We also know that sometimes the hardest part isn't getting your ideas down on paper, but getting your manuscript out of the slush pile. AAWW's third Publishing Conference is a special one-day session for any writer who's ever felt left out, whether because of their race, gender, or class, or simply because of the necessary solitude of the writer's life. Come hear from veteran authors, agents and editors, who'll share their trade secrets to get you on your way from unpublished writer to bestselling author. Our past conferences featured speakers from The New Yorker, The New York Times, Penguin Random House, W.W. Norton, and The Paris Review.
We have about thirty confirmed agents, editors, and writers including Jenny Zhang (Rookie), Jarry Lee (Buzzfeed), Tim O'Connell (Vintage, Anchor, Knopf, Pantheon), Katie Raissian (Grove Atlantic), James Yeh (Vice), Kashana Cauley (Catapult), Mensah Demary (Catapult), Ryan Chapman (Bomb), Rakesh Satyal (Atria), and others!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 from Noon to 6:00 PM
ISSUE Project Room - 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Open to writers of all ages, races, and genres!
Earliest Bird! (Now until Mon, May 23rd) $150.00
Early Bird (May 24 to Mon, June 6) $175.00
The "I Told Myself I Would Stop Procrastinating" Ticket Level (Until Wednesday, June 22) $190
General Admission $200.00 / Two for $350
Adrian Chen (The New Yorker), Jia Tolentino (Jezebel), and novelist and sports writer Tracy O'Neill talk about how they built a body of work in magazines and discuss the new online environment for writers of reportage, essays, and criticism—often about a specific topic or expertise that you may possess as a writer. Moderated by Associate Editor Jasmine Faustino (Flatiron Books).
It can be hard out there as a writer, especially if you're dealing with barriers of class, culture, race, and migration. Kashana Cauley, the columnist on social class and culture for Catapult, speaks with Catapult Editor Mensah Demary and Jiayang Fan (The New Yorker). Moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald (Buzzfeed).
Novelists Naomi Jackson (Iowa Writers Workshop), Karim Dimechkie (The Michener Center), and Kaitlyn Greenidge (Hunter MFA) discuss their pre- and post-MFA experience and give advice about how to navigate the writing program. Moderated by author Joseph Salvatore (Brooklyn Rail), an assistant professor at The New School.
Presented to Chris Jackson
And snack break.
A special conversation where an author, agent, and editor discuss what it's like to work on a book together. Novelist Bushra Rehman talks with her literary agent Ayesha Pande (Pande Literary) and her editor Susan Chang (Tor) about the book publication process.
Learn how to breaking to speculative fiction—a burgeoning genre that ranges from science-fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and YA. Featuring novelists Malka Older (Infomocracy: A Novel) and Jennifer Marie Brissett (Elysium Or, The World After) in conversation with editor Tim O'Connell (Vintage).
A fun, intimate conversation between friends giving advice on how to succeed in literature: novelist Tony Tulathimutte (Private Citizens), poet and memoirist Jenny Zhang (Rookie), and Whiting Award-winning fiction writer Alice Sola Kim, who became friends as emerging writers together in college. Moderated by Jarry Lee (Buzzfeed).
The publishing industry can look exclusive and gated off from the outside. You'll learn about how the industry is structured whether at a publishing house, a journal like Bomb, or a large media company like Vice. Featuring novelist Rakesh Satyal (Atria) and Ryan Chapman (Bomb), both published authors in addition to being publishing professionals, and James Yeh (VICE), co-founder of Gigantic Magazine. Moderated by Katie Raissan, an editor at Grove Atlantic and founder of Stonecutter Journal.
By the time I was in my early twenties, I wanted to write fiction but I was too afraid. The Asian American Writers' Workshop was a secret door that opened and cared about and supported my work as a writer. It was such an important moment in my life as a writer to be there."
—Jhumpa Lahiri, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Interpreter of Maladies
"Back when I was a young writer starting out, the AAWW's open mike readings were a place I tested new work, found community and made friends with other writers that have lasted to this day. I also found myself approached after one reading by a woman who would one day be my agent. Looking back, I wouldn't be the writer I am today without the Workshop."
—Alexander Chee, author of Queen of the Night
"I am deeply grateful to The Asian American Writers' Workshop for offering a most loving literary shelter... It's one thing to be offered a platform for one's work, but the people I have met and the events I have been a part of—and often just witness to, as an audience member—have been infinitely inspiring in a way I have not encountered, ever."
Porochista Khakpour, author of The Last Illusion and Sons and Other Flammable Objects
Mensah Demary is associate editor for Catapult. His nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Pacific Standard, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Originally from New Jersey, Mensah writes and lives in Brooklyn.
Ryan Chapman works at BOMB magazine. His illustrations have been featured in Buzzfeed, Mashable, The Daily Mail, and a Sydney-based teen magazine he's told is very respected. His book Conversation Sparks, based on his Webby Award-nominated tumblr, was published by Chronicle Books in 2015. He lives in Brooklyn.
Tony Tulathimutte's novel Private Citizens was called "the first great millennial novel" by New York Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has written for The New York Times, VICE, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Believer, N+1, Playboy, The Paris Review, The LA Review of Books, and others. His work has received an O. Henry Award and a Macdowell Fellowship, and recently he appeared as a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
James Yeh is the culture editor of VICE and a founding editor of Gigantic. His writing appears or is forthcoming in VICE Magazine, BOMB, Tin House, the Believer, the Paris Review Daily, and he is a frequent contributor to NOON. The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he was a 2011 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers fellow and a 2014 Hub City Writers Project writer-in-residence. A native of South Carolina, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Jarry Lee is the deputy editor of BuzzFeed Books, and lives in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter @jarry.
Naomi Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize as well as the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, and the Camargo Foundation. Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents. (Photo credit: Lola Flash)
Jenny Zhang is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, the non-fiction chapbook Hags, and the e-book The Selected Jenny Zhang. Her short story collection Sour Heart is forthcoming from Random House in fall 2017. She's a 2016 National Magazine Award finalist, and writing has been published in the New York Times, New York, Buzzfeed, Poetry, Rookie, The Hairpin, Dazed and Confused, Jezebel, The Guardian, The Iowa Review, and Glimmertrain, among other places.
Jennifer Marie Brissett is a British-Jamaican American who immigrated to the US when she was four and grew up in Cambridge, MA. For three and a half years, she owned and operated the Brooklyn indie bookstore Indigo Café & Books. She has a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Engineering (Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Visual Art) from Boston University and a Master's from the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her short stories can be found in The Future Fire, Halfway Down the Stairs, Lightspeed, Morpheus Tales, Terraform, Warrior Wisewoman 2, and APB: Artists against Police Brutality. Her story "Secrets of the Sea" was short listed for the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. Her debut novel Elysium (Aqueduct Press) was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, placed on the Honor List for the James Tiptree, Jr Award, and won the 2015 Philip K. Dick Special Citation Award. She currently lives in NYC.
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d'Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011. Malka Older's writing can be found at Leveler, Tor.com, Bengal Lights, Sundog Lit, Capricious, Reservoir, in the poetry anthology My Cruel Invention, and in Chasing Misery, an anthology of writing by female aid workers. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy is the first full-length novel from Tor.com, and the sequel Null States will be published in 2017.
Susan Chang is a Senior Editor at Tor Books. She acquires and edits books for the Starscape middle grade and Tor Teen young adult imprints. She began her publishing career at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she worked for nine years before moving on to shorter stints at Hyperion Books for Children and Parachute Publishing, a book packager. Susan joined Tor in 2004.
Jia Tolentino is the deputy editor at Jezebel, formerly a contributing editor at the Hairpin, whose work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Grantland, the Village Voice, Slate, Pitchfork and the Fader.
Katie Raissian is an associate editor at Grove Atlantic, where she edits literary fiction. Her authors include Colin Barrett, who was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 and winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story award; Anna Noyes, author of the collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women (June 2016); and Bethany Ball (2017). Katie is the publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, an annual magazine of art and literature which focuses on publishing international writers and artists alongside US-based ones. Stonecutter has featured work by John Ashbery, Cathy Linh Che, Mark O'Connell, Renee Gladman, Dunya Mikhail, Newsha Tavakolian, Sara Baume, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Cia Rinne, and Sally Rooney, to name but a few. Now residing in Queens, Katie is originally from Cork, Ireland.
Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them. More at www.isaacfitzgerald.net.
Jiayang Fan is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she reports on China and Chinese-American politics and culture. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other places. She was born in Chongqing and is based in New York City.
Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful, for which she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize. She was a Narrative Under 30 finalist and in 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, LitHub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Literarian and Guernica. She has published nonfiction in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, Grantland, Vice, The Guardian, VQR, The Toast, Catapult, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She currently teaches at the City College of New York and is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University.
Karim Dimechkie was a Michener Fellow. Before that he taught English in Paris. His first novel, Lifted by the Great Nothing, was recently published by Bloomsbury. He lives in New York City.
Kashana Cauley is a native Wisconsinite who lives in Brooklyn. The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Catapult, The Daily Beast & Esquire have published her essays and fiction. She won the 2012 Esquire/Aspen Writers' Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest.
Joseph Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011) and the co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar (Pearson, 2015). He is a Books editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier Journal, Epiphany, H.O.W. Journal, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, The Scofield, Sleeping Fish, and Willow Springs, among others. His criticism and nonfiction has appeared in The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture; Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing; The Believer Logger; The Brooklyn Rail; H.O.W. Journal; Rain Taxi; The Scofield; and The New York Times Book Review. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at The New School, in New York City, where he founded the literary journal LIT. He lives in Queens. www.josephsalvatore.com @jasalvatore.
Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her boutique agency ten years ago, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She is a member of AAR (Association of Author's Representatives), PEN, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, the Womens' Media Group and sits on the advisory board of the German Book Office. She has attended numerous writing conferences and has taught college level courses in editing. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women's, African-American and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, economics, popular culture, cultural commentary, memoir, and graphic novels.
Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn.
Tim O'Connell is an editor at Vintage and Anchor Books in the Knopf Doubleday Group of Penguin Random House, where he publishes a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. His authors include Jaimy Gordon, BJ Novak, Charles Yu, Nathan Hill, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Ted Chiang, J. Kael Weston, Lee Sandlin, Karin Tidbeck, and many others.
Bushra Rehman's first novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian American, was noted by Poets & Writers among 2013's Best Debut Fiction and featured in LA Review of Books as a work of radical South-Asian American Literature. She co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism, one of Ms. Magazine's "100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time." Rehman is creator of the writing workshop series Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Her first Young Adult novel, Corona: Stories of a Queens Girlhood, will be released by Tor/Macmillan in 2018. She is represented by Pande Literary.
Rakesh Satyal is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He has taught in the publishing program at NYU and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Blue Boy; his second novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name, will be published by Picador USA in 2017.
Adrian Chen is a staff writer at the New Yorker and a founder of IRL Club, a series of live events featuring cool people from the Internet.
The Asian American Writers' Workshop is proud to offer its second Editorial Achievement Award to Chris Jackson. The Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 25th at Issue Project Room at The Third AAWW Publishing Conference.
Chris Jackson is the Vice President, publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, a multicultural imprint that will relaunch in 2017. Formerly executive editor at Speigel & Grau, Jackson has published books like Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, which won the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction, as well as books by Edwidge Danticat, Bryan Stevenson, Matt Taibbi, Aaron McGruder, Jill Leovy, Victor LaValle, Jay Z, Russell Simmons, and Eddie Huang.
Jackson told Publishers Weekly that One World's mission was to "explore ideas that help us re-imagine our politics, culture, and interior lives, without the filter of the dominant culture"—a vision that, he said, "remains a radical and vital one today. I'm thrilled we'll be reanimating that idea and expanding its possibilities to capture the world in its fullness for this moment."
The AAWW bestows its Editorial Achievement Award upon editors within the publishing industry who incubate and publish excellent writers of color and help correct inequities of race, class, and gender in literature. The first Editorial Achievement Award was awarded to Alane Mason, Vice President and Executive Editor at W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.