Literary Writers Conference FAQs

Q: Where does the Literary Writers Conference take place?
A: This year, the Literary Writers Conference will take place online.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about the conference?
A: Send your questions to David Gibbs, Director of Programs, at [email protected]

Q: When should I join the online event?
A: Please join the online events 5 minutes before they start.

Q: How many pitches does the agent pitch sessions include?
A: The agent pitch session includes verbal pitches to two agents. Each pitch is six minutes.

Q: How long are pitches during the agent pitch sessions?
A: Each pitch is six minutes.

Q: How am I assigned a pitch agent?
A: During your registration, you will select a literary genre that best represents your work. You will also have the opportunity to list agents you’d like to pitch to and those you do not wish to pitch to. We will do our best to pair you with agents of your choices; however, we cannot guarantee it. If your top choices are not available, we will try to assign you to two agents that represent your genre.

Q: Is there a query letter template?
A: Yes, a query letter template can be found below. It is also on the conference web page.

Q: What is an elevator pitch?
A: An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that is intended to spark an interest in your book. The name is derived from the idea of a short encounter that you may have in an elevator with a potential agent or editor, or simply an inquiring friend, in which you are asked to describe your book. Once the elevator reaches its destination, the pitch ends. Your job then is to intrigue this person enough in the short time that you have together that they will want to know more about it afterward. The agent pitch sessions and poetry editor pitch sessions consist of two elevator pitches. It’s recommended that you practice your pitch with a friend, family member, or colleague beforehand.

Q: Will closed captioning be available?
A: Yes.