What is plot surgery? What is plot? Or perhaps the better questions are: what is an effective plot and how do I create one? This roundtable discussion will dig into these questions. We will consider archetypal story structure and think about the ways it can be useful – or not – as a lens through which to view your own work. We will consider the plots of famous works of literature – what makes them effective? What lessons can we extract and apply to our own writing? How can creating outlines be useful – or is it ever detrimental? What should an outline look like?
Join our Women Who Submit (WWS) Literary Works party. You bring your computer, your work, your insecurities, your love of snacks--and we're going to send our work out into the world together. Please RSVP to WWS NYC chapter leader Sara Alaica. Note: WWS is open to women and non-binary gender writers.
Henry Dunow began his career as a literary agent in the early 1980s and founded his own agency in 1997, which has since evolved into Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. He works primarily with quality fiction – literary, historical, strongly written commercial – and with voice-driven nonfiction across a range of areas – narrative history, biography, memoir, current affairs, cultural trends and criticism, science, sports, etc.
November's roundtable at Paragraph will feature two agents from the Jane Rotrosen Agency who have represented authors of general-interest fiction and nonfiction since 1974. The agency's client list reflect a diversity of interests as rich as the marketplace. Their clients have had best sellers in every genre, in every format, in countries around the world.
Join our Women Who Submit (WWS) Literary Works party. You bring your computer, your work, your insecurities, your love of snacks--and we're going to send our work out into the world together. Please RSVP to WWS NYC chapter leader Sara Alaica.
Save the date and join us on for this month's member reading at KGB Bar. Always a fun time, and one of the best venues to see a reading in the city.
Maydé Alpi is the Development Executive at Jane Startz Productions (JSP) which acquires, develops, and produces high-quality intellectual properties across all media platforms. She is looking for humorous, grounded, and diverse YA and Middle Grade voices for film and television adaptation. Great world building, authentic prose, and unique styles are some of the elements that Maydé looks for when considering pieces for adaptation. JSP's credits include the major theatrical releases Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting, The Indian In The Cupboard, The Mighty, The Baby-Sitters’ Club, Netflix's upcoming pre-school animated series Llama, Llama starring Jennifer Garner, and Universal's upcoming feature adaptation of Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil. Jane Startz also developed and served as Executive Producer on the multi Emmy Award-winning television series, The Magic School Bus.
Come libate and snack with us as we take a much needed break from our fingersmithing toils. This month we're trying out another new bar in search of that perfect balance of convenience, price and a space quiet enough to have a conversation... this could be the one!
Happy hour is coming back from summer hiatus with a bang! We thought it would be fun to belt out some tunes whilst we mingle, particularly partner duets, such as Don’t Go Breakin My Heart (Elton John + Cher), Under Pressure (Bowie + Freddy Mercury), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye + Tammi Terrell), Dancing in the Street (Bowie + Jagger). You don't have to sing to join us, and you don't have to come with a partner to sing, but we hope you'll come by to blow off some steam and have some non-writing fun. RSVP here so we can make a reservation.
September's roundtable features seasoned agent Stephanie Koven of Cullen Stanley International. Stephanie is looking for narrative driven fiction and, in nonfiction, lifestyle & health, memoir, history, popular science, and outdoor / nature / adventure titles. She represents a select number of middle grade books, mainly in nonfiction. Stephanie's recent projects include David Coggins' New York Times best seller Men and Style (Abrams) and Joy Rhoades' debut novel The Woolgrower's Companion (Penguin Random House). Stephanie also curates for an organization that fights for gender equity and diversity for artists and writers.
Join our Women Who Submit (WWS) Literary Works party. You bring your computer, your work, your insecurities, your love of snacks--and we're going to send our work out into the world together. Please RSVP to WWS NYC chapter leader Kirsten Major.