Back To Schedule
Saturday, October 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Writer Idol

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Writer and comedian Steve Macone will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three established agent judges who specialize in literary and commercial fiction as well as narrative nonfiction: Sorche Fairbank, Lori Galvin, and Kimiko Nakamura. When an agent hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, he or she will raise a hand. Macone will keep reading until a second agent raises a hand. The agents will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer suggestions to the author. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously. At the end, a winner will be crowned and win a prize. Note to participants: Please bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or nonfiction only, please) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud. This session is not for the thin-skinned! Sponsored by GrubStreet.

avatar for Steve Macone

Steve Macone

Steve Macone is a former headline contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing, and reporting have also appeared in the American Scholar, New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Morning News, and Salon. His work has been featured on NPR, Longreads, and... Read More →

avatar for Sorche Fairbank

Sorche Fairbank

Since establishing Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002, Sorche Fairbank has represented bestselling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and of course one of her favorite kinds of client--the debut author. She is a member of AAR, the Author's Guild, and The... Read More →
avatar for Lori Galvin

Lori Galvin

Lori Galvin is a literary agent interested in both fiction (especially thrillers and smart women’s fiction) and nonfiction (cookbooks, memoir, and personal development). Based in Boston, her clients include Cambria Brockman (Tell Me Everything, Ballantine), Kwame Onwuachi (Notes... Read More →
avatar for Kimiko Nakamura

Kimiko Nakamura

Kimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. A graduate of Skidmore College and Boston University’s Book Publishing Program, Nakamura worked within Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press before becoming a literary agent. She partners with aspiring and published... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA