Workshop: Literary and Upmarket Commercial Fiction

Backspace is hosting great workshops this fall! Check out my multi-agent workshop on literary and upmarket commercial fiction October 19 to 23.

This week-long conference session includes:

  • A query letter workshop with 6-10 students and 2 literary agents
  • An opening 2 pages workshop with the same 6-10 students and 2 different literary agents
  • A 2-day interactive panel discussion and Q&A with all 4 agents
  • Full access to the Backspace Writers Conference video archives
  • A PDF copy of The Science of Rejection Letters: A Step-By-Step Guide to Analyze Rejection Letters in Order to Improve Your Writing & Get Published by Jeff Kleinman

Don’t miss this great event!

Sign up today!

How it works:

Monday: Students post introductions to their workshop group in a private discussion forum.

“I always feel that authors are so focused on the editor-agent thing that they forget about the people sitting right next to them, the other writers who could actually be of huge assistance to them. Your business is writing, so make a connection with the writers.” — Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management

Tuesday 2:00 P.M. EST: Query letter workshop with 6-10 students and 2 literary agents held via conference call. (Approximately 2 hours)

Wednesday 2:00 P.M. EST: Opening 2 pages workshop with same 6-10 students and 2 different agents held via conference call. (Approximately 3 hours)

“Everybody who does these conferences is a pretty nice person, so just talk. Know what your book is about, be able to discuss it concisely and passionately. And then be ready to listen, to hear the questions the agent asks, be ready to respond concisely and passionately.”Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management

PLEASE NOTE: Conference calls are recorded. If a student is unable to join the call at the scheduled time, a literary agent’s intern or assistant will read the student’s pages for them, and the student can listen to the discussion later. Alternatively, if a student can attend only a portion of the call, let us know and we’ll make sure your pages are scheduled to be read while you’re in attendance.

Thursday-Friday: Interactive panel discussion in which agents answer questions from students in the private discussion forum. Students also discuss among themselves what they’ve learned throughout the week by posting questions and comments to the group, or by private message.

Questions? Check our FAQ for students or the FAQ for faculty members, or contact conference organizers Christopher Graham or Karen Dionne at You may also telephone Chris at 732-267-6449.

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

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