2016 Workshop Description

Afternoon Session — Instructor: Andy Ross, Literary Agent

The Slush Pile Derby

Andy will share a number of first paragraphs from his agency's slush pile. Most were rejected, but some are from books that he has represented and sold. Class members will be invited to put themselves in the role of the agent. We'll discuss each selection and vote on which ones the agent would want to represent. At the end, after students guess, Andy will reveal which projects he ultimately represented. Participants will learn a lot about good writing as well as how agents decide to represent authors. This seminar offers time for Q & A.