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LWC}NYC

Literary Writers Conference } New York City

} the conference for the literary writer

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Nov. 10-11, 2016

 

Serious authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry learn how to maneuver in the marketplace every November at CLMP’s Literary Writers Conference taking place at The New School in New York City.

Publishing is a partnership activity made up of multiple partnerships—learn how to forge them and maintain them from leaders in the industry. Featuring a Who’s Who of literary agents, publishing professionals and authors, it’s the conference for the literary writer.

Partners and participants for the Conference include the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Coffee House Press, Emily BooksFolio Literary Management, Henry Holt & Co.Jane Rotrosen AgencyLippincott Massie McQuilkin Literary AgentsLotus Lane LiteraryNational Book Foundation, Poets & WritersThe Song Cave, Trident Media and many, many more.

All conference events will take place at The New School’s Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, located at 55 West 13th Street.

Conference registration includes two working lunches and at least two one-on-one “speed-dating” meetings with literary agents. Registration is capped at 100, so book soon to hold your spot! If you have questions, please email: info@clmp.org.

Thursday, November 10

  • REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN 10:00am – 10:30am
  • QUERY LETTER CLINICS  10:30-11:50am

groups of literary agents give critiques of what can be a first and important introduction for most writers to potential agents and publishers, featuring Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), Katie Grimm (Don Congdon Associates, Inc.), Amanda O’Connor (Trident Media Group), Gina Maccoby (Gina Maccoby Literary Agency), Helen Zimmermann (Zimmermann Literary)

  • LITERARY AGENTS 101  12:00-1:30pm

a distinguished panel of literary agents give sound advice on the best way to get an agent, how to fashion a long and lasting relationship with one, and how to know when it’s time to move on, featuring Renee Zuckerbrot (Lippincott Massie McQuilkin) and others

  • HOW TO GET WORK INTO LIT MAGS 1:30-3:00pm

a working lunch featuring editors from some of America’s most prestigious literary magazines and journals reveal what they look for, how to best approach them, and what not to do

  • LITERARY AGENT SPEED DATING 3-5:00pm

multiple one-on-one meetings with literary agents from many of New York City’s most sought-after agencies from the Association of Authors’ Representatives

  • THE AUTHOR AND HER TEAM 5-6:30pm

featuring Julie Buntin, author of the forthcoming Marlena: A Novel (Henry Holt, April 2017) with her agent Claudia Ballard (William Morris Endeavor), editor Caroline Zancan (Henry Holt), and publicist Leslie Brandon (Henry Holt)

Friday, November 11
  • OPENING LINES CLINICS  10-11:30am

multiple literary agents give advice on the strength of your opening lines and paragraphs — learn what editors and agents make of what you send them (what makes them want to read more and what stops them in their tracks) and get invaluable tips on how to strengthen how your manuscript starts, featuring Diana Finch (Diana Finch Literary Agency), Irene Goodman (Irene Goodman Literary Agency), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), Erin Harris (Folio Literary Management), Sarah LaPolla (Bradford Literary Agency) and others

  • CASE STUDY OF A NOVEL 11:45-1:15pm

featuring novelist Pia Padukone (The Faces of Strangers and Where Earth Meets Water, published by Mira Books) with her agent Priya Doraswamy (Lotus Lane Literary) in a frank discussion of her path to publication

  • CASE STUDY OF A POETRY COLLECTION 11:45-1:15pm

featuring poet Amanda Nadelberg (Songs From a Mountain and Bright Brave Phenomena, published by Coffee House Press; Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married, published by The Song Cave) together with publisher Alan Felsenthal (The Song Cave)

  • CASE STUDY OF A PERSONAL ESSAYS COLLECTION 11:45-1:15pm

featuring essayist Chloe Caldwell (I’ll Tell You in Personpublished by Coffee House Press and Emily Books; WOMEN published by Short Flight/Long Drive; Legs Get Led Astray, published by Future Tense Books) together with editor Emily Gould (Emily Books)

  • NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION SHOWCASE 1:30-3:00pm

working lunch: National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas in conversation with a 2016 “Five Under 35” author

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS: HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANTS, RESIDENCIES, AND LITERARY PRIZES 3-4:00pm

learn strategies for getting money, residencies and prizes from a panel of experts featuring Caroline Crumpacker (The Millay Colony for the Arts) and Bonnie Marcus (Poets & Writers)

  • MAINTAINING A LITERARY LIFE 4:15-5:30pm

a panel of established, successful writers share how they make their livings, how they deal with success and rejection, and how they stay in it for the long haul, featuring Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine and Intimations published by Harper), Emily Gould (And the Heart Says Whatever published by Simon and Schuster; Friendship: A Novel published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and more

Program subject to change.

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Press from past LWC}NYC conferences: Have Writing Degree, Will Travel,” by Molly McQuade (Poetry Foundation); The Business of the Book (Virginia Quarterly Review)

LWC}NYC is organized by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses in collaboration with The Creative Writing Program at The New School.