Our three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of 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 100+ 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 a wonderfully intimate atmosphere designed to give everyone access to the wealth of talent on both sides of the classroom.
But wait, there’s more: the Muse also features many special events, which have included keynote addresses, evening receptions, full breakfast, Open Mics, Literary Idol, a competition for self-published authors, and many other surprises.
The Muse and the Marketplace is one of the few conferences that offers a practical, concrete and candid assessment of your fiction and/or non-fiction manuscript. Many conferences offer pitch sessions and social media how-to’s, but, for an additional fee, attendees can 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 direct feedback.
Attendees can also attend the Shop Talk Happy Hour to network and/or 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.
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