“I was surprised by this book…it’s pretty amazing… You’re in a community of interesting people and conflicts… all threaded through with commentary on writing. A really fine read…” Linton Robinson, author
Finally, an inside look at a writing conference!
The writers’ conference, the Clymer Workshop, has a lofty reputation. Aspiring writers must submit a sample of their writing to be accepted. The brochure promises individual conferences with famous authors and the opportunity to meet agents and editors.
Laura Belmont is one of the aspiring writers. Thrilled to be accepted, she has finished writing her first novel. Her plan is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors who will help her get a publishing contract.
The conference is held in a picturesque setting in rural Western New York, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. Soon after Laura arrives she feels the intensity of two hundred people who have come for the same reason she is there.
The authors on the staff also have agendas. Laura goes to creative writing workshops and readings unaware of the literary politics being played by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. The writers on the staff are more interested in Laura’s body than in her manuscript.
As tensions mount and Laura becomes aware of what is happening in the shadows, she is at first surprised, then shocked to learn how power works in the publishing world.
“… a fun read for everyone, and a useful education for anyone who might be thinking of a writing career. The story moves along quickly and holds the reader’s interest all the way to the exciting (and surprising) ending.” Peter C. Foster, author
Read an excerpt here.
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