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Writers Roundtable (SOLD OUT)

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The Writers’ Roundtable Intensive is intended for committed writers with submission–ready material. All intensive attendees have the opportunity to have the first 500 words of a manuscript reviewed during round table critiques lead by an editor or agent during a morning and an afternoon small- group critique session. Each attendee will read their 500 words or present a 500 word maximum dummy book to the group with the review to follow. No CDs, DVDs, or other media of any kind will be accepted. This is a unique opportunity for serious writers to present their work, and get feedback from peers and decision-making professionals in the field. The critique sessions will be bookended by two panels of editors and agents, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Each member will bring 500 words (max) to read to the group. The table of eight will be led and moderated by an editor or agent. Each person will have 10-15 minutes (we’ll have timers and staff to be sure it runs smoothly). By the end of the 15 minutes, each writer will have presented a piece of writ- ing and received verbal comments from an editor or agent and the peers at their table. The last 15 minutes are for the table leader (editor or agent) to either do a wrap up or answer any last minute questions. You may bring ONE dummy book to show, but please DO NOT make copies of the dummy to bring. Bring copies of the text only.

This special one-day, pre-conference event is available for an additional fee of $225 to SCBWI members who are full-time conference attendees. Space is limited! There are two (2) critique sessions—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These are book ended with editor and agent panels , one at 9am and the other at 4pm. Participants will be randomly assigned, and we are unable to accommodate requests for specific reviewers. Please note: Do not mail your manuscript to the SCBWI offices. Simply print out 18 copies (9 for the first session, and 9 for the second session) of the first 500 words and bring these copies with you to the intensive.


** Please note, all of the editors and agents can speak to all genres, however, they don't acquire all genres at all times. 


8:00am – 8:45am  Registration


9:00am – 10:00am  Panel: Make your Query Stand Out (What to include, what not to include, buzz words. Bring a favorite query that hooked you)

John Cusick, Agent Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr., Brooks Sherman, Agent, The Bent Agency; Carrie Howland, Senior Agent, Empire Literary

Moderator: Wendy Loggia, Senior Executive Editor, Delacorte/Penguin Random House


10:15am – 12:15pm  Critique Session I


12:15pm – 1:45pm Lunch (on your own)


1:45pm – 3:45pm Critique Session II


4:00pm – 5:00pm  Panel: How to re-work Your Work?

Sarah Dotts Barley, Senior Editor, Flatiron Books/Macmillan; Sara Sargent, Executive Editor, HarperCollins; Krista Vitola, Editor, Delacorte/Penguin Random House

Moderator: Alexandra Penfold, Agent, Upstart Crow Literary

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