New Year’s Resolution Pitch Fest

Date(s) - 01/27/2018 - 01/28/2018
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Main Street Hotel and Casino Pullman Grille
200 NORTH MAIN STREET - Las Vegas, NV 89101




Start the New Year with inspiration and feedback to achieve your writer and illustrator goals for 2018.

You’ve been perfecting your craft as a writer and/or illustrator but you haven’t hooked your dream agent yet. Maybe it’s not your writing but the lack of a unique premise.

Three agents – Jill Corcoran, Beth Phelan, and Jen Rofé will guide us in better understanding what types of stories will gain their interest. Learn to query, pitch, and go home and revise and pitch again the next day. 15 total critiques by Beth and Jen.

This is a 2-day event. This even is for both Writers & Illustrators. The three agents will each give a one hour session on a useful and informative topics in addition to giving you the ins and outs of their agencies.

This event is in conjuction with the Nevada Mentor Program which means we’ll also have 9 authors – Tera Lynn Childs, Arree Chung, Eric Elfman, Terri Farley, Diana Lopez, Jenny MacKay, Axie Oh, Heather Petty, and Suzanne Morgan Willams giving great sessions or participating in roundtables.

Kristine Brogno, Children’s Design Director at Chronicle Books is a mentor this year so she along with Arree Chung, writer-illustrator are giving illustrator intensive workshops.


HOTEL: Main Street. If you’d like to stay at the Main Street, please choose that option for hotels nights in registration. We have a $100 per night rate that includes taxes and fees. We have have ten rooms locked in for attendees from out of state.

Complete the BINGO card for opportunities to win door prizes throughout the day.




Jan 27, 2018  8:20am-6:15pm

**In-Person Critiques will be scheduled throughout the day**
Start Finish Speaker
8:00 8:20 REGISTRATION Check-in
8:20 8:30 Cynthia Mun WELCOME
8:30 9:30 Suzanne Morgan Williams  

KEYNOTE – Voices Together: Finding Your Unique Story and the Perfect People to Help it Sing.

9:30 10:30 Jill Corcoran  

What Makes a Book Sell – Agent Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

10:30 10:40 Break Door prize
10:40 11:40 Diana Lopez  

How to Sound Like a Teen When You’re One (or Four) Decades Older

11:40 1:00  


1:00 2:00 Beth Phelan  

An Agent’s Perspective on Internet Pitching – Agent Beth Phelan, Galt & Zacker Literary Agency

2:00 3:00 Faculty & Agents  

Speed Pitching Practice – All Faculty

3:00 3:10 Break Door Prize
3:10 4:00 Terri Farley  

Mapping Your Character’s Internal Landscape – Terri Farley

4:00 5:30 Kristine Brogno  

Illustrator Workshop – Pictures + Words/ Words + Pictures

4:00 5:15 Faculty & Agents  

First 500 words round tables critique session #1 – Agents & Faculty

5:15 6:15 Faculty Book Signing – Faculty
6:30 Buffet Dinner




Jan 28, 2018 8:30am-3:10pm

8:30 8:40  


8:40 9:40 Jen Rofé  

First Pages – Agent Jen Rofé, Andrean Brown Literary Agency

9:40 10:55 Faculty & Agents  

First 500 words round tables

9:40 12:00 Arree Chung  

Illustrator Workshop – Powering Through Picture Book Dummies

10:55 11:00  

Break Door Prize

11:00 12:00 Axie Oh & Heather Petty  

How to Query

12:00 1:15  


1:15 2:15 All Agents  

Agent Panel – Q&A

2:15 3:00 All Agents  

Participant’s Final Pitch to Agents

3:00 3:10 Cynthia Mun  

Thank you

Jill Corcoran

Beth Phelan

Jen Rofé



Kristine Brogno

Arree Chung in partnership with Storyteller Academy



Tera Lynn Childs

Eric Elfman

Terra Farley

Diana Lopez

Jenny MacKay

Axie Oh

Heather Petty

Suzanne Morgan Williams


Print the Bingo Card and check off what you’ve done. Bring it to the conference for surprise door prizes.



This event is fully booked.