Career Services Web Series

AWP’s online Career Services series presents topics relevant to the job search and careers for writers. Experts in the field of creative writing will cover—
  • Preparing for the Job Market
  • How to Prepare a CV and Cover Letter
  • Non-Traditional Jobs for Creative Writing Graduates
  • What Hiring Committees Want
  • Internships

Prior to each session, AWP solicits your questions on social media and via email so that the presenters can answer your questions. To submit your question, send an email with your full name and Twitter handle (if applicable) to careerservices@awpwriter.org. Some videos are available only to AWP members.

 

Current Session

Writer to Agent Web Series

Episode 11: Paths to Publishing

Presenters: Literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Annie Hwang of Folio Literary Management

In this installment, literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Annie Hwang describe the various paths to publishing available to writers today, including traditional avenues as well as the most common opportunities in digital publishing. (22 minutes)

 


Recent Sessions

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 10: The Care and Feeding of Editors

    Presenters: Presenters: Literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management and editor Callie Garnett of Bloomsbury Publishing

    In this installment, agents Jeff Kleinman and Erin Harris and editor Callie Garnett discuss the types of editors that exist in the publishing world, what an editor’s job consists of, and how to resolve the conflicts that can arise in the editorial relationship. (21 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 9: Young Adult

    Presenters: Editorial agent and young adult author John Cusick of Folio Literary Management and Folio Jr.

    Editorial agent and young adult author John Cusick of Folio Literary Management and Folio Jr. In this installment, agent and young adult author John Cusick describes the Young Adult book genre and the audience, trends, and pitfalls of the current Young Adult market. (22 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 8: Picture Books

    Presenters:Editorial agent John Cusick of Folio Literary Management and agent Emily van Beek of Folio Jr.

    In this installment, editorial agent John Cusick and agent and “picture book guru” Emily van Beek discuss the different types of picture books popular today and answer many common questions, including how to find an agent for your book. (23 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 7: Manuscript to Book

    Presenters: Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management, agent Jamie Chambliss, and branding coach Julie Trelstad of Julie Ink

    In this installment, literary agent Jeff Kleinman, his colleague agent Jamie Chambliss, and branding coach Julie Trelstad discuss the seven major steps for bringing your completed manuscript into the world. (28 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 6: Momentum

    Presenters: Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management and Author Lee Child

    In this installment, Literary Agent Jeff Kleinman and bestselling author Lee Child discuss “deep reading,” the “X Factor,” and techniques for building momentum in your writing. (18 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 5: Nonfiction

    Presenters: Steve Troha

    In this installment, Literary Agent Steve Troha discusses categories of nonfiction, what makes a viable nonfiction idea, and the elements of an excellent proposal. (19 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 4: Query Letters

    Presenters: Erin Harris and Jamie Chambliss of Folio Literary Management

    In this installment, agents discuss how to carefully research agents and tailor letters to the agents you query. Agents John Cusick and Mike Harriot join to discuss the use of social media and the importance of platform and expertise. (36 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 3: Loglines and Premise

    Presenters: Literary Agent Ruth Pomerance of Folio Literary Management

    In this installment, Literary Agent Ruth Pomerance discusses how to summarize your project effectively to create a compelling “elevator pitch.” (10 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 2: Seven Steps to Getting an Agent

    Presenters: Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management

    In this installment, agents offer points to consider when trying to find an agent to represent your book. They also share a great spreadsheet to track responses while waiting for your “yes.” (21 minutes)

  • Writer to Agent Web Series Episode 1: Agents on Craft

    Presenters: Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management

    In the first installment of Writer to Agent Web Series, agents from Folio Literary Management talk about genre, character, and voice, and what they look for in a great fiction manuscript. (25 minutes)
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  • The Curriculum Vitae

    Presenter: Cathy Day (http://cathyday.com)

    A curriculum vitae means "the course of my life" in Latin. Cathy Day, a Ball State University professor and the author of two books, will share how to craft a CV that will represent the arc of your professional career.
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  • Making Your Living as a Technical Writer

    Presenter: Woody Lewis

    Why technical writing? Given the entry-level salaries for academic jobs these days, technical writing offers a measure of financial security and opportunities for advancement. MFA grad and tech writer Woody Lewis shares why today's technology industry needs more talented creative writers.
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  • Requesting Recommendation Letters

    Presenter: Cathy Day (http://cathyday.com)

    Letters of recommendation allow employers to understand who you are off the page. Who is telling your story? Cathy Day, a professor at Ball State University and the author of two books, presents advice about requesting LORs in the field of creative writing.
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Web Series Contact

Diane Zinna
(240) 696-7700
diane@awpwriter.org