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Second Annual Pitch & Publish Conference

May 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

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The Westport Writers’ Workshop will hold their Second Annual Pitch & Publish Conference at The Westport Library, featuring Courtney Maum as the keystone speaker, Maum is the author of Year of The Horses, Before and After the Book Deal, and Touch, among others.

The conference will include three panels, “Ask The Agent, “The Road To Publication,” and “Level Up Your Writing Game,” moderated by Liz Matthews, Kate Schneider, and Leigh Stein, respectively.

Attendees will have the rare opportunity to pitch their books to two agents and/or small presses during one-on-one pitch sessions. Other highlights of the daylong event include an interactive writing experience, books for sale, goodie bags, refreshments, a welcome party, and a wrap party.

Courtney Maum is the author of five books, including the groundbreaking publishing guide that Vanity Fair recently named one of the 10 best books for writers, Before and After the Book Deal, and the memoir, ear of The Horses, chosen by The Today Show as the best read for mental health awareness. A writing coach, executive director of the nonprofit learning collaborative “The Cabins,” and an educator, Courtney's mission is to help people hold on to the joy of art-making in a culture obsessed with turning artists into brands.

Register here through the Westport Writers Workshop. 


Year 1 Testimonials:

"Thanks and thanks to anyone over there that helped put together a very smooth, informative and very worthwhile experience. I know that it took a lot of hard work and just wanted to let you know it was worth an investment by all of us!" -R.W.

"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the conference this weekend. There was so much to appreciate: the honest, kind, and informed esteemed panelists, the range of topics, the encouragement and humor from you and Marcia, the comradeship between volunteers, writers, agents — everyone. I walked away inspired and happy, as did so many. I loved the chance to root for my fellow writers and classmates on their pitch, and I loved the partnership between two of my favorite intellectual and community hubs — WWW and the WPORT library!" -L.S.

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May 20, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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