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Saturday, October 28 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Writer Idol

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Author Christopher Castellani will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three established agent judges who specialize in literary and commercial fiction as well as narrative nonfiction: Esmond Harmsworth, Ann Collette, and Amaryah Orenstein. When an agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, he or she will raise a hand. Castellani 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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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani is an acclaimed author and educator. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet and serves on the faculty and academic boards of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. His novels include A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004... Read More →

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Ann Collette

Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. In fiction, Ann represents literary, upscale commercial women's, crime, upscale western, historical, military and war, and horror.Rees Literary Agency... Read More →
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Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein is the founder of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency. Through her work, she aims to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, representing a wide array of fiction and nonfiction that tackles big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Boston Common Hotel Hancock