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Writers Meet Agents

The League's first conference was held in 1944 when UVM was the location for the Summer Institute. Featuring workshops by respected professional writers, editors, and publishers, the Summer Institute lasted until about 1970. It would be 1990 before the League sponsored another conference. The three-day Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference was held under the League's auspices from 1990 to 1993, spun off into a private endeavor, and ended in 1997.

In 2008, the League held a "sold-out" Writers Meet Agents (WMA) event in July, launching a new conference era for the group. WMA is set up as a day-long micro-conference, serving writers of all demographics and genres, published and pre-published, across the state to bring literary agents to our back door. 

In 2010, a full-scale conference, "Timeless Craft, Timely Skill," featured the Vermont author, Chris Bohjalian, as the keynote speaker, sharing the bill with agents, editors, authors, coaches, and other presenters from around New England and the mid-Atlantic seaboard. This conference has now become the agent-centered event that occurs every other year.

This past summer’s conference included seven literary agents from the surrounding area, individual pitch sessions, several presentations, roundtable discussions, and a book-sale and cocktail hour. Additionally, beginning in 2014, WMA includes exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for statewide and regional groups, businesses, and/or organizations.

Most importantly, WMA continues to be a huge hit every time we do it!

The next WMA is planned for 2018, but there is no time to waste! If you have ideas for the next WMA, want to volunteer, would like to sponsor or exhibit, please contact us.

We would love to have you be a part of our next WMA success in 2018!

 

Check out what these presenters and agents have said about WMA:

"Thank you for having us… I was so impressed by the thoughtful questions everyone asked, and how friendly and welcome everyone was in general. It's a wonderful group and I am so excited to be a part of it now!"
Presenter Jo Knowles
author of See You at Harry’s (a DCF nominee), Pearl, Jumping off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl
"Thank you so much for having me… I was so impressed by the passion and dedication of your group, and I wish them all much success with their projects!"
Agent Maria Ribas
Howard Morheim Literary Agency
"Everyone I spoke with really enjoyed the format of the pitch event, and said that it was more relaxed and less anxiety-inducing than many other conferences. I’d consider that a HUGE success…I would also like to reiterate just how wonderful the whole board and LVW volunteers have been, from our very first exchanges via email, to the dinner, and to the end of the conference and beyond. Everyone was so helpful and kind, and it infused the whole day with such a great energy. We could tell how passionate everyone was, and it was fantastic to see a community built on that level of support. Kimiko and I would both be delighted to join you again in 2016. Please pass along our most heartfelt thanks to all involved!"
Agent Kaylee Davis
Dee Mura Literary
"It was such a pleasure to attend the conference and meet the LVW community. From what I could see you did a fantastic job coordinating, leading, and generating big smiles from everyone there that day. We felt so welcomed beginning to end, thanks so much for making our first time with LVW such a great one. Looking forward to 2016."
Agent Kimiko Nakamura
Dee Mura Literary