Schedule of Onsite Activities

Note: All activities will take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel on November 4-5, 2022 except the Pre-Conference Edits, which will be managed entirely via email (from June through August 2022). The activities are described in detail on the Conference Activities page. For any agents and editors–and participants–who will be virtual, all interactions will occur via Zoom.

Note that all times given below are US Eastern.

Friday, November 4, 2022

12:30-1:30 p.m. Editor Q&A Panel with all participating acquisitions editors (either in-person or via Zoom).

1:45-5:00 p.m. Query Letter Critiques with two editors/agents (either in-person or via Zoom) assigned to participants at random, but with no overlaps with any Saturday meetings, offering critiques and suggestions during sessions of about ten minutes based on a query letter submitted in advance.

2:00-2:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Alex Finlay: “Edit, Edit, and More Edits” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

3:00-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar by Alex Finlay: “So You’ve Written a Novel? 10 Things Bestselling Authors Do to Make Their Manuscripts Sing” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

4:00-6:00 p.m. Workshop by Alex Finlay: “First-Page Critiques” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom), where participants are invited to submit the first page of their manuscript by October 21 for Alex’s critique.

6:00-8:30 p.m. Free time for participants.

8:30-11:30 p.m. Mixer with in-person editors and agents who are comfortable in a close-contact environment for casual conversations and networking among participants (in-person-only activity).

Saturday, November 5, 2022

9:00-10:00 a.m. Agent Q&A Panel with all participating literary agents (either in-person or via Zoom).

10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Manuscript critique meetings: One-on-one meetings (either in-person or via Zoom) of about 13 minutes each between the editors/agents and those who submitted their work for critique by the October 3, 2022 deadline. Participants will receive summary comments a day or two before the conference.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Mini-Seminar with Samantha Jayne Allen: “A Strong Sense of Place in Fiction” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Samantha Jayne Allen: “The Art of Suspense” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

12:45-2:15 p.m. Free time for participants.

2:15-5:30 p.m. Pitch meetings: Participants pitch an editor/agent (either in-person or via Zoom) one-on-one for ten minutes each, providing a query letter in advance to facilitate this discussion (virtual participants or those meeting with a virtual agent/editor will submit their work via email by October 31 and can submit a rewrite following their query letter critique by November 4 at 10 p.m. Eastern).

2:30-3:45 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Anthony Grooms: “Make Your Words Sing: Cadence in Poetry and Prose” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

4:00-5:15 p.m. Mini-Seminar with Anthony Grooms: “Point-of-View and Voice: Add Spark to Your Narration” (in-person and broadcast via Zoom).

5:45-6:30: Giveaway drawings and award ceremony: giveaways for the next conference and more will be conducted by drawing raffle tickets. Then, all participating agents and editors (in-person and via Zoom) will announce their awards for Best Manuscript Sample and Best Pitch, with certificates for the winners.


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