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The League of Vermont Writers (LVW) is open to all who make writing a part of their lives. We offer encouragement, motivation, and networking opportunities to writers with a broad range of writing experience. You do not need to be published to join. Visit our Membership Page for more information about benefits and fees.

Founded in 1929, LVW's mission is to:

  • Help writers develop their skills
  • Promote responsible and ethical writing and writing practices
  • Increase communication between professional writers and publishers
  • Promote an enduring appreciation for the power of the word

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July 19, 2014 - Summer Program - WRITERS MEET AGENTS EVENT

The League's mailing address is: PO Box 172, Underhill Center, VT 05490

[July Newsletter, League Lines, here]

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Our biennial Writers Meet Agents event is being held this year at the Hampton Inn Burlington, located at 42 Lower Mountain View Drive in Colchester, VT.  As in the past, writers will meet in groups and one-on-one with agents from Boston, New York, and beyond to discuss works-in-progress or to pitch book projects that are ready to be read.

The day starts with check-in and Meet & Greet at 8:30 a.m.

Morning classes and pitch sessions continue until Lunch (included in the cost of admission) from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon presentation and round-table discussions follow, afternoon pitch sessions continue, until 4:00 p.m.

And closing works bring the day to an end at 4:30 p.m.

 

Info on New Presenters and Agents!

Seven agents meeting with writers include:

 

Maria Ribas: the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Maria graduated with English Honors from the University of Richmond and began her career at Atria with Simon and Schuster, moving to Harlequin Nonfiction and Adams Media, before joining the Morhaim Agency.

She specializes in practical non-fiction and has a firm grasp of how to assess and build an author's platform. She's interested in cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, home, parenting, humor, from authors with a strong platform.

She's also interested in some narrative non-fiction, but she's very selective.

Visit the Morhaim Literary Agency's web site for more: http://www.morhaimliterary.com/agents.html

Eric W. Ruben: Literary Agent, Attorney at Law

Eric is a graduate of New York's Cardozo School of Law and a veteran entertainment professional with more than twenty-five years experience as an attorney, literary agent, talent manager, and professional performer.

His interests include YA, all romance, erotica, LGBT, mystery, and more. Check out his submissions guidelines (very specific!) on his web site: http://www.rubenlaw.org/contact/

Katharine Sands: Sarah Jane Freymann Agency

Katharine Sands, a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency in New York City, is the author and "agent provocateur" of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye. She has been a guest speaker on writing and publishing topics for the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the New York State  Council on the Arts, and was a faculty member at the 2006 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. This is her third event with the League of Vermont Writers.

Katharine is interested in a broad range of categories: from commercial fiction and nonfiction, including popular culture, personal growth, leisure activities, lifestyle, wisdom, relationships, parenting, home arts, entertainment, and cookbooks to serious nonfiction, including psychology, social thought, history, health to the more eclectic popular reference, travel, spirituality.For memoir and femoir, she looks for a world rarely or newly observed. Visit the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency at Sarahjanefreymann.com.

Beth Campbell: BookEnds, LLC

Beth Campbell is an agent with BookEnds, LLC, an innovative and energetic literary agency. They represent a diversity of authors, from true crime, self-help, and business writers to mystery, romance, and women's fiction novelists. BookEnds works with authors and publishers to produce the books they all want to see on their own shelves.

Beth Campbell’s interests include fantasy, YA, and sci-fi novels and also romantic suspense, women's fiction, and cozy mysteries. She also works on some non-fiction titles.

Visit the web site to view an extensive list of fiction and non-fiction topics represented at BookEnds, LLC: http://www.bookends-inc.com/

Kaylee Davis: Dee Mura Literary

Kaylee Davis received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College.

As associate literary agent, her special interests include sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, new adult, steampunk, urban fantasy, social commentary, and counter-culture.

Visit the agency web site to see current titles at Dee Mura Literary:

http://www.deemuraliterary.com/

 

Kimiko Nakamura: Dee Mura Literary

Kimiko Nakamura works with new and emerging writers. She looks for page-turning fiction and non-fiction that leaves people inspired and offers readers a full range of emotions.

Her special interests are contemporary fiction, young adult, new adult, women’s lit, romance, upmarket literary, mystery, urban fantasy, satire, memoir, narrative nonfiction, mind and body, cookbooks, spirituality, and health.

Visit the agency web site to see current titles at Dee Mura Literary:

http://www.deemuraliterary.com

 

Emily Mitchell: Wernick & Pratt Agency

Emily Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard, a master’s in secondary English education from Syracuse, and an MBA from Babson. She lives outside Boston with her husband, daughter, and son.

Emily is accepting new clients in all genres for children.

Visit the Wernick & Pratt Agency web site to see current titles: http://www.wernickpratt.com/

 

 

 

Keynote Speaker:

Science Writer and Book Author, DAVID DOBBS

David Dobbs is the author of four books including the #1 best-selling Kindle Single My Mother’s Lover. He is now writing The Orchid and the Dandelion (Crown, ETA 2015), about how genes and culture generate temperament and behavior. His features and essays, which appear in publications including the New York Times, National Geographic, New Yorker, Slate, Aeon and Pacific Standard, are regularly chosen for leading anthologies. He keeps a blog at Neuron Culture and spends too much time on Twitter. David lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

PLUS PRESENTATIONS BY --

JO KNOWLES ON THE PROCESS OF REVISION:

Jo Knowles is the author of See You At Harry’s (a DCF nominee), Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl. Her newest book, Living With Jackie Chan, has received four starred reviews and was called "undeniably powerful" by the New York Times. Some of her awards include a New York Times Editor's Choice and Notable Book, An International Reading Association Favorite, an American Library Association Notable, and YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Jo has a master's degree in children's literature and teaches writing for young adults in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. She'll offer writrs some helpful tools for the task of revising a manuscript, from storyboards to world-building questionnaires, and exercises that help writers map out key plot points, recognize themes, build emotion, and create consistency and believability in the worlds they've created. Her talk applies to fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction and nonfiction. Be prepared to participate in some quick and easy exercises!

PETER BIELLO ON GIVING AND RECEIVING CRITICISM ON WRITING:

Peter Biello is the founder and organizer of the Burlington Writers Workshop and managing editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop anthology series. By day, he works as a producer/announcer at Vermont Public Radio, and his journalism has appeared on PRI’s This American Life, NPR’s All Things Considered, Day to Day, and Weekend Edition Sunday. His creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Lowestoft Chronicle, Three Percent, Busted Halo, South85 Journal, Green Writers Journal, and The Drunken Odyssey. He holds a BFA in Creative Writing from U-Maine Farmington and an MFA in Fiction from UNC-Wilmington. Visit his web site at: peterbiello.com

In this workshop, Peter will share what he has learned about giving and receiving feedback in more than a decade of workshop-style feedback sessions. We'll cover a variety of topics, including: the problems inherent in "tough" criticism, the danger that lurks behind the word "critique," the benefits of honesty, and how to stay friends with those who offer or receive your critical responses.

and KATHARINE SANDS ON CREATING "DISCOVERABILITY:

A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands book highlights include Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income and Life by David Topus; The New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him and Make Him Beg for More by Arden Leigh; Making Healthy EZ with Dr. Oz guest, Dr. Julie Chen; Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD by Barbara Barnett of Let’s Talk TV; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, to name a mere few. Katharine is also the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. She recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.

Take a look with new eyes at your work along with Katharine. Ask yourself: what is my unique voice? What is my lens, the prism through which I am writing? Who are your readers, and how will you reach them? This is a new way to think about writing ...what is specific, unique, fresh and interesting about you, and about your work? Why? How do you want readers to respond to you? Are there regional hooks in your writing? Demographics to use? Where do you find ideas to showcase you, the author?  What are the new and emerging markets?  Here are guiding principles of successful writers, new media marketing opportunities, and new uses for content. Katharine says there are countless lucrative opportunities for professional writers to find readers.In this presentation, she'll reveal how to sell books by becoming discoverable.

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REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED. FOR QUESTIONS, CALL (802) 349-7475. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SIGNED UP

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