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December 2020 | The New School | New York City
The Literary Writers Conference includes two days of panels and meetings with agents during the Agent Pitch Sessions.
The 2020 LWC}NYC is scheduled to take place in December 2020. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about when registration will open. Read about last year’s featured speakers and the conference schedule below.
} 2019 Featured Speakers and Agents
Thursday, December 5
9:30 AM Doors OpenEnjoy coffee and meet other conference participants.
10 AM Welcome RemarksMary Gannon (Executive Director, CLMP) offers welcome remarks. Learn what the day has in store for you.
10:15-11:15 AM Literary Agents 101Agents 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 SamplesAgents Ann Rittenberg (Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency), Amanda Annis (Trident Media Group), Adam Schear (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 ClinicIn 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, [email protected] prior to the conference.)
2-3 PM The Author and Her TeamAuthor 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. Moderated by author Rachel Lyon.
3:30-4:30 PM How to Build a Media PlatformPublicists 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 ReceptionToast the end of an exciting day and meet fellow attendees during this fun, casual reception.
Friday, December 6
10-10:15 AM Welcome RemarksMary Gannon (Executive Director, CLMP) welcomes you back to day two of the conference.
10:15-11:15 AM Case Study of a Novel: An Indie Author and Editor Discuss the Journey to PublicationNovelist 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 MagazinesModerator Dana Isokawa (Senior Editor, Poets & Writers Magazine) joins editors Alison Lewis (American Chordata), Minna Zallman Proctor (The Literary Review), Clarence V. 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 SessionsFiction, 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.
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 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.