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Spring Big Apple 2015

  • Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • 9:30 AM
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015
  • 6:00 PM
  • Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016


  • Afternoon Meet the Agents panel and pitch session
  • Afternoon session with Alice Orr
  • Afternoon Meet the Agents panel and pitch session
  • Afternoon session with Alice Orr
  • Student ID is REQUIRED at in person registration.
  • Student ID is REQUIRED at in person registration.

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Saturday, April 25

Writing and Rewriting Your Life Stories (from Journaling to Personal Essay to Memoir) with Susan Tiberghien

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories.” Anne Lamott

“Writing memoir is, in some ways, a work of wholeness.” Sue Monk Kidd

Join Susan Tiberghien in a full day of finding, crafting, and polishing the stories from your life that you’d like to keep. Leave with a life story that you are ready to share. Surprise yourself. And at the same time discover the supportive community of women writers at IWWG.

9:30 am - 10:00 am Registration and check-in

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Morning Session 

─ Journaling:  The Foundation

─ Writing Personal Essays, Three Levels: Tell, Show, Polish

─ Writing Memoir, Four Steps: Window, Frame, Parts In/Out, Pattern/Arc

Note: There will be examples, handouts, and guided writing exercises for each of the three topics.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Lunch (on your own or try the delightful café at Scandinavia House)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Afternoon Session 

─Crafting your life story (a short personal essay or a page or two of your memoir)

─Rewriting your life story (the art of revision, seeing anew)

─Drawing readers to your story (reading, sharing, publishing)

Sunday, April 26

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration and check-in

8:30 am - 10:00 am The Brand Called You: Defining Your Writer's Career in Today's Market with Melissa Rosati

10:00 am - 11:00 am IWWG Member Author Panel 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm IWWG Member Author Book Fair

11:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Meet the Agents panel discussion (List of agents in description section below) 

2:10 - 5:00 pm Meet the Agents pitch session

2:00 - 4:30 pm Pitch Perfect & Blurbalicious: How to Present Your Project with Maximum Agent-Editor-Reader Appeal with Alice Orr

The Brand Called You: Defining Your Writer’s Career in Today’s Market with Melissa Rosati

Regardless of your age, past publishing successes or agent representation, you are a brand. Today, readers and publishers have expectations about how you will interact with them.
‘Why buy your book?’
 ‘What makes you worth a follow on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook?’
In our social world, these are fair questions you need to answer through the representation of your writer’s brand. The first step to building or refining your brand is to understand the “big picture,” of marketing and distribution in today’s publishing environment.

In this workshop, you will learn the following:

  • Why today’s publishing renaissance offers you unprecedented opportunities
  • Why consumers use digital distributors (Amazon, Google, B&N, Kobo, and Apple) for their book purchases and the impact of their choices
  • How a branding strategy helps readers discover and/or find your books in print and digital formats
  • What one step will make the biggest difference in your connections and conversations with readers and potential readers.
Whether you seek a traditional publisher or to publish on your own, this workshop offers you the context for making career decisions based on market facts, not publishing nostalgia or romantic myths.

Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, is an executive coach, trainer, and publishing strategist. A frequent speaker and workshop leader, Melissa has presented on the topics of publishing business models and social marketing strategies for writers’ organizations such as the International Women’s Writing Guild, the Women's National Book Association, the Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference, the Geneva Writers’ Group.

An award-winning publisher, Melissa has served as editorial director and publisher for companies such as McGraw-Hill International and Routledge, among others. As an adjunct professor of publishing at Pace University, Melissa co-lead executive training programs in publishing for media companies in China. She also taught graduate-level courses in book sales and distribution methods, principles of marketing, and trade publishing. To learn more about Melissa, please visit her profile on LinkedIn at

Pitch Perfect & Blurbalicious: How to Present Your Project with Maximum Agent-Editor-Reader Appeal with Alice Orr

There is an art to project presentation. The high-concept pitch or blurb is the soul of marketing and choosing the correct language is crucial. You must use Wow Words because Wow Words Work Wonders. This workshop provides you with the Wow Words you need and teaches you how to use them. You will compose hands-on a project pitch and blurb that grabs agent-editor-reader attention and doesn’t let go – a skill that is more essential than ever now in the new indie publishing world.

Alice Orr loves to write. Especially romantic suspense novels of love & danger. She's well known as a workshop leader, book editor & literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time. Alice has published 12 novels, 2 novellas & a memoir so far, with 2 new novels launched in early 2015. She wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections, as a gift to the writers' community she loves. Amazon says, "This book has it all." About her romantic suspense stories, Amazon says, "Alice Orr turns up the heat." Alice also presents workshops on writing for publication &/or pleasure. Most of all, Alice wants to hear from readers. Email her at Or go to her website Alice has 2 grown children & 2 perfect grandchildren & lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City.

Meet the Agents session

Panel session starts with agent introductions, followed by opening the floor to questions from the audience. Appointments for the pitch session are on a first-come, first-served basis. You will have up to 10 minutes of one-on-one time with the agents for whom you've signed up. Link to sign-up sheet will be emailed to you after registration.
Cast of Agents
Janet Rosen, Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc.
Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Linda Langton, Langtons International Agency
Paul Cash, Larson Publications
Sarah Levitt, The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency
Sheila Levine, Publishing Lawyer, Levine Samuel, LLP
Susan Gleason, Susan Gleason Literary Agency
Tanya McKinnon, McKinnon McIntyre Agency

Member Author Panel and Book Fair 

Our published member authors discuss the process of writing and publishing their book. Followed by a book fair where you may chat with the authors and purchase their books. Click HERE to view our lineup.

Susan Gleason, Susan Gleason Literary Agency

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