Conference Spotlight: South Carolina Writers Workshop

A big conference coming up in two months is the 2009 South Carolina Annual Writers Conference: The Method, The Market & The Muse. I, along with many other editors, agents and writers, will be presenting at this conference, which is one of the largest of its kind in the southeast.
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A big conference coming up in two months is the 2009 South Carolina Annual Writers Conference: The Method, The Market & The Muse. I, along with many other editors, agents and writers, will be presenting at this conference, which is one of the largest of its kind in the southeast. DETAILS: Oct. 23–25, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

This is a large conference—perhaps the biggest one in the area—and it's held right at a Hilton on the beach (awesome). The faculty is ginormous, and there will be plenty of people there worth schmoozing with.

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WHO WILL BE THERE?

Besides the seven editors there (me included), here are the agents in attendance. Between them all, they probably represent every category/genre known to man and then some. Their bios are online. Please note I have hyperlinked some of these agents, so you can see my interviews with them on this blog.

  • Pamela Ahearn, The Ahearn Agency
  • Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
  • Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency
  • Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management
  • Matthew Mahoney, Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd
  • Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
  • Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
  • Janet Reid, New Leaf Literary
  • Holly Root, Waxman Agency
  • Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency
  • Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation

The keynote speaker is novelist Steve Berry.

WHAT ELSE?

Be sure to hurry and sign up. In five days, it will be September, and that means you can no longer get a critique from agents/editors.

Besides the critique, there are all kinds of things: open mic sessions, slush fests where editors and agents explain when they stop reading, and pitch sessions with agents.

Friday is the first, optional day with intensive classes (I'll be teaching on how to write magazine queries to editors). The real deal starts on Saturday and continues through Sunday. See all conference details on the SCWW website here!