Paragraph Open Mic Night
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Paragraph Open Mic Night

We are thrilled to announce our inaugural open mic. Stop sitting on that poem, story, or hot-take! Get your words out there and hone your reading skills. We've partnered up with Pete's Candy Shop for an hour of non-stop words spoken by our members, our residents, and friends of Paragraph alike. Sign-up on EventBrite to put yourself in the running. Readers will be chosen by lottery night-of. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Roundtable with Yona Mcdonough of  Lilith Magazine
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Roundtable with Yona Mcdonough of Lilith Magazine

Join us to discuss the rigors of the publishing industry, editing, and the craft of writing with the prolific Yona Mcdonough, fiction editor of Lilith Magazine and award-winning author of seven novels and twenty-six books for children. Members and alums, RSVP to info@paragraphny.com.  Alums and non-members can purchase tickets here (limited availability for non-members).


Yona Zeldis McDonough is the award-winning author of seven novels and twenty-six books for children. She is also the editor of two essay collections and her short fiction, essays and articles have appeared in numerous national and literary magazines. Visit her at www.yonazeldismcdonough.com or www.facebook.com/yzmcdonough.

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Roundtable with Daniel Berkowitz of AuthorPop
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Roundtable with Daniel Berkowitz of AuthorPop

Join Daniel Berkowitz, author consultant and Paragraph member, for a roundtable where authors with and without a "platform" can explore the dreaded part of writing — self-promotion! You’ll get the answers to questions such as: Do I need a website?, Do I actually need to be on social media?, Once I have a digital presence, what do I do with it?, What if I don't want to be online?, What are agents and publishers looking for besides a great manuscript? and more!

Free for Members. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com. For Alumni purchase tickets here. And for non-members purchase tickets here (very limited availability).

After getting his master's from the Columbia journalism school, Daniel Berkowitz worked in editorial at Hachette, was a senior editor at the now-defunct Digital Book World, and worked as the digital director of Writers House. Earlier this year, Dan left WH to start his own author consultancy, AuthorPop.

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Rewrite the Greats (a PEN America LitCrawl event)
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Rewrite the Greats (a PEN America LitCrawl event)

Let your inner editor take a crack at rewriting the first page of a literary masterpiece! See what hilarity and magic happens when you combine a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and lots of wine with a paragraph from an iconic literary work. Think Mad Libs-meets-Beckett. Prizes include Paragraph membership, discounts and tote bags. Our judges will be writers Zaina Arafat and Aurvi Sharma. Prizes include Paragraph membership, discounts and tote bags. May the best or fastest or funniest rewrite win! May the best or fastest or funniest rewrite win! Sign up on EventBrite.

 

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LGBTQ Writers Happy Hour Fall Kickoff
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

LGBTQ Writers Happy Hour Fall Kickoff

We are back! Summer is almost over, so we are here to pick up the slack and kick off fall right by starting up our monthly LGBTQ Writers Happy Hour on September 20th! Come mix, mingle, and share advice about writing, reading, and the publishing industry in general. Our happy hours are informal, inclusive, and supportive in nature with the goal of building a long-term sustained community. As usual, there will be wine, snacks, and friendly discussion.

This first event will welcome the 2019 Jane Hoppen applicants, finalists and winners to the Paragraph community. We received submissions of extraordinary quality  this year, and that is cause for celebration! This event is 100% FREE and OPEN to all LGBTQ writers and allies, as well as all Paragraph members (we know you are all allies!). Members, alumni, and Jane Hoppen applicants are welcome to bring a plus one to this happy hour.

RSVP through eventbrite. See you there!

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Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg (A BKBF Bookends Event)
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg (A BKBF Bookends Event)

Paragraph and the 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival are proud to be hosting Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson as an official Brooklyn Book Fest Bookends Event

Do you have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? This is your chance to put your creativity to the test! Sign up ahead or at the door to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents, including author Allison Amend (Enchanted Islands, Stations West), editor Brenda Copeland, and agent Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates), for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback. Winners receive a free month at Paragraph NY, a communal workspace for writers with locations in Union Square and Williamsburg. Select finalists receive free weeks.

We will be drawing names from Eventbrite ticket list along with a sign up sheet at the door. Names will be drawn at random for this event. We cannot garantee we will get to everyone, but will get to as many as we can.

Check out the other Bookends events, too––they’re all gems! We hope to see you out there. 

This event is free and open to the public. NOTE: THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT!

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Women Who Submit
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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 Minerva Martinez. 

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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Women Who Submit
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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 Minerva Martinez. 

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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Women Who Submit
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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 Minerva Martinez. 

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable: Molly Friedrich of the Friedrich Agency

Join us for a discussion with Molly Friedrich!

Molly Friedrich founded The Friedrich Agency in 2006, following nearly three decades at The Aaron Priest Literary Agency. Joined by her daughter, Lucy Carson, as well as Agent & Foreign Rights Director Kent Wolf, the agency has retained its intimacy and dedication to attentive, hands-on representation. Our vision and strategy are built for the long term, nurturing and brokering not only print publishing rights, but every dimension of a writing career: translation rights, film & television, audio, serial, and merchandising. Just over a decade later, the agency is home to a select and beloved list of novelists and authors of non-fiction, both critically and commercially celebrated.

Molly says: “My greatest four a.m. fear as an agent is that I might have turned away ULYSSES but I’d never have missed A PASSAGE TO INDIA. Forty years ago, I’d have leapt to sell anything that wasn’t nailed down; over the years I’ve become more selective. Once starving, I’m now rarely hungry. That said, I’m still looking for the debut novel that is irresistible, for the non-fiction proposal which alters the way I see the world. I’m a fairly catholic, straight-ahead reader; I don’t flourish without well-rounded, declarative sentences! Five books that I loved but did NOT sell: BLACK SWAN GREEN, anything by Michael Pollan, THERE IS NO ME WITHOUT YOU, THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW.”

Paragraph members (+1) and alumni, RSVP to info@paragraphny.com. Or purchase tickets here (limited availability).

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Women Who Submit
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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 Molly Cameron. 

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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May Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

May Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg

Have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? This is your LAST chance to put it to the test before we go on summer hiatus! Sign up to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback. Winners will receive a free month at Paragraph. This month, join editor Brenda Copeland, author Sophie Jaff (Love is Red & Crown of Stars) and agent Samantha Morrice (The Leshne Agency).

Brenda Copeland is an editor with more than twenty years’ experience at the big five publishers and over ten years’ experience as an adjunct professor in the graduate publishing program at NYU. Now an independent editor, she works closely with authors through all stages of the writing and publication process, helping them reach their creative potential. 

Sophie Jaff is the author of Love is Red and Crown of Stars, Books I and II of The Night Song Trilogy. The New York Times Book Review has described Love is Red as "Ridiculously entertaining" and "effectively scary and great fun to read." A native of South Africa, Sophie Jaff is an alumna of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her work has been performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Duplex, the Gershwin, and Goodspeed Musicals. 

Samantha Morrice is an Editorial Associate and Literary Agent at The Leshne Agency, originally from Laguna Beach, California. Sam is also a fitness teacher and actress. She previously worked at the literary agency, William Clark Associates. She received her MA from NYU in copywriting, copyediting & fact-checking and her BFA & BA in musical theatre and history (also at NYU). 

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your pitch spot or seat here!

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Roundtable: Dead Rabbits Books
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Roundtable: Dead Rabbits Books

Join Dead Rabbits founders Katie Rainey and Brian Birnbaum to learn about the submissions process and have a deeper conversation about publishing with small presses. Dead Rabbits, a well-known and well-loved reading series, recently launched a literary press and they are looking for great writers and great books. This is a roundtable not to miss! Members and alum, RSVP to info@paragraphny.com. Or purchase tickets here (limited availability).

Brian Birnbaum, Co-Founder/Executive Editor: Brian Birnbaum grew up thirty minutes west of Camden Yards in Baltimore, where at four years old he cried because the Yankees were losing. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Smart Set, The Collagist, Atticus ReviewSLAM MagazinePolitical Animal, LUMINA, and more, and he was a finalist for Bayou Magazine's Knudsen Fiction Contest, as well as a scholarship attendee of The Work Conference. Brian is a child of Deaf adults (CODA) and works in development for the family sign language interpreting business. He lives in Harlem with the writer M.K. Rainey and their dog.

Katie (M.K.) Rainey, Co-Founder/Editor-In-Chief: Katie Rainey is a writer, teacher, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the winner of the 2017 Bechtel Prize at Teachers & Writers Magazine, the 2017 Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest and the 2018 Montana Award for Fiction from Whitefish Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, 3AM Magazine, Atticus Review, Fiction Southeast, and more. She co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series and lives in Harlem with Brian Birnbaum & their dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes.

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Women Who Submit
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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 Molly Cameron. 

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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MFA Happy Hour at Spain Bar
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

MFA Happy Hour at Spain Bar

This summer, Paragraph is offering residencies for writers actively enrolled in MFA programs in NYC. We haven’t selected our residents yet (selections will be announced by May 15th), but we thought it would be fun for all the MFA programs to come together for a happy hour before we do!

Come join us for drinks at Spain on 13th Street (b/w 6th and 7th) and mingle with fellow New York City writers.

This event is free and open to all members and MFA students. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com

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Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg

Have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? Sign up to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback. Winners will receive a free month at Paragraph. This month, join agents Kevin O'Connor (Charlotte Sheedy Literary), Steven Salpeter (Literary Agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd), and Amy Tannenbaum (Jane Rotrosen Agency), as well as author Briallen Hopper (Hard to Love).

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your pitch spot or seat here!

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Women Who Submit
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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 Molly Cameron. 

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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RESCHEDULED! "The Myth of the 3-Act Structure" with Jacob Krueger
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

RESCHEDULED! "The Myth of the 3-Act Structure" with Jacob Krueger

New date TBD…

Join longtime friend of Paragraph Jacob Krueger for a free screenwriting workshop!

Learn an Organic Approach To Structure.  If you've ever tried to write a screenplay, there's a good chance that you got "lost in the second act"-- that structural wasteland where great ideas go to die. In this groundbreaking seminar, WGA Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger exposes the misperceptions about structure that get writers into trouble, shows you why more and more writers of all genres are turning away from 3 Act Structure, and teaches you how to escape the rigid formulas that stifle creativity, with an organic approach that puts you back in touch with your instincts, and with your character's journey. 

About Jacob Krueger The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in NYC, Jacob has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. His writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Screenplay. To follow Jacob’s screenwriting podcast or to study with him in NYC or Online, please visit WriteYourScreenplay.com.

This event is FREE for Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. reserve a seat at info@paragraphny.com. Or, a limited number of tickets are available for purchase ($25).

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Agent Roundtable: Ashley Lopez & Mary Krienke
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable: Ashley Lopez & Mary Krienke

Ashley Lopez joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2015. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is a founder and the Managing Editor of Pigeon Pages Literary Journal. Ashley is looking for literary and young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and cultural criticism. Most importantly she seeks authors with a strong point of view and an eye for language.

Mary Krienke joined Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. in 2006 and works with Laurie Liss and Peter Matson, representing and co-representing literary and upmarket fiction, voice-driven nonfiction, and memoir. Mary is particularly drawn to nonfiction that speaks to something essential and of-the moment (with an awareness that we are speaking from a specific cultural POV). In terms of fiction, she gravitates toward work that explores new forms of storytelling and employs a strong and/or unfamiliar voice. Whether investigating an author's own life experiences or their characters’ complications and motivations, honesty and rigor are always key. Work that is psychologically and emotionally nuanced is especially welcome, as is writing that illuminates through humor or by playing with genre. Mary received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and has a deep appreciation for dark chocolate; her other interests include film, television, art, and design.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve your seat. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. You can purchase one here. Space is limited!

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Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg

Have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? This is your chance to put it to the test!  Sign up ahead (limited spots available at the door) to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback, or come to watch it all go down. (You don't have to pitch to enjoy the fun.) This month, join editors Nancy Rawlinson and Brenda Copeland, as well as  agent/author John Cusick from Folio Literary.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your pitch spot or seat on Eventbrite!

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Women Who Submit
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Women Who Submit

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. Sara Alaica and Victoria Fullard co-chair WWS parties at Paragraph. Please RSVP to Sara Alaica

WWS empowers women writers to submit work for publication. For more information, check out their websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

This event is open to women and non-binary gender writers.

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Electric Literature & Paragraph's #ReadMoreWomen Reading
Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

Electric Literature & Paragraph's #ReadMoreWomen Reading

Join Electric Literature and Paragraph for a night of fiction, poetry and nonfiction readings by some of today's most exciting women writers: Akil Kumarasamy, Michelle Hart, YZ Chin, Leah Johnson, and Terese Svoboda. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Electric Lit's #ReadMoreWomen campaign, we'll be giving away EL prizes and free time at Paragraph!

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Electric Literature Game Night
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Electric Literature Game Night


Paragraph and Electric Literature are teaming up to host a Literary Game Night at Paragraph Brooklyn, featuring Electric Literature's very own Papercuts, "a literary card game for the rude and well-read." Think Cards Against Humanity meets Apples to Apples but literary.

There will be prizes from Electric Literature (#ReadMoreWomen tote bags and hot new books) and Paragraph ( free time at the space) plus alcohol and lots of fun to be had.

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Agent Roundtable with Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary
Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary

Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie Townsend graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She got her start as an intern at FinePrint Literary Management where she was hired as an assistant before making the move to literary agent. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012.

Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.

She also serves as the agency’s Team Leader.  

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve your seat. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. You can purchase one here. Space is limited!

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Agent Roundtable with Rebecca Nagel of The Wylie Agency
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Rebecca Nagel of The Wylie Agency

Rebecca Nagel is a literary agent at The Wylie Agency, where she has worked for more than a decade representing writers of history, journalism, science, philosophy, cultural criticism, literary fiction, poetry, and graphic/illustrated work, among other subjects.  She received her BA and MA in history from The University of Chicago.

This event is open to Paragraph members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a seat. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. You can purchase one here.

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Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg
Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Pitch Wars at McNally Jackson W'burg

Have an idea for a book? A manuscript you're trying to publish? This is your chance to put it to the test! Sign up to give a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of experienced editors and agents for real-time Shark Tank-style feedback. Winners will receive a free month at Paragraph Brooklyn, but you get a free week just for trying. Panelists include agent Alexandra Levick of Writers House and editor Christine Pride.

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~Holiday Party~
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

~Holiday Party~

The one day a year when the quiet room isn’t quiet! Inspired by the Found Polaroids storytelling project, this year’s party celebrates the memories of holidays past. We’ll have a Found Polaroids caption contest (winner receives a free month!) a Polaroid camera to commemorate another year at the space, pigs in a blanket, and punch! Lots of punch.  

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Agent Roundtable with Jenny Bent
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Agent Roundtable with Jenny Bent

Jenny Bent is currently looking for commercial and literary fiction for adults and children as well as select nonfiction including memoir and humor. In adult fiction, she particularly enjoys upmarket women’s or book club fiction and crime/suspense. She also loves novels—for grown-ups or children—that have an element of magic or fantasy to them or that take her into a strange and new world, whether real or imaginary. All of the books that she represents speak to the heart in some way: they are linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and story telling. She loves books that make her laugh, make me cry, or ideally do both. Jenny holds a BA/MA with first class honors from Cambridge University, and in 2009 founded The Bent Agency. Clients include Stephanie Garber, Gary John Bishop, AG Howard, Governor John Kasich, Lori Nelson Spielman, Goldy Moldavsky, Yangsze Choo, Lynn Weingarten, Lynsay Sands, Lori Wilde and Julia London.

Members (+1) and alumni, RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a seat. Non-members may purchase tickets here. (NOTE: there are a limited number of tickets are available to non-members.)

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Agent Roundtable with Meredith Kaffel Simonoff
Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Agent Roundtable with Meredith Kaffel Simonoff

Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, formerly an agent with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She represents and is seeking arresting voices across a spectrum of genres, though she is most interested in adult literary and upmarket fiction, literary creative nonfiction, illustrators with distinct narrative points of view, and literary books for children. She is drawn to writing steeped in ferocity of language, purpose, intellect and heart. Her clients include Leni Zumas, Cecily Wong, Melissa Broder, Rachel Lyon, Bethany Chase, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

This event is open to members (+1) and alumni. RSVP to info@paragraphny.com to reserve a seat!

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