Thursday, October 29, 2015

6 Writing Conferences in November 2015

How writers spend a typical Thanksgiving 
November is a sparse month for conferences. Holidays are approaching, and people are busy with their families.

In spite of the holidays, there are some good conferences in November. Next month's conferences span the country and feature pitch sessions with agents, discussions and lectures about writing and marketing, and faculties of writing and industry professionals.

Our motto is: BE PREPARED!! Before you attend a conference, consult these posts:

Valuable Tips for Pitching to an Agent or Editor


What's Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch


Getting an agent: Schmooze or you lose (How to find conferences in your area)
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Sanibel Island Writers Conference, November 5 - 8, 2015, Sanibel Island, Florida. Presenters: Steve Almond / Andrea Askowitz / Lynne Barrett / Dan Bern / Charles Bock / John Darnielle / Erica Dawson / John Dufresne / Wayne Falbey / Beth Ann Fennelly / Nick Flynn / Gina Frangello / Tom Franklin / William Giraldi / Jim Gustafson / Shane Hinton / Jay Hopler / Leslie Jamison / Kimberly Johnson / Steve Kistulentz / Christina Baker Kline / Kimberly Lojewski / Lyn Millner / Dito Montiel / Alan Michael Parker / Tom Piazza / Mark Powell / Margo Rabb / Deborah Reed / Ryan Rivas / Jim Shepard / Karen Shepard / Christopher Schelling / Darin Strauss /Jay Wexler. Cost: $500 (standard registration), $300 (students with current I.D.), $400 (BIG ARTS members). Limited to 150. 

Algonkian Writer Conference–Write to Market, November 12 - 15, 2015, Corte Madera, California. Lectures and discussions on writing and selling a novel, as well as an agent pitch session. Faculty includes fiction writers Michael Neff, Cary Tennis, and Penny Warner, publishing professionals David Cole and Isabella Michon, and agents Ken Atchity, Elise Capron, Elizabeth Kracht, Michael Larsen, Thao Le, Elizabeth Pomoda, Andy Ross, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, and Gordon Warnock. Cost: $595. This event is limited to 50 writers. Please apply before completing registration.

San Francisco Write to Market Conference, November 12-15, 2015. "Pitch your work in pitch sessions and interact with top list-building agents who will be present to provide connection and advice in proportion to your needs; and in contrast to other events, you will be trained to properly pitch your novel prior to the sessions."

Connecticut Writing Workshop. November 13, Hartford, CT. “How to Get Published” is one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript. faculty so far includes literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary), Lane Heymont (The Seymour Agency), literary agent Penny Moore(FinePrint Literary Management), literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary).

Boston Writing Workshop. November 14, Boston, MA. How to Get Published” is one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript. Faculty so far includes literary agent Rick Richter (Zachary Shuster Harmsworth), literary agent Lane Heymont (The Seymour Agency), literary agent Ruben Pfeffer (Ruben Pfeffer Content), literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary), literary agent Ann Collette (Rees Literary Agency), literary agent Lana Popovic (Chalberg & Sussman), literary agent Amaryah Orenstein (GO Literary), literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary).

North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference, November 20-22, 2015, Asheville, North Carolina. Workshops and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and panels on publishing and finding an agent. The faculty includes poets Tina Barr, Nickole Brown, and Katherine Soniat; fiction writers Robert Beatty, Tommy Hays, and Lee Smith; and creative nonfiction writers Christine Hale, Jeremy B. Jones, and Catherine Reid. Scholarships are available. The cost of the full conference is $200 or $250 (including meals) for members, and $300 or $350 (including meals) for nonmembers until November 13. Onsite registration is $450 for the full conference, $250 for Sunday-only attendance, and $350 for Saturday-only attendance.

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