The ultimate success is having a pitch that is developed at one of our conferences result in publication. We’re so proud whenever this happens.

Here’s a growing list of success stories from our pitch conferences:

“The NYWW Pitch Conference was an intense, enriching experience that really helped me shape my story into something that would resonate in the marketplace. Charles Salzberg’s sessions, the agent panel and editor consultations were all eye-opening and inspiring, and I was thrilled when one of the editors contacted me afterward to ask to see a proposal.”  

Chaya Deitsch, author of Here and There: Leaving Hasidim, Keeping My Family (Schocken Books, October 2015)

“The NYWW Perfect Pitch Conference fueled the final leg of my journey to my first book deal. Dropped into a roomful of aspiring authors nearing the finish line made for a high octane weekend. You couldn’t help but learn new tricks. Bonus: The pre-Conference homework focused me tightly enough to rename my book baby, Stinking Rich.”

Rob Brunet, author of Stinking Rich (Down & Out Books, September 2014)


“At the New York Writers Workshop successful authors and agents taught me how to pitch my book, how to find an agent, and how to talk to editors. Then I got to meet three editors, two of whom asked to see my manuscript. For me, this conference was a game changer. Don’t look for an agent without this kind of expert help.”

Dan McMillan, J.D., Ph.D., Author of How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust (Basic Books, April 2014)


“The pitch conference was the first time I felt like this little writing project of mine could turn into an actual book. My workshop leader provided invaluable advice, and fellow writers offered support and helpful feedback. It was a very positive experience and gave me the confidence to throw myself out there and ultimately get published.”

Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid, published by Broadway Books (October 2013).

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“I sold my novel TWERP to Random House at a pitch conference sponsored by New York Writers Workshop, so of course I recommend NYWW to writers of every level. But even setting aside that success, I still wholeheartedly endorse the conference experience. The insight I gained into the realities of the publishing industry over that one weekend has changed my perspective. Before, I was an academic who dabbled in writing. Afterwards, I felt like a professional plying his trade.”

Mark Goldblatt, author of Twerp, published by Random House Books for Young Readers (May 2013).

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“The NYWW Pitch Conference was my first stop on the road to being published. I learned more than how to just string together the compelling plot points of my novel. I learned how to reveal the heart of my book—why it matters to me, and why it should matter to an audience.”

Rashad Harrison, author of Our Man in the Dark (Atria/Simon & Schuster, November 2011).

“Working with the fabulous super-star editor and author Sally Koslow has been a dream come true! I would have NEVER landed a book deal without the workshop in general and Sally in particular. Sally lent me her expertise, talent and insider knowledge of the publishing world in my relentless pursuit of realizing my potential as a published author.”

Lisa Baron, whose book, Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All, was published by Citadel in June 2011.

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“My novel, Act of Grace, will be published thanks in part to your excellent advice both in the individual consultation you provided (some of the best money I ever spent) and from doing the pitch sessions in New York.”

Karen Simpson, from note to Tim Tomlinson, leader of her Fiction Pitch Conference group. The book was published in March 2011 by Plenary Publishing.

They Called Me Mad 

“The Non-Fiction Pitch Conference was an invaluable experience. It provided me with the tools and support I needed to get published. I can’t thank the folks who put it together enough.”

John Monahan, whose book, They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge, was presented at the New York Writers Workshop Non-Fiction Pitch Conference and, as a result, was published by Berkley Books in December 2010.

Raised by Courts  

“I had a good idea for a book on juvenile justice and a ready-made platform, but my proposal lacked focus and clarity. Richard Goodman’s keen analysis and the suggestions of the fine students in the class sharpened my thoughts. I sold the proposal to Kaplan Publishing Company for a nice advance.”

Judge Irene Sullivan, whose book, Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice, was published by Kaplan Publishing in November 2010.