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EWF 2019: Publishing Masterclass with Jane Friedman

August 17, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Emerging Writers Festival aims to celebrate, educate, and inspire emerging writers over three days of free and low-cost literary arts programming. Attendees will gain practical tools from business of publishing panels, create new work in generative writing workshops, and network with other members of the literary community. The aim of the festival is to connect emerging writers to new opportunities and skills so that they may sustainably grow their career – and life –  in the arts.

Publishing Masterclass

Instructor: Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane’s newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing.

ALX Community Center, Founder’s Hall

A three hour intensive on how books get written, agented, sold, and marketed to the traditional publishing world. Whether you’re aiming for the Big Five publisher or a smaller independent press, this workshop will leave you with professional insights to take the next step with your manuscript.

Save your spot now! Priority registration for this class is included in the ticket bundle The Finished Manuscript ($250). Single tickets ($100) will be open for registration after July 5th, as space permits.

Don’t forget to stop by our book fair, happening from 1-6 PM on Saturday the 17th, on the Magnolia Terrace behind Carlyle House (121 North Fairfax Street)!

*Please note that in order to keep this festival sustainable only books purchased at the event will be available for author signings.

*If you registered for a class but can no longer attend please contact kim@oldtownbooks.com. Class registrations are non-refundable, but we will attempt to fill your spot with someone from the waitlist.



Welcome to ALX Community, DC’s new home of co-working and collaboration. Our space is a flawlessly designed shared office community, located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, and is perfect for DC area working professionals. Our members include entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers, financial professionals and non-profit organizations.Located next to the Potomac river and just steps away from historic King Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, this unique, multi-story building was built for collaboration and includes a beautiful dog-friendly co-working space, plenty of meeting rooms, a patio on the Waterfront Promenade, and Alexandria’s first dedicated Conference Center. We have flexible plans to accommodate any busy professional or company regardless of size or need. We’d love to show you around! Whether you need a place to work for the day, month, or a year- we have you covered. Our flexible membership plans allow you and your team to achieve your best.

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