Welcome Reception: Thursday, June 8, 5:30 pm
Friday, June 9, 8:00 am-6:30 pm
Saturday, June 10, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
The 2017 Books-in-Progress Conference, featuring award-winning author Silas House (Clay’s Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, Eli the Good, among others) is slated for June 8-10, 2017. The conference will offer craft & business workshops led by author Manuel Gonzales, former Writer’s Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino, agent Mark Gottlieb, and more. Enjoy small break-out sessions and personal attention. Topics include fiction, nonfiction, publishing, marketing, and more. The Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference also offers participants once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to pitch their book ideas to literary agents from New York City or to attend a pre-conference retreat on June 8. Don’t miss out! Read below for more details.
Here is the current Conference Agenda. We will update the agenda and release more information as the conference approaches.
Buy your tickets HERE! You may also call 859-254-4175, ext 21.
Cancellation Policy: $50 of the conference fee is non-refundable. No refunds can be issued for any reason after May 15. No refunds can be issued for add-ons (literary agent, pre-conference retreat).
To register by mail with a check, download the 2017 registration form and send it in.
Thursday, June 8, 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Begin your morning with movement and inspiration in a Writing & Yoga class. Enjoy an afternoon learning everything you need to know about agents and queries with former Writer’s Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino. Lunch on your own (12:00-1:00 pm).
$75 for entire pre-conference retreat. The retreat is ONLY available to full conference participants. Limited slots available. Click here to add the pre-conference retreat to your conference registration.
FREE for conference participants
Thursday, June 8, 5:30-7:00 pm: Come meet your fellow conference-goers and even some of the presenters. We will open registration early for all those who join us, nibble on food-by-the bite and sip on wine, bourbon, and beer.
Literary Agent room sponsored by Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.
$25 for 10-minute meeting. One-on-one meetings are ONLY available to full conference participants. Limited slots available. Please choose only one agent – only one pitching session per participant. Click one of the following links to book your session: Mark Gottlieb or Heather Flaherty.
FREE for conference participants
Saturday, May 6, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: If you’re serious about your writing, you’ll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference. We’ll discuss how to pitch to an agent, what to expect from the First Page Critique, and ways networking with the literary community can benefit you. This seminar is led by one of the conference organizers.
Parking information will be available closer to the date of the conference.
If you’re joining us from out of town, Downtown Lexington has a variety of lodging options available:
Gratz Park Inn – Carnegie’s preferred hotel, located just one block away
Hilton Lexington/Downtown – within walking distance to Carnegie
Hyatt Regency Lexington – within walking distance to Carnegie