Muse & the Marketplace

"The #1 writing conference in North America." ~The Writer Magazine

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    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

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    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

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    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

  • #Muse18

    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

  • #Muse18

    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

  • #Muse18

    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

  • #Muse18

    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

  • #Muse18

    April 6-8th, 2018 in Boston

Boston, April 6-8th, 2018

Miriam Altshuler began her career at Russell & Volkening and in 1994 established her own agency, which she ran for twenty-one years until she joined DeFiore in early 2016.  She focuses primarily on literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Novelists she represents include Jill Santopolo, (bestselling author of The Light We Lost) Elizabeth Rosner, […]

Rob Arnold is an Associate Agent at Aevitas Creative Management specializing in literary fiction and memoir. With over a decade of experience in literary publishing, he has worked with such authors as Denis Johnson, Lauren Groff, Rick Moody, Lydia Davis, Jim Shepard, Ottessa Moshfegh, and others. Before coming to Aevitas, he cofounded the online journal […]

Eve Attermann has worked in WME’s Literary Department since 2011, representing a varied list of literary and commercial fiction writers, musicians, chefs, journalists and historians. Her clients include Rachel Barenbaum, Melissa Scrivner Love, Hollie Overton, Elizabeth Plank, Snowden Wright, Virginia Grohl, and Danielle Blau, among others. Eve started her career at Little, Brown and Company […]

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights for the agency in addition to building his own client list. Noah specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers, and narrative […]

Stephen Barr is a senior literary agent at Writers House, where he started out as an intern in 2008. He graduated from UCLA with an English degree in 2007, then moved to New York City simply because of how cool Robert Downey, Jr. made publishing look in the film adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys. […]

Prior to joining Levine Greenberg Rostan in 2016, Sarah began her publishing career in trade fiction editorial at Crown and Hogarth. There, she worked with a range of bestselling and award-winning novels, including Han Kang’s HUMAN ACTS and Man Booker International Prize winning debut, THE VEGETARIAN, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, […]

Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency, LLC in New York, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature. The agency’s authors have made the New York Times Best Seller List and have won National Book […]

Nate Brown is a Baltimore based fiction writer and editor whose stories and essays have appeared in the Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, Five Chapters, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Publisher’s Weekly, Lithub, and Barrelhouse. He has received scholarships and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing; the Vermont Studio Center; the Ucross Foundation; […]

Chris Bucci is a Literary Agent and Proprietor at CookeMcDermid. He represents bestselling authors such as Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, James Grainger, and Kerri Sakamoto. Most recently senior editor at McClelland & Stewart, he worked primarily with non-fiction, bringing to the M&S catalogue the likes of Alain de Botton, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Watson, […]

Danielle Bukowski is the foreign rights associate and associate agent at Sterling Lord Literistic. Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated from Vassar College and spent a semester at University College London. She is looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, and literary fiction, and wants to hear from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular. She […]

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Praise From Past Attendees

  • The range of workshops–and attendees–is wonderful. The blend of intelligentsia with real world practice is just perfect, and much more lively and inclusive than any workshops an MFA could offer…The Muse attracts a wide range AND has plenty of offerings for people who’ve already been published.

    - Maria M., 2017
  • I had heard classmates say great things about about the conference so I had high expectations.  You exceeded my expectations and I would rate the weekend as 10 out of 5.

    - Marie R., 2017
  • I loved the intimacy of this event. I never felt lost in the crowd. The presenters were approachable, and the conference staff was friendly and helpful.

    - Tara S. 2017
  • It’s a large conference but it feels small and intimate. People are friendly, generous with their knowledge, it doesn’t feel competitive or hierarchical in any way… The craft sessions – every one is like being given a sack full of diamonds.

    - Liesl S., 2017
  • I really felt like I was getting an insider’s glimpse into the world of writing and publishing.

    - Anonymous, 2017
  • Everything was wonderful and the conference is clearly built for the benefit of the writer and the writing community. I learned new things, made new friends, created new connections, and got interest from agents about my current work. Couldn’t ask for more from a conference!

    - Milo T., 2017
  • Best conference out there. Collegial, supportive, non-competitive ethos really stands out, as does the very high overall quality of the authors and presentations.

    - Anonymous, 2017
  • I have made connections to writers I now think of as sisters here, and I’ve been able to pitch to agents I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.

    - Cathy E., 2017
  • This was an inspiration filled weekend that motivated me to write more than I have been. The classes were engaging and the instructors were well-informed about their subjects. The other attendees were friendly and supportive.

    - Melissa M., 2017
  • Exceeded expectations! At every turn, there was a Grubbie offering to assist.

    - Asata R., 2017
  • …the knowledge I’ve gained from workshops and classes enabled me to finish my book and successfully pitch it to an agent.

    - Anonymous, 2017
  • I learned so much at the workshops that I’m bursting with knowledge.

    - Damond L., 2017
  • The sessions were in-depth, I found concrete tools to help me where my MS was stuck…the quality of the instruction never waivers.

    - Karen W., 2017
  • The speakers on Friday and Saturday…were terrific. The people attending the conference were really friendly and the GrubStreet staff very helpful. I went alone and felt welcome.

    - Beverly B., 2017
  • I especially enjoyed the session on writers of color.  It was very helpful to hear the perspective of those who have gone through this.

    - Shiva S., 2017
  • It was my first time at the Muse & the Marketplace, and I will absolutely be back next year. Was blown away by the range of fabulous sessions, the inspiring keynotes, and the thoughtful ways the conference encouraged participants to connect with each other. I walked away inspired to set new writing goals for myself and felt better prepared to meet those goals.

    - Peter R., 2016
  • If I am successful as a writer, it will be because of GrubStreet and the Muse and the Marketplace.

    - Elaine B., 2016
  • I met SIX agents who offered to look at my work and met a great group of encouraging and supporting writers, and I left the conference on wings of inspiration that will carry me through the next few grueling months of rewrites.

    - Asim J., 2016
  • This was THE best conference I’ve attended in any profession…I could go on and on. Superbly organized and orchestrated. A great balance between Muse-filled sessions and Marketplace-wise sessions.

    - Beth C., 2016
  • Muse 2016 was brilliantly organized, easy to navigate, and wonderfully rewarding. The panels I attended were all top notch. The friendliness of the staff and volunteers was unflagging. The participants seemed well informed and lively. And the visiting authors and publishing professionals were conscientious about offering useful insights and valuable information based on their experiences. I’d recommend this conference to anyone and everyone who loves the written word!

    - Virginia P., 2016