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Susan Orlean Set to Keynote Mediabistro’s Summer Literary Intensive

Last summer, we reported about the temporary move from New York to Los Angeles of New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean. A snappy Twitter exchange (or two) later, we are now happy to herald her participation in Mediabistro’s upcoming online Literary Festival & Workshops, running July 16 through August 1.

Orlean is one of several high-profile speakers set to provide literary wisdom and guidance:

Susan Orlean 

Author
Journalist, The New Yorker

Constance Hale 

Author, Sin & Syntax

Opening Keynote 

 

5 Secrets for Wicked Good Prose
Rebecca Skloot 

Author, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Jason Boog 

Publishing Editor GalleyCat, Mediabistro

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

 

How to Build a Social Media Platform for
Your Book
Sarah Fine 

Author and Child Psychologist

Jason Allen Ashlock 

Literary Agent and President Movable Type Management

Overcome Obstacles to Become the Writer
You Want to Be
The Literary Agent’s Wishlist: Multimedia
Ideas for Print, Digital, Film & TV

A purchased conference pass also allows for participation in one of the following writing workshops:

  • 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, author of four non-fiction books and essayist
  • Mining for a memoir: What’s your story? Learn with Kelly McMasters, author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town

To view complete workshop details, click here. Each workshop is limited to 15 students, so sign up now.

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