Push to Publish 2012: Strategies and Techniques to Get Your Work in Print and Online

Start:  10/13/2012 9:00 am
End: 10/13/2012 5:00 pm

Where: Rosemont College, 1400 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont, PA 19010.

“This was the best conference of any type I have ever attended. I found both encouragement and very practical advice.” — from a 2011 survey of PTP attendees

Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online. Highlights include:

  • Speed date with the editors and agents: Meet editors and agents who will review and offer feedback on your work (bring up to 5 pages of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction to review and dicuss).
  • Learn how to increase your chances of getting published.
  • Discuss the new writing trends with professionals in the community
  • Get great marketing and networking tips to break into the competitive world of publishing.

Kevin McIlvoyKevin McIlvoyKeynote Speaker: Kevin McIlvoy has published four novels (A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, Hyssop) and, most recently, a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf Press).  He has taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing and the New Mexico State University MFA Program in Creative Writing.

 Click here to read our interview with Mr. McIlvoy.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE – Click HERE for a list of participating agents, editors and panelist bios.

 9:00     Registration and Breakfast: Kistler Memorial Library (Building #5 on campus map)

10:00   Keynote Speaker: Kevin McIlvoy: McShain Auditorium, Brown Hall (Building #2 on campus map)

11:15   Speed Dating with Editors & agents: Kistler Memorial Library

. Editors and agents include representatives from: Don Congdon Associates, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, Pen & Ink Agency, Sheree Bykofsky Agency, Full Circle Agency, Creative Nonfiction, Wild River Review, Baltimore Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Philadelphia Poets, Philadelphia Stories, Apiary, Hidden River Press, and writing coaches.

12:30     Lunch & Networking: Kistler Memorial Library

1:15-2:15 Breakout Session I – McShain/Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Center (Building #2 on campus map)

A: SELLING YOUR GENRE FICTION Panelists: Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Dennis Tafoya, Alison DeLuca

B. MARKETING: GETTING STARTED Panelists: Marie Lamba, Don Lafferty, Nora Zelevansky

& CREATIVE NONFICTION Panelists: Lise Funderburg, Jerry Waxler, Hattie Fletcher, Kathye Petrie

2:30-3:30  Breakout Session II – McShain/Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Center

A: MARKETING FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS Panelists: Katie Grimm, Anne Dubuisson, Don Lafferty, Debra Leigh Scott, Curtis Smith


 Panelists: Beth Kephart, Nancy Viau, Catherine Stine, Karen Toz, Alison DeLuca

C: THE INS AND OUTS OF E-PUBLISHING Panelists: Miral Sattar (BiblioCrunch.com), Thomas Hartman (Rosemont professor), more to come

3:45-5 Breakout Session III – McShain/Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Center

MEET THE AGENTS & EDITORS (McShain Auditorium)
 Agents and editors share their tips for finding the right agent and selling your work (from novels to short stories to poems). This interactive panel will include plenty of time for Q&A so you can get an insider’s persepectives on the publishing market today.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! Fee: $75 (Students, Seniors $65) includes Breakfast, Lunch, and one
Speed-date Pass. Additional Speed-date passes can be purchased for $5
each. (No more than 3 total recommended.) [50% off for Rosemont
students, faculty, and alumni — must provide valid proof of affiliation
at registration]

Any questions, please email christine@philadelphiastories.org


Back by popular demand: Spend a Day with a Literary Agent
 Workshop with Sheree Bykofsky.  Cost: $75 (includes lunch). Click HERE for details.

New this year: Master class with Kevin McIlvoy. Cost: $75 (includes lunch).
 Description: THE STANCE OF WONDER IN FIRST-PERSON NARRATION In third-person narration the saying-singing shapes the reader’s experience of wonder and completeness. In first-person narration the singing-saying shapes the experience of wonder and fullness by naturally inviting many destabilizing moments. Our workshop will focus on some of the strategies for achieving wonder and fullness in writing in the first person. We will do a brief (optional) writing exercise, so please bring paper and pen. *Email christine@philadelphiastories.org  for an application. Space is limited!


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