We’re offering intimate breakaway sessions all weekend where writers can sit down with agents, authors, and editors to discuss everything from pitching to craft. Advanced registration is required for all sessions, with applicable prices listed below.
These sessions are for writers who are working on honing their “pitch” but don’t feel ready to officially pitch an agent at a one-on-one meeting. Two literary agents will guide each round table conversation with space for up to six writers to participate. Each writer will have a chance to “practice their pitch” in a supportive environment and receive real-time feedback from the agents. Writers will also benefit from hearing the agents’ feedback on their peers’ pitches and engage in a group discussion about their work.
Please note these key differences between a one-on-one agent meeting and a Practice Your Pitch workshop:
— The agents will not read a sample of your work in advance.
— These sessions are not the appropriate forum to ask whether an agent would like to consider your work for representation. The goal is to receive feedback on your work in progress in a supportive group environment.
— Depending on the workshop size, each writer will have approximately 5 minutes to present their project. The rest of the hour-long session will be dedicated to agent feedback and group discussion.
Advanced registration is required to participate in a session. Please sign up below.
Practice Your Pitch: Commercial Fiction (agents will be confirmed in March)
Saturday, September 8, 10:00am to 11:10am
Practice Your Pitch: Genre/Crossover Fiction (agents will be confirmed in March)
Saturday, September 8, 11:30am to 12:40pm
Practice Your Pitch: Literary Fiction (agents will be confirmed in March)
Saturday, September 8, 4:30pm to 5:40pm
Active Storytelling: How to Focus Your Story, with Judy Sternlight
Sunday, September 9, 10:00am to 11:10am
To bring a story into focus, a writer has numerous creative options to explore, including points-of-view, character objectives, narrative structures, and endings that resonate. Through a mix of creative brainstorming, role-playing, and craft talk, we’ll explore these Eight Essential Narrative Elements: Story Anchors, POV, Character Objectives/Intentions, Central Storyline (and subplots), Stakes (tension), Sensory Work, Timespan, Endings.
Judy Sternlight was an editor at Random House, Ballantine, and Modern Library. She’s the founder of Judy Sternlight Literary Services and co-founder of 5E, the independent editors’ group. Judy has edited acclaimed writers including Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Gwen Florio, Bret Anthony Johnston, Lisa Ko, Peter Matthiessen, Daniel Menaker, and Melodie Winawer. Prior to publishing, she performed and taught improvisational theater with Some Assembly Required in NYC, touring to numerous theaters, colleges, and clubs. She has taught Active Storytelling at the Center for Fiction in NYC, using literary and theatrical techniques to give writers new tools to strengthen their craft. She has also taught forms of “The Art of Revision” and “The Business of Publishing” at The Miami Writers Institute, Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Grub Street, AWP, Pen + Brush, Paragraph, and The Historical Novel Society.
Break Out of Your Writing Slump: How We Clear the Cobwebs and Get Back to Being Happy About Our Work
Saturday, September 8, 3:00pm to 4:10pm. Sign up here to participate.
Staying on Track: How to Connect with Peers Who Will Help You Revise & Finish Your Manuscript
Sunday, September 9, 11:30am to 12:40pm. Sign up here to participate.
Let’s Talk: Tips & Techniques for Writing Great Dialogue
Sunday, September 9, 4:30pm to 5:40pm. Sign up here to participate.