Non-Fiction Pitch—Mar 1-3 • Perfect Pitch Fiction—Apr 12-14 New York, NY
New York Writers Workshop hosts three-day Pitch Conferences for writers of fiction and non-fiction and YA. At these unique conferences, participants meet with and pitch their manuscripts to three different editors from major New York publishing houses (including Viking, Penguin, Random House, Scribners, Simon and Schuster, and others).
Before the conference begins, participants boil the essence of their manuscript down to a synopsis of flap copy length (roughly three minutes). The copy should include the book's premise and hook.
Day One Pitch participants workshop their flap copy with a workshop leader from New York Writers Workshop. Each participant reads his/her synopsis. The NYWW instructor provides guidance in revision for clarity, concision, and impact. The instructor also discusses, as appropriate, the realities of the publishing market. The rest of the group participates, as appropriate, and learns from each example.
Day Two Begins with morning Agents Panel-Interview, Q&A, Schmooze. Afternoon, participants pitch to two editors. The first pitch is public, in the presence of group, and is followed by a short Q&A with the editor. The second pitch is private, one-on-one with an editor, with an NYWW instructor present.
Day Three Each participant makes one private pitch to an editor, again with an NYWW instructor present. The day wraps with a group conference with an NYWW instructor.
Non-Fiction Pitch Conferences & Perfect Pitch Fiction Conferences. Writers pitch proposals to editors from major publishers, including Viking & Random House. 10-week workshops are offered year-round.
Number of Programs/Year
Group Size or S:T Ratio
Children's, Fiction, Mystery, Non-fiction, Young Adult
Includes Jennifer Belle, Jacqueline Bishop, Maureen Brady, Mike Cohen, Allison Estes, Doug Garr, Richard Goodman, Bronwen Hruska, Sally Koslow, Charles Salzberg, Charlie Schulman, Rachel Sherman, Alix Strauss, Tim Tomlinson.
$425 for 3-day conference, includes Saturday morning agents panel