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Who is this Conference for?
Whether you have an idea or you have a manuscript, this conference is for you. The goal of this one-day event is to help you solidify your ideas and come up with a plan to make sure you achieve your goals. It doesn't matter what stage you are in -- you will get something out of this conference.
There are so many writing conferences. Why should I choose this one?
I started this conference series after reading reviews of other writing conferences I wanted to attend. The criticism I kept reading was that these events were too big, too expensive and too intimidating. I set out to create a conference that is intimate (capped at 30 guests) affordable, and supportive. You will have time to ask questions and share your ideas. You will get specific feedback on your ideas. You will receive advice from authors and you will get actionable tools to ensure your success. At this conference, you are the special guest.
What happens during this conference?
- We start every conference with a creative writing exercise that will remind you how much fun you can have writing. These exercises are great for combatting writer's block and getting into a relaxed state of mind.
- Some writers love outlining, others despise it. This workshop will give you tools for coming up with an easy outline that every writer will enjoy. This exercise is great for developing a story idea or helping you summarize a finished manuscript (which will help when you're querying an agent).
- In small groups, we will focus on developing our stories and ideas. With probing questions, your group will help you consider all aspects of your writing to help you take it to the next level.
- The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan. Learn real life tips for budgeting your time and holding yourself accountable so you can make real headway in your writing. Whether you have a full-time job or you're a full-time writer, this workshop will help you create a routine to ensure you reach your goals.
- Hear from debut author M. Elizabeth Lee on what it was like to querying for an agent, handle a publishing contract and the publicity tour. Nothing's off-limits so ask all your questions. You can purchase her book, Love Her Madly, when you get a ticket to the conference and she will sign it for you.
- There's lots more but you'll have to attend the event to find out!
Check out our previous Speakers
Lynn was born and raised in South Florida. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University where she currently teaches freshman writing. Her first novel, Hold Still was recently published.
Andrew has written fourteen New York Times best selling thrillers, five with James Patterson, and nine of his own. He's been shortlisted for top thriller awards, and his books have been sold in over 25 countries. Some of his notable novels: The One man, No Way Back, The Blue Zone, and Don't Look Twice.
Bridget is an associate literary agent at Dunham Literary, Inc., where she represents middle grade, YA, and adult novels with special interest in fantasy & science fiction, history fiction, and women's fiction. Her tastes run to literary and character-driven novels. She is the co-host of the podcast Shipping & Handling with Jennifer Udden. She has also studied anthropology and archeology, worked as a radio DJ, performed an experiment at NASA, and fenced on her college team. Make sure to purchase the "pitch feedback" to get her opinion on your story concept.
Shira began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and started working at McIntosh & Otis, Inc. in 2007. In
Stacy joined Writers House in 2011 as an assistant to senior agent Susan Ginsburg and has been actively building her own client list since 2013. She represents literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, humor, memoir and narrative nonfiction. Upcoming titles include No Baggage by Clara Bensen (Running Press, January 2016) and Godpretty in the Tobacco Field by Kim Michele Richardson (Kensington, May 2016). Prior to joining Writers House, she interned at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Whimsy Literary.
Frank served as an editor and writer at the New York Times for 19 years, including stints as an investment columnist and as deputy editor of the City, Metropolitan and Home Sections. He is the author of The Elements of Story (HarperCollins) and has written articles for the Atlantic, Harper’s, the Progressive, and Commonweal. He has taught at NYU, the Columbia School of Journalism, and the New York Times Knowledge Network. He holds a BA from Harvard College and a JD from the Harvard Law School.
Author of Save The Date, Jen Doll has been a Senior Writer at The Atlantic Wire, a Staff Writer for the Village Voice, and the Managing Editor of Radar Magazine. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Elle, The Hairpin, Mental Floss, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Toast, Vice and The Village
Meredith is the Fiction Editor of the literary magazine The Brooklyn Quarterly and the Senior Strategist atThe Foundry. She has served as the Senior Culture Editor at Bustle and as the Associate Online Editor atGlamour Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, Men's Journal, The Millions, Hobart, Joyland, and more. You can follow her on Twitter@meredithturits.
As publishing assistant at Bellevue Literary Press, Crystal considers submissions of literary fiction and nonfiction. Previously, she provided feedback on pitches and manuscripts for agents at Writers House Literary Agency. With an MFA in creative writing, she specializes in giving comprehensive editorial advice. She loves discovering new authors and supporting their careers.
Tracy is the host and founder of the Writers Work conference series. She is a screenwriter, novelist, teacher and cat-lover. She loves supporting and building writer's communities. Her most recent film, Lily + Mara, is in post-production and stars Oona Laurence and Meghann Fahy. Photo credit: Matt Freire.
Jamie Cat Callan is the author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and the wildly popularFrench Women Don't Sleep Alone which has been translated into nineteen different languages and is in its seventh edition. Jamie’s work has been featured in Vanity Fair,Allure Magazine, Glamour, Woman’s World, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times Sunday Styles Modern Love column.
Melissa Has Published Nonfiction In New York Magazine, Poets & Writers, Salon, Daily Beast, Narratively, Jezebel, XoJane, Frisky, The Fix, And Rumpus. She Is The Editor Of Two Anthologies: Pros(E): Writings By Individuals With Experiences In The Sex Industries And Corner Stories: Writings By The Washington Heights CORNER Project Community.
Laura is a writer whose debut novel, The Summertime Girls, will be published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, on August 4th, 2015. When not writing (or staring blankly at a computer, hoping desperately for inspiration), she acts, sings, and does various odd jobs, from entertaining babies to coordinating marriage proposal flash mobs. For more, visit www.laurahankin.com, or follow her @LauraHankin
Jennifer joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2010. She is actively seeking diversity in projects and in authors, including (but not limited to) diversity of gender, sexuality, background, and race.
Deborah Emin, Author Of The Scags Series, Writing Teacher, And Publisher Of Sullivan Street Press, A Small Company Focused On TheVarious Ways That Book Publishing Can Change Both The Old Ways Of Creating Books As Well As How We Live To Save This Planet. She Runs The REZ Reading Series And The Reading Series At Richmond Hill Library.
As a Senior Copy Writer at Simon and Schuster, the Director of Author Advocacy at Pronoun, and Founder of Golden Glance Editing & Insights, Christina has made a career out of helping authors present their best selves. She will be sharing expert advice on how to comfortably build and manage your author platform. Find out what you can do in five minutes a day to directly connect with readers and make marketing and promotion a natural part of your writing process.