Grub Street presents "The Muse & The Marketplace" National Writing Conference

Organization: Grub Street

Venue: The Boston Park Plaza and Towers

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Event Date/Time: May 03, 2013 / 1:00 pm - (EST) End Date/Time: May 05, 2013 / 6:00 pm - (EST)
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, one of the nation's largest independent writing centers, presents the 12th annual  national literary conference designed to educate new and established writers about the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction and provide inside information about the world of publishing. Filled with networking opportunities, the newly expanded three-day event will be held May 3-5, 2013 at the Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza, Boston Mass.) and features over 110 craft and publishing sessions led by authors, editor, agents and publicists.

In addition, the conference has secured two motivating keynote speakers: "Muse" keynote  and "Marketplace" keynote  to inspire nearly 800 writers and publishers at all stages of career development.

On all three days, prominent and nationally-recognized authors lead sessions on the craft of writing - the "muse" side of things - while editors, literary agents, and publicists lead sessions on the business or "marketplace" for one's work. Here are the highlights:

On Friday May 3rd, 5-6:30 p.m., the public is invited to join attendees - at no charge - at the conference’s annual National Book Prize reading and reception with non-fiction winner  of Washington, DC, who will be reading, We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.

On Saturday May 4th at 7 p.m., “Marketplace” keynote speaker  hits the stage in the wake of her recent TED talk to discuss her experience as a musician and an artist seeking to be heard; her innovative use of social media to engage with fans; and her views on connection, trust, art and today’s marketplace.  Thanks to funding by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of Grub Street’s Publish It Forward Lecture series, this keynote speech is free and open to the public; registration in advance is required by visiting

On Sunday May 5th at 12:45 p.m., “Muse” keynote speaker, addresses attendees. Wood is a literary critic, essayist, and novelist as well as professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University and staff writer at The New Yorker.

This year's conference ticket gives attendees a choice of 3, 4, 8 or 11 sessions from 110 offerings over the full weekend, with information available for preview at. Guests can peruse in advance and plan their experience over one, two or all three days. With over 100 presenters plus testimonials and even time for socializing and networking, there is something for everyone at this year’s conference.

For an additional fee, the conference’s Manuscript Mart allows attendees to meet one-on-one with an established literary agent or editor who has read their work in advance, and provides direct feedback.

To register for Grub Street’s 2013 The Muse & The Marketplace conference, visit  for prices and details. All are welcome to the Friday, May 3rd National Book Prize reading at no charge.

Testimonial: "When writers ask me how I sold my first book, I tell them about Grub’s [The] Muse and the Marketplace. The conference taught me how to refine my query letter and hone my plot. Even better, it introduced me to my agent, who sold my novel twenty four hours after sending it out. It was the most valuable money I have ever spent."  --Liz Michalski, author of Evenfall (Berkley)


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