Throughout the year, we offer an array of seminars, panels, social gatherings and events for authors to keep you connected and informed about the legal and business side of writing.

We offer webinars and phone seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. We also provide in-person panel discussions and interviews on topics of interest to our members and sponsor social events throughout the country. Guild members have first—and often exclusive—access to these events. We also encourage our members to share literary events happening in their communities on our comprehensive Events Calendar, searchable by ZIP code.

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Event Archive.


From Page to Screen: The Art of Writing for Film and Television

The New York Public Library
Wednesday, February 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration (required): REGISTER HERE

Join novelist and Vice President of the Authors Guild Richard Russo for a discussion about the creative challenges involved in writing for the big and small screens. The author of Nobody’s Fool, which was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, and Empire Falls, which was adapted for HBO, will be joined by three fiction writers who have straddled both book and film worlds to discuss the process of adapting one’s own works as well as writing original screenplays collaboratively: Ron Currie, screenwriter, novelist, and author of NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award winner God is DeadRebecca Dinerstein, whose adaptation of her own novel The Sunlit Night premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; and Emily Schultz, best-selling author of The Blondes, currently in development at AMC, for which she is the Executive Producer.

Ron Currie is the author of the novels Everything Matters! and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently has two televisions projects in development, one with Circle of Confusion Television Studios, one with Gran Via Productions. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of two novels, The Sunlit Night and forthcoming Hex, and a poetry collection, Lofoten. A graduate of Yale and the New York University’s M.F.A. program, Dinerstein wrote the screenplay for the The Sunlit Night film adaptation, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Emily Schultz is the cofounder of Joyland Magazine and the author of the novel The Blondes, released in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press and Picador, in France with Editions Asphalte, and in Canada with Doubleday. It was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Kirkus. The Blondes is in development with AMC Studios, with Schultz as co-creator with her writing partner Brian J Davis. They are also adapting her novel Men Walking on Water for series.


Age of the Storyteller

A Free Online Marketing Course for Authors

Multiple Dates>>

Registration (required)

The Age of the Storyteller is an eight-session online course designed by Lisa Weinert that teaches writers how to market their work.

In eight modules, consisting of videos, resources and optional assignments, writers will learn how to navigate the various publishing options open to them based on their specific projects and goals, as well as practical tools and strategies to market and promote their work before, during and after the launch. Specific topics include:

  • The pros and cons of self-publishing, hybrid publishing and traditional publishing models
  • Establishing a platform in advance of publication or seeking a publisher
  • How to create a digital author brand
  • Using social media to build an audience and sell your book
  • Becoming an active literary citizen in person and online
  • The nuts and bolts of book publicity

MORE INFO>>


Business Bootcamps for Writers

Multiple Dates and Locations>>

Registration (required)

Join the Authors Guild Foundation and publishing professionals from Penguin Random House for a FREE workshop for authors about the business of writing!

Writing is only part of the picture when it comes to being an author. Now that you have a manuscript, you want to get it published and have as many people as you can read and buy it. For many writers, no matter how hard it is to write a book, the following stage seems more daunting, even for mid-career authors. But if you want to keep writing, you need to figure out how to publish and market your books—all while making sure you protect your rights—and that’s where we come in.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Penguin Random House, the Authors Guild Foundation has designed educational bootcamps to help writers around the country navigate the business side of writing. Traveling to six cities across America, our education team will join local authors and literary organization representatives to host daylong, in-person workshops for early-to-mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds especially those who may not have the means for, or access to, other educational programs.


From Manuscript to Marketplace

A Discussion Series presented by the Authors Guild Foundation

Multiple Dates and Locations>>

Registration (required): Please register HERE

Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. This fall, we are hosting the first three of these events, each focusing on a different book: Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Rumaan Alam’s That Kind of Mother, and Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.

From Manuscript to Marketplace is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


 

Throughout the year, we offer an array of seminars, panels, social gatherings and events for authors to keep you connected and informed about the legal and business side of writing.

We offer webinars and phone seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. We also provide in-person panel discussions and interviews on topics of interest to our members and sponsor social events throughout the country. Guild members have first—and often exclusive—access to these events. We also encourage our members to share literary events happening in their communities on our comprehensive Events Calendar, searchable by ZIP code.

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Event Archive.


From Page to Screen: The Art of Writing for Film and Television

The New York Public Library
Wednesday, February 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration (required): REGISTER HERE

Join novelist and Vice President of the Authors Guild Richard Russo for a discussion about the creative challenges involved in writing for the big and small screens. The author of Nobody’s Fool, which was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, and Empire Falls, which was adapted for HBO, will be joined by three fiction writers who have straddled both book and film worlds to discuss the process of adapting one’s own works as well as writing original screenplays collaboratively: Ron Currie, screenwriter, novelist, and author of NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award winner God is DeadRebecca Dinerstein, whose adaptation of her own novel The Sunlit Night premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; and Emily Schultz, best-selling author of The Blondes, currently in development at AMC, for which she is the Executive Producer.

Ron Currie is the author of the novels Everything Matters! and Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and the short story collection God is Dead, which was the winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. In 2009, he received the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently has two televisions projects in development, one with Circle of Confusion Television Studios, one with Gran Via Productions. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of two novels, The Sunlit Night and forthcoming Hex, and a poetry collection, Lofoten. A graduate of Yale and the New York University’s M.F.A. program, Dinerstein wrote the screenplay for the The Sunlit Night film adaptation, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Emily Schultz is the cofounder of Joyland Magazine and the author of the novel The Blondes, released in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press and Picador, in France with Editions Asphalte, and in Canada with Doubleday. It was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Kirkus. The Blondes is in development with AMC Studios, with Schultz as co-creator with her writing partner Brian J Davis. They are also adapting her novel Men Walking on Water for series.


Age of the Storyteller

A Free Online Marketing Course for Authors

Multiple Dates>>

Registration (required)

The Age of the Storyteller is an eight-session online course designed by Lisa Weinert that teaches writers how to market their work.

In eight modules, consisting of videos, resources and optional assignments, writers will learn how to navigate the various publishing options open to them based on their specific projects and goals, as well as practical tools and strategies to market and promote their work before, during and after the launch. Specific topics include:

  • The pros and cons of self-publishing, hybrid publishing and traditional publishing models
  • Establishing a platform in advance of publication or seeking a publisher
  • How to create a digital author brand
  • Using social media to build an audience and sell your book
  • Becoming an active literary citizen in person and online
  • The nuts and bolts of book publicity

MORE INFO>>


Business Bootcamps for Writers

Multiple Dates and Locations>>

Registration (required)

Join the Authors Guild Foundation and publishing professionals from Penguin Random House for a FREE workshop for authors about the business of writing!

Writing is only part of the picture when it comes to being an author. Now that you have a manuscript, you want to get it published and have as many people as you can read and buy it. For many writers, no matter how hard it is to write a book, the following stage seems more daunting, even for mid-career authors. But if you want to keep writing, you need to figure out how to publish and market your books—all while making sure you protect your rights—and that’s where we come in.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Penguin Random House, the Authors Guild Foundation has designed educational bootcamps to help writers around the country navigate the business side of writing. Traveling to six cities across America, our education team will join local authors and literary organization representatives to host daylong, in-person workshops for early-to-mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds especially those who may not have the means for, or access to, other educational programs.


From Manuscript to Marketplace

A Discussion Series presented by the Authors Guild Foundation

Multiple Dates and Locations>>

Registration (required): Please register HERE

Join the Authors Guild Foundation and fellow writers for this exciting literary series in New York! Authors and members of their publishing teams will discuss the process of creating and publishing their books, revealing how their manuscripts made it to the marketplace. This fall, we are hosting the first three of these events, each focusing on a different book: Naima Coster’s Halsey Street, Rumaan Alam’s That Kind of Mother, and Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil. The authors of the books and industry professionals who worked on them will candidly share their experiences regarding publicity, social media, working with agents and editors, and more. The panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. All are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing.

From Manuscript to Marketplace is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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