Who we are

A writers’ conference focused on giving 30 fresh voices in adult or YA literature unprecedented access to the agents, editors and industry experts who can help make dreams come true.

Why boutique

The Work is all about details. From attendees to agents to lunch menus, the weekend’s finer points have been carefully considered and hand-selected.

What to expect

A weekend of intensive attention to your novel, innovative programming, inspired revision, strong coffee, and big fun.

Keep in touch

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Day 1
11 Oct 2019
Day 2
12 Oct 2019
Day 3
13 Oct 2019

Registration

After checking in at the registration table, grab coffee, pastry, and fruit in the kitchen. Get comfortable — MEET is going to be your home for the next three days!

Meet the Faculty

Jon Michael Darga
Miranda Hill
Bridget Smith
Sylvan Creekmore
Jim McCarthy
Samantha Fabien
Rhea Lyons
Kiana Nguyen
Amaryah Orenstein
Carolyn Williams
Loan Le
Natalie Hallak
Jennifer Udden
Kate Johnson
Stephanie Delman
Rebecca Heyman
Noah Ballard

Agent One-On-Ones

Bridget Smith
Jim McCarthy
Samantha Fabien
Rhea Lyons
Kiana Nguyen
Amaryah Orenstein
Jennifer Udden
Kate Johnson
Stephanie Delman
Noah Ballard

Debrief

Rebecca Heyman

Cocktail Party

Join us at Onieal’s Bar (174 Grand St.) to unwind and get to know fellow attendees and faculty. Passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks are on TWC — so enjoy!  ...
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Arrival

Pastries, fruit and coffee available beginning at 9am.

Panel Session A

Bee room: “Writing Sex, Profanity and Taboo” with Stephanie, Jon and Samantha // Salon: “How Not To Sabotage Your Chances With An Agent” with Amaryah, Kate, Kiana and Noah
Jon Michael Darga
Samantha Fabien
Kiana Nguyen
Amaryah Orenstein
Kate Johnson
Stephanie Delman
Noah Ballard

Panel Session B

We’re offering just one panel during this block, but we think it’s one all attendees will appreciate: “Happily Ever After You Find an Agent: The post-query publishing process” with Amaryah,...
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Samantha Fabien
Rhea Lyons
Amaryah Orenstein
Kate Johnson
Stephanie Delman

Panel Session C

Bee Room: “Time, Flashbacks and Backstory” with Kiana and Bridget // Salon: “Show Me The Money: Commissions, Advances, Royalties and Making a Living” with Jim and Jon
Jon Michael Darga
Bridget Smith
Jim McCarthy
Kiana Nguyen

Small-Group Critique Workshops

Miranda Hill
Sylvan Creekmore
Carolyn Williams
Loan Le
Natalie Hallak

Line Editing Review

Let’s touch base and demystify your most pressing grammar questions. Using the line edits you received during your small-group critique workshop as a guide, we’ll succinctly but thoroughly review the...
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Rebecca Heyman

Query Letter Master Class

After a panel presentation detailing the ins and outs of the dreaded query letter, we’ll break out into small, agent-led groups to work on composing and refining the perfect pitch...
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Jon Michael Darga
Bridget Smith
Jim McCarthy
Rhea Lyons
Noah Ballard

All-Faculty Panel: Asking For a Friend

An annual favorite, during which we read all the anonymous questions attendees have placed in the Asking For a Friend jar throughout the weekend.
Jon Michael Darga
Miranda Hill
Bridget Smith
Sylvan Creekmore
Jim McCarthy
Samantha Fabien
Rhea Lyons
Kiana Nguyen
Amaryah Orenstein
Carolyn Williams
Loan Le
Natalie Hallak
Kate Johnson
Stephanie Delman
Rebecca Heyman
Noah Ballard

2019 Faculty

Kiana Nguyen

Donald Maass Literary

Noah Ballard

Curtis Brown, Ltd

Jim McCarthy

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Laura Chasen

Laura Chasen Editorial

Sylvan Creekmore

SMP/Wednesday Books

Natalie Hallak

Park Row Books

Miranda Hill

Berkley (PRH)

Jennifer Udden

New Leaf Literary

Rebecca Heyman

Conference Director

Kate Johnson

MacKenzie Wolf

Carolyn Williams

Doubleday/Nan A. Talese

Samantha Fabien

Laura Dail Literary

Loan Le

Atria Books

Stephanie Delman

Sanford J Greenburger Assoc.

Bridget Smith

JABberwocky

Past Faculty

If you're an agent or editor interested in joining a future Work Conference, please contact theworkconference@gmail.com, or reach out on Twitter via @TheWorkConf.
Laura Apperson
Editor
Alex Arnold
Editor
Noah Ballard
Agent
Carmiel Banasky
Guest Author
Katie Bayerl
Guest Author
Rebecca Brewer
Editor
Laura Brown
Editor
Natalka Burian
Guest Author
Serena Burdick
Guest Author
Laura Chasen
Editor
Stephanie Delman
Agent
Matthew Dicks
Guest Author
Heather Flaherty
Agent
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Guest Author
Katie Grimm
Agent
Natalie Hallak
Editor
Erin Harris
Agent
Julie Lekstrom Himes
Guest Author
Leon Husock
Agent
Annie Hwang
Agent
Guy Intoci
Editor
Daniel Kirschen
Agent
Loan Le
Editor
Sarah Levitt
Agent
Tiff Liao
Editor
Monica Odom
Agent
Veronica Park
Agent
Elana Roth Parker
Agent
Emma Patterson
Agent
Soumeya B Roberts
Agent
Liz Stein
Editor
Jennifer Udden
Agent
Carolyn Williams
Editor
Kate Johnson
Agent
Kent Wolf
Agent
Adriann Ranta Zurhellen
Agent

Testimonials

What attendees had to say about the 2016 inaugural event

Contact Us

For details, questions or comments about the work, contact:
@TheWorkConf on Twitter
Email The Work Conference

FAQ

Q: Is there a room block for The Work Conference?

A: Nope! Experience has taught us that attendees prefer to arrange their own accommodations across a variety of platforms.

Q: What is TWC 2019 tuition?

A: Tickets to this year’s conference are $1950. Early-bird specials and one full scholarship will be available; details to follow once faculty is finalized.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Attendance is limited to 30 authors. Admissions are rolling, and once we’re fully committed — that’s it. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

 

Q: Who should apply to The Work Conference?

A: TWC is designed for query-ready authors working across a variety of fiction genres, and narrative non-fiction (memoir, essay collections). Authors with freshly-minted first drafts likely won’t find the program a good fit. Unsure? The best way to find out if you’re ready for TWC is to apply! Conference Director Rebecca Heyman provides in-depth feedback to all applicants; if you’re not ready, she’ll tell you!