MWW Agent Fest, May 10-11, 2019

Friday – May 10, 2019 [L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Ball State]

Coffee & water in the Music Lounge

1:00 pm

Registration – Cardinal Hall, 2nd Floor, Pittenger Student Center

1:00-1:30 pm

Welcome, Introductions [Cardinal Hall B]

1:30-2:30 pm

“Ask the Agent Anything” Panel – All Agents [Cardinal Hall B]

2:45-3:45 pm

#1 Pitches to Agents (Noah Ballard, Elizabeth Bewley, Savannah Brooks, Joanna MacKenzie will hear 3-minute pitches) [Cardinal Hall A]

Session #1: “Author Experience” (finding an agent, through the pub process: an overview w/nuts & bolts) – JL Stermer, New Leaf Literary [Cardinal Hall B]

Query Letter Workshop: (Brenna English-Loeb, Devin Ross) {Music Lounge]

4:00-5:00 pm 

#2 Pitches to Agents (Brenna English-Loeb, Devin Ross, JL Stermer will hear 3-minute pitches) [Cardinal Hall A]

Session #2: “What Agents and Editors Are Looking for in First Pages — Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary [Cardinal Hall B]

Query Letter Workshop: (Noah Ballard, Elizabeth Bewley, Savannah Brooks) [Music Lounge]

5:00-7:00 pm

Dinner on your own – Walk to various restaurants in The Village [1 block from Student Center] (Options: Jimmy John’s, Subway, Brother’s Bar & Grill, China Express, Hoku Poku, Pita Pit, Greek’s Pizzeria)

7:00-9:00 pm

First Page Read – Love It or Leave It, “Okay, Stop” – with all agents [Cardinal Hall B]

(Moderator, Sarah Schmitt). “A Page One Critique-Fest.” This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with our 7 attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. (All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts.)

Saturday – May 11, 2019 [Ball State Alumni Center]

MR = Meeting Room

8:30-9:00 am

Coffee (and scones) & community – [Conservatory, Alumni Center]

9:00-10:00 am   

#3 Pitches to Agents (Noah Ballard [MR1a], Savannah Brooks [MR1b], Joanna MacKenzie [MR2a, Devin Ross [MR2b] will hear 3-minute pitches)

Session #3: “Writing a Successful Query Letter” — Elizabeth Bewley, Sterling Lord Literistic [Assembly Hall]

Query Letter Workshop: (Brenna English-Loeb, JL Stermer) [Library]

10:15-11:15 am

#4 Pitches to Agents (Brenna English-Loeb [MR1a], Elizabeth Bewley [MR1b], JL Stermer [MR2a] will hear 3-minute pitches)

Session #4: “The Successful Synopsis” — Devin Ross, New Leaf Literary [Assembly Hall]

Query Letter Workshop: (Noah Ballard, Savannah Brooks, Joanna MacKenzie) [Library]

11:30am-12:30 pm

Lunch (provided) & community [Assembly Hall]

12:45-1:45 pm 

#5 Pitches to Agents (Savannah Brooks [MR1b], Joanna MacKenzie [MR2a], Devin Ross [MR2b], Brenna English-Loeb [MR1a] will hear 3-minute pitches)

Session #5: “How to Navigate an Agent/Author Relationship” — Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown, Ltd. [Assembly Hall]

Query Letter Workshop: (Elizabeth Bewley, JL Stermer) [Library]

2:00-3:00 pm

#6 Pitches to Agents (Noah Ballard [MR1a], Elizabeth Bewley [MR1b], JL Stermer [MR2a] will hear 3-minute pitches)

Session #6: “Revise and Resubmit Survival Guide”: What agents are looking for when they request an R&R, the etiquette when you have multiple submissions out, and a primer on integrating editorial suggestions — Brenna English-Loeb, Transatlantic Literary Agency [Assembly Hall]

Query Letter Workshop: (Savannah Brooks, Joanna MacKenzie, Devin Ross) [Library]

3:15-4:15 pm

#6 Pitches to Agents (Joanna MacKenzie [MR2a], Devin Ross [MR2b], Brenna English-Loeb [MR1a] will hear 3-minute pitches)

Session #7: Reconstruction: Bringing History to Life – (Reconstruction, the nonfiction technique of writing a scene or event you were not present for as if you were, is one many writers stay away from. But they shouldn’t. This session will focus on how to use research to make the past come to life.) — Savannah Brooks, Jennifer DeChiara [Assembly Hall]

4:30 pm

CLOSING [Assembly Hall]

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Speakers and program sessions subject to change
Every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule; however, all programs and times are subject to change.