The Seventh Annual Publish and Promote Your Book Conference

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM until 5:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Sarah Lawrence College
    Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Visual Arts Center
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Writing Institute Senior Director: Patricia Dunn
    Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

    Conference Admission Fee: $675/person includes three Pitches, Continental Breakfast, Networking Luncheon, and Attendees Guide

    The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Publish and Promote Your Book Conference on Saturday, June 13th.  This comprehensive writer’s conference will be held at the Sarah Lawrence College campus, located 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.

    Highlights of the conference include a series of interactive panel discussions with prominent New York City literary agents, major publishing house editors, and public relations professionals; a networking lunch with panelists; and the rare opportunity to pitch your book directly to agents and editors. Participants will have the chance to promote their books to agents and editors in face-to-face pitch sessions. Writers who have registered for the conference have the option to discuss their work with three agents or editors for 10 minutes each (included in the cost of registration).  

    Want to practice your pitch and receive guidance to help you draft it? Sign up for one of our Prepare Your Pitch workshops before the conference. You can choose from three sessions: Thursday, June 4thTuesday, June 9th,  and Friday, June 12th.

    Your pitch is the verbal presentation you’ll give to each agent/editor you meet with and should include relevant information about your book and your bio, including your name and your book’s title. We ask that you type up your pitch—12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins—and no longer than one page so that the agent/editor you’re meeting with can refer to it during and after your verbal presentation. Bring 3 printed copies of your pitch and 3 printed copies of the first page of your manuscript (also in 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) to the conference on June 13. 

    The Seventh Annual Sarah Lawrence College Publish and Promote Your Book Conference is small, with limited attendance by design, allowing writers and guests the opportunity to meet, talk, and enjoy our special community of writers. Space is limited and early registration is highly recommended.

    On Campus Accommodations for Publish & Promote 2020 Attendees!

    For the first time, we are pleased to offer conference attendees private dormitory room accommodations on the Sarah Lawrence College Campus in Bronxville, New York. Available for two nights from June 12 – June 14, 2020, our conference residents will have the chance to attend the conference and explore our college grounds. You’ll be able to visit the The Barbara Walters Campus Center and meetup with other writers, grab a coffee or bite to eat, and hang out in nooks and crannies where you easily write in our collegial setting, check out The Esther Raushenbush Library with extensive literature and visual art collections, visit the cafeteria and salad bar at Bates Hall as well as our historical buildings that include The Teahaus, Slonim House which houses our MFA Graduate Studies Program and has been the site of readings by many famous authors, and Marshall Field House, a Georgian mansion, which is the center for our Music Program. Downtown Bronxville  and the Metro North Station, with 25-minute train service to and from Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, is a 15-minute walk from our school. Also, the Cross County Mall  is a 1-mile walk north of campus.

    We have a limited number of rooms for our attendees so please sign up early. If you have questions, send an email to