September 9 – 10, 2017 | St. Francis College | Brooklyn, NY
Slice’s seventh annual writers’ conference will draw more than 130 agents, authors, editors, and publishing pros. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, poetry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career. But a book deal is just the beginning of a writer’s professional journey. We invite leading professionals to offer trade secrets about how they transform a great story into a bestselling book (and what writers can do to help them get there).
Saturday, September 9, from 10am – 5:40pm and Sunday, September 10, from 10am – 5:40pm. *Plus, a mingle Friday, September 8 and a party Saturday night.
St. Francis College, downtown Brooklyn. For directions, click here. We will be there to greet you at the college entrance, 180 Remsen Street.
*The Friday night mingle and the Saturday night party are off-site.
Twenty-four panels cover the business and the craft of writing, for fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and poetry. We aim to explore the entire journey from the writer’s desk to the bookstore shelf.
We’ve invited today’s top editors, authors, agents, and publishing professionals to share their wisdom at the conference. For a full list of speakers, check out this page.
On Saturday and Sunday, seventeen leading literary agents will be meeting one-on-one with writers who’d like to pitch their work or ask for some input and guidance. Here’s the full list of agents, along with information about the different meeting levels.
We’ve teamed up with Sackett Street Writers to bring you craft classes exclusively designed for the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference. Classes are taught by renowned Sackett Street instructors Rachel Lyon and Tracy O’Neill. These classes are tailored to help writers walk away from their sessions with a fresh perspective on their work and new material for their project. Click here to find out more.
BRIDGING THE GAP AWARDS
Slice Literary is dedicated to bridging the gap between emerging writers and the professional publishing world. This competition is one of many ways we work to achieve that goal. The judges are leading book editors and agents, who are all committed to discovering and championing new voices. Find details about the awards here.
Friday, September 8, 7pm
Please join us for a merry gathering at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street in Brooklyn). Meet fellow writers and gear up for the great weekend ahead. Drinks and snacks available at the cash bar.
Saturday, September 9, 6:30 pm: A Big Party! With a Live Exquisite Corpse Reading
We’ve lined up number-one New York Times bestsellers and literary superstars right alongside some of this year’s biggest debut authors for an Exquisite Corpse unlike any you’ve ever seen. SLICE’s Randy Brown Winston & The Authors Guild’s Paul Morris are serving as hosts for the reading and will keep even the most unruly writers in line!
Here’s how this Exquisite Corpse game works: One author plucks a sentence from a hat and uses that sentence to kick off a story—right there, on the spot. The next author gets the last sentence of the first author’s installment (without hearing anything that preceded it) and continues the story. And so on. The result is a story stitched together, live, right before your eyes, without any preparation, by a group of literary masters (the final lineup will be announced in our conference program).
Location: powerHouse ARENA, 28 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
*Free and open to the public.
Sunday, September 10, 1:40pm to 2:40pm in the St. Francis Cafeteria Lounge
Bridging the Gap Mingle: Cupcakes + Coffee + Chat with the Book Pros
Join us after lunch for a sugar + caffeine rush while meeting some of this year’s conference panelists. We’ll kick off with a few words from Amazon’s author relations director Neal Thompson and spend the rest of the party talking books + writing with a room full of fellow lit lovers. We’ll wrap up the festivities with bookish raffle prizes (everyone who attends is in the drawing) before we all head out to the Sunday afternoon panels.
WHERE TO STAY
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has curated a great list of hotels for Brooklyn visitors to consider. The hotels on their list closest to SLWC are New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Aloft New York Brooklyn, Hotel Indigo Brooklyn, Hampton Inn Downtown Brooklyn, Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel, and the Nu Hotel.
Send your questions to SLICE at info (at) slicemagazine (dot) org.