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2023 WLT Agents Symposium

February 25, 2023 - November 25, 2023

$349.00 – $409.00


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The Agent Symposium package registrations are sold out. You can still register for individual Agent Symposium programs on the calendar event pages. For the February 25 presentation with Maggie Cooper on “Before the Agent Search” click here

Are you curious how to get your book published? Or how to find a literary agent? Have you struggled with how to query agents?

The 2023 Agents Symposium is a curated year-long experience (February through November) that will bring writers into a virtual space to connect with and learn from ten literary agents who are at the top of their game.

The ten participating literary agents represent a wide array of genres and categories. They have a cumulative 100+ years of experience in the publishing industry and they work at established literary agencies and with an impressive roster of clients. 

The breadth of topics to be covered – both in the monthly programs and the regular special events – will give writers an inside look at publishing today, from what agents do, to what literary agents are looking for, to how they approach each project and each book deal, to how they help their clients build lasting careers, and everything in-between. 

This is a year of programming that has been thoughtfully crafted to offer writers a deep dive into traditional publishing and an up close look at and access to the gatekeepers who are often essential partners a writer’s journey. 

For a list of confirmed agents, click here.

To watch the recording of the recent informational webinar (with an overview of the program and answers to lots of questions), click here.


There will be only 200 tickets available for the full 2023 Agents Symposium package, including all ten (10) virtual programs, one (1) 15-minute consultation, and special meet-ups and presentations throughout the year.

Registration for the full package is currently open for WLT members ($349) and non-members ($409), through 5:00 PM CST on February 24.

Registration for the ten (10) individual Agents Symposium programs will open in 2023 ($25 each event). ONLY registrants who purchase the full package will be eligible for a consultation and able to attend the special meet-ups and presentations. 

If you’re a WLT member, be sure to sign in to your account to access the member pricing.

General Schedule: 

Each of the ten Agents Symposium monthly programs will take place on a Saturday morning on Zoom and will include a 30-minute presentation, a moderated conversation with a WLT staff member, and a Q&A with attendees. Specific dates and topics are detailed below. 

February 25: Before the Agent Search

March 25: The Ins & Outs of Approaching Agents

April 29: How to Set Yourself Apart in the Agent Search

May 20: The Agent/Author Relationship

June 24: Comparison Titles

July 29: Understanding Publishing Contracts

August 26: The Submission Process: Finding a Publishing Partner

September 30: From Acquisition to Publication

October 28: Publication Day and Beyond

November 18: Building a Writing Career

Note: Each webinar will be recorded and all registrants will be given access to the recording after the program. If you can’t make it for the live webinar, you won’t miss a thing!

In addition to the ten (10) monthly programs, the full Agents Symposium package includes virtual special events and meet-ups on Thursday evenings (7:00 PM CT start time) throughout the year: 

February 9: Orientation

We’ll kick off the Agents Symposium with an orientation session to walk you through the plan for the year ahead. This will be the first of several opportunities to connect with fellow writers.

April 13: Meet-up

Small group meet-ups to compare notes on the first two programs and make some writer connections. 

May 4:  Perfecting Your Pitch Presentation

This special presentation will give you practical guidance for honing your pitch.

May 11: Pitch Lab

Spend an evening with fellow registrants practicing your pitch. 

June 20-24: Agent Consultations

15-minute consultation appointments will take place during this week in June, 10 AM – 5PM. Appointment times will be assigned in May.

July 6: Query Letter & Synopsis Writing Presentations

These two special presentations will cover the ins and outs of composing a compelling query letter and an effective synopsis. 

October 5: Meet-up

Small group meet-ups to compare notes on the recent programs and continue those writer connections.

Refund Policy 

Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you can no longer attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the event roster.

If you choose to register for the event using the $100 non-refundable deposit option you will need to pay the balance due ($249 members, $309 non-members) no later than January 31, 2023. The deposit is non-refundable, no exceptions, and failure to pay the balance by 1/31/23 will result in your spot being forfeited.

Program Note:

The WLT reserves to right to change or modify the schedule as needed and registrants will be altered to any changes. 

All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check you can use this form and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.


February 25, 2023
November 25, 2023
$349.00 – $409.00
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