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Wednesday, September 27
 

9:00am

Agent Pitch Sessions

Literary agent Julie Stevenson, of Massie & McQuilkin in New York, is eager to meet people for 10-minute, one-on-one sessions. The idea here is for participants to receive feedback and ask questions about pitches, pitch letters and the industry. Book-deals and agent-signings rarely happen in this type of environment - rather, Julie wants to offer guidance to writers, at all levels, interested in the process of publishing.

As an agent, she is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. She's agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence. She represents upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, young adult and children's books."

 


Speakers
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Julie Stevenson

JULIE STEVENSON is a literary agent with Massie & McQuilkin, a premiere boutique agency in New York, which represents some of the most noted writers in American publishing. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and young... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
A&E Conference Room 220 N Higgins

1:15pm

"Aboutness:" Leash Your Novel, Shape Your Writing, Pitch Your Book, with Sandra Scofield
"Aboutness:" Leash Your Novel, Shape Your Writing, Pitch Your Book
If you are writing, want to write, or have drafted a novel, you are thinking of all those pages. But the secret to a novel that flies is a novel you can talk about, a novel that can be compressed to the gem it is. Learn how to capture the essence of a story in a few clear declarative sentences. That's your way into the writing, and it's definitely your way into telling someone they really should read it.This is an opportunity to get valuable feedback on the very idea of your novel.

Speakers
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Sandra Scofield

Sandra Scofield is the author of 11 books: seven novels (including a National Book Award finalist); a memoir, Occasions of Sin; a book of essays about family, Mysteries of Love and Grief; a craft book, The Scene Book; and most recently, Swim: Stories of the Sixties. The Last Draft... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 1:15pm - 3:30pm
A&E Conference Room 220 N Higgins
 
Thursday, September 28
 

9:00am

Agent Pitch Sessions
Speakers
avatar for Julie Stevenson

Julie Stevenson

JULIE STEVENSON is a literary agent with Massie & McQuilkin, a premiere boutique agency in New York, which represents some of the most noted writers in American publishing. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and young... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
A&E Conference Room 220 N Higgins

9:30am

Ekphrasis: Writing Out of Art, with Poet Joni Wallace

“I speak to these sculptures, wood prints, and paintings as I would to a friend over coffee or champagne.” –Ntozake Shange, Ridin’the Moon in Texas, 1987 

 Going back at least to the description in the Iliad of the shield of Achilles, poets have been writing to, from, and about art.  Join poet Joni Wallace at the Missoula Art Museum for this hands-on, generative workshop in ekphrasis. Each participant will generate new work inspired by the museum collection and receive constructive, considered feedback toward revision and continued practice. 


Speakers
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Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is the author of two books of poetry and a chapbook: Kingdom Come Radio Show (Barrow Street Press, 2016), finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works’ Washington Prize, and AROHO’s To the Lighthouse... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:30am - 12:30pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802

1:00pm

The Five Most Important Things: Self Publishing Workshop with Danica Winters

Five things you can do to sell your books

Whether you are traditionally published or self-published, you will have to build an audience. To some, that’s the most daunting part of becoming a writer. The owners of Self-Publishing Services LLC have developed tried-and-true ways for you to get your name out there and build a following. They’ll share five of them with you in this informative seminar.

Speakers
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Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N. Pattee Street, Missoula , MT 59802