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Writers Conference

The conference for the serious writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.









DECEMBER 7 & 8, 2017 } THE NEW SCHOOL. Authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—learn how to maneuver in the marketplace as informed, empowered, professional writers. 


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Carefully planned clinics, workshops and panels help you partner with key players in the publishing chain, and offer invaluable feedback on your creative work. Plus, Agent Speed Dating on December 7, 2017 offers meetings with two agents from agencies such as Aevitas Creative ManagementBradford Literary Agency, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.Don Congdon Associates, Fletcher & Company, Folio Literary Management, Frances Goldin Literary AgencyHannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Jane Rotrosen Agency, Janklow & Nesbit AssociatesLotts Agency, Regal Hoffman & AssociatesRoss Yoon AgencySerendipity Literary AgencyTrident Media Group, Union LiteraryWriters House, Zimmermann Literary—included in your registration, which also comes with two lunches and welcome coffee & bagels.

“I live in Kansas City, and while we have a vibrant community of writers here, I felt out of touch with the publishing world in New York. This conference provided all the basics I needed in order to normalize, in my mind, how the publishing industry works in New York. I received insider information in a compact format, presented by successful writers, agents, editors, and publicists who are launching the next generation of literature, right here, right now.”—Lisa Stewart, LWC}NYC alumna


} Featured Speakers

Amanda Annis

Amanda Annis (Trident Media Group) has also worked as a writer, a bookseller, and an editor at several publishers including Penguin Random House, Cambridge University Press, and Love Among the Ruins. Query Letter Clinic } Opening Lines Clinic

Nell Casey

Nell Casey is Editor-at-Large at Catapult. Her work has appeared in The New York Times magazine, Vogue, Elle, Slate, and One Story. She is a founding member of The Moth. The Author and Her Team

Wah-Ming Chang

Wah-Ming Chang is the managing editor at Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull. The Author and Her Team

Caroline Crumpacker

Caroline Crumpacker runs The Millay Colony for the Arts and was a founding poetry editor of Fence. She is currently a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, which published her book Astrobolism in 2016. Opportunities for Writers

Nicole Dewey

Nicole Dewey is Managing Director of Shreve Williams Public Relations. A 20-year publishing veteran, Dewey served for many years as Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Executive Director for Little, Brown and Company. Publicity 101

Adam Eaglin

Adam Eaglin (The Cheney Agency) represents a range of literary fiction and non-fiction, including history, politics, current events, narrative reportage, biography, memoir, and popular science. Winding Up for the Pitch

Diana Finch

Diana Finch opened her own literary agency in 2003 after nearly 18 years with the Ellen Levine Literary Agency. She represents a wide variety of books. Opening Lines Clinic, Winding Up for the Pitch

Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection SUNSHINE STATE (Harper Perennial), the novel BINARY STAR (Two Dollar Radio), and two chapbooks. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City. Case Study of a Personal Essay Collection

Katie Grimm

Katie Grimm (Don Congdon Associates) is a literary agent representing vivid literary fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and graphic novels. Query Letter Clinic

Lisa Grubka

Lisa Grubka (Fletcher & Company) is a literary agent who works with a broad variety of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars, and has represented several New York Times bestsellers. She is interested in literary, upmarket, historical, literary suspense, and YA. Case Study of a Novel

Erin Harris

Erin Harris (Folio Literary Management) is the co-founder and host of H.I.P. Lit, a creative community and monthly event series based in Brooklyn. Literary Agents 101 Query Letter Clinic

Rosamond S. King

Rosamond S. King is Creative Editor of sx salon, President of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, and author of the award-winning scholarly book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination. Poetry publications include the collection Rock | Salt | Stone. Case Study of a Poetry Collection

Jen Kitses

Jennifer Kitses is the author of SMALL HOURS (Grand Central). She has worked for Bloomberg News, Condé Nast Portfolio, and Columbia Business School. Case Study of a Novel

Sarah LaPolla

Sarah LaPolla (Bradford Literary Agency) has also worked in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She represents MG, YA, and Adult fiction. Opening Lines Clinic

Jeffrey Lependorf

Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP’s Executive Director, has over twenty years of experience in development, fundraising, corporate sponsorship, and strategic planning. He currently also serves as “shared Executive Director” to Small Press Distribution. Opportunities for Writers

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica. National Book Foundation Showcase

Bonnie Rose Marcus

Bonnie Rose Marcus, poet, theatre artist, and author of The Luminosity (3:A Taos Press, 2013), joined Poets & Writers in 2000 as Director of the Readings & Workshops Program (East) and Writers Exchange. Opportunities for Writers

Stephen Motika

Stephen Motika is Publisher of Nightboat Books. He is also Artistic Director at Poets House in New York. He is the author of the poetry collection Western Practice and the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono, In the Madrones, and Private Archive. Case Study of a Poetry Collection

Minna Zallman Proctor

Minna Zallman Proctor is Editor of The Literary Review and author of Landslide. She teaches literary translation and creative nonfiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Author and Her Team

Anna Stein

Anna Stein (ICM Partners) represents writers such as Hanya Yanagihara, Maria Semple, Garth Greenwell, and Claire Dederer. } Literary Agents 101

Erin Wicks

Erin Wicks (HarperCollins) acquires narrative fiction and nonfiction for the Harper and Harper Perennial lists. Erin’s interests lie with strong and urgent voices that tell captivating stories through evocative prose. } Case Study of a Personal Essay Collection

Renée Zuckerbrot

Renée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilken) is a CLMP and Slice Magazine Board member, and she serves on PEN’s Membership Committee. } Literary Agents 101


} Schedule

Thursday, December 7

  • 10 AM Welcome, Coffee & Bagels

    Enjoy breakfast and meet other conference participants while learning what the day has in store.
  • 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Query Letter Clinic

    Groups of literary agents will critique your query letters, sharing tips on what they look for (as well as what they hope not to see). Amanda Annis, Katie Grimm, Erin Harris
  • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Literary Agents 101

    Leading literary agents reveal all about not just landing your “dream agent,” but what different kinds of agents are out there and which kind might be best for you. Learn how to approach them, what to ask, what to expect, and what an agent might be looking for in you. Also learn how to navigate existing agent relations. Erin Harris, Anna Stein, Renée Zuckerbrot
  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Working Lunch: Winding Up for the Pitch

    Enjoy a lovely lunch and then take part in a special workshop designed to help you perfect your “elevator pitch”—practice talking about your work as a professional: get them wanting to read your writing, not backing away. Adam Eaglin, Diana Finch
  • 2:45 – 3:45 PM Opportunities for Writers

    Learn about funding and residency opportunities for writers, including how to apply for grants and artist colonies—what panelists look for and how you can present yourself in the best possible way. Caroline Crumpacker, Jeffrey Lependorf, Bonnie Marcus
  • 4:00 – 6:00 PM Agent Speed Dating

    Fiction and nonfiction writers: Meet with an agent from the Association of Author’s Representatives for brief “speed date” style pitch sessions, then meet with another (all full attendees receive two “speed dates”). Poetry writers: meet with editors from literary magazine and poetry presses for brief consultations. All participants practice elevator pitches and perhaps even make connections.


Friday, December 8

  • 10 AM – 11:15 AM Opening Lines Clinic

    An unparalleled opportunity toward selling your work to a publisher: read the opening lines of your manuscript to groups of agents and learn how agents read what you send them, what makes them want to read more, and what stops them in their tracks.Amanda Annis, Diana Finch, Sarah LaPolla, Alexa Stark
  • 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Case Studies

    Authors of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction—together with their agent or editor—discuss what got them to the point of publication and how they work together as a team.
    Case Study of a Novel: Jennifer Kitses (author) and Lisa Grubka (agent), SMALL HOURS (Grand Central)
    Case Study of a Personal Essay Collection: Sarah Gerard (author) and Erin Wicks (editor), THE SUNSHINE STATE (Harper Perennial)
    Case Study of a Poetry Collection: Rosamond S. King (author) and Stephen Motika (editor), ROCK | SALT | STONE (Nightboat Books)
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Working Lunch: National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Showcase

    National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas in conversation with a “5 Under 35” award-winning author.
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM The Author and her Team

    A debut novelist and her publishing team discuss the journey from manuscript to publication. Minna Proctor (author), Nell Casey (editor), Wah-Ming Chang (Catapult Managing Editor); LANDSLIDE (Catapult)
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Publicity 101

    Nicole Dewey, senior partner of legendary publicity firm Shreve Williams imparts the secrets, tips, tricks and strategies behind publicity that works.
  • 5:30 PM Reception

    Enjoy a glass of wine and toast stepping forward on the path to publication.


} Location

The 2017 Literary Writers Conference will take place at The New School’s Wollman Hall, located at 65 West 11th Street in New York City.

Nearby Hotels

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village
52 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Chelsea Inn Hotel
46 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/SoHo
181 Varick St, New York, NY 10014

Nearby Restaurants

Rosemary’s (Italian)
18 Greenwich Ave./10th St.
Murray’s Bagels
500 6th Ave./ 13th St.
Shu Han Ju (Chinese)
465 6th Ave./11th St.
O Café (coffee)
482 6th Ave./12th St.
Bar Six (bistro)
502 6th Ave./12 St.
Formerly Crow’s (pub)
85 Washington Place/btw 6th Ave.
Wash Sq.
Spain (café)
113 W. 13th St.
Cafe Loup (fine dining, bar, literary crowd)
105 W. 13th St./6th Ave.
The Grey Dog (café)
90 University Pl.
Village Natural Restaurant (vegan/vegetarian)
46 Greenwich Ave.

Nearby Bookstores

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St./Lafayette St.
Mast Books
66 Ave.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St
Strand Books
828 Broadway/12th St.
Three Lives
154 W. 10th St./Waverly Pl
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street/ Portland Ave. (B’klyn)

} News
Jennifer Kitses, author of SMALL HOURS, met her agent, Lisa Grubka, at LWC}NYC 2015. Jennifer reflects on her experience of two years ago in anticipation of returning to LWC}NYC in 2017—this time as a featured speaker.