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Conferences

Books Sold!

"Draws the reader in like metal shavings to a magnet." That's what New York Journal of Books said about this novel - it was picked up by Atra/Simon & Schuster!

Rashad Harrison, Perfect Pitch Ficton Conference

PITCH: "Our Man in the Dark"

RESULT: Published November 15, 2011

 

"The Non-Fiction Pitch Conference was an invaluable experience. It provided me with the tools and support I needed to get published. I can’t thank the folks who put it together enough."

John Monahan, Non-Ficton Pitch Conference

PITCH: "They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge"

RESULT: Published by Berkley Books in December 2010.

 

"My novel, "Act of Grace", will be published Feb 2011 by independent publisher Plenary Publishing. It is thanks in part to your excellent advice both in the individual consultation you provided (some of the best money I ever spent) and from doing the pitch sessions in New York that I was able to achieve this opportunity".

Karen Simpson, Fiction Pitch Conference

 

"Working with the fabulous super-star editor and author Sally Koslow has been a dream come true! I would have NEVER landed a book deal without the workshop in general and Sally in particular. Sally lent me her expertise, talent and insider knowledge of the publishing world in my relentless pursuit of realizing my potential as a published author. Sally has been with me every step of the way, keeping up with me over the years and made landing a book deal become a reality! I am eternally grateful to her!"

Lisa Baron

PITCH: My Burning Bush: How One Woman’s Career in Christian Politics Went Up in Flames

RESULT: Published in 2011.

 

"I had a good idea for a book on juvenile justice and a ready-made platform, but my proposal lacked focus and clarity. Richard Goodman’s keen analysis and the suggestions of the fine students in the class sharpened my thoughts. I sold the proposal to Kaplan Publishing Company for a nice advance.

Judge Irene Sullivan

PITCH: Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice

RESULT: Published by Kaplan Publishing in November 2010.

Attendee Buzz!

"The best conference I’ve ever attended."

 

"The opportunity to pitch our work to editors of major publishing houses was a once in a lifetime experience. Just terrific!"

 

"The conference was well worth the time and money. It was a fabulous experience."

 

"The conference met and surpassed expectations."

 

"I received great advice regarding my pitch. It was condensed but said much more."

 

"I needed to be able to locate the “gold nugget” in my manuscript and you helped me find that."

 

"Loved the format. Very comfortable from the start."

 

"I will forever be glad I came to this."

Faculty

Our pitch conferences are interactive and designed to help you clarify your vision and get your project ready for the literary marketplace. To help you along this process we have a group of New York Writers Workshop faculty members who serve as Workshop Leaders.

 

JUNE CLARK   June Rifkin Clark is a partner in Get There Media, Inc., a promotion and brand development company, providing strategic guidance to writers, experts, and businesses, by building platforms, creating awareness, and providing PR outreach to consumers and the media.For over 20 years, June worked in marketing and promotion, retained by numerous agencies to write and develop promotional materials for companies like Food Network, Bravo, A&E, NBC, AOL, eBay and Kraft Foods, many of which won PMA and Reggie Awards. June also worked in cable TV at Showtime, Group W Cable, and as head of her own agency, Concepts. She is the recipient of a Cable ACE/Emmy award.After receiving her MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, June became a literary agent at the Peter Rubie Literary Agency in New York (now FinePrint Literary Management), specializing in nonfiction books. Clients include floral designer Michael George, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, Cosmopolitan’s “Bedside Astrologer” Hazel Dixon-Cooper, I Love Lucy writer Madelyn Pugh Davis, Soupy Sales, and The Friars Club. She is still an Agent-at-Large at FinePrint to serve her long-term clients.A published author and playwright, June wrote (and co-wrote) four books, several plays, and has given workshops on topical issues on writing and publishing.For more information, visit www.juneclark.com.

 


 

ALLISON ESTES   Allison Estes grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, playing on Faulkner’s grave. She has written fifteen middle grade and young adult novels, including the Short Stirrup Club series (Simon and Schuster.) Her most recent book is Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat (adult nonfiction, April 2008.) Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar, is due out in spring 2015.

Allison has been teaching children and adults in various venues for more than twenty years. She has an older daughter and a young son, and when she isn’t busy writing, editing, teaching and soccer-momming, if the grave of a famous author is not readily accessible, she plays softball as much as possible.

Visit Allison’s web site at www.allisonestes.com.

 

 

 

 

Doug Garr Doug Garr has nearly four decades of experience as a journalist, author, editor, ghostwriter and speechwriter. He most recently has specialized in ghostwriting, including books and a blog.

With “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat (Ecco, 2009), Garr was co-author with Henry J. Cardello.
Garr is the author of “IBM Redux: Lou Gerstner and the Business Turnaround of the Decade,” (HarperBusiness, 1999).
He is also the author of “Woz: The Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley,” a biography of the cofounder of Apple Computer, and the co-author (with Mike Edelhart) of “The Complete Computer Compendium” (Avon), and “Mr. Mint’s Guide to Investing in Baseball Cards and Collectibles” (Warner, with Alan Rosen). Garr’s most personal work is a memoir, “Between Heaven and Earth: An Adventure in Free Fall” (Greenpoint Press, 2009).
He has researched and written several books as ghostwriter with Douglas Schoen and Michael Berland, partners in the world-renowned polling firm, Penn, Schoen and Berland. These include “Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two Party System,” (Random House, 2008) and “What Makes You Tick? How Successful People Do It — And What You Can Learn from Them” (HarperCollins, 2009). As a speechwriter, he has written for former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and several high-profile corporate CEOs.
His shorter published work has appeared in several national publications, including Business Week, Fortune’s Technology Review, GQ, Popular Science, Worth, New York, Strategy & Business, and MIT’s Technology Review. Essays have appeared in Newsweek, The East Hampton Star and the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times.
He was editor-in-chief of Video magazine, and associate editor at Popular Science magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD GOODMAN   Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9-11. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Louisville Review, Saveur, Ascent, and the Michigan Quarterly Review.

Richard is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans. He is a founding member of the New York Writers Workshop. Richard travels around the country conducting workshops on writing. For more information, and an extensive sampling of Richard Goodman’s writing, please go to his homepage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAURENCE KLAVAN    Laurence Klavan wrote the mystery novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, which were published over the past few years by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award for the novel, Mrs. White, written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, Germantown and The Fielding Course, co-written with Susan Kim, will soon be published by First Second Books. His work has been published or is forthcoming in such print and online journals as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Playgirl, The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Louisville Review, Cafe Irreal, SN Review, Foliate Oak, Brink, Conte, Sliptongue, and Killing the Buddha. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, produced in the Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon in New York, is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.

 

 

 

 

 

SALLY KOSLOW   Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (chosen by Target as a Book Pick,) With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her tenure as editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a work of non-fiction, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines, newspapers and online venues including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest as well as the anthologies DIRT and Wedding Cake for Breakfast. She often teaches at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. Sally invites you to visit her website, www.sallykoslow.com, “like” her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor) and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JENNY MILCHMAN  Jenny Milchman is a literary suspense writer whose debut novel just sold to Ballantine. COVER OF SNOW will be published in early 2013. Her short fiction has appeared on Amazon bestseller lists, and another story is forthcoming in an anthology called ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II. Jenny teaches courses on polishing, pitching, and publishing your work for New York Writers Workshop. She co-hosts the series Writing Matters, which draws speakers from both coasts to events held at a local independent bookstore. Last year she founded Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in 30 states, Canada, England, and this year spread to Australia. Jenny welcomes authors in the Made It Moments forum on her blog. Jenny worked on her pitch at the Perfect Pitch Conference in 2009. This January her debut novel, Cover of Snow, will be published by Ballantine. Please look for her at http://jennymilchman.com.

 

 

 

CHARLES SALZBERG  Charles Salzberg  is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, Elle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times Arts and Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, and various other publications. He is the author of From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, and On A Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson) and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales, and The Mad Fisherman, with Charlie Moore. He has been a visiting professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and now teaches at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. He was cited by New York Magazine as one of New York’s Great Teachers. His novel, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. He is also author of the sequel, Swann Dives In, a Swann short story featured in Long Island Noir, and Devil in the Hole, which was published in 2013. His third Swann novel, Swann’s Lake of Despair, will be published in 2014. Please visit CharlesSalzberg.com and HenrySwann.com.

 

 

 

RACHEL SHERMAN   Rachel Sherman is the author of the The First Hurt (Open City Books, 2006), a book of short stories. The First Hurt was a finalist for The 2006 International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, short-listed for the 2007 Story Award, and was chosen as one of the 25 Books to Remember from 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Open City, Post Road, Conjunctions, n+1, and Story Quarterly, and in the book Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve Anthology(Three Rivers Press, 2001), among other publications. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her forthcoming novel, Shooting the Gap, will be published in Spring 2009 by Macadam/Cage.

 

 

 

 

 

TIM TOMLINSON  Tim Tomlinson’s fiction has appeared in many venues, including The Missouri ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewLibidoHampton ShortsColumbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The North American Review. Recent stories can be found online at Pifand Del Sol Review. He has published haiku in Black BoughModern HaikuParnassus Literary JournalPotpourri, and Time Haiku. His articles on travel, scuba diving, and the arts have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York PostThe New York Daily NewsMusicianDowntown Express and Spa Magazine.

He has taught fiction and screenwriting workshops in the Philippines and Thailand. He consults with television and screenwriters for the Media Development Authority in Singapore. He is fiction editor of the webzine ducts.org. At NYU he teaches courses on writing and contemporary culture.