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The Benefits of Using Ice Breakers in Meetings and Workshops
Ice breakers are popular activities used to engage participants in meetings and workshops. These interactive exercises are designed to break down barriers, foster communication, and create a positive atmosphere. Whether you’re hosting a team-building event, training session, or brainstorming meeting, incorporating ice breakers can provide numerous benefits for both individuals and groups. In this article, we will explore the advantages of using ice breakers in meetings and workshops.
Encourages Participation and Engagement
One of the primary benefits of using ice breakers is that they encourage participation and engagement among attendees. Traditional meetings often involve sitting passively while listening to presentations or discussions. However, ice breakers require active involvement from everyone present. By getting people out of their seats and participating in fun activities, ice breakers help to energize participants and create a sense of excitement.
Ice breaker activities also provide an opportunity for attendees to get to know each other better. This can be especially valuable when working with new teams or bringing together individuals from different departments or backgrounds. By establishing a friendly and relaxed environment through ice breaker exercises, participants are more likely to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas during the meeting or workshop.
Builds Relationships and Enhances Teamwork
Another significant benefit of using ice breakers is their ability to build relationships among team members. Ice breaker activities often involve collaboration, problem-solving, or sharing personal experiences. These interactions help individuals connect on a deeper level by discovering common interests or shared challenges.
When team members feel connected on a personal level, it enhances teamwork within the group. People are more likely to trust one another’s opinions and ideas when they have established relationships through ice breaker activities. This increased trust leads to improved communication, cooperation, and productivity during meetings or workshops.
Sparks Creativity and Innovation
Ice breakers can also spark creativity and innovation within teams by encouraging participants to think outside the box. Many ice breaker activities involve problem-solving or brainstorming exercises that require individuals to come up with unique solutions or ideas. By engaging in these activities, participants are encouraged to tap into their creativity and explore new perspectives.
The relaxed and playful nature of ice breakers can help remove mental barriers and create a safe space for individuals to express their thoughts without fear of judgment. This freedom allows participants to think more creatively and generate innovative ideas during the meeting or workshop.
Improves Focus and Productivity
Lastly, using ice breakers in meetings and workshops can improve focus and productivity among participants. Traditional meetings often suffer from low engagement levels, leading to decreased attention spans and reduced productivity. Ice breakers provide a refreshing break from routine discussions, re-energizing attendees and refocusing their attention.
By incorporating ice breakers strategically throughout a meeting or workshop, you can help combat fatigue and maintain high levels of engagement. This increased focus leads to more productive discussions, efficient problem-solving sessions, and better overall outcomes.
In conclusion, ice breakers offer numerous benefits when used in meetings and workshops. From encouraging participation and engagement to building relationships and sparking creativity, these interactive activities have the power to transform the atmosphere of any gathering. By incorporating ice breakers intelligently into your next meeting or workshop agenda, you can create an environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, productivity, and ultimately achieves better results.
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In this writing workshop, every genre of writing is welcomed. Whether you are a beginning writer or an experienced one, you will benefit from this six-week study of several common elements of writing. These elements will include beginnings and endings, character development, selection of detail, tension, revelation/discovery, and revision.
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Writing Speculative Fiction from Real History
How do we weave rich technical, cultural, and historical details into our stories? How do we do so in a manner that is responsible to the histories and cultures on which our work is based? In this workshop, academic historian turned speculative fiction author Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian will lead you on a freewheeling exploration of these issues.
Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Class size: 15
Feeding Your Fae: A Generative Workshop for SFF Writers
In this generative workshop, we’ll explore techniques for enriching your worldbuilding through the sensory details of taste. We’ll consider how food can unlock characters, establish settings, and be used to indicate change and conflict.
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Using Objects and Memories as Springboards into Writing
We live in a world packed with things, many of them so mundane we never give them a second thought. But when we consider the connections between objects and memory (the patina on the wooden spoon that Grandma owned, for instance), these seemingly unremarkable objects can become rich material for our writing, regardless of the genres in which we work. In this class, we’ll read and discuss examples of poetry, fiction, and memoir that focus on tangible objects and how writers imbue them with meaning beyond face value.
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In this in-studio workshop, we will resist any preconceptions we might hold about poetry through the goggles of habit. We will pursue new velocities, stylistic oxygen, and stillnesses through a diversity of forms. We will sample a range of styles from contemporary poetry—from the hypnotic ghazals of Agha Shahid Ali, to the narrative swirl of Larry Levis, Joyelle McSweeney’s Death Style poems, Roberto Tejada’s soundscapes, and the torqued sonnets of Wanda Coleman. We will aim to fling ourselves beyond our poetic comforts to arrive at language and music which feels new to us. By estranging ourselves we may encounter a version of ourselves in our writing which might have otherwise remained hidden.
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Busy writers who can’t set aside classroom time can benefit from this online program from the Houston Public Library system, which offers classes in creative writing, business writing, grant writing and publishing. houstonlibrary.org
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Classes range from beginner-level overviews in fiction, screenwriting and grammar to more intensive courses on creating three-dimensional characters or, you know, writing a book in three weeks or less. 2990 Richmond Ave., 713-529-4414
School of Literacy & Culture at Rice
Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies offers dynamic courses for writers from virtually any background. The program’s classes include journal writing, story shaping and even a course in children’s and young adult writing. 5615 Kirby Dr., 713-348-5333
The Galleria-area holistic center, known for its workshops on psychotherapy and natural healing, also has an in-house writers guild. Along with classes and writing retreats, the center provides private tutoring. 4100 Westheimer Rd., 713-840-8957
In addition to hosting high-profile authors each year, this literary institution offers fiction, poetry, memoir and nonfiction workshops. Personal essay courses teach would-be authors how to build a narrative and write persuasively. 1520 Main St., 713-521-2026
The Women's Institute of Houston
The institute offers both an eight-week creative writing course focusing on fiction, poetry, memoir and journaling and a 10-week memoir course. 2202 Avalon Pl., 713-529-7123
Writers in the Schools
WITS has teamed up with Houston Public Library to offer a weekly Young Writers Workshop at the HPL Express Library at Discovery Green, which is free and open to Houston kids in grades 2–8. witshouston.org
Founded in 2014, this organization hosts weekly workshops led by local writers, who review members’ work and guide them through revisions. Hate writing alone? Attend a three-hour intensive session, where members meet in a group setting to work on their manuscripts. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., 713-516-5679
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The 2024 Houston Writing Workshop
Get your writing published: march 2, 2024, the 2024 houston writing workshop: march 2, 2024.
After successful 2016, and 2019 events in Houston, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2024 Houston Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Houston, TX on March 2, 2024.
This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Houston Writing Workshop! We are very proud of our many success stories where attendees sign with agents following events — see our growing list of success stories here .
(Please note that this is an i n-person event. We at Writing Day Workshops plan both online/virtual as well as in-person events. This next HWW is an in-person event happening in Houston on March 2, 2024. See you there.)
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.
This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:
- literary agent Leah Pierre (Ladderbird Literary Agency)
- editor Leticia Gomez (Kensington and Dafina)
- literary agent Ann Rose (Tobias Literary)
- literary agent Jennifer Chen Tran (Folio Literary Management)
- and more to come
By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Chuck Sambuchino of Writing Day Workshops (E-mail him to register for the event at [email protected] . Tell him you want to register for the Houston event.)
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024: Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
(Please note that this is an in-person event. We at Writing Day Workshops plan both online/virtual as well as in-person events. This next HWW is an in-person event happening in Houston on March 2, 2024. See you there.)
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE & INSTRUCTORS (MARCH 2, 2024)
8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.
9:30 – 10:30 : Understanding the Publishing Industry in 2024 — From Hybrid Publishing to Artificial Intelligence and Everything in Between. Writers today have lots of choices and options, but that doesn’t mean your publishing journey is an easy path to navigate. How are traditional publishing and self-publishing changing? What kind of writer is attractive to an agent currently? What is hybrid publishing? How will A.I. (artificial intelligence) help or hurt writers in the years to come? Which social media sites and publishing resources are worth the time and effort in 2024? All these questions, and more, will be addressed during the speech.
10:45 – 11:50 : Everything You Need to Know About Literary Agents and Writing an Awesome Query Letter . This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents. After quickly going over what an agent is and what they do for writers, we will discuss resources for finding agents, how to ID the best agents for you, query letter writing, as well as the most important things to do and not to do when dealing with representatives.
11:45 – 1:15: Lunch on your own. There are several restaurants within quick driving distance on the block.
1:15 – 2:30 : “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest , with participating literary agents and editors. In the vein of “American Idol” or “America’s Got Talent,” this is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. All attendees are welcome to bring pages to the event for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. All submissions should be fiction or memoir—no prescriptive nonfiction or picture books, please. Do not send your pages in advance. You will bring printed copies with you, and instructions will be sent out approximately one week before the event.
2:45 – 3:45 : Write Better, Right Now : What an Editor Learned by Critiquing 400 Manuscripts (and What Writers Can Take Away). Hear straightforward writing advice from a professional book doctor. In this seminar, we will touch on character, setting, plot, voice, dialogue, revision, word count, genre, and more. Improve your writing, so that fewer agents & editors response to your submission with “I didn’t connect with the writing,” and more respond with “Please send more of your work to consider.” Understand why agents (and editors, and readers) stop reading, and learn how to fix your writing mistakes as you overhaul and revise your work.
4:00 – 5:00: 10 Evergreen Keys to Writing Success . Learn 10 things you can be doing right now that will help get your book(s) published and have more control over your writing destiny. This is a general course that addresses commonsense things any writer can do to give their work the best shot at getting published, such as writing the best thing they can, stealing from themselves to generate more content, and why writing for love and money is a good idea.
All throughout the day: Agent & Editor Pitching.
PITCH AN AGENT!
Ann Rose is a literary agent with The Tobias Agency . Ann is looking for characters who aren’t afraid to stand up for their convictions and beliefs – whether they fight with their fists or their words. She’s open to all genres of middle grade—and especially love stories that push the MG boundary. By this she means they explore topics that affect middle graders but aren’t always talked about in MG books; like It Happened on Saturday by Sydney Dunlap. Ann also represents all genres in YA. In the adult arena, she adores swoony romances, light sci-fi or fantasy (emphasis on the light side), commercial fiction, and heartwarming – or heart wrenching – contemporaries. She really enjoys feminist stories that highlight women’s experiences in the world. She is a sucker for a strong female friendship narrative because she truly believes that empowered women, empower women! She’s always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics. Dark and edgy is totally okay too. She is also up for a good revenge plot. Above all Ann is looking for stories with compelling characters that push boundaries and make her laugh and cry, hopefully in the same story! Learn more abou t Ann here.
Leticia Gomez is the editorial director for Kensington Books and Dafina . Leticia is the Editorial Director for Dafina Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., which focuses on high-quality fiction and nonfiction that centers on race, identity, and its impact on our experiences. Dafina’s carefully curated list is a home for dynamic stories that innovate and amplify voices too long ignored through books that entertain, challenge, and inspire. Launched in 2000 as the first African-American imprint, Dafina has led the market for more than twenty years in highlighting voices of color. Leticia is actively seeking to acquire multicultural fiction and nonfiction of all genres, including literary fiction, commercial fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery, and narrative nonfiction of all genres with a focus on authors of color (BIPOC) hailing from all walks of life, as well as specific nonfiction projects for marginalized communities. In addition to her role at Kensington, Leticia is a prominent literary/film/television agent who specializes in bringing culturally diverse voices to the forefront. Savvy Literary is now an industry leader specializing in Self-help, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, True Crime, Spiritual/Inspirational, Political/Current Affairs, Suspense/Thriller, Family Drama, and the Young Adult market. Championing the work of minority writers continues to be a top priority for the agency. Learn more about Leticia here.
Leah Pierre is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary. Leah is exclusively looking for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander voices with or without LGBTIQA+ intersectionality—basically anyone underrepresented and/or marginalized. For Picture Books, she is selectively searching for an author who is writing diverse, heartfelt and emotionally resonant stories about family, heritage, and tough, complex topics (i.e loss, identity, divorce, disabilities, etc). She is also looking for stories that are fun, adventurous, and creative. For Young Adult/Crossover/Adult, she is looking to acquire across the following genres: sci-fi, fantasy, speculative, contemporary, romance, mystery, thriller, suspense, fairytale or classic retellings/reimaginings. Learn more about Leah here.
Jennifer Chen Tran is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. In nonfiction, she seeks cookbooks, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and prescriptive nonfiction. She loves nonfiction (narrative or memoir with a platform) that sheds light on an unseen corner in society or history. Prescriptive nonfiction with practical takeaways, cookbooks with a unique angle or narratives centered on culinary life (see David Chang’s Eat a Peach ), lifestyle titles (see Kate Oliver’s The Modern Caravan ), humorous or visually-driven projects, and business books that read like memoir. Big idea books that shift how we perceive or navigate the world. In fiction, she seeks: middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, bookclub fiction, commercial/mainstream fiction, and women’s fiction. She loves middle grade and young adult that has heart and humor or visually-driven elements (see Remy Lai’s Pie in the Sky ). She gravitates toward contemporary fiction that braids together issues of social significance and identity (see Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek ). Learn more about Jennifer here .
ADDED ONLINE PITCHING : To ensure that writers have a robust and diverse lineup of agents & editors to pitch, 2024 Houston Writing Workshop attendees will have the ability to also pitch literary agents at the Writing Day Workshops *online* event that follows the 2024 HWW on our event calendar.
That event is the 2024 Online Colorado Writing Workshop , March 8-9, 2024, which will have 30-40 agents taking one-on-one Zoom virtual pitches.
This means that 2024 HWW attendees can have access to pitching all those online Colorado agents — pitches still at $29 each — without being a formal registrant for the online March 2024 CWW. (That said, if you want to formally register for the March 8-9 CWW and have access to all classes and panels, let us know, as there is a discount for confirmed Houston attendees.)
If you are interested in this added pitching opportunity, the first step is to get formally registered for Indiana. Following the HWW one-day conference on March 2, 2024, we will be in touch with all Indiana attendees and ask them if they want to partake in pitching online agents at the 2024 CWW (March 8-9) . At that time, you can communicate your pitch requests and purchase meeting time.
More 2024 agents may be added at any time.
These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.
(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)
$169 — EARLY BIRD registration pricing! This is the complete base price for registration to the 2023 HWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of fall 2023, registration is now open. E-mail Chuck Sambuchino at [email protected] to register. Say you’re interested in the Houston event.
Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. ( Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here .)
“I met my client, Alison Hammer, at the Writing Workshop of Chicago and just sold her book.” – literary agent Joanna Mackenzie of Nelson Literary
“Good news! I signed a client [novelist Aliza Mann] from the Michigan Writing Workshop!” – literary agent Sara Mebigow of KT Literary
“I signed author Stephanie Wright from the Seattle Writing Workshop.” – literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary
“I signed an author [Kate Thompson] that I met at the Philadelphia Writing Workshop.” – literary agent Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary
“I signed novelist Kathleen McInnis after meeting her at the Chesapeake Writing Workshop.” – literary agent Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary + Media
Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from instructor Chuck Sambuchino, formerly of Writer’s Digest, who previously taught at this Houston workshop. (This rate is a special event value for Houston Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?
Add $89 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees will either 1) get an in-person meeting at the workshop, if the faculty member is attending the live event, or 2) get a 10-minute phone call with the faculty member, and have notes passed along via email, if the critiquer is not attending the live event. Options:
- Fantasy (both YA and adult), fantasy romance, contemporary romance, women’s fiction (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Shauna Golden , a former agent, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, talk with you virtually (Zoom/phone) for 15 minutes workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes.
- Women’s, mainstream, science fiction, fantasy, romance, crime, thriller, mystery (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Michelle McGill-Vargas , a writing coach and author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you online (Zoom, etc.) or by phone for 15 minutes sometime before the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes before or after the meeting.
- Mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, fantasy (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Sean Fletcher , a developmental editor and agent scout, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your story, talk with you virtually (Zoom/phone) for 15 minutes sometime around the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes.
- Middle grade, young adult; adult fiction in the areas of low fantasy, literary fiction, romance, contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and mainstream fiction (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Joel Brigham , a writing coach and author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, talk with you virtually (Zoom/phone) for 15 minutes sometime around the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes
- More critique options forthcoming
How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: [email protected] , and he will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either credit card, PayPal, Venmo, or check. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Houston workshop specifically.
Because of limited space at the venue of Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the workshop can only allow 150 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.
Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.
How to Register : The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: [email protected] . He will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal, Venmo, credit card, or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The HWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Houston workshop specifically.
Refunds : If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your letter.)
Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Houston Writing Workshop.
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennifer Chen Tran of Folio Literary Management
Jennifer Chen Tran is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management .
In nonfiction, she seeks cookbooks, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and prescriptive nonfiction. She loves nonfiction (narrative or memoir with a platform) that sheds light on an unseen corner in society or history. Prescriptive nonfiction with practical takeaways, cookbooks with a unique angle or narratives centered on culinary life (see David Chang’s Eat a Peach ), lifestyle titles (see Kate Oliver’s The Modern Caravan ), humorous or visually-driven projects, and business books that read like memoir. Big idea books that shift how we perceive or navigate the world.
In fiction, she seeks: middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, bookclub fiction, commercial/mainstream fiction, and women’s fiction. She loves middle grade and young adult that has heart and humor or visually-driven elements (see Remy Lai’s Pie in the Sky ). She gravitates toward contemporary fiction that braids together issues of social significance and identity (see Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek ).
She is NOT seeking : science-fiction, fantasy; romance; screenplays.
With over a decade of experience in publishing, Jennifer is passionate about nurturing and championing authors and their creative lives. She represents a wide range of talent, including journalists, physicians, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, chefs, and graphic novelists, among others.
Prior to joining Folio, Jennifer was a literary agent at several west-coast literary agencies and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an attorney in good standing in New York and California.
Recent nonfiction titles Jennifer represented include Stuart Palley’s memoir Into The Inferno ; 101-year old physician and mother of holistic medicine Dr. Gladys McGary’s The Well-Lived Life: A Centenarian Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Any Age ; Kate Oliver’s The Modern Caravan ; contributing cartoonist for The New Yorker and BuzzFeed, artist Natalya Lobanova’s Everyone is Awful , a debut collection of darkly humorous comics; and clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk’s Living in the Moment .
Recent fiction titles Jennifer represented include author Kristen Kiesling’s The Harrowing , a YA graphic novel about a psychic teen girl who is forced to use her powers to track down killers, until she discovers her boyfriend is her next target; Lily Quan’s middle-grade novelization of Disney-Pixar movie Turning Red ; and Rebecca Kelley’s contemporary novel No One Knows Us Here.
Jennifer is an editorial agent who believes in the art of collaboration and works closely with her authors from concept, to proposal, to publication, and beyond. As a person of color and daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Jennifer is committed to amplifying voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a lasting positive social impact on the world – books that illuminate, entertain, and inspire.
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary
Leah Pierre i s a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary.
Leah graduated from Rosemont College with a B.A. in English and History and soon after became an agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She then went on to receive her M.A. in Publishing from her alma mater. Leah likes to spend her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people.
A Texas native, Leah briefly moved to the East Coast to attend Rosemont College to pursue her dream of working in publishing. Not long after graduating with her B.A. in English and History, Leah found an agency home at Ladderbird Literary Agency where she has grown to become a Senior Agent. Leah has since gone on to pursue and receive her M.A. in Publishing from her alma mater. And having accomplished her dream of working in publishing, she moved back to Texas to begin her next adventure and continue searching for the next PB, YA, or Adult project that will hook her (or make her cry). Leah likes to spend her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. But when not in the company of fictional characters, she likes to crochet, travel,hang out with friends and family, and catch up on the movies and tv shows she is always behind on.
Her projects include forthcoming books from H.D.Hunter, Ravynn K. Stringfield, Kay Sohini Sen, a number of IP projects, and more! She is a tenacious advocate for BIPOC writers and is always looking for ways to bring more diverse intersectionality to the publishing industry.
She is seeking:
Leah is exclusively looking for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander voices with or without LGBTIQA+ intersectionality—basically anyone underrepresented and/or marginalized.
For Picture Books, she is selectively searching for an author who is writing diverse, heartfelt and emotionally resonant stories about family, heritage, and tough, complex topics (i.e loss, identity, divorce, disabilities, etc). She is also looking for stories that are fun, adventurous, and creative.
For Young Adult/Crossover/Adult, she is looking to acquire across the following genres: ● SFF/Speculative ● Contemporary ● Romance ● Mystery/Thriller/Suspense ● Fairytale or classic retellings/reimaginings
She is specifically interested in stories that contain elements of and are in the vein of the following:
● The Half of It ● Behind Her Eyes ● Crimson Peak x Yellow Wallpaper x The Haunting of Bly Manor ● Reality dating rom-com ● Reimagined Macbeth (or even just a take solely on Lady Macbeth) ● MC with Lizzie Borden vibes ● Emily in Paris ● Schitt’s Creek
● Archive 81 ● The Mummy ● Sex Education ● Sadie ● Roll Bounce or a skate rink setting ● Julie and the Phantoms ● Leverage or anything heist related ● Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ● Circe x The Lost Queen ● Atlantis
● Cruella and/or Black women getting to be angry and/or evil ● Knives Out ● Practical Magic ● Addams Family ● Derry Girls ● Jumanji ● Nancy Drew/Enola Holmes ● Social horror (something similar to MASTER but better executed or anything with Jordan Peele vibes) ● Reimagined Picture of Dorian Gray ● Edgar Allan Poe ● Sex Lives of College Girls ● Do Revenge ● WandaVision
More generally, she loves diverse and unique work that is fast-paced and has a complex cast of diverse characters. She loves a good plot twist and is a huge sucker for camaraderie, banter, and the tight-knit, family-like group of friends trope. She is pretty much a fan of all the tropes.
She loves a good romantic meet-cute, coming of age, and/or self-discovery story, especially in or post-college. Specifically, how one’s expectations drastically differ from reality or how a recent college grad is blindsided after entering the adult world, the working force, and how they slowly manage to navigate it and get on their feet. She is also really interested in plots that deal with the struggles of today’s online dating culture, about how couples deal with growth and life pulling them in two different directions, or how society’s views can impact interracial relationships. This can also apply to platonic friendships (especially F/F friendships) as she thinks they are affected in the same ways. She’d also love something realistic, raw, introspective, and family- centered. Think To All the Boys I’ve Loved, Just One Day, Darius the Great Is Not
For mystery, thrillers, and suspense, she is here for unreliable narrators and dark academia! She’d also love something along the lines of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Behind Her Eyes, And Then There Were None, When No One is Watching, One of Us is Lying, Sadie, and anything Tiffany D. Jackson. She’d also really love a heist in the veins of Leverage, Now You See Me, or Six of Crows.
For fantasy, she loves it with elements of myth and legends; preferably lesser-known myths/legends i.e. Middle Eastern, Indigenous, African, and South American. I would love a fairytale retelling or re-imagining. For sci-fi, something in the vein of Red Rising, Black Mirror, The Fifth Wave, and Orphan Black. She’s also searching for gothic and atmospheric horror—think Mexican Gothic, Year of the Witching, The Addams Family, The Yellow Wallpaper, White Smoke, Edgar Allan Poe, The Haunting of Hill House and of Bly Manor, The Bloody Chamber, and Crimson Peak.
No’s for her would be MG, dystopian, legal or spy thrillers, and non-fiction. Please no cliche romances where the plot is centered around cheating, parental disapproval, or high school drama. Give me something out of the ordinary, and conflict that’s hard- hitting and really makes me wonder if anyone is right.
Note: While Leah is open to SFF, she is being extremely selective in the works she takes on due to her wish to expand in the romance, mystery/suspense, and gothic spaces.
Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Leticia Gomez of Kensington & Dafina
Leticia Gomez is the editorial director for Kensington Books and Dafina .
Leticia is the Editorial Director for Dafina Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., which focuses on high-quality fiction and nonfiction that centers on race, identity, and its impact on our experiences. Dafina’s carefully curated list is a home for dynamic stories that innovate and amplify voices too long ignored through books that entertain, challenge, and inspire.
Launched in 2000 as the first African-American imprint, Dafina has led the market for more than twenty years in highlighting voices of color. Leticia is actively seeking to acquire multicultural fiction and nonfiction of all genres, including literary fiction, commercial fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery, and narrative nonfiction of all genres with a focus on authors of color (BIPOC) hailing from all walks of life, as well as specific nonfiction projects for marginalized communities.
In addition to her role at Kensington, Leticia is a prominent literary/film/television agent who specializes in bringing culturally diverse voices to the forefront. She has helped her clients secure deals with the largest publishers in the world and has seen several of her projects successfully optioned for TV and film rights. As a literary agent, she has placed nearly 200 books with independent and mainstream traditional publishers. In January of 2007, Leticia launched Savvy Literary Services, becoming one of a highly select group of agencies in the world that specializes in the Latino book market.
Savvy Literary is now an industry leader specializing in Self-help, Narrative Non-fiction, Memoir, True Crime, Spiritual/Inspirational, Political/Current Affairs, Suspense/Thriller, Family Drama, and the Young Adult market. Championing the work of minority writers continues to be a top priority for the agency. Blending her experience as an author, literary/film/television agent and acquisition editor, she is truly excited to spearhead her very own Hispanic book imprint Café con Leche Books.
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ann Rose of The Tobias Literary Agency
Ann Rose is a literary agent with The Tobias Agency .
Ann is a California native who left her heart in San Diego, and now resides in Texas after a stint in Florida. Her degree is in Communication from San Diego State University, and her resume runs the gamut from Lifeguard to Business Systems Analyst, but books have always been her passion. Ann is excited to finally merge her love of literature with her past professional experiences as a literary agent with The Tobias Literary Agency after starting her career with Prospect Agency. She looks forward to helping authors build successful, sustainable careers.
Ann is looking for characters who aren’t afraid to stand up for their convictions and beliefs – whether they fight with their fists or their words. She’s open to all genres of middle grade—and especially love stories that push the MG boundary. By this she means they explore topics that affect middle graders but aren’t always talked about in MG books; like It Happened on Saturday by Sydney Dunlap. Ann also represents all genres in YA. In the adult arena, she adores swoony romances, light sci-fi or fantasy (emphasis on the light side), commercial fiction, and heartwarming – or heart wrenching – contemporaries.
She really enjoys feminist stories that highlight women’s experiences in the world. She is a sucker for a strong female friendship narrative because she truly believes that empowered women, empower women! She’s always looking for unique voices, diverse perspectives, vivid settings, and stories that explore tough topics. Dark and edgy is totally okay too. She is also up for a good revenge plot. Above all Ann is looking for stories with compelling characters that push boundaries and make her laugh and cry, hopefully in the same story!
She is ready to roll up her sleeves and help her authors create the best books possible, from brainstorming at the idea stage all the way through submissions and beyond. Ann loves attending conferences and sharing her knowledge of the publishing industry.
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