2017 Books-in-Progress Conference

  • Venue:
    Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Addl Info:

    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


  • Meets On:
        Fridays, June 9 - June 10
  • Address:
    251 West Second Street
    Lexington, KY, 40507
  • Cost:

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.

Conference Registration


  • $175 (early bird through April 15); $195 after April 15
  • An extra $25 off for students (Send copy of valid student ID to ccll1@carnegiecenterlex.org)

Optional add-ons:

  • Additional $75 for the pre-conference retreat (see below)
  • Additional $25 for a one-on-one session with a literary agent (see below)

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).

Click here to buy your ticket and optional add-ons.

To register by mail with a check, download the 2017 registration form and send it in.

Pre-Conference Retreat–optional add-on, limited space, $75

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.

Welcome Reception

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 Pitch–optional add-on, limited space, $25

Literary Agent room sponsored by Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.

Literary Agents

Choose one:
*Pitching session with literary agent Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media.
*Pitching session with literary agent Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency.

$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.

Conference Prep

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.

Note: Completion of the “Querying Agents: Novels” seminar is recommended, but not required. To register for Conference Prep, click here.


Parking information will be available closer to the date of the conference.

Lodging Options

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

Other lodging options
Airbnb – apartments, houses, and rooms for rent
Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast – within walking distance to Carnegie