The Writers' Conference
My aim in writing THE WRITERS' CONFERENCE was to create a fast, entertaining read that would shed light on the closeted world of publishing.
The publishing world has secrets…
The writing conference, the Clymer Workshop, has a lofty reputation. It promises individual conferences with famous authors and the opportunity to meet agents and editors. Aspiring writers must submit their work and be accepted to attend.
Laura Belmont is one of the aspiring writers. She has finished writing her first novel. Her idea is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors who will help her get a literary agent.
The conference is held in a picturesque setting in rural Western New York, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. Soon after Laura arrives she feels the intensity of two hundred people who have come for the same reason she is there.
Laura goes to creative writing workshops and readings unaware of the literary politics being played by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. Males on the staff are more interested in having sex with Laura than in her manuscript.
The lessons Laura learns aren’t on the conference schedule. When she receives an offer that comes with a price, she discovers how power works in the publishing world.
“In The Writers’ Conference ...the writers, agents, publishers and academics...are clearly drawn from experience... a fun read for everyone, and a useful education for anyone who might be thinking of a writing career. The story moves along quickly and holds the reader’s interest all the way to the exciting (and surprising) ending." Peter C. Foster, author
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