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Saturday, October 15 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Writer Idol

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Author Christopher Castellani will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three literary agent judges: Sorche Fairbank, Katherine Flynn, and Amaryah Orenstein. When one agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, she will raise her hand. The reader will keep reading until a second agent raises her hand. The agents will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer suggestions to the author. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously. Note to participants: Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or nonfiction only, please) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud. This session is not for the thin-skinned! Sponsored by GrubStreet.

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author, educator, and recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country’s leading nonprofit creative writing centers, and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren... Read More →

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Sorche Fairbank

Sorche Fairbank established Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002 and has since represented best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and debut authors. She is a member of AAR, the Author’s Guild, and The Agents’ Roundtable. Her clients can be found... Read More →
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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is a partner at the Kneerim & Williams Agency and has previously worked for the Sanford Greenburger Agency, taught literature and composition, and edited history textbooks. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Brown and represents history, biography, current affairs... Read More →
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Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein is the founder of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency. Through her work, she aims to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, representing a wide array of fiction and nonfiction that tackles big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Old South Mary Norton Hall