Saturday, October 19 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Writer Idol

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Writer and comedian Steve Macone will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three established agent judges who specialize in literary and commercial fiction as well as narrative nonfiction: Sorche Fairbank (Fairbank Literary), Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary), Beth Marshea (Ladderbird Literary Agency), and Serene Hakim (Ayesha Pande Literary). When an agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, she will raise a hand. Macone will keep reading until a second agent raises a hand. The agents will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer suggestions to the author. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously. At the end, a winner will be crowned and win a prize. Note to participants: Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or nonfiction only, please) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud. This session is not for the thin-skinned! Sponsored by GrubStreet.

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Steve Macone

Steve Macone is a former headline contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing, and reporting have also appeared in the American Scholar, New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Morning News, VICE, and Salon. He's been featured on NPR and Longreads, received... Read More →

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Beth Marshea

Beth Marshea is the owner and lead agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency where she acquires work that pushes genres and boundaries and challenges the reader to accept new points of view. Marshea and her company are committed to the growth and development of both new and veteran authors... Read More →
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Kimiko Nakamura

Kimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. A graduate of Skidmore College and Boston University’s Book Publishing Program, Nakamura worked within Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press before becoming a literary agent. She partners with aspiring and published... Read More →
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Serene Hakim

Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary in 2015, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston. Hakim holds an MA in French to English translation from NYU and a BA in French and women’s studies from the University of Kansas. Born to Lebanese immigrants in the Midwest... Read More →
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Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank

A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author's Guild, the Agents Round Table, PEN, and GrubStreet's Literary Advisory Council, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily in its seventeenth year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116