The Writing Center presents Writers’ Conference and Intensives 2008
June 2, 2008
Conference: Thursday, June 5, 2008
Intensives: Monday-Thursday, June 2-5, 2008
Registration: Call (212) 774-0780 or (212) 774-4810
The Writers’ Conference and Intensives are presented by The Writing Center at Marymount Manhattan College. This year’s Conference is funded by the Brand Foundation of New York. The Writing Center’s Director is Lewis Burke Frumkes.
Call 212-774-4810 for a brochure listing more Writing Center Activities and donor information. Join both programs and save $50. Register now to avoid disappointment!
Register for both the Conference (includes lunch) & Intensive. $560 through May 30, afterwards pay $620.
Register for only the Writers’ Conference (includes lunch). $185 through May 30, afterwards pay $205.
Register for only the Writing Intensive. $425 through May 30, afterwards pay $465.
Fiction Intensive Workshop
Learn what goes into the writing of successful fiction and have the opportunity to read work to the instructor and the class for comments.
Tama Janowitz, Barnard and Yale educated, model for Vidal Sassoon in London, protégé of Andy Warhol, member of so-called “Brat Pack” along with Jay McInery and Bret Easton Ellis, is also a novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer. She is the author of Slaves of New York, The Male Cross-dresser Support Group, By the Shores of Gitchee Goomee, Peyton Amberg and numerous other books.
Monday-Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00pm, June 2-5, 2008
Memoir Intensive Workshop
Learn secrets of writing a successful memoir and read from your work that may already be in progress.
Gloria Vanderbilt is arguably one of the most fascinating women in the world and a true icon. Artist, actress, poet, writer, businesswoman, and designer, she is the author of four memoirs and two novels and has contributed to The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Elle as well as many other important publications.
Monday-Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., June 2-5, 2008
Literary Agents Intensive Workshop
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about how to get a literary agent as well as how to work with one.
Molly Friedrich known as “Million Dollar Molly”, of the Molly Friedrich Literary Agency, is on everybody’s list of top agents. She has represented books such as The Bridges of Madison County, and other best-sellers as well as respected authors such as Frank McCourt, Melissa Bank and Jane Smiley.
Peter Rubie, head of the Peter Rubie Literary Agency, a full service, New York based literary agency, is currently the Director of the New York University Summer Publishing Institute, as well as a member of the NYU faculty. Before becoming an agent, Peter was a senior editor at Walker and Co., a “book director” for Simon and Schuster and Random House, a print journalist (Fleet Street, London) as well as a broadcast journalist with the BBC.
Monday-Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., June 2-5, 2008.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Jamie Malanowski is currently the managing editor of Playboy. He was on the founding staff of Spy and held senior editorial positions there as well as at Time and other magazines. Additionally, he is the author of the novels Mr. Stupid Goes to Washington and The Coup, as well as coauthor of the humor book Spy High and the HBO film The Pentagon Wars.
Grand Luncheon Keynote:
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Stuart Woods lives as exciting a life as most of his characters-flying his own plane to and from homes in Key West, Maine and New York City, and racing power boats and motor yachts. With 22 consecutive bestselling books on the New York Times hardcover list, and most of his books being made either into films or television series, his publishers have asked Stuart to produce three rather than two books a year: Santa Fe Dead, an Ed Eagle novel, published in April, and a new Stone Barrington novel, Hot Mahogany, will be published in September.
Session I: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Outstanding editors from magazines, newspapers, and publishing houses will talk about the submission process.
Moderator: Pola Rosen - founder and editor, Education Update
Panelists: Sir Harold Evans - former editor, The Sunday Times, Random House
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt - editor at The New York Times, author
Kate Kelly Smith - publisher, House Beautiful magazine
Elly Tatum - Editor-in-chief, Amsterdam News
Nonfiction authors and editors will talk about articles, features and books.
Moderator: Anne Renee Testa - psychologist, author, The Bully in Your Relationship
Panelists: Susan Barash - author, Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets
Nancy Kelton – author, articles published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, and numerous other publications
Georgia Scott – author, The Penny Bride and other works, staff writer The New York Times
Carol Weston - author, the Melanie Martin series
Authors will discuss how to get books for children published, both fiction and nonfiction.
Moderator: Trish Marx - author, Elephants and Golden Thrones: Inside China’s Forbidden City
Panelists: Grace Chang - author, Jin-Jin the Dragon
Mary Ann MacDonald - author, Naturebooks series
Richard Peck - Newberry Medal winner, author, On the Wings of Heroes
Keynote Speaker: 10:15 - 11:00am
Session II: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Fiction Panel I
Leading fiction writers will present insights into the creative process.
Moderator: Kiana Davenport - author, House of Many Gods
Panelists: Grace Edwards - author, The Viaduct
Carol Gilligan - ethicist, psychologist, author, Kyra
Sally Koslow - author, Little Pink Slips
Nahid Rachlin - author, Persian Girls: A Memoir
Want to be on the best-seller list? Find out how to promote and publicize books.
Moderator: Ben Frank - Ben Frank Promotions Corp.
Panelists: Sally Anne McCartin - publicist, Sally Ann McCartin Associates
Seale Ballenger - publicist, HarperEntertainment
William Morrow - associate director, Doubleday Miriam Silverberg - publicist
Find out how to write the story of you. Moderator: Sidney Offit - author, Memoir of the Bookie’s Son
Panelists: John Browers - author and professor at Columbia University
Susan Nagel - author, Mistress of the Elgin Marbles
Paul Doyle – author, Hot Shots and Heavy Hits: Tales of an Undercover Drug Agent
Lucette Lagnado - author, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
Grand Luncheon Keynote: 12:30-1:45 Stuart Woods
Session III: 2:00-3:00pm
Want to create ingenious sleuths and weave intricate plots? Find out how.
Moderator: Judith Kelman - author, The First Stone
Panelists: Susan Isaacs - author, Past Perfect
Haywood Gould - author, screenwriter, Fort Apache the Bronx and The Boys from Brazil
Otto Penzler - author, The Black Lizard Book of Pulps
Sharon Johnson - editor and freelancer with 2,000 plus articles published
Lawrence Block - author, Hit Parade
Have a story? A ghost will write it for you.
Panelists: Richard Marek - former president and publisher, E.P. Dutton; edited works by Robert Ludlum, James Baldwin and Thomas Harris.
James O’Shea Wade - editor-in-chief and executive editor for major publishers, including Crown/Random House, Macmillian and Dell.
Literary Agents Panel
Panelists will discuss the process for getting a literary agent.
Session IV: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Turn your sense of humor into dollars (or pennies).
Moderator: Lewis Burke Frumkes - author, How to Raise Your IQ by Eating Gifted Children
Panelists: Patty Marx - columnist, The New Yorker; author, Him Her Him Again the End of Him
Dan Greenburg - author, Zack Files series, Secrets of Dripping Fang
Tony Hendra - author, Messiah of Morris Avenue Bruce Jay Friedman - screenwriter, author, The Lonely Guy and The Slightly Older Guy
Birth of a Book Panel
Evolution of a book, beginning to end.
Moderator: Jerry Gross - freelance editor, book doctor
Panelists: Patricia Volk - author, To My Dearest Friends
Maureen Walters - literary agent, senior VP Curtis Brown LTD
Rachel Kahan - senior editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Jill Flaxman - director of sales, Crown Publishing Group
Karen Rice - national sales rep, Random House
Fiction Panel II
Leading fiction writers will present insights into the creative process.
Moderator: Carol Higgins Clark - author Zapped
Panelists: Maureen Howard - author, The Silver Screen
Meg Wolitzer - author, The Ten-Year Gap
Mingmei Yip - author, Peach Blossom Pavilion
Networking Reception: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Authors and Industry Leaders at the Writers Conference
Sir Harold Evans
Bruce Jay Friedman
Lewis Burkes Frumkes
Carol Higgins Clark
Mary Ann MacDonald
Sally Anne McCartin
James O’Shea Wade
Kate Kelly Smith
Anne Renee Testa