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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."

Twice a year New York Writers Workshop offers three-day Pitch Conferences for writers of non-fiction. Participants refine pitches for their proposals or manuscripts, then meet with and pitch to three different editors from major New York publishing houses (Bantam Dell, Berkley Publishing Group, Dutton, Random House, Rodale, St. Martin’s Press, and others).

Before the conference begins, participants prepare drafts of their pitches that can be presented orally in about three minutes. The draft should include the book’s premise and hook, and the writer’s platform.

Day 1:

Participants workshop their pitches with a workshop leader from New York Writers Workshop. Each participant reads his/her synopsis. The NYWW instructor provides guidance in revision for clarity, concision, and impact. The instructor also discusses, as appropriate, the realities of the publishing market. The rest of the group participates, as appropriate, and learns from each example.

Day Two:
Participants make two pitches to editors today. The first pitch is “public,” meaning participants pitch to an editor in the presence of their group. The public session is followed by a short Q&A with the editor. The second pitch is private, one-on-one with an editor, with an NYWW instructor present. Each pitch lasts approximately five minutes.

Day Three:
Today each participant makes one private pitch to an editor, again with an NYWW instructor present. The day wraps with a group conference with an NYWW instructor.

Conference times:

Friday: 9:30 to 4:00
Saturday: Optional Agents Panel 10:00 to 12:00; Conference 1:30 to 5:00

Sunday: 10:00 to 12:30

Non-Fiction Agents Panel

Day Two: Morning (Optional)

Additional $25 Fee

Three literary agents discuss the current market for non-fiction books. What is required, in this economic climate, to sell memoirs, how-to books, and other types of non-fiction? What are the current trends? How to query an agent? What do agents look for? What are the publishers looking for? How to market oneself? Q&A session follows the panel discussion.

Workshop Leaders and Editors

Click here to see New York Writers Workshop members who serve as conference leaders.

Click here to see editors who participate in our conferences.

Participating Agents

Click here to see a list of participating agents.

How to Apply

If you’d like to attend the workshop, prepare an email with the following information: brief description of the project (up to 100 words); what you do for a living; and contact information (mail address, phone). Send it to Charles Salzberg charles@ducts.org. Note in the subject line of your email whether you are applying for the Fiction or Non-Fiction conference. We’ll get back to you within ten days to let you know if your application has been accepted and, if so, where you should send your check. Note: please do not contact the JCC–while they handle registration for our writing classes, they are not involved with the conferences.