Program

March 24, 25 & 26, 2017
Day 1
01 Oct 2016
Day 2
24 Mar 2017

Author Ice Breaker

Meet your fellow attendees in an ice breaker designed to help you get to know one another — and one another’s work.

Meet the Agents

Get to know our esteemed agents by watching them battle for dominance in a game of Faculty Feud. Survey says…
12:15 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch

Agent One-on-Ones

A critical feature of The Work is our focus on revising toward a common goal: getting your manuscript ready for agency representation. To that end, all author attendees will meet...
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Jennifer Udden
Kate Johnson
Monica Odom
Stephanie Delman
Annie Hwang
Kent D. Wolf
Soumeya B. Roberts
Carrie Howland
Katie Grimm

Author Readings

Relax, unwind, and reconnect with the group. Share a short excerpt from your manuscript with your fellow authors. Get up close and personal with the candy buffet.

Cocktail Mixer

Eat, drink, and be merry as you get to know your fellow attendees, our faculty, and other industry guests. The Work is proud of our NO-PITCH SOCIAL policy, which means...
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Day 3
25 Mar 2017

Panel Session A

This year, you’ll have two choices during each panel session, allowing you to customize your conference experience to focus on craft, the publishing industry, or a blend of both.
12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Lunch

Craft Workshops

Attendees will be assigned to a group of five authors whose manuscripts share a common thread. You’ll each receive a copy of one another’s submission sample in advance, as well...
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Alex Arnold
Liz Stein
Natalka Burian
Tiffany Liao
Laura Chasen

The Whole Picture Panel

After a short break following craft workshops, rejoin the collective for a special panel featuring author Serena Burdick, her agent Stephanie Delman, and her editor Laura Chasen, speaking together about...
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Serena Burdick
Stephanie Delman
Laura Chasen
7:00 pm

Surprise Event

Day 4
26 Mar 2017

Query Letter Master Class

One of the biggest challenges authors face in obtaining representation is nailing the query letter — the one-page document that makes writing a second novel seem like an afternoon walk...
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Rebecca Heyman
Carrie Howland

Asking For a Friend

We get the whole faculty together for a last hoorah before the keynote brunch! Throughout the weekend, drop your most pressing (and maybe embarrassing) publishing questions into a dedicated jar....
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Alex Arnold
Liz Stein
Natalka Burian
Monica Odom
Stephanie Delman
Annie Hwang
Kent D. Wolf
Soumeya B. Roberts
Tiffany Liao
Laura Chasen
Carrie Howland
Katie Grimm
12:30 pm-2:00 pm

Keynote Brunch