The 2021 Atlanta Writing Workshop: March 13, 2021

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter successful 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 events in Atlanta, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2021 Atlanta Writing Workshop — an online “How to Get Published” writing event on March 13, 2021. (Writers are welcome to attend virtually from everywhere and anywhere.)

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 online “seats” at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Atlanta Writing Workshop!

ONLINE: The 2021 ATLWW is an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on March 13, 2021. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) Online events are easy and awesome, and the online events we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of a traditional in-person event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about what it means to have a writers conference online.)


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on March 13, 2021. 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. And even though this is the “Atlanta” Writing Workshop, make no mistake — writers from everywhere are welcome to attend virtually.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the online 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 2021 ATLWW agent faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Jackie Williams (The Knight Agency)
  • literary agent Renae Moore (Tobias Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Kortney Price (Raven Quill Literary)
  • literary agent Lori Galvin (Aevitas Creative Management)
  • literary agent Megan Barnard (Jennifer De Chiara Literary)
  • literary agent Caitlin McDonald (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Lynnette Novak (The Seymour Agency)
  • literary agent Nicole Payne (Golden Wheat Literary)
  • literary agent Susana Alvarez (Park & Fine Literary)
  • literary agent James Mustelier (The Bent Agency)
  • literary agent Garrett Alwert (Emerald City Literary)
  • literary agent Maura Kye-Casella (Don Congdon Associates)
  • literary agent Jemiscoe Chambers-Black (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Becky LeJeune (Bond Literary)
  • literary agent Markus Hoffmann (Regal Hoffman Associates)
  • literary agent Grace A. Ross (Regal Hoffman Associates)
  • literary agent Leah Pierre (Ladderbird Literary)
  • literary agent Erin Clyburn (Jennifer De Chiara Literary)
  • literary agent Kim Lindman (Stonesong)
  • literary agent Ayla Zuraw-Friedland (David Black Agency)
  • literary agent Charlotte Wenger (Prospect Agency)
  • literary agent Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates)
  • literary agent Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)
  • literary agent Reiko Davis (Defiore and Company)
  • literary agent Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary)
  • literary agent Heather Cashman (Storm Literary)
  • literary agent Stacey Graham (3 Seas Literary)
  • literary agent Paige Terlip (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Amanda Orozco (Transatlantic Agency)
  • literary agent Matt Belford (Tobias Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Darlene Chan (Linda Chester Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Leticia Gomez (Savvy Literary)
  • literary agent Eva Scalzo (Speilburg Literary)
  • literary agent Tori Sharp (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary)
  • literary agent Carlisle Webber (Fuse Literary)
  • literary agent Cate Hart (Harvey Klinger)
  • literary agent Carrie Howland (Howland Literary)
  • 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 coordinators Chuck Sambuchino and Brian Klems of Writing Day Workshops.


ONLINE: The 2021 ATLWW is an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on March 13, 2021. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) Online events are easy and awesome, and the online events we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of a traditional in-person event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about what it means to have a writers conference online.)


What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.

Agent pitches and critique consultations overlap with Saturday sessions. The schedule of presentation topics below is subject to change and updates:


9:30 – 10:30: “Query Dos and Don’ts.” The query letter is often the first point of contact between writers and agents. In this session, agent Eva Scalzo will present the query letter basics every writer should know. From what to include and the reasons those things are important to what not to include and why you shouldn’t include them, this workshop will help you hone in what will work best for you when crafting your query. 

10:45 – 11:45: “Traditional Publishing vs. Independent Publishing.” By the end of the presentation, attendees will have gained the clarity needed to decide whether they have the stomach to take the traditional publishing route with the help of a literary agent or strike out on their on and publish their literary masterpiece on their own.

11:45 – 1:15: Break

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.

2:45 – 3:45: “Voice: What Is It and How Do I Master It?” How can a writer make their voice stand out in a crowded marketplace? In this class, we’ll discuss writing with intention, discerning which voice is which, and how to play with and create voices that will connect with readers, agents, and editors.

4:00 – 5:00: “You Have an Agent Offer or Book Contract — Now What?” Many writers seek to get an agent and book deal. But what happens after these steps? Hear from literary agent Carlie Webber on how to effectively work with a literary agent, what to expect in the submission process, what it’s like to work with a publishing house editor, how to sell multiple books in your career, and much more.

Agent pitches and critique consultations overlap with Saturday sessions. The schedule of presentation topics below is subject to change and updates:

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.



Jackie Williams is a literary agent at The Knight Agency. “I love a broad range of commercial and genre fiction, especially stories with psychological suspense, gritty voices, speculative elements, multi-generational plots, and intricate world-building; even better if the stories are set in space. And I’m interested in collaborating closely with writers throughout all stages of their careers and bringing more multicultural representation to the publishing landscape. I’m interested in all types of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror in middle grade, YA, and Adult.” She also likes fiction with a unique take on sports, dance, and hip-hop; mysteries, thrillers, and suspense with smart female protagonists and/or unreliable narrators, and literary fiction with a commercial appeal. For nonfiction, she seeks food, lifestyle, wellness, and memoirs that are culture-related stories expanding readers’ empathy and self-awareness. Learn more about Jackie here.

Renae Moore is a literary agent with Tobias Literary Agency. “I represent authors and illustrators. In YA and Adult, I am interested in contemporary, speculative fiction, magical realism, mystery, thrillers, and romance. I accept novels and graphic novels. I welcome queries by #OwnVoices authors. In crime and mysteries, I want more than a police procedural. Legal thrillers, amateur sleuths, paranormal detectives are welcome. I’m interested in magical realism that has heart, humor, and adventure. I want to see the fun side of magic and science fiction. I want to see suburban stories that give a peek behind the curtain of perfection.” Learn more about Renae here.

Kortney Price is a literary agent with Raven Quill Literary Agency. “I work primarily on children’s books — stories from board book up through young adult. My tastes in stories are pretty broad, but here’s a rundown of what I’m most excited about seeing in my inbox.  I am committed to building a list that reflects the diversity of our world and so I am passionate about diverse representation in the books I work with. I would love to see a vast array of characters and own voices writers writing them. Because of my experience working with the special needs community, I’m especially excited for books featuring all of those uniquely special brains or bodies that don’t operate like everyone else’s.” Kortney seeks all ages of children’s nonfiction and fiction, including picture book, graphic novel, early reader, middle grade, young adult. Learn more about Kortney here.

Lori Galvin is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. Lori represents both adult fiction (especially women’s fiction and crime fiction) and nonfiction (memoir, food writing, and cookbooks). Prior to joining Aevitas, Lori was executive editor at the multimedia publisher America’s Test Kitchen, where she led a team that produced dozens of landmark cookbooks. Galvin was also an editor at Houghton Mifflin, a restaurant cook, and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Maine. Learn more about Lori here.

Screen Shot 2020-02-19 at 4.40.44 PMMegan Barnard is an associate literary agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She is seeking book for adults in the following genres: historical fiction, women’s fiction (upmarket/commercial is fine too), literary fiction, family sagas, thrillers, and fairy tale retellings. In adult nonfiction, she is only looking for memoir and narrative nonfiction right now. Learn more about Megan here.

Caitlin McDonald is a literary agent with Donald Maass Literary Agency. She is seeking all science fiction and fantasy fiction for adult, young, and middle grade, especially secondary world fantasy and alternate history. She loves genre-bending or cross-genre fiction, and stories that examine tropes from a new angle; and also seeks diversity of all kinds, including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and worldbuilding. Learn more about Caitlin here.

Lynnette Novak is a literary agent with The Seymour Agency. In adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy). In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary, mysteries, fantasy, and sci-fi. In middle grade: contemporary, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, and humor. In children’s fiction: picture books (non-rhyming preferred). Learn more about Lynnette here.

Nicole Payne is a literary agent with Golden Wheat Literary. Nicole is currently hoping to find: Young Adult historical romance set in the Middle East;  Young Adult literary fiction about love, family and hope and will make me ugly cry;  Women’s Fiction involving a Rosie the Riveter influenced story;  Adult contemporary about a cut-throat fashion industry and the romance that shouldn’t be a priority over creativity;  Adult Action and Adventure that centers around elderly women putting down knitting needles and picking up nunchucks.  Both Christian and secular themes welcome. Learn more about Nicole here.

Susana Alvarez is a literary agent with Park & Fine Literary. As first-generation Mexican-American, she is especially drawn to and excited to reflect multicultural experiences and perspectives. Her interests range from narrative nonfiction, where she has a penchant for memoirs, to voice-driven Journalism, cultural commentary, big idea society-moving books, to the health and wellness industry; particularly among women and under-represented communities. Outside of nonfiction, her love of the literary world first arrived through the great American novel, which evolved into a passion for fiction rooted in themes of: the self, coming of age, complex human relationships, and multi-generational stories against the backdrop of multiple nations and cultures. Learn more about Susana here.

Garrett Alwert is a literary agent with Emerald City Literary Agency. Garrett is looking for: smart, funny, contemporary stories with fresh voices, a strong hook and awesome dialogue. “Emerald City Literary represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, and children’s nonfiction. We welcome submissions with LGBTQ+ themes and/or diverse characters as well as traditionally underrepresented authors.” He enjoys romance and stories that focus on friendship, family, and all the ways those relationships come together. He also likes well paced psychological thrillers as well as stories with unique story structures and timelines. He is actively looking for projects by POC authors or with LGBTQ+ themes. Learn more about Garrett here.

James Mustelier is a literary agent with The Bent Agency. “I’m looking for both literary and commercial adult fiction. In literary fiction, I’m specifically drawn to visceral honesty coupled with a dark sense of humor. In commercial fiction I’m looking for horror, mystery, and thrillers. My favorite books have distinct and memorable voices that grab the reader’s attention, and a narrative gravity that permeates every action in the story.” Pitch him literary fiction, crime, mystery, suspense, horror, humor, young adult, and short story collections. Learn more about James here.

Maura Kye-Casella is a literary agent with Don Congdon Associates. Maura represents writers of narrative nonfiction, women’s fiction, thrillers, young adult, middle grade and cookbooks. She is seeking literary works, women’s fiction, thrillers/suspense and she is especially interested in works for both the young adult and middle grade markets. Maura is looking for diverse voices across the various genres she represents. As to non-fiction, Maura is seeking books on popular science (especially space), cookbooks, lifestyle, and fun/interesting works that fall into the humor category. Learn more about Maura here.

Jemiscoe Chambers-Black is a literary agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. In middle grade, se seeks contemporary, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, horror, graphic novels, and novels in verse. In young adult, she seeks romance, contemporary, fantasy, mystery, and novel in verse. She seeks illustrators and author-illustrators of picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA. For adult fiction, she seeks romance, rom-coms, upmarket psychological thrillers & mysteries, literary fiction, and fantasy (not high fantasy). Jem is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent voices and stories in all the above categories. Learn more about Jemiscoe.

Becky LeJeune is a literary agent with Bond Literary. Becky spent 5 years as an acquisitions editor at The History Press before joining Sandra at BLA in 2014. She is interested in adult and teen general fiction, horror, mystery/thriller, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and cookbooks. Learn more about Becky here.

Markus Hoffmann is a literary agent with Regal Hoffman Associates. Markus joined Regal Literary in 2006 and was made a partner in the agency in 2014, when it became Regal Hoffmann & Associates. His main interests as an agent are international and literary fiction, unusual speculative fiction, crime, literary memoir, philosophy, history, music, popular science, and travel literature. He also looks after the agency’s foreign rights. Learn more about Markus here.

Grace A. Ross is a literary agent with Regal Hoffman Associates. Grace is interested in literary and upmarket fiction that engages with current social issues; character-driven stories; unlikely heroines; international narratives; dynamic plots that bridge genres; and propulsive psychological suspense. In nonfiction, she is looking for socially and politically conscious narratives, especially those that engage with cultural conversations about gender, race, and class in an accessible way; but she’s also drawn to popular science, biography, cultural theory, and memoir. Learn more about Grace here.

Leah Pierre is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary. In young adult as well as adult fiction, she is seeking some fantasy, romantic meet-cute stories, realistic and raw family-centered novels, mysteries, psychological thrillers, fairy tale retellings, espionage/heist, historical fiction and fantasy, social justice inspired stories, romance (ideally interracial or at least something out of the ordinary). In new adult fiction, she seeks romance (again, interracial or at least something out of the ordinary), coming of age, F/F friendship, and books about the college experience as well as the post-college experience. Learn more about Leah here.

Erin Clyburn is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She seeks middle grade and young adult. In adult fiction, she seeks upmarket and book club fiction, sharp women’s fiction, domestic and psychological thrillers (especially by BIPOC authors), mystery, humorous and satirical novels, horror of all stripes, multigenerational family sagas (I would love one by a BIPOC author set in the South), grounded stories with magical or speculative elements, and Southern Gothic. In adult nonfiction, she seeks narrative nonfiction or memoir about sports or adventure, pop science, high-interest nonfiction, cookbooks and culinary histories, and science- or culture-focused memoirs and narrative nonfiction. Learn more about Erin here.

Kim Lindman is a literary agent with Stonesong Literary. Kim is interested in representing narrative nonfiction, select short story collections, commercial and literary fiction in adult and young adult age groups, with special interest in contemporary fiction and magical realism. She is highly collaborative and particularly seeks to represent a diverse client list. People from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to submit their work. Learn more about Kim here.

Ayla Zuraw-Friedland is a literary agent with David Black Agency. “I am interested in acquiring adult literary fiction and nonfiction that inspect queerness, disability, race, class, and community in fresh new ways. I have a soft spot for short story collections with magical elements, and essay collections that look at identity through an interesting and specific cultural lens (motorcycles, rock climbing, pottery, you name it). Some pitches I’ve read and loved: a memoir of coming out as trans later in life, a case against high school football from a sociological standpoint, a collection of essays about mental health and climate change, a novel about immigrant ghosts.” Learn more about Ayla here.

Charlotte Wenger is a literary agent in the Boston area with Prospect Agency. Prior to joining Prospect, she was an associate editor at Page Street Kids, where she acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction picture books. Charlotte is drawn to children’s literature and art for all ages—board books through young adult, but especially picture books—as well as select adult nonfiction biographies and memoirs. Learn more about Charlotte here.

Amanda Leuck is a literary agent with Spencerhill Associates. Amanda is currently seeking strong, character-driven stories with an unforgettable voice. She’s looking for literary and commercial YA, select sci-fi and fantasy, and romance in all genres, including edgy romantic suspense, contemporary, and paranormal with a fresh twist. Among other things, she is excited about YA fantasy based in mythology across cultures; historical novels that spark my need to know more; characters with disability, chronic illness or mental illness – that doesn’t necessarily drive the plot; and #ownvoices. Learn more about Amanda here.

Gordon Warnock is a literary agent founding partner at Fuse Literary. In nonfiction, he seeks platform-heavy authors in the categories of memoir (Adult, NA, YA, Graphic), cookbooks/Food Narrative/Food Studies,  Illustrated/Art/Photography (especially graphic nonfiction), Political and Current Events, Pop-Science, Pop-Culture (especially punk culture and geek culture), Self-Help, How-To, Humor, Pets, Business and Career. In fiction, he seeks High-Concept Suspense, Book Club Women’s Fiction,  Literary Fiction for Adults through YA, and Graphic Novels for Adults through MG. Learn more about Gordon here.

Reiko Davis is a literary agent with Defiore and Company. Reiko’s interests are varied, but she is particularly drawn to narrative journalism on the topics of pop culture, science/psychology, and current events as well as memoir that focuses on social justice, issues of race and gender, and the history and experiences of women and people of color. For fiction, she’s primarily looking for upmarket and literary novels, specifically set in contemporary times. She loves young, underrepresented voices, magical realism, and voice driven coming-of-age stories. On the children’s side, she’s actively looking for YA and middle grade projects that aren’t afraid to tackle big questions or important emotional truths, and do so through remarkable storytelling, humor, and heart. Right now she’s especially on the lookout for middle grade nonfiction projects (STEM focused, DIY, inspirational, activist driven, historical) and for adult rom com. She’d also love to connect with promising writers of short fiction with a strong initial publication record with magazines/literary journals who are now at work on a story collection and/or a debut novel. Learn more about Reiko here.

Suzie Townsend [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is Vice President and Literary Agent at New Leaf Media. Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and debut fiction. On the children’s side, she is interested in select young adult and middle grade. 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. Learn more about Suzie here.

Heather Cashman is a literary agent with Storm Literary. Heather is currently seeking submissions for middle grade and young adult. For MG and YA fiction, she’ll consider all genres and loves a good genre splice. For MG and YA nonfiction, anything that takes her back to those days in the library when she wanted to learn about someone, something, and somewhere new. For all writing, Heather enjoys unique characters formed from their own experiences in a unique world. Learn more about Heather here.

Stacey Graham is a literary agent with 3 Seas Literary Agency. Current wish list — I will only be taking pitches from these categories at this time: Adult Romance; I never met a trope I didn’t like. Middle grade – spooky and/or hilarious. Nonfiction — I’m looking for fun, quirky, fascinating topics with strong commercial appeal and a great platform. Specifically looking for how-to books, antiques, and craft books. Learn more about Stacey here.

Paige Terlip is a literary agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Paige represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. She is also actively building her list of illustrators and is especially looking for author-illustrators and graphic novel illustrators. On the adult side she is open to thrillers/psychological suspense, fantasy/sci-fi, upmarket fiction, cozy mysteries, as well as narrative nonfiction and self-help that centers the mind, body, and spirit. She loves stories that make her feel a range of emotions, even if that means she ugly cries while reading. She wants a narrative that will stick with her long after reading. Learn more about Paige here.

Amanda Orozco is a literary agent with Transatlantic Agency. For fiction, she’s looking for YA contemporary romance and fantasy, as well as literary and upmarket adult fiction in the contemporary, speculative, horror, and romance genres. She has a soft spot for coming-of-age stories, short story collections, and the occasional urban fantasy. For nonfiction, she’s interested in stories that offer fresh cultural, political, and/or social critiques along with personal narratives on art, pop culture, tech, and forgotten, unexamined history. She is looking for perspectives from the margins or from emerging artists and academics with original ideas and sharp commentary. Learn more about Amanda here.

Matt Belford is a literary agent with The Tobias Literary Agency. A lover of all things science fiction and fantasy, Matt accepts his nerd status readily. Matt is interested in receiving submissions for both graphic memoirs and graphic novels, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy, and some popular nonfiction. He is not interested in young adult novels. Learn more about Matt here.

Darlene Chan is a literary agent with Linda Chester Literary Agency. Darlene is interested in stories by and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), women’s fiction, chick lit, crime fiction, young adult novels. In nonfiction, she is actively seeking pop culture books, and books on film and the entertainment industry. Learn more about Darlene and what she seeks here.

Screen Shot 2019-07-09 at 11.51.01 PM.pngLeticia Gomez is a literary agent and the founder of Saavy Literary. At the present time, Savvy Literary Agency is interested in reviewing compelling and commercially viable book proposals and manuscripts written in English or Spanish. Fiction areas of interest: adventure, chick lit, fantasy, historical, humor, multicultural, mystery, paranormal, romance, young adult, and middle grade. Nonfiction areas of interest: advice/relationships, biography, cooking, diet, health, history/politics/current affairs, how-to, humor, lifestyle, memoir, parenting, religion/spirituality and true crime. Learn more about Leticia here.

Eva Scalzo is a Literary Agent with Speilburg Literary. In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance novels (all subgenres except inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy novels. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction. She is interested in submissions from diverse authors. Learn more about Eva here, as well as her specific interests and what is seeking from writers.

Tori Sharp is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Tori represents all manner of children’s literature. “Please send me all genres of children’s graphic novels. I love comics that are heartfelt and gestural, and I tend to like art styles that look animated and soft, but bright. I would jump at a raw but playful MG graphic memoir or stories that feel like fairy tales. For middle-grade and young adult prose, my heart is in SFF. PLEASE send me WITCHES! I adore magical realism, and I will consider portal fantasy if it has a strange and fun new take on the genre.  For nonfiction, I am exclusively looking for MG memoir and how-to books that introduce a craft.” Learn more about Tori here.

Screen Shot 2019-09-27 at 1.37.27 PMPaul S. Levine is a literary agent and the founder of Paul S. Levine Literary. He is also an attorney. His fiction interests include adventure novels, mainstream fiction, mysteries, romance, thrillers, and women’s fiction. His nonfiction interests include business/commerce, pop culture, how-to, self-help, politics/law, relationships, and sports. Learn more about Paul here.

Carlisle Webber is a literary agent at Fuse Literary. Carlisle is looking for: high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent for you. Diverse authors are encouraged to submit their fiction. Within the genres she represents, Carlisle is especially interested in stories by and about people of color; with both visible and invisible disabilities and illnesses; who are economically disadvantaged; who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer; or who are members of religious minorities. Pitch her: Middle grade (any genre), Young adult (any genre), thriller, mystery, suspense, horror, women’s fiction, and popular/mainstream fiction. Learn more about Carlisle here.

Cate Hart is a literary agent with Harvey Klinger Literary Agency. She is particularly drawn to oft forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to her is unexplored Southern history and culture. In nonfiction, she seeks narrative stories, history, film/TV/theatre, pop culture, and music. In fiction, she seeks historical, commercial, women’s, romance, fantasy, mystery, psychological thriller, middle grade, and young adult. Learn more about Cate here.

Carrie Howland founded Howland Literary after thirteen years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary. Carrie is accepting submissions for: adult literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction as well as memoir, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction. Learn more about Carrie here.




        More 2021 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.

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.)



$149 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2021 ATLWW and access to all workshops, all days. (You also get 10 additional free pre-recorded webinars on writing and publishing.) As of early 2021, registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors 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. There is no limit. 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.)

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 11.11.29 AM.png“I met my client, Alison Hammer, at the Writing
Workshop of Chicago and just sold her book.”
– literary agent Joanna Mackenzie of Nelson Literary

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.47.54 PM.png“Good news! I signed a client [novelist Aliza Mann]
from the Michigan Writing Workshop!”
– literary agent Sara Mebigow of KT Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 12.56.10 PM“I signed author Stephanie Wright from
the Seattle Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 9.07.44 PM“I signed an author [Kate Thompson] that I
met at the Philadelphia Writing Workshop.”
– literary agent Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 2.54.50 PM.png“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 Brian Klems, one of the workshop’s former instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Atlanta 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 get an in-person meeting at the workshop. Options:

  • Mystery, thriller, general fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, women’s fiction: Faculty member Tara Bailey, 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.
  • Literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, women’s fiction, historical, any kind of young adult, any kind of middle grade, and picture books. Faculty member Laura Biagi, a former literary agent, 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.. If you submit a picture book, it must be 1,000 words or fewer (can have illustrations or not).
  • Literary fiction, mainstream fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, women’s fiction, memoir, humor: Faculty member Ricki Cardenas, a published 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.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Brian Klems via email:, and he will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by PayPal or check or credit card. Because Brian plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.


ONLINE: The 2021 ATLWW is an Online Conference to keep everyone safe, on March 13, 2021. There is much more to say about this, but immediately you should understand 1) Online events are easy and awesome, and the online events we’ve done thus far have received wonderful feedback, 2) You do not have to be tech-savvy to do this, and 3) We are keeping all aspects of a traditional in-person event, including one-on-one agent & editor pitching, which will now be done by Skype or Zoom or phone. Learn all details about what it means to have a writers conference online.)

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 Brian Klems via email: He will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check or credit card. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The ATLWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Brian plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Atlanta workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal or CC refund]. 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 and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already started edited your work.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Atlanta Writing Workshop.