Whether you are seeking information and advice about what editors look for in writers, how to improve your writing skills, how to develop market awareness or 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 be offered to 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, but not limited to: mystery, mainstream and category romance, thrillers, children's books, literary, mainstream, women's fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
- Nonfiction - Workshops will include information on specific areas such as writing memoirs or how-to books, but will also offer a wide range of help in understanding the nonfiction market, what the 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 night will allow you to network with other participants and will help you find those who are also interested 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.
Takes place on Saturday and will provide an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss specific areas of writing with other participants and faculty.
- Please complete the Genre Request form at the Welcome/Keynote Address on Saturday morning for seating at Saturday's lunch.
- Requests for vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals can be made by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Evening Reception
Provides an opportunity for participants to meet with faculty in a relaxed social atmosphere. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided with a no-host bar.
A Fly on the Wall – An Insider's View of the Editorial Meeting
Ever wonder how books are bought? Get an insider's view of a mock editorial meeting where submissions will be discussed as they would be in an actual meeting and decisions are made as to whether the submission is right for the house, needs a second read, will be acquired or declined. Select conference attendees Advanced Reading submissions may be used anonymously in this presentation.
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.
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