Whether you're seeking advice about what editors look for in writers, how to improve your writing skills, how to develop market awareness or how to create a proposal that will attract editors and agents, this conference is designed for you to learn what you need to succeed.
- Fiction - Workshops will help participants understand the fiction market in general, how to write successful query letters and synopses, and what editors are looking for. In addition, workshops will focus on a wide range of specific genres including mystery, mainstream and category romance, thrillers, children's books, literary, mainstream, women's fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror and more.
- Nonfiction - Workshops will cover specific genres areas such as writing memoirs or how-to books, as well as a wide range of information on the nonfiction market, what editors are looking for, how to write for your specific market, and how to conceive and execute a nonfiction proposal that will attract editors and agents.
- Career and Craft Panels - Top authors in different genres will host panels on writing the page turner and what to expect from the life of a writer.
Consultation Appointments and Advance Reading Appointments
The total number of appointments that you may schedule in advance is five (5), two (2) of which may be Advance Reading Appointments. Top editors, agents, and industry professionals will be available to meet one-on-one to go over your work and offer specific advice about how to take your project forward. For complete details, including rules and deadlines go to our Making Appointments page.
Friday No-Host Mixer
Friday night is your chance to network with agents, editors, and fellow writers in your genre.
Night Owl Session: Where the Real Writing Begins
So you have a draft, now what? A haphazard approach to revising your manuscript is more madness than method. In this workshop you will learn a structured system of revision to take your work, whether short story, memoir or novel, from that first draft to the final polish, ready to find its home in the world. You'll also learn a strategy for making progress on your next book, while finishing your current manuscript.
Saturday Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch and a discussion at genre-specific tables with your fellow writers and faculty.
- Please complete the Genre Request form at the Welcome/Keynote Address on Saturday morning for seating at Saturday's lunch.
- Requests for gluten-free, kosher, vegan, or vegetarian meals can be made by emailing: email@example.com.
Saturday Evening Reception
Meet and mingle with faculty and your fellow writers in a relaxed social atmosphere. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided with a no-host bar.
Conference Choice Awards
Participating editors and agents have the option of selecting the fiction or nonfiction project that most intrigues them, for a Conference Choice Award. These awards do not represent the winner of a competition, but rather an encouragement to the authors selected that their work stands out among the hundreds of other submissions. Receiving a Conference Choice Award is an honor that should be viewed as an acknowledgement of your hard work and professional writing. Award recipients will be announced at the opening session Sunday morning.