How should I prepare for my sessions?

We strongly recommend re-reading the descriptions of each session and the bios for each presenter beforehand. Session descriptions will not be printed in the conference program. Some sessions (e.g. “Literary Idol,” “Non-Fiction Idea Clinic,” and “Query Clinic”) require reading or submitting material beforehand— please read your session descriptions now to see if this applies to you.  

We aim to keep this large conference as intimate and accessible as possible, with sessions ranging in size from 20-70 participants. Many of the guest authors, editors, agents, and panelists are generously donating their time in support of GrubStreet’s programming. We encourage you to ask them about their work, buy their books, and get them signed after their sessions. We also encourage you to give your business cards to the agents, editors, and attendees you meet, if applicable, but we ask that you do not hand them manuscripts or samples of your writing.