Note: all activities take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. Prep critiques will be managed online in February-March 2018.

Friday, May 4, 2018

11:30-4:00 p.m. Check in outside the College Park Ballroom on the second floor of the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel conference area.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Editors Q&A Panel with all six editors from publishing firms in the College Park Ballroom.

1:45-4:00 p.m. Query Letter Critique: In the second-floor meeting rooms, panels of one editor and one agent each offer critiques and suggestions during sessions of about ten minutes to improve participants’ query letters so they’ll shine when they pitch their chosen agent(s)/editor(s) one-on-one on Saturday and/or have a sterling query letter to use ever after. Past guest agents and editors have called this a “must do” activity, and often cite it as the most helpful and informative educational session offered by any conference anywhere. Meanwhile, Patricia Meyer gives two free, interactive talks with Q&A in the College Park Ballroom: “Creating 3-D Characters” and “Screenwriting Is Rewriting.”

4:00-6:00 p.m. Workshop: Conference special guest speaker Patricia Meyer–Emmy-nominated screenwriter, TV and movie producer, and educator–presents her two-hour workshop “The Alchemy of Adaptation: From Book to Screen,” during which you will learn the tools to help you approach an adaptation of your material as well as an understanding of whether it serves the movie screenplay or TV series formats.

6:00-8:30 p.m. Free time to improve your query letter for Saturday–if you did the query letter critique–and to dine in the hotel or elsewhere.

8:30-11:30 p.m. Free social mixer in a private meeting room for Conference participants only. No RSVP necessary. Join our guests for casual chats about books and the people who write them, sell them, publish them, and buy them. As part of their conference obligations, the twelve editors and agents are compelled to participate.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Check in outside the College Park Ballroom on the second floor of the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel conference area.

9:00-10:00 a.m. Agents Q&A Panel with all six literary agents in the College Park Ballroom.

10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Manuscript critique meetings: One-on-one meetings for about 15 minutes each between the editors/agents and those who submitted their work for critique by the April 4 deadline, in the second-floor meeting rooms. Meanwhile, best-selling author and conference success story  Emily Carpenter will provide two 75-minute talks in the College Park Ballroom: “Traditional Publishing: Over the Rainbow and Behind the Curtain” and “The 2018 Author.”

1:00-2:15 p.m. Lunch on your own.

2:15-5:30 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent one-on-one for about ten minutes each, in the second-floor meeting rooms. In parallel, best-selling author Buzz Bernard, who has forty years of nonfiction and fiction publishing experience, will do two 75-minute presentations in the College Park Ballroom: “Hiring a Publicist—Is It Worth It?” and “Free Form Q&A with an Old Timer—Ask Away!.”

5:45-6:15 p.m. Award ceremony and prize giveaways in the College Park Ballroom with each editor/agent presenting a certificate to participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best pitch, and giveaways for prizes such as a free manuscript critique at the next Atlanta Writers Conference.



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