (She Writes Press, 2017) and The Nine (She Writes Press Aug ’19) chose hybrid publishing, and assembled a team to create buzz, find traction, and achieve her dream of connecting with readers. She'll teach you how to evaluate a hybrid press, what to look for in a publicist, and what you’ll have to do on your own. Coming off a three-year journey, she'll also discuss her strategies for social media, breaking into book stores, and getting reviewed.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Blasberg

Jeanne Blasberg

Author, THE NINE
Jeanne Blasberg is the author of The Nine and Eden, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Eden was released in May 2017... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

6A: Query Clinic: Live Feedback on Query Letters
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***Important: Please read this description carefully before signing up, and bring all necessary materials to the session.***

Most agencies receive at least a hundred query letters each week, yet respond positively to a very select few. Do you know the secrets to writing a winning query? Do you want to know the most common reasons for rejection? In this session, two agents will give direct feedback on audience query letters and use them as examples to discuss both effective and ineffective strategies for getting an agent or editor interested in your work. The goal will be to make your query letters as powerful as possible. If you want your query letter considered, please bring a ONE-PAGE hard copy to the session. Query letters will be chosen at random by a volunteer and put on an overhead projector. After your query letter is read by the agents and the audience, the agents will discuss it, troubleshoot, and offer advice that is both specific to your project and general enough for the rest of the audience to benefit. Given the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee that your query letter will be read. The point is not to get through as many queries as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate your ideas and offer concrete suggestions from which all will benefit.

Speakers
avatar for Sorche Fairbank

Sorche Fairbank

Literary Agent, Fairbank Literary
A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author's Guild, the Agents Round Table, PEN, and Grub Street's Literary Advisory Council, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily in its seventeenth year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

10:15am EDT

6C: Social Media Hack: Utilizing Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to Authentically Engage (and Not Annoy) Readers
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Whether you love it, loathe it, or have yet to even join it, social media is a necessary, effective, and FREE tool you can use to meet and connect with readers. Having a solid platform on social media and a legion of loyal followers will not only make you more attractive to agents and publishers, it will also ultimately help you sell more books regardless if you go the indie or traditional path. 

Join authors (and self-confessed social media addicts) Jenna Blum and Sara DiVello as they share their favorite hacks on how to build your author brand on all three social platforms (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and authentically engage with your community/followers. They will share the unique pros of cons of each platform and demystify how you can powerfully leverage each to best meet your goals. You'll have the chance to craft & share a post in-class for feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Sara DiVello

Sara DiVello

Author, WHERE IN THE OM AM I?
Sara DiVello is the author of the best-selling book Where in the OM Am I? One Woman’s Journey from the Corporate World to the Yoga Mat, NIEA winner for Best Memoir, selected by Shape Magazine as a best book, and chosen by Working Mother as one of the top eight memoirs of the year... Read More →
avatar for Jenna Blum

Jenna Blum

Author, THOSE WHO SAVE US
Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us (Harcourt, 2002) and The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010) and novella “The Lucky One” in the collection Grand Central (Berkeley/ Penguin, 2014). Jenna is also the author of the audiobook... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

6D: Your Nonfiction Book Proposal: Key Questions to Answer
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You may have been told that a nonfiction book proposal is a marketing tool, and it is. But it is also a narrative about why your book should be published. To tell this story, you will need to answer important questions: Why are you telling this story? Why is this book important now? Who is your ideal reader? What books do your readers already love and why?

In this session, we’ll talk about how the answers to these question will help you craft every section of a proposal so that it is more compelling. These answers can even help you sharpen the focus of your book and create the outline of chapters. We will look at excerpts from successful proposals and discuss how the writers answered these questions to build their proposals.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Seaton

Michelle Seaton

Author, CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Michelle Seaton’s short fiction has appeared in One Story, Harvard Review, Sycamore Review, and The Pushcart Anthology among others. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Robb Report, Bostonia, Yankee Magazine, The Pinch and Lake Effect. Her essay, “How to Work a Locker... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levine

Paul Levine

Literary Agent, Paul S. Levine Literary Agency
Paul S. Levine “wears two hats”–he is a lawyer and a literary agent.Mr. Levine has practiced entertainment law for over 38 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Newbury Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

6J: How to Be a Great Publishing Partner: The Author’s Job as Industry Insiders See It
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Congratulations! You’ve put in the work, have written an amazing book, and found a wonderful publisher. Most aspiring authors dealing with the challenges of the craft and finding an agent haven’t thought beyond this point-- and yet there is still a lot of work to do. In a no-holds-barred, lively conversation, literary agent Stéphanie Abou and acclaimed author Christopher Castellani will informally walk through the dos and don’ts of life after a book deal, to help make you the best partner to your publishing team.

Examples of Possible Topics (with questions and real life situations to illustrate):
*What is your agent's role after selling your book? What exactly do they do?
*What does your editor do (besides edit), and how can you partner with them effectively?
*What are the most effective ways to communicate with your agent, editor, and your publishing team?
*Publicity is key, but what does that (holistically) mean?
*I'm struggling to complete a non-fiction work sold on proposal, or struggling to make revisions. What should I do?
*Tips on what NOT to do

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Abou

Stephanie Abou

Literary Agent, Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents
Stéphanie Abou is an agent with Massie McQuilkin Literary Agents. Originally from Paris, where she completed a Master’s in Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne, she decided to make a career out of her passion for literature after an internship at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani

Author, LEADING MEN
Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, is forthcoming from Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction, and three other novels. Christopher works as artistic director of GrubStreet, was a... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

7D: How to Publish (and Promote) Your Book on Your Terms
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After the hard work of writing and editing (and editing) the writer faces another question: how to put the work out into the world on his or her or their own terms. In this session, we'll talk about how to make sure you create the publishing experience you want, by conducting a self-inventory of your publishing needs. Topics will include: expanding your options, defending your rights, dealing with rejection, and choosing your battles. 

Helpfully, the instructor has published with huge presses and tiny presses and everything in between. He also makes DIY books. And he has screwed up many times in his career, so you can reap the benefit of his idiocy. Strap in. This is gonna be fun. 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Almond

Steve Almond

Author, WILLIAM STONER AND THE BATTLE FOR THE INNER LIFE
Steve Almond is the author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, the Best American... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Statler Room - Mezzanine Level

1:45pm EDT

7I: Public Speaking for Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

As your writerly prominence grows, opportunities to read, present, and promote your work in public become ever-more important. In this interactive class, participants will learn how to enunciate, project, and command a room. With examples from prose and poetry, participants will learn the importance of speaking with confidence to engage various audiences. You'll craft a basic 30-second elevator pitch of your work and receive helpful critiques. Come ready to listen, read, discuss the art of public speaking, and expect to leave with improved presentation skills and boosted confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Shirley Jones-Luke

Shirley Jones-Luke

Essayist
Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms Luke lives in the Dorchester section of Boston. Shirley is an English teacher for the Boston Public Schools. She teaches ELA and Humanities at the middle and high school levels. Ms. Luke is also a public speaker. Shirley has spoken at... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

7K: First Page Clinic
Limited Capacity full

Important: Please read this description carefully before signing up, and bring all necessary materials to the session if you wish to have your work read aloud.

In this session, four seasoned authors -- who, among them, have published over twenty-five books of fiction and non-fiction -- will offer on-the-spot concrete advice on the first page of your novel, short story, memoir, or personal essay. First pages will be chosen randomly and read aloud by a volunteer.

Over the course of the hour, each author will also read an published first page (possibly one of his/her own) and discuss what makes it work, and/or the decisions they made to get it to its final form.

Please bring FIVE COPIES of THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, to the session, TITLED, with its GENRE marked clearly at the top. STAPLE the copies together into a packet. You will leave the packet in a box at the front of the room, and it will be chosen randomly by the reader. (Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that yours will be read aloud).

Speakers
avatar for Mameve Medwed

Mameve Medwed

Author, OF MEN AND THEIR MOTHERS
Mameve Medwed--Bangor, Maine's other writer--is the author of five novels, Mail, Host Family, The End of an Error, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life, Of Men and Their Mothers. Her short stories, essays, book reviews have appeared in, among others, The New York Times, The... Read More →
avatar for Sebastian Stuart

Sebastian Stuart

Author, THE MENTOR
Sebastian Stuart's novels include: The Mentor, a Book of the Month Club selection; The Hour Between, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award and an NPR Season's Reading selection; and To the Manor Dead. He has co-written a national bestseller published in 8 languages, 24-Karat Kids; and... Read More →
avatar for Rishi Reddi

Rishi Reddi

Author, PASSAGE WEST
Rishi Reddi is the author of the forthcoming novel Passage West, scheduled for release in April 2020. Set in California’s Imperial Valley at the onset of WWI, it tells the tale of Punjabi sharecroppers, their Mexican relatives, Japanese neighbors, and Anglo friends at a time of... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

3:30pm EDT

8D: Don’t Send Your Query Letter in a Box of Doughnuts, and Other Stories: How NOT to Become an Anecdote When Submitting Your Work to Agents
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In this query letter and pitch-focused workshop, we’ll explore all the ways, good and bad, authors can get noticed by agents. From pitching an agent in the restroom at a conference (don’t!) to having a great elevator pitch (do!) we’ll give you all the secrets to a stellar submission that will have agents talking…in a good way!

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Howland

Carrie Howland

Literary Agent, Howland Literary
Carrie Howland founded Howland Literary, LLC in 2018, after thirteen years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary.Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various... Read More →
avatar for Cassie Mannes Murray

Cassie Mannes Murray

Literary Agent, Howland Literary
Cassie Mannes Murray is a literary agenting at Howland Literary. While representing brilliant authors, Cassie also designs for Ecotone Magazine and Lookout Books, writes book reviews and interviews authors for Raleigh Review, and is completing her MFA in creative nonfiction at UNCW.Her... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

3:30pm EDT

8J: Agents and Editors of Color Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Join a lively and vital discussion among prominent authors, literary agents, and editors of color as we share experiences of issues we've uniquely encountered in our projects and our careers. Get advice on what you might expect in your own career and how to navigate it. The talk will build on ideas discussed in previous Writers of Color Roundtable, but all attendees are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Aemilia Phillips

Aemilia Phillips

Literary Agent, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
Aemilia Phillips joined Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency after completing the Columbia University Publishing Course. She graduated from Harvard University with high honors, and is putting her English degree to good use in the world of publishing, working with a range of fiction and... Read More →
avatar for Kiana Nguyen

Kiana Nguyen

Literary Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Kiana Nguyen joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2016, where she assisted several agents, and is now building her own client list. She is seeking YA fiction across genres, particularly those with POC and queer voices. She is also interested in Adult romance and domestic suspense... Read More →
avatar for Amber Oliver

Amber Oliver

Editor, Harper & Harper Perennial
Amber Oliver is an assistant editor at Harper and Harper Perennial. Amber has published Lambda Literary Award winner, Claire O’Dell’s A Study in Honor and The Hound of Justice and has forthcoming titles such as Robin Page’s Small Silent Things, Lee Matalone’s Home Making... Read More →
avatar for Emi Ikkanda

Emi Ikkanda

Editor, Seal Press
Emi Ikkanda is the Senior Editor at Seal Press, an imprint at Basic Books / Hachette. She previously worked at Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House and at Henry Holt & Company / Macmillan. She acquires books on current and global affairs, social justice, race, feminism, history... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon

Author, DON'T ASK ME WHERE I'M FROM
Born in the Boston area to Guatemalan parents, Jennifer De Leon is the author of the novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Simon & Schuster/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). She graduated... Read More →
avatar for Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley

Author, COWBOYS AND EAST INDIANS
Nina McConigley is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and an MA from the University of Wyoming... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level
 
Sunday, April 5
 

10:15am EDT

9A: What Booksellers Want Writers to Know
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It’s happened to every author at some point: the bookstore event with the stack of your books and one person in the audience. While there are no guaranteed formulas, there are sound ways to build relationships with bookstores! Booksellers are an author's front-line sales team who know their customers and hand-sell books they love. We’ll cover ways to connect with, and support, indie bookstores to help them help you!

Get insider tips on how stores choose and market the books they shelve while working with authors and publishers to promote new titles. Gearing up for a bookstore event? Learn what to expect before, during, and after your event and how to make your events part of the narrative of your writing identity.

Whether you’re pre-published or an established author, you'll learn marketing strategies to increase your audience and partner with your local indies to up your odds of success.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Pottern Hoch

Allison Pottern Hoch

Fiction Writer
Allison Pottern Hoch is a writer and marketing coach with over a decade of experience in marketing, publicity, sales, and event planning. She spent four years promoting academic titles at The MIT Press before she went to work for Wellesley Books as a bookseller and event coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Leah DeCesare

Leah DeCesare

Author, FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS
Leah DeCesare is the award-winning author of Forks, Knives, and Spoons. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Eligible Magazine, Simply Woman, The International Doula, and The Key, among others. Leah is the cofounder of the nonprofit, Doulas of Rhode Island, and she... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Cambridge Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

9B: Query Letter Skills
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Description coming soon!

Speakers
avatar for Christina Morgan

Christina Morgan

Literary Agent, Serendipity Literary Agency
Christina Morgan has over ten years experience in the book publishing industry. She worked as an agency assistant at Curtis brown Ltd. and at Harpercollins and HMH. She specializes in adult literary fiction and nonfiction and some young readers projects. She also loves a good mystery... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

9H: Don't Just Try to Please Me: On Incorporating Editorial Feedback (Or Not)
Limited Capacity seats available

After months (and often years) of toil, blood and tears, the writer finally shares the work. This triumphant moment inevitably tilts toward anxiety. What has been an intimate conversation between the mind and the computer screen is now opened up to others: a professional editor, literary agent, or perhaps fellow writers in a writing group. The vulnerability often causes authors to surrender to the (over)eagerness to please those responding to their work. This might result in writer's block/paralysis, finished work that feels choppy, or a manuscript that is disconnected from the writer's original imagination.

This discussion will offer the best practices for a writer on how to thoughtfully incorporate suggestions from others, effectively push back on feedback that is off base, and distinguish between a resistant ego and a true creative impulse.

Speakers
avatar for Cherise Fisher

Cherise Fisher

Literary Agent, Wendy Sherman Associates
Cherise Fisher began her career in publishing as the assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Dell Publishing a month after graduating from Yale University. Over the course of her twenty-five year career as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster and the Editor in Chief of Plume (an imprint... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor

10:15am EDT

9K: Literary Idol: Nonfiction Focus
Limited Capacity seats available

Important: Please read this description carefully before signing up, and bring all necessary materials to the session if you wish to have your work read aloud.

In this freewheeling session, a trained actor will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript -- in this case, a work of non-fiction, including memoir and personal essay -- for the audience and a panel of three judges. The judges are agents and editors with years of experience reading unsolicited submissions. When one of the judges hears a line that would make her stop reading, she will raise her hand. The actor will keep reading until a second judge raises his hand. The judges will then discuss WHY they would stop reading, and offer concrete (if subjective) suggestions to the anonymous author. If no agent raises his/her hand, the judges will discuss what made the excerpt work so well. All excerpts will be evaluated anonymously, though, at the end of the session, a winner will be chosen from the group of excerpts that did not elicit any raised hands, and that winner will receive a free Grub Street membership. Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript, double-spaced, to the session, TITLED, with its GENRE marked clearly at the top. You will leave it in a box at the front of the room, and the manuscript will be chosen randomly by the reader. (Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that yours will be read aloud).

This is a fun event that aims to be respectful of your work and illuminate the process an agent/editor goes through when she receives a new piece of fiction. The point is not to get through as many writers as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate the work at hand and offer concrete suggestions from which all could benefit. Please be aware that some lines may cause laughter or scorn; in other words, this session is not for the thin-skinned!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Scovel

Lauren Scovel

Literary Agent, Laura Gross Literary Agency
Lauren grew up outside of Seattle and graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. She began her publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth... Read More →
avatar for E. Dolores Johnson

E. Dolores Johnson

Author, SAY I'M DEAD
E. Dolores Johnson’s writing on race has appeared in Narratively, the Buffalo News, the Writers of Color Anthology, Lunch Ticket and Pangyrus. Her multi-generational memoir in progress on mixed race life (Say I’m Dead) is looking for its publisher. She has done readings at Boston’s... Read More →
avatar for Helene Atwan

Helene Atwan

Director, Beacon Press
Helene Atwan is the Director of Beacon Press, an independent non-profit book publisher founded in 1854. She began her publishing career in 1976 at Random House in New York as an assistant editor in their College Division, before moving to Alfred A. Knopf in 1977 as a publicity associate... Read More →
avatar for Sonali Chanchani

Sonali Chanchani

Literary Agent, Folio Literary Management
Sonali Chanchani is an associate agent at Folio Literary Management, where she represents character-driven upmarket and literary fiction with a strong, distinctive voice. In particular, she’s drawn to smart women’s fiction; quirky, heartfelt family stories; nuanced psychological... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Lopez

Ashley Lopez

Literary Agent, Waxman Literary Agency
Ashley Lopez joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2015. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is a founder and the Managing Editor of Pigeon Pages Literary Journal. Ashley is looking for literary and young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

11:45am EDT

10A: Media Training: Being Your Best at Readings, On Radio, and On Television
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It's never too early or too late to prepare for your time in the spotlight, especially as you're building a long career as a professional writer. This session will teach you the most important elements to focus on when publicizing your work and representing yourself on TV and radio interviews, and at readings. 

As part of a lively critique session, we will show clips of authors in a variety of situations and invite participation in a discussion on what works to engage an audience and sell books. Topics include: What to avoid at all costs (behaviors, language, gestures, appearance); how to get your message across while plugging your work graciously; how to hide nerves and find the right mind-set; how to connect with an interviewer; and how to handle tricky questions/situations.

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin

Author, GIRL SENT AWAY
Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd is the author of the acclaimed novels Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) and Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster, 2010), and the parenting guide Negotiation Generation (Penguin, 2017). Her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in Solstice... Read More →
avatar for Katrin Schumann

Katrin Schumann

Author, THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY
Katrin Schumann is the author of the Washington Post bestseller The Forgotten Hours, and This Terrible Beauty, a recently released novel about art, politics and love set in communist East Germany, as well as numerous nonfiction titles. She teaches writing at GrubStreet, was an instructor... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Cambridge Room - 4th Floor

11:45am EDT

10G: How to Sell a Memoir If You Aren’t a Celebrity or a Politician
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Arguably, memoir is the toughest genre to sell. Two dozen agents told me my memoir was beautifully written but that no publisher would buy it because I wasn’t a celebrity. Instead of getting discouraged, I retooled my approach, found an agent, and got a publishing deal. 

In this session, I’ll reveal how I turned things around by identifying and amplifying themes that resonated with current cultural conversations. We'll broaden the scope with examples of other memoir successes by non-celebrity authors, such as Educated, Sick, and Maid. Extensive handouts highlight passages where these writers connected their prose to a broader conversation as well as positioned themselves as credible voices with valuable insights to share. By the end of the session, you’ll see your writing from a new perspective. And you’ll walk away with concrete examples for how to communicate what's urgent and important about your nonfiction writing to agents and editors.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Guthrie

Catherine Guthrie

Author, FLAT
Catherine Guthrie is a memoirist and an award-winning magazine journalist. Her new memoir, FLAT: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer, debuted in September 2018 from Skyhorse Publishing. Catherine is a graduate of GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator (class of 2014-15) and is the first... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor

11:45am EDT

10I: Resilience on the Winding Road to Book Publication
Limited Capacity seats available

The road to publication can be challenging, disappointing, and take longer than we want. Hear from two authors who debuted books at mid-life in conversation about how they maintained their motivation and developed resilience amidst invisibility, rejection, and self-doubt on the road to writing and publishing. 

We will do a brief writing exercise and discuss approaches to maintaining positivity, remembering why you write, and building a supportive writing community.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Braxton

Lisa Braxton

Author, THE TALKING DRUM
Lisa Braxton is an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Her debut novel, The Talking Drum, is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in May 2020.She is also a “debutante,” one of five debut novelists chosen for the Debutante Ball, a group blog for authors making their debut... Read More →
avatar for Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan

Author, THE BODY PAPERS
Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. As a toddler, she came to the US with her parents from the Philippines. She grew up in New England and became a US citizen in her twenties. She thought she was going to be a physician, like her parents, but while... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Newbury Room - 4th Floor

11:45am EDT

10J: Writing on Your Own Terms: How to Start, Promote, and Maintain a Compelling Blog
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For many of us writers, we often fall into the routine of writing amazing poetry and prose without it ever being read, and become discouraged when our work is rejected from countless literary journals and magazines. Well, what if I told you there's a way to publish your work on your terms, promote it the way you want, any one in the world can read it, and you'll have an online presence. Drum Roll...start a blog!

Through her experiences, Serina will give essential tips and resources on how to build and track your blog using WordPress and Google Analytics, how to find your niche topic, how you can make money off blogging, and how your blog can make you a stronger writer. She'll also share pros and cons to publishing your work, how to protect your work from plagiarism, copyright policies, how your blog can grant you opportunities, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Serina Gousby

Serina Gousby

Nonfiction Writer & Poet
Serina Gousby is the founder of her lifestyle blog, The Rina Collective, where she posts reflective, literary, and pop culture essays. She is the Development Associate and Boston Writers of Color Group Coordinator at GrubStreet, and Events Chair on her alumni council board at Suffolk... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor

11:45am EDT

10L: Literary Idol: Fiction Focus
Limited Capacity filling up

Important: Please read this description carefully before signing up, and bring all necessary materials to the session if you wish to have your work read aloud.

In this freewheeling session, a trained actor will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished fiction manuscript for the audience and a panel of three judges. The judges are agents and editors with years of experience reading unsolicited submissions. When one of the judges hears a line that would make her stop reading, she will raise her hand. The reader will keep reading until a second judge raises his hand. The judges will then discuss WHY they would stop reading, and offer concrete (if subjective) suggestions to the anonymous author. If no judge raises his/her hand, the judges will discuss what made the excerpt work so well. All excerpts will be evaluated anonymously, though, at the end of the session, a winner will be chosen from the group of excerpts that did not elicit any raised hands, and that winner will receive a free GrubStreet membership. Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript (fiction only, please) double-spaced, to the session, TITLED, with its GENRE marked clearly at the top. You will leave it in a box at the front of the room, and the manuscript will be chosen randomly by the reader. (Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that yours will be read aloud).

This is a fun event that aims to be respectful of your work and illuminate the process an agent goes through when she receives a new piece of fiction. The point is not to get through as many writers as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate the work at hand and offer concrete suggestions from which all could benefit. Please be aware that some lines may cause laughter or scorn; in other words, this session is not for the thin-skinned!

Speakers
avatar for Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson

Author, KICKFLIP BOYS
I'm the author of Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood, which goes on sale May 15, 2018. I've written four other books -- biographies and narrative nonfiction -- and have blabbed about those on ESPN, the History Channel, PBS, C-Span, Fox, TNT... Read More →
avatar for Steve Woodward

Steve Woodward

Editor, Graywolf Press
Steve Woodward is an editor at Graywolf Press, where he has edited books of literary fiction and nonfiction by authors including Anna Burns, Jamel Brinkley, Eliane Brum, Mark Doten, Daisy Johnson, Benjamin Percy, Susan Steinberg, Esmé Weijun Wang, and others. Authors he has worked... Read More →
avatar for Cherise Fisher

Cherise Fisher

Literary Agent, Wendy Sherman Associates
Cherise Fisher began her career in publishing as the assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Dell Publishing a month after graduating from Yale University. Over the course of her twenty-five year career as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster and the Editor in Chief of Plume (an imprint... Read More →
avatar for Christina Morgan

Christina Morgan

Literary Agent, Serendipity Literary Agency
Christina Morgan has over ten years experience in the book publishing industry. She worked as an agency assistant at Curtis brown Ltd. and at Harpercollins and HMH. She specializes in adult literary fiction and nonfiction and some young readers projects. She also loves a good mystery... Read More →
avatar for Bibi Lewis

Bibi Lewis

Literary Agent, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Bibi Lewis is a literary agent at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency where she represents Children's fiction and nonfiction and adult fiction. A contract nerd through and through, Bibi manages subsidiary rights for the agency as well. She was born and raised in NYC.She is looking... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level