The 2024 A&E Conference will include presentations by notable authors and industry professionals. Our pre-conference virtual presentation on Tuesday, June 11 will help registrants prepare for pitching their work. Over the conference weekend, we’ll have a variety of in-person presentations on both craft of writing and business of publishing topics. 

Tuesday, June 11  (Virtual)

All 2024 A&E Conference registrants are invited to join us for a special program on Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 PM CDT on Zoom. We’ll start with a “Practice Makes Pitch Perfect” presentation aimed at helping you refine your pitch so that you have a concise and compelling response to “Tell me about your project” during the big weekend. Our presenters will go over the ABCs (really, the 4Cs) of pitching. From what to include in a short “elevator” pitch (tip: don’t really pitch in the elevator) to the additional talking points you’ll want to have at the ready, plus dos and don’ts and plenty of time for answers to your burning questions.

After the presentation, we’ll move into the Pitch Lab – small breakout group opportunities to practice your pitch with other registrants (which means you’ll also have the chance to meet some fellow attendees ahead of the big weekend). 

All conference registrants have access to this session (a link to join the webinar will be sent the week of June 3). And if you can’t make the live event, don’t worry! The “Practice Makes Pitch Perfect” presentation will be recorded and a link to the recording will be shared with you the day after the event takes place.

Our presenters for the “Practice Makes Pitch Perfect” presentation are WLT Executive Director (and former literary agent) Becka Oliver and Penguin Random House Audio executive Lance Fitzgerald. 

Conference Weekend (In-person)

Information on the presentations and presenters for the conference weekend will be added to this page in mid June.