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Sunday, May 7 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10B: Literary Idol: Non-Fiction Focus
Limited Capacity seats available

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In this freewheeling session, a trained actor will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript -- in this case, a work of non-fiction, including memoir and personal essay -- for the audience and a panel of three judges.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 actor 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 agent 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, 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/editor 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 Lisa Grubka

Lisa Grubka

Literary Agent, Fletcher and Co.
Lisa Grubka (Fletcher and Co.) spent a decade first at the William Morris Agency and then Foundry Literary + Media before joining Fletcher and Co. in 2012. She represents both fiction and non-fiction, and works closely with her authors to ensure the best possible proposal or manuscript, and publication after that. In fiction... Read More →
avatar for Steve Macone

Steve Macone

Non-Fiction Writer
Steve Macone is a former headline contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing, and reporting have also appeared in the American Scholar, The New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Morning News, and Salon.com. His work has been featured on NPR, Longre... Read More →
avatar for Monica Odom

Monica Odom

Literary Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
Monica Odom is an agent at Bradford Literary Agency, where she represents nonfiction by authors and illustrators with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop culture, science, history, business, social issues, race, feminism, illustration/art/design, food/cooking, humor, travel/adventure, self-help/self-reflection, and DIY/crafting/how-to, for all ages but primarily adult. In nonfiction, she loves to see a personal project turn into something original and... Read More →
avatar for Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein

Literary Agent, GO Literary
Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, Amaryah represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. She is actively seeking works that wed beautiful writing with a strong narrative and tackle big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. In addition to negotiating contracts, Amaryah works closely with each of her clients throughout every step of the publishing process, from concept development through publication and beyond. She takes a particular interest in the editorial process, offering skilled advice and guidance to help clients bring out the best in their... Read More →
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Anjali Singh

Literary Agent, Pande Literary
Currently an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary, Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She is best... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm
White Hill Room

Attendees (30)