GalleyCat FishbowlNY FishbowlDC UnBeige MediaJobsDaily SocialTimes AllFacebook AllTwitter LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser

Join Mediabistro’s Summer Online Literary Festival & Workshops

Meet leading authors, editors and literary agents and get your writing project professionally critiqued in our online Literary Festival & Workshops, July 16 – August 1, 2012. In our innovative, interactive online event, you will:

  • Hear from accomplished authors, literary agents, and editors
  • Workshop your own creative project with writers and editors
  • And make connections with other writers and book lovers across the globe in our summer reading group.

Come celebrate the publishing world with us and get inspired to finish the book project you’ve been working on.

Speakers include:

Susan Orlean
The New Yorker 

Opening Keynote

Constance Hale
Sin & Syntax 

5 Secrets for Wicked Good Prose

Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 

Unconventional Publicity: How She Made Her Debut Science Book Into a Best-Seller

Jason Boog

How To Build A Social Media Platform for Your Book

Sarah Fine
Author, child psychologist 

Overcome Obstacles To Become the Writer You Want to Be

Jason Allen Ashlock
Literary agent, Movable Type Management 

The Literary Agent’s Wishlist: Multimedia Ideas for Print, Digital, Film & TV


Each conference pass includes participation in a writing workshop of your choice:

  • Query letter writing with Kate McKean, literary agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
  • Visualize your creative writing project with Pinterest with Kate Rockland, author of 150 Pounds and Falling Is Like This
  • How to research and write historical fiction with Erika Mailman, author of The Witch’s Trinity and Woman of Ill Fame
  • Nailing the first pages of your novel with Erika Mailman, author of The Witch’s Trinity and Woman of Ill Fame
  • Nail the hook for your young adult novel with Kristen Kemp, author of 16 YA books, including Redemption
  • Romance writing: It’s all about chemistry with Sarah MacLean, author of Rules of Scoundrels series, A Rogue by Any Other Name (Avon)
  • Short story writing with S. Kirk Walsh, who has worked at The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Details, Entertainment Weekly, and Self
  • Time, space, and magic: Writing believable fantasy and science fiction with Ted Mendelssohn, author of The Wrong Sword
  • Words to die for: Mystery and crime writing with Hilary Davidson, author of The Damage Done and The Next One to Fall
  • Character development in nonfiction with Kelly McMasters, author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town
  • The far reach of truth: Nonfiction over the edge with Melissa Holbrook Pierson, essayist and author of four nonfiction books
  • Mining for a memoir: What’s your story? with Kelly McMasters, author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town

View full workshop details.

Each workshop is limited to 15 students, so sign up now to get the one of your choice.

Mediabistro Course

Get a Literary Agent

Get a Literary AgentWork with a publishing consultant to find the right agent for your book and write a query that will get the deal done! Starting December 3, learn the best methods for finding a literary agent, how to choose the right agent for your book, the etiquette of seeking literary representation, and how to stand out among the numerous queries agents receive daily. Register now!