Agents Eric Smith and Allison Hunter talking on a panel.
Celeste Ng talks with Peter Ho Davies

The Gist

Our three-day literary conference educates aspiring and emerging writers on the craft of fiction and nonfiction, prepares them for the ever-changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking.

Established and emerging authors lead 130+ interactive sessions on the craft of writing – the “muse” side of things – while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackle the business side – the “marketplace.” Though 800+ presenters, participants, volunteers, and special guests will attend, GrubStreet creates an intimate atmosphere designed to give everyone access to the wealth of talent on both sides of the classroom.

Additionally, The Muse features special events, which have included keynote addresses, evening receptions, full breakfasts, Literary Idol, a competition for self-published authors, and many more.

The Muse and the Marketplace is one of the few conferences that offers a concrete and candid assessment of your fiction and/or nonfiction manuscript. For an additional fee, attendees meet one-on-one in our Manuscript Mart with an established literary agent, an acquiring editor at a publishing house, and/or a literary journal editor. These consultants will evaluate twenty pages of your manuscript in advance of the conference and provide in-person feedback.

At the Shop Talk Happy Hour attendees network and socialize with invited agents, editors, authors and/or other presenters. Shop Talk tables, which require an additional fee, are reserved in advance so you’ll know exactly which publishing professionals you’ll be sitting with.

Muse attendee stands to ask a question amongst a crowd of other attendees
Muse attendees sit around a table playing with Jenga blocks that have words on them
Candace McDuffie writes on a easel pad in a session

Registration & Payment

The cost of the Muse and the Marketplace 2018 varies depending on your membership status, the number of days you attend, and your optional participation in the Manuscript Mart and/or Shop Talk Happy Hour. Here is the breakdown:

All 3 Days: $535 (Members get $40 off!)

Friday or Saturday Only: $385 (Members get $35 off!)

Manuscript Mart: $195/meeting

Shop Talk Happy Hour: $75

You must register and pay for the conference online, which will open in early December 2018. All your selections for sessions, Manuscript Mart appointments, and Shop Talk tables represent REQUESTS that we will do our best to accommodate, but we reserve the right to assign you to alternative choices based on late scheduling changes and other factors out of our control. Registration will be open until 12:00pm (noon) ET on Monday, April 1st, though please know that the conference usually sells out well before then.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

We accept Visa and Mastercard. Advance payment and this registration information are due in full to reserve your place at the event.

We cannot refund money for this event. If you let us know that you are unable to attend by 12:00pm (noon) ET on Monday, April 1st, we will gladly apply the amount of payment minus a $75 processing fee to a future GrubStreet class. Note that we are not able to offer refunds or credits for the Manuscript Mart if you do not submit your manuscript by 12:00pm (noon) ET on Monday, March 4th, 2019. There are no credits for cancellation after 12:00pm (noon) ET on Monday, April 1st.

Past Muse & the Marketplace Keynote Speakers

Min Jin Lee, 2018

Peter Ho Davies, 2018

Isabel Wilkerson, 2017

Colum McCann, 2016

Aminatta Forna, 2015

Regina Brooks, 2015

Walter Mosley, 2014

Jane Friedman, 2014

James Wood, 2013

Amanda Palmer, 2013

Julia Alvarez, 2012

Richard Nash, 2012

Ron Carlson, 2011

Chuck Palahniuk, 2010

Ann Patchett, 2009

Jonathan Franzen, 2008

Charles Baxter, 2007

Grace Paley, 2007

Ethan Canin, 2005

Jennifer Haigh, 2005

Lan Samantha Chang, 2005

Matthew Pearl, 2005

Dennis Lehane, 2004

Julia Glass, 2004

Arthur Golden, 2003

Margot Livesey, 2003