Friday, June 5, 2009

Great new writers conference

Ron Hogan is the writers' friend.  He's been working to put together a new writers' conference with the Center for Fiction in New York-- -- a conference that deals specifically with the issues that writers face AFTER they've created a great story and found an agent who can help them sell it to a publisher. In this rapidly changing economic climate, it's as important for authors to know about the business side of publishing as it is about the artistic side of writing, so, with generous co-sponsorship from Fordham University's Creative Writing Program, he's created a one-day conference filled with panels designed to immerse people in the practical side of the publishing industry.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 27, at Fordham College at Lincoln Center.

The lineup is sensational: The keynote is being delivered by Dan Menaker, and a closing panel will feature Jon Karp in conversation with Marlon James, Peter Cameron, and Sigrid Nunez. Other authors speaking at the conference include Jennifer Weiner, Maryann McFadden, Toure, Ben Greenman, and Jami Attenberg; also at the conference are 
 editors Laurie Chittenden, Ethan Nosowsky, and Sarah Crichton. Agents like ICM's Kate Lee, Renee Zuckerbrot, and Larry Kirshbaum have agreed to take part as well. (The complete lineup of two dozen speakers is available online.)

In addition to all that, the Center for Fiction is giving attendees a free month of access to its writers' studio in midtown Manhattan, plus a discount on future membership. And the total cost is just $200.

If you--or you know writers in the greater New York City area who are at a place in their careers where a conference like this might be useful, spread the word!

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