The conference for the serious writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Registration for our December 2018 Conference opens soon. Join our mailing list and be among the first to get updates. In the meantime, read on to review our 2017 Featured Speakers and Conference Schedule below!
Literary Writers Conference } New York City — 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 Pitch Sessions offer agent meetings for fiction and nonfiction writers, and a private consultation with editors from NYC poetry presses for poets—all included in your registration, which also comes with two vegetarian lunches and welcome coffee & bagels.
conference included literary agents from among the agencies Aevitas Creative Management
, Bradford Literary Agency
, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
, Don Congdon Associates
, Fletcher & Company
, Folio Literary Management
, Frances Goldin Literary Agency
, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
, Jane Rotrosen Agency
, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
, Lotts Agency
, Regal Hoffman & Associates
, Ross Yoon Agency
, Serendipity Literary Agency
, Trident Media Group
, Union Literary
, Writers House
, Zimmermann Literary
; and editors from NYC’s Four Way Books
and No, Dear
“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
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
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 is the managing editor at Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull. } The Author and Her Team
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
Megan Cummins is the managing editor of A Public Space. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Masters Review, Hobart, One Teen Story, and Ninth Letter. } Submitting to Lit Mags
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 (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 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
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 (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 (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
Morgan Jerkins is contributing editor at Catapult and a former Book of the Month judge. Her debut essay collection, THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial. } Case Study of a Personal Essay Collection
Rosamond S. King is Creative Editor of sx salon, President of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and Associate Professor at Brooklyn College. Poetry publications include the collection ROCK| SALT| STONE (Nightboat Books). } Case Study of a Poetry Collection
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 (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, 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
Alison Lewis is the editor of American Chordata. Alison is also a literary agent at the Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, where she represents narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, literary fiction, and memoir. } Submitting to Lit Mags
Bonnie Rose Marcus, poet, theatre artist, and author of The Luminosity (3:A Taos Press), joined Poets & Writers in 2000 as Director of the Readings & Workshops Program (East) and Writers Exchange. } Opportunities for Writers
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
Monica Odom (Liza Dawson Associates) represents a variety of nonfiction by authors, as well as literary and upmarket fiction, and illustrators. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014. } Case Study of a Personal Essay Collection
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, Submitting to Lit Mags
Clarence Reynolds is Editor of Killens Review and director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Reynolds serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival and the advisory board of CLMP. } Submitting to Lit Mags
Alexa Stark (Trident Media Group) has sold stories, essays, and book excerpts to The New Yorker, Harper’s, Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, N+1, and The New York Times. } Opening Lines Clinic
Anna Stein (ICM Partners) represents writers such as Hanya Yanagihara, Maria Semple, Garth Greenwell, and Claire Dederer. } Literary Agents 101
Eileen Talone is an assistant editor at The Hudson Review. } Submitting to Lit Mags
Renée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilken) is a CLMP and Slice Magazine Board member, and she serves on PEN’s Membership Committee. } Literary Agents 101
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 Pitch Sessions
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) on SMALL HOURS (Grand Central)
Case Study of a Non-Fiction book: Morgan Jerkins (author) and Monica Odom (agent) on THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: LIVING AT THE INTERSECTION OF BLACK, FEMALE AND FEMINIST IN (WHITE) AMERICA (Harper Perennial)
Case Study of a Poetry Collection: Rosamond S. King (author) and Stephen Motika (editor) on ROCK | SALT | STONE (Nightboat Books)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Working Lunch: Submitting to Lit Mags
Literary magazine editors pull back the curtain on submitting effectively to literary magazines. Megan Cummins (A Public Space), Alison Lewis (American Chordata), Tracy O’Neill (Epiphany), Minna Proctor (The Literary Review), Clarence Reynolds (Killens Review of Arts and Letters), Eileen Talone (The Hudson Review).
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM The Author and her Team
A nonfiction author 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.
Schedule subject to change.
The 2017 Literary Writers Conference took place at The New School’s Wollman Hall, located at 65 West 11th Street in New York City.
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