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2011 Missouri Writer's Conference

2011 Missouri Writers Guild
Just Write!
April 8-10, 2011
St. Louis, MO

There's nothing like having a writer's conference in your own backyard! Click on the link below for more information.

I'm looking forward to this workshop by Literary Agent, Kristin Nelson.  

Have you ever wondered how an agent reads the fiction submission slush pile? What an agent is thinking during the first opening pages? What makes an agent stop and what makes an agent read on? If you have ever wished to be a fly on the wall during that process, this workshop is your chance to get the inside scoop without metamorphosing.Literary Agent Kristin Nelson will read the “slush pile” and give honest feedback as to why she would or would not read on for the sample pages in front of her.

Warning: This workshop is not for the faint of heart and can be tough. A writer needs to be sure that he or she is ready to hear bluntly honest criticism, no matter how nicely delivered. The point of this workshop is not to dishearten writers but to give them an honest, inside look at how an agent really reads the slush pile.

Interested participants can submit two copies each of the first 2 pages of their novel (one for a volunteer and one for me to follow along with). Auditors are fine to attend even if they don’t want to submit pages. The volunteer will then mix up the submissions and choose samples at random to read. If Kristin would have stopped reading, she’ll say “stop” and then explain why to the audience. If the Volunteer completes the two pages, Kristin will explain why she liked it and why she would have read on. Kristin has promised to tackle as many as possible during the time allotted.

Kristin Nelson, Agent, The Nelson Literary Agency. Since forming the agency in 2002, Kristin has sold over 100 books to all the major publishers.

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