by Jeff Jackson
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Queens MFA program in creative writing is hosting a conference that brings the cream of the publishing world to Charlotte. The two panels focusing on magazine and book publishing are a must for all local writers and anyone curious about the mechanics of the publishing world.
The magazine panel promises insights into how literary and commercial periodicals work at the highest levels. The impressive list of participants includes top editors from The New Yorker, Paris Review, Tin House, and Antioch Review, as well as the International Creative Management agent who handles serial non-fiction sales.
The book publishing panel tackles how manuscripts get accepted for publication and the current state of the industry. It includes editors from Riverhead Books and Henry Holt, alongside top literary agents such as Peter Steinberg from The Steinberg Agency, Chris Parris-Lamb from The Gernert Company, Anne Edelstein from Anne Edelstein Literary Agency, and Tina Wexler from ICM. Both panels will include question-and-answer sessions with the audience.
The magazine panel begins inexplicably early at 9:30 a.m. The book panel starts at 4 p.m. On the plus side, Queens has generously opened both these events to the public for free. They will be held at the Sykes Auditorium and moderated by Queens MFA Chair Fred Leebron.
Friday, Nov. 6: MFA Alumni Panel on Editing 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 : Panel on Magazine Publishing 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 : Panel on Book Publishing 4 p.m. (All events are at the Sykes Auditorium)
For more info/preview see: http://www.charlotteviewpoint.org/default.aspx?viewpoint=110&objId=117.
Official Calendar: http://www.queens.edu/upload/CulturalCalendar_Fall09.pdf
Also @ Queens: The Queens MFA program in creative writing is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in town.
They also host exceptional public readings throughout the year, including an upcoming reading by recent Pulitzer Prize Winner Elizabeth Strout on Nov. 19. (See: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event.php?id=6849)