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Brainstorming Your Way to a Story


Join agent Leslie Zampetti as she reviews tips and techniques for brainstorming new stories, discusses how an agent evaluates client ideas and query premises, and shows you how to evaluate your own ideas and their fitness for picture books and other formats. This session will involve hands-on (heads-on?) exercises, so bring your favorite writing tools and a selection of ideas to work with!

Meet the Faculty

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Leslie Zampetti

After much experience as a librarian and writer, Leslie Zampetti became a literary agent. Her client books include TWO THOUSAND MILES TO HAPPY (Shapiro, Muddy Boots), A FEW BEAUTIFUL MINUTES (Fox, LBYR), THEN THERE WAS ONE (Cross, Penguin UK) and HART & SOULS (Schmid, Andrews McMeel, 2024). Leslie represents picture books through young adult, fiction & nonfiction. Stories by underrepresented voices are a priority, especially disabled writers. You can find Leslie on social media @literarylesliez or at https://www.openbooklit.com.