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Sunday, May 7 • 10:00am - 11:15am
9B: Literary Idol: Fiction Focus FILLING
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Important: Please read this description carefully before signing up, and bring all necessary materials to the session if you wish to have your work read aloud.

In this freewheeling session, a trained actor will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished fiction manuscript for the audience and a panel of three judges. The judges are agents and editors with years of experience reading unsolicited submissions. When one of the judges hears a line that would make her stop reading, she will raise her hand. The reader will keep reading until a second judge raises his hand. The judges will then discuss WHY they would stop reading, and offer concrete (if subjective) suggestions to the anonymous author. If no judge raises his/her hand, the judges will discuss what made the excerpt work so well. All excerpts will be evaluated anonymously, though, at the end of the session, a winner will be chosen from the group of excerpts that did not elicit any raised hands, and that winner will receive a free Grub Street membership. Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript (fiction only, please) double-spaced, to the session, TITLED, with its GENRE marked clearly at the top. You will leave it in a box at the front of the room, and the manuscript will be chosen randomly by the reader. (Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that yours will be read aloud).

This is a fun event that aims to be respectful of your work and illuminate the process an agent goes through when she receives a new piece of fiction. The point is not to get through as many writers as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate the work at hand and offer concrete suggestions from which all could benefit. Please be aware that some lines may cause laughter or scorn; in other words, this session is not for the thin-skinned!

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Altshuler

Miriam Altshuler

Literary Agent, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency
Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening and in 1994 established her own agency, which she ran for twenty-one years until she joined DeFiore in early 2016. She focuses primarily on literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Novelists she represents include Elizabeth Rosner, Maya Lang, Alice Lichtenstein, Jill Santopolo, Jennifer Murphy, and Douglas Trevor. Her nonfiction authors include Marja Mills (bestselling author... Read More →
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Sorche Fairbank

Literary Agent, Fairbank Literary Representation
Since establishing Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank has had the pleasure of working with a dynamic and varied list, representing best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and of course one of her favorite kinds of client... Read More →
avatar for Erin Harris

Erin Harris

Literary Agent, Folio Literary Management
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who champions the careers of both debut and established authors, bringing a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is a co-curator of the Brooklyn-based literary event series H.I.P... Read More →
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Rachel Letofsky

Literary Agent, The Cooke Agency
Rachel Letofsky is a graduate of both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined The Cooke Agency in 2010 and is currently an Associate Agent. She frequently travels throughout Canada and the U.S. to various... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
White Hill Room