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Agent-in-Residence Weekend

Author-Agent Weekends: Network, Learn, Interact.

Spend Quality Time Getting to Know Some of Today’s Top Literary Agents (Fiction and Non-Fiction.)

  • Dine Together
  • Network
  • Learn what They Know
  • Get Invaluable Feedback on Your Book!
  • Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
  • All-Inclusive Fee: $975 per person (meals, rooms, programming, tax…)*
  • Availability: First-come, first-served (subject to book sample review).
  • Maximum Number of Attendees: Eight.
  • Deposit: $325
  • Why You Should Attend

    From check-in Friday afternoon to check-out on Monday, you will spend 18 hours, at meals and in group settings:

    • Hobnobbing with our featured literary agent
    • Attending important workshops about: “Crafting a Strong Opening for Your Book, The Path to Publication, Platform Building and DIY Book Promotion” and much more!
    • Reading passages from your fiction and nonfiction manuscripts and getting instant feedback.

    The format is a Daily Workshop at 5 p.m., followed by a brief Q/A session and a two-hour Hash Session each night, led by our featured agent.

    Could The Author-Agent Weekend Lead to Literary Representation?

    Literary agents are constantly searching for new talent to represent, but the primary purpose of the Author-Agent weekend is to give you important feedback, useful information and new resources/networking opportunities. However, should the Agent become excited about your work and its potential, he/she will approach you. But please let the agent make the first move!

    An Informal, Comfortable Experience

    Our author-agent weekends are designed to create a natural, informal setting in which to get to know our literary/book agent VIPs. You’ll break bread with the agent at least twice a day (at breakfast and dinner), engage in small talk and get to know each other informally. Who knows? You might even leave the retreat as friends!

    Spend a Special Weekend with:

    Stephen Barr – Senior Agent, Writers House Literary Agency, NYC.


    Dates: Friday, September 26th to Monday, September 29th


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    Space is limited!

    Call us immediately at 443-413-1596 or click here to book your stay online and claim your spot at the front of the line! Rooms will be assigned in the order in which registrations are received and bookings are completed.

    Wish to speak with a representative?

    Need more information regarding our Author-Agent Weekends? Click here and we will contact you.

    Booking Bonus!

    Reserve your room by Sunday, April 22nd to receive a FREE signed edition of “Making the Perfect Pitch,” by Katharine Sands.

    Sign Up Now!

    We are extremely excited to be able to give you access to successful, prominent fiction and nonfiction literary agents. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to advance your book toward publication, and we look forward to seeing you at the retreat!
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    Reservation confirmation subject to a review of the first 10 pages of your manuscript. We will contact you via email, to send it. (Should we decline your reservation, you will receive a full refund.)



    Rain Check for Future Dates

    Not able to attend this Agent-in-Residence weekend? Give us your contact information and tell us about the kind of Literary Agent you’d like to meet, and when you can come. We will notify you about the next-scheduled Agent-in-Residence Weekend that meets your needs.

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    Previous Attendees Give Agent-in-Residence Weekend an A+!

    “You can’t walk away from something like this without feeling more confident about who you are and what you’re doing!”
    James T. Pelton
    “It was really informative. I learned, not just about my writing, but about the whole process and that there are things I can do, now, to get ahead.”
    Julie Kemeklis
    “She listened and made me feel that I am on the right track!”
    Mary Lou Rivera
    “You’re not sitting in a room with 50 people, listening to someone lecturing up front. You’re sitting at the table and dining with the agent! That’s a great advantage!
    Laurie Spencer
    “It was helpful and encouraging. I felt I could really talk to Rachel, an agent, someone I feel is really important, about something I’ve been dreaming about since I was young.”
    Kayla Biehler

    *Agent-in-Residence Weekends are Premium Events. Deposits are non-refundable (except if the booking is declined upon sample manuscript review) and credits will only be issued for cancellations when written notification is received (by mail or email) at least two weeks prior to the event’s start date.