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The 14th annual Muse and the Marketplace Conference was held from May 1 to May 3 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, Ann Hood, Tayari Jones, Elinor Lipman, Sue Miller, Joanna Rakoff, Roxana Robinson, Anita Shreve, Brando Skyhorse, and Justin Torres; agents Vicky Bijur, Cynthia Cannell, April Eberhardt, Sorche Fairbank, and Paul Lucas; and editors Peter Blackstock (Grove), Kate Gale (Red Hen Press), Megan Reid (Simon & Schuster), and Lindsey Schwoeri (Penguin). The cost of the conference ranged from $295 to $500. 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 28. 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.