New York Writers Workshop Non-Fiction Pitch Conference
DATE: Friday through Sunday, February 22, 23 & 24, 2008
PLACE: JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (between 75th & 76th Streets)
COST: $300 for three-day workshop

Workshop Leaders

Richard Goodman Sally Koslow Charles Salzberg
Richard Goodman Sally Koslow Charles Salzberg


Molly Boyle Julie Doughty Dana Isaacson
Molly Boyle Julie Doughty Dana Isaacson
David Moldawer Denise Silvestro Jill Will
David Moldawer Denise Silvestro Julie Will


How to Apply:

If you'd like to attend the workshop, prepare an email with the following information:

  • Brief description of your project (up to 100 words)
  • What you do for a living
  • Contact information: email address, street address, phone

And send it to:

Charles Salzberg:


Tim Tomlinson:

We'll get back to you within ten days to let you know if your application has been accepted and, if so, where you should send your check.

New York Writers Workshop hosts a three-day Pitch Conference for writers of non-fiction. At this unique conference, participants meet with and pitch book proposals to three different editors from major New York publishing houses (houses including Viking, Penguin, Random House, Scribners, Simon and Schuster, and others)..

Before the conference begins, participants boil the essence of their manuscript down to a synopsis of jacket flap copy length (roughly three minutes). The copy should include the book's premise and hook, and the writer's platform.

Day One:
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pitch participants workshop their flap copy with a workshop leader from New York Writers Workshop. Each participant reads his/her synopsis. The NYWW instructor provides guidance in revision for clarity, concision, and impact. The instructor also discusses, as appropriate, the realities of the publishing market. The rest of the group participates as appropriate, and learns from each example.

Day Two: 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
There are two separate pitch sessions in the afternoon. From 1:30-3:30, the pitch is "public"; that is, participants pitch to an editor in the presence of their group. The second session, 4:00-6:00, is a private, one-on-one pitch to an editor. The day wraps with a group conference with the NYWW instructor.

Day Three: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Here each participant pitches to an editor one-on-one, with the NYWW instructor present. Face time with editors varies: work might be effectively completed in five minutes, but can go as long as twelve minutes (but no longer).