The 2021 Books-in-Progress Conference, featuring award-winning poet Ada Limón, is happening virtually on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, with an optional pre-conference session on Friday, First Page Critique sessions, and a Zoom happy hour. Immerse yourself in craft and business workshops led by top authors and writing professionals, including Carter Sickels, Hannah Pittard, Erik Reece, and more.
For the first time, all 2021 Books-in-Progress Conference sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for a select amount of time following the Conference.
The Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference also offers participants exciting opportunities to pitch their book ideas to literary agents. This year, we are excited to feature agents Hannah VanVels, Belcastro Agency, and Michaela Whatnall, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
Early bird prices through April 30:
$175; $150 for students (send a copy of a valid student ID to INFO@CarnegieCenterLex.org)
Prices after April 30:
$195; $170 for students (send a copy of a valid student ID to INFO@CarnegieCenterLex.org)
- +$75 for the pre-conference retreat (see below)
- +$25 for a one-on-one session with a literary agent (see below)
- +$30 for the post-conference retreat (see below)
Cancellation Policy: $50 of the conference fee is non-refundable—no refunds after May 11. No refunds can be issued for add-ons (literary agent meeting, pre-conference retreat).
CONFERENCE PREP: THE PITCH, FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE, & MORE
If you’re serious about your writing, you’ll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference. Jennifer Mattox, Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator, will discuss how to pitch to an agent, what to expect from the First Page Critique Panel, and ways networking with the literary community can benefit you.
Optional add-on; limited spots; $75
Friday, June 4, 1:00-5:00 pm: Getting Your Characters to Talk, (but Not Necessarily to Listen)’ with Hannah Pittard
This is a generative workshop focusing primarily on dialogue. We’ll read examples of good dialogue, bad dialogue, straight-up loopy dialogue, and we’ll try our hands at everything. Participants are encouraged to bring sketches of existing (and maddeningly taciturn) characters to the session, but this is by no means necessary. There will be prompts aplenty during our time together, including a few in which we’ll render characters from scratch.
The retreat is ONLY available to full conference participants. There are limited slots available. Click here to add the pre-conference retreat to your conference registration.
LITERARY AGENT PITCHES
Optional add-on; limited space; $25
ONLY ONE AGENT SESSION ALLOWED PER PARTICIPANT
- Pitching session with literary agent Hannah VanVels, Belcastro Agency.
- Pitching session with literary agent Michaela Whatnall, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
$25 for a 10-minute virtual meeting. One-on-one meetings are ONLY available to full conference participants. Limited slots are available. Please choose only one agent, only one pitching session per participant.