What you pay: $150 Early Bird Registration/ $200 After May 21. Discounts for AAWW Members - please inquire.
What you get:
Admission to our an all-day, 6-panel publishing conference. Spend a day at Issue Project Room, one of the hidden gems of New York, meeting editors and agents at the biggest publishing houses in New York.
Free one-year general AAWW membership/renewal: free admission to AAWW's regular events, discounts on writing workshops, 25% book discounts at events, and special notification, opportunities, and fellowships only available to members.
Rare back issue of the Asian Pacific American Journal (APAJ)
A photo-printed AAWW tote bag
12:00-12:15 PM Opening Remarks
12:15-1:00 PM Your Agent, Your Friend
Agents are your personal champions in the battleground of publishing. Definitely get one. Four of them tell you how to stand out, refine your pitch, and find one to represent you.
With: Jacqueline Ko (The Wylie Agency), Kathleen Nishimoto (William Morris Endeavor), Shaun Dolan (Union Literary), Paul Lucas (Janklow & Nesbit), moderated by Ken Chen (Executive Director of AAWW)
1:00-1:45 PM MFA vs. POC
You read the Junot Diaz article in the New Yorker. So, do you take on the institutionalized inequities of the MFA world or strike out on your own? Hear stories from the front lines.
With: Alexander Chee (Iowa Writers' Workshop MFA, Author of Edinburgh), Paul Beatty (Brooklyn College MFA, Author of The White Boy Shuffle), Anelise Chen (NYU MFA), Patricia Park (Boston University MFA, Author of the forthcoming Re Jane) moderated by Dayna Tortorici (n+1)
1:45-2:30 PM Real Talk from Editors
What does your manuscript look like to an editor? They’re looking for great writing, sure. But they’re also navigating that tough spot between taste and the market. Four editors break it down for you.
With: Emi Ikkanda (Henry Holt), Anjali Singh (Other Press), Connie Hsu (Roaring Brook), Wes Miller (Little, Brown & Co.), moderated by Kirby Kim (Janklow & Nesbit)
2:30-3:15 PM AAWW Editorial Achievement Award
Presented to Alane Salierno Mason by Rohan Kamicheril
and Lunch Break
3:15-4:00 PM The Deal
The difference between not published and published is one little book deal. Stories of that hallowed moment: how it happened, and how to act when it does.
With: Chinelo Okparanta (Author of Happiness Like Water), Tayari Jones (Author of Silver Sparrow) (Author of Free Food for Millionaires), Ava Chin (Author of Eating Wildly), moderated by Ben Ryder Howe (Editor at New York Observer, Author of My Korean Deli)
4:00-4:45 PM Non-fiction, Journalism, Blogging
You're not ready to write a book. Or maybe you have one, and need to get the word out. Social media, blogs, and articles can be either a stepping stone for your career or a place to develop your writing chops.
With: Maris Kreizman (Kickstarter, Slaughterhouse 90210), Jay Caspian Kang (newyorker.com), Choire Sicha (The Awl), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review), moderated by Jyothi Natarajan (The Margins)
4:45-5:30 PM Literary Magazines
New York is full of them: dynamic, young, experimental. Literary magazines will take a chance on your work before anyone else. Plus, they throw the best readings (parties).
With: Laura Isaacman (Tweed's), Meakin Armstrong (Guernica), Andy Hunter (Founder of Electric Literature), Jonathan Lee (A Public Space), moderated by Jin Auh (The Wylie Agency)
5:30-6:00 PM Closing Remarks and reception.