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The conference for serious writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
 
LWC}NYC 2018 CLMP Literary Writers Conference NYC the New School

Learn. Professionalize. Connect.

December 5-6, 2019 | The New School | New York City

Full registration for LWC}NYC is $350 and includes—for literary fiction and creative nonfiction writers—two days of panels and two meetings with agents during the Agent Pitch Sessions. Poets receive two days of panels, including focused panel discussions with poetry editors and a poetry case study. One-day registration is available for $200.

The additional Query Letter Clinic is sold out. For those registered for the clinic, a sample letter template is provided here for your convenience: Agent Query Letter Template.

Read about this year’s featured speakers and the full conference schedule, which we’ll continue to update, below.

 
 
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} 2019 Featured Speakers and Agents
 
Amanda Annis

 

Amanda Annis is an agent at Trident Media Group. } Preparing for the Pitch, Query Letter Clinic, Agent Pitch Sessions
Sarah Bedingfield

 

Sarah Bedingfield is an agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions 

 

Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel and a former literary agent. } Literary Agents 101
Heather Carr

 

Heather Carr is an agent at the Friedrich Agency. } Query Letter Clinic, Agent Pitch Sessions
Lucy Carson

 

Lucy Carson is an agent at the Friedrich Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Chase Farley

 

Farley Chase is an agent at Chase Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Mieke Chew

 

Mieke Chew is the Co-Director of Publicity at New Directions Publishing. } How to Build a Platform

 

Rachel Crawford is an agent at Mackenzie Wolf Literary. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Molly Dektar

 

Molly Dektar is the author of The Ash Family: A Novel. } The Author and Her Team
Stephanie Delman

 

Stephanie Delman is an agent at Sanford J. Greenberger Associates. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Nicole Dewey

 

Nicole Dewey is a publicist and the founder of Dewey Decimal Media. } How to Build a Media Platform
Adam Eaglin

 

Adam Eaglin is an agent at the Cheney Agency. } Literary Agents 101
Julia Eagleton

 

Julia Eagleton is an agent at the Gernert Company. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Lindsay Edgecombe

 

Lindsay Edgecombe is an agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions

 

Ben Fama is the author of Deathwish (Newest York, 2019) and a co-founder of Wonder. } How to Submit Your Poetry Collection to Publishers

 

Rachel Fershleiser is the senior director of marketing at Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books. } How to Build a Platform
Diana Finch

 

Diana Finch is an agent at Diana Finch Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Jessica Friedman

 

Jessica Friedman is an agent at Wylie Agency. } Query Letter Clinic, Agent Pitch Sessions
Sarah Fuentes

 

Sarah Fuentes is an agent at Fletcher & Company. } Agent Pitch Sessions

 

Kate Garrick is an agent at Karpfinger Agency. } Literary Agents 101
Veronica Goldstein

 

Veronica Goldstein is an agent at Fletcher & Company. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Emily Graff

 

Emily Graff is an editor at Simon & Schuster. } The Author and Her Team
Lisa Grubka

 

Lisa Grubka is an agent at Fletcher & Company. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Serene Hakim

 

Serene Hakim is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Erin Harris

 

Erin Harris is a Vice President and an agent at Folio Literary Management. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Lauren Hook

 

Lauren Rosemary Hook is Senior Editor at the Feminist Press. } Case Study of a Fiction and a Nonfiction Book
Anne Horowitz

 

Anne Horowitz is a freelance editor and former Associate Editor at Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. } Preparing for the Pitch
Carrie Howland

 

Carrie Howland is an agent and the founder of Howland Literary. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Trevor Ketner

 

Trevor Ketner is an agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Sarah Levitt

 

Sarah Levitt is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Dana Isokawa

 

Dana Isokawa is Senior Editor at Poets & Writers Magazine} Publishing in Literary Magazines
Alison Lewis

 

Alison Lewis is Editor at American Chordata} Publishing in Literary Magazines
Chad Luibl

 

Chad Luibl is an agent at Janklow and Nesbit. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Dan Machlin

 

Dan Machlin is the Founder and Executive Editor of Futurepoem Books. } How to Submit Your Poetry Collection to Publishers 
PJ Mark

 

PJ Mark is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit. } The Author and Her Team
Christina Morgan

 

Christina Morgan is an agent at Serendipity Literary Agency. } Query Letter Clinic, Agent Pitch Sessions
Carley Moore

 

Carley Moore is the author of the novel The Not Wives (The Feminist Press, 2019). } Case Study of a Fiction and a Nonfiction Book
Ryan Murphy

 

Ryan Murphy is Associate Director at Four Way Books. Case Study of a Poetry Debut
Cassie Mannes Murray

 

Cassie Mannes Murray is an assistant agent at Howland Literary. } Agent Pitch Sessions

 

Kim Perel is an agent at Irene Goodman Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Maya Popa

 

Maya C. Popa is the author of the poetry collection, American Faith (Sarabande Books, 2019). } How to Submit Your Poetry Collection to Publishers
Maya Phillips

 

Maya Phillips is the author of the poetry collection, Erou (Four Way Books, 2019). } Case Study of a Poetry Debut
Minna Zallman Proctor

 

Minna Zallman Proctor is Editor-in-Chief of The Literary Review} Publishing in Literary Magazines
Clarence Reynolds

 

Clarence V. Reynolds is Editor of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters} Publishing in Literary Magazines
Carey Salerno

 

Carey Salerno is Executive Editor and Director of Alice James Books. } How to Submit Your Poetry Collection to Publishers
Adam Shear

 

Adam Shear is an agent at DeFiore and Company. } Query Letter Clinic, Agent Pitch Sessions
Alexa Stark

 

Alexa Stark is an agent at Trident Media Group} Agent Pitch Sessions
Joanna Yas

 

Joanna Yas is Editor-in-Chief of Washington Square Review} Publishing in Literary Magazines 
Renee Zuckerbrot

 

Renée Zuckerbrot is an agent at Massie & McQuilkin. } Literary Agents 101
 
 
} 2019 Schedule

Thursday, December 5

    • 9:30 AM Doors Open

      Enjoy coffee and meet other conference participants.
    • 10 AM Welcome Remarks

      Mary Gannon (Executive Director, CLMP) offers welcome remarks. Learn what the day has in store for you.
    • 10:15-11:15 AM Literary Agents 101

      Agents Adam Eaglin (The Cheney Agency), Kate Garrick (Karpfinger Agency), and Renée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilkin) provide an overview of how literary agents work and the process for securing one to represent your book. Learn how to pitch them, what to expect from them, and what they look for in prospective clients.
    • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Preparing for the Pitch: Query Letters and Writing Samples

      Agents Amanda Annis (Trident Media Group) and Adam Shear (DeFiore and Company) and freelance editor Anne Horowitz offer tips and best practices for crafting a successful query letter and writing sample to submit to an agent.
    • 12:45-1:45 PM Lunch—Or Query Letter Clinic

      In these intensive workshops, two agents will read all query letters ahead of time and discuss each one with the group, offering specific guidance for improvement. (Query Letter Clinics are available with a cap of 10 participants in each. Additional cost: $50. Registration is first come, first served. Query letters must be submitted to David Gibbs, Director of Programs, dgibbs@clmp.org prior to the conference.)
    • 2-3 PM The Author and Her Team

      Author Molly Dektar and her publishing team—PJ Mark (Agent, Janklow & Nesbit) and Emily Graff (Editor, Simon & Schuster)—discuss the journey that The Ash Family: A Novel took from manuscript to publication. 
    • 3:30-4:30 PM How to Build a Media Platform

      Publicists Nicole Dewey (founder of Dewey Decimal Media), Mieke Chew (Co-Director of Publicity, New Directions Publishing), and Senior Marketing Director Rachel Fershleiser (Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken) guide you through the ins-and-outs of developing a successful media platform. Gain professional advice about to how to represent yourself in newsletters, social media, and more.
    • 4:45-5:45 PM Wine Reception

      Toast the end of an exciting day and meet fellow attendees during this fun, casual reception.

Friday, December 6

  • 10-10:15 AM Welcome Remarks

    Mary Gannon (Executive Director, CLMP) welcomes you back to day two of the conference.
  • 10:15-11:15 AM Case Study of a Fiction Book: An Indie Author and Editor Discuss the Journey to Publication

    Novelist Carley Moore (The Not Wives, 2019) and Feminist Press Senior Editor Lauren Rosemary Hook talk about how they worked together during the acquisition, editing, and marketing process and what advice they have for writers about successfully partnering with their publishing team.
  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Publishing in Literary Magazines

    Moderator Dana Isokawa (Senior Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine) joins editors Alison Lewis (American Chordata), Minna Proctor (The Literary Review), Clarence Reynolds (Killens Review of Arts and Letters), and Joanna Yas (Washington Square Review) to discuss the landscape of literary magazines, how to find the right ones to submit your work to, and how doing so can help get your book published.
  • 12:30-1:45 PM Lunch

  • 2-4:45 PM Agent Pitch Sessions

    Fiction, nonfiction, and memoir writers: Meet with agents from the Association of Author’s Representatives for two quick-pitch sessions. Each session is 6 minutes long. Note: Although we cannot accommodate requests for specific agents, we do our best to pair participants with agents who represent related genres. All pitches are verbal and do not include a manuscript review.
  • 2-3 PM (concurrent with Agent Pitch Sessions) How to Submit Your Poetry Collection to Publishers

    Poets: Learn from poetry editors Carey Salerno (Alice James Books) and Dan Machlin (Futurepoem) and poet Maya C. Popa (American Faith, 2019) about how to submit your manuscript and what poetry editors look for when considering submissions.
  • 3:15-4:15 PM (concurrent with Agent Pitch Sessions) Case Study of a Poetry Debut: How Poets and Editors Work Together

    Poet Maya Phillips, author of the debut poetry collection, Erou, joins her editor Ryan Murphy, Associate Director at Four Way Books, to discuss the process of publishing a poetry book and offer advice to poets how best to partner with their publishers.
 
} Start Preparing Now
Agent Pitch Sessions: During your 6-minute sessions with two agents, you’ll be delivering verbal quick pitches, also known as the elevator pitch—a clear, concise, compelling description of your book that can be delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator with someone. You’ll hear how to hone your pitch at the conference, but delivering a strong pitch takes practice. To make the most of your Agent Pitch Sessions, we recommend you take time before the conference to write and practice your delivery.
 
} 2019 Location
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2019 LWC}NYC will take place at The New School’s Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, located at 55 West 13th Street in New York City. This facility meets federal compliance for accessibility at universities. A security guard at the front desk will be available to give directions to the elevator.
 
 
 
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