MWW Agent Fest Take 2: November 20-21, 2020

Friday 12:30 pm through Saturday 5:00 pm. {Cost: $259}

Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists)


  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Latoya Smith, LCS Literary Services
  • Cherry Weiner, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency


  • Shannon Kelly, Associate Editor, Abrams
  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

You Will Get:

  • Immediate feedback on the merits of your book directly from agents working in that genre or category
  • Actionable advice on perfecting your pitch, and/or ways to improve your storyline or nonfiction premise
  • The opportunity to land representation and start on your path to a publishing deal.

Keys to Agent Fest Success:

  • Do your research. There will be eight agents attending and some will be a better fit for your writing than others. Be sure to study the list of faculty and target those who handle your genre or interest.
  • Practice makes perfect. This is your chance to sell your book, so write it out, practice it and perfect your pitch. Use a stopwatch so you can keep time—and their attention!
  • Get expert advice. To help you prepare, we have a room with willing volunteers where you can practice. You can hone your pitch and get more comfortable with presenting live. You’ll also gain the confidence you need to make a great impression.
  • Read this blog post by Jane Friedman — How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference.

What to Bring:

  • Your pitch — for our Practice Pitch
  • Copies of your query letter — for our Query Letter Workshop in the Library
  • Copies of your manuscript first page — for our Friday night activity
  • Business cards — for networking

By Saturday evening, you will have added more tools to help you move forward on your writing journey.

Secure your spot today. Registration coming soon!


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