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The 15th annual Muse and the Marketplace Conference was held from April 29 to May 1 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. The conference, designed for fiction and creative nonfiction writers, featured craft classes, interactive discussions, and meetings with agents and editors. Participants included fiction and nonfiction writers Charles Baxter, Robin Black, Alexander Chee, Angela Flournoy, Garth Greenwell, Jennifer Haigh, Ann Hood, and Pagan Kennedy; agents Regina Brooks (Serendipity), Robert Guinsler (Sterling Lord Literistic), Gail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman), and Kathleen Nishimoto (William Morris Endeavor); and editors Emi Ikkanda (Holt), Jenna Johnson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Fiona McCrae (Graywolf Press), and Tracy Sherrod (Amistad). The cost of the conference ranged from $295 for a single day to $500 for the full conference. For a one-on-one manuscript consultation with an agent or editor, writers submitted up to 20 pages of prose with a $195 registration fee by April 6. The general registration deadline was April 25. Visit the website for more information.
Grub Street Muse and the Marketplace Conference, 162 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. (617) 695-0075. Sonya Larson, Conference Manager.