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Saturday, October 12 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Pursuit of Publishing: It Was the Best of Lines, It Was the Worst of Lines

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Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a good novel must be in want of a great opening line." —Jane Austen, sorta

Come compete in our Great First Lines contest! Bring three versions of the first line of your novel, short story, memoir or even query or cover letter. Our panel of experts will offer suggestions and choose a winner. We'll discuss great first lines in literature and what makes them succeed. Featuring editors from ZYZZYVA, Bare Life Review, and Wise Ink Publishing, as well as an agent from Andrea Brown Literary Agency. $20 (for sessions 1 and 2 of Pursuit of Pub. panels)

Moderators
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Janine Kovac

co-founder, Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and a 2017 semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize and the 2019 memoir winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards. A former ballet... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Ismail Muhammad

contributing editor, ZYZZYVA
Ismail Muhammad is a writer and critic based in Oakland, California. He's the reviews editor for The Believer, a staff writer at the Millions, a contributing editor at ZYZZYVA, a board member at the National Books Critics Circle, and a Ph.D. candidate in the English department a... Read More →
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Jennifer March Soloway

agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer March Soloway is Associate Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and YA stories. Although she specializes in children’s literature, she also represents adult fiction, both literary and commercial... Read More →
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Amy Quale

Wise Ink Publishing
Amy Quale is Co-Founder and Chief Publishing Officer of Wise Ink Creative Publishing, an agency for writers and publishers of both fiction and nonfiction. Amy has a background in publishing production, developmental editing, copy editing, and writing. She is also co-author of Social... Read More →
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D. Wystan Owen

Bare Life Review
D. Wystan Owen is the author of Other People's Love Affairs: Stories (Algonquin Books), an Amazon Best Book of 2018. His fiction and essays have appeared in A Public Space, The American Scholar, LitHub, and elsewhere. A 2015 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and former Deputy... Read More →


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