2022 Jewish Writers’ Conference
Virtual, November 6
Have you written a book that you’d like to have published? Do you have a story idea? Have you already been published and would like to network with others in your field? The 2022 Jewish Writers’ Conference, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, brings together agents, editors, and authors for discussions, workshops, and panels discussing Jewish book publishing and writing. Please note that this year’s conference combines our annual Jewish Children’s Writers Seminar and our Jewish Adult Writer’s Seminar. There are no refunds for this event.
The 2022 conference will be held virtually on Sunday, November 6. Additional author-led panels will be held on Monday, November 7, Tuesday, November 8, and Wednesday, November 9.
This conference will include:
- Industry panels with speakers from major and independent publishers, who will prove insight into the field and share advice and resources for authors to help guide them on their own publishing journey
- Author-led panels who will discuss specific genres and themes in the field, their writing process, and their own personal publishing experiences.
- Workshops led by Leigh Stein, Emily Stone, and Bonny V. Fetterman, that will help you get a book deal and jumpstart your writing process, and help brainstorm ways to get unstuck when confronted with writer’s block.
- Videos of all the panels will be available for viewing for two weeks after the conference, in case you miss one!
- A month-long, once-a-week writing group that will occur after the conference – opt-in!
This year’s panelists and moderators include the following individuals.
KEYNOTE: Lauren Wein, Editorial Director at Avid Reader Press
- Stéphanie Abou, literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin
- Rachel Beanland, author
- Ernesto Cisneros, author
- Jennieke Cohen, author
- Emi Watanabe Cohen, author
- Erika Dreifus-reader, writer, and literary advocate
- Jenni Ferrari-Adler, literary agent at Union Literary
- Bonny V. Fetterman, editor and writing coach
- Phil Getz, senior editor, Palgrave Macmillan
- Aleah Gornbein, publicist at Scholastic
- Karen Greenberg, editor
- Marjorie Ingall – writer, author, and co-creator of SorryWatch.com
- Amina Iro, assistant editor at Hachette
- Menachem Kaiser, author
- Ian Lendler, Creative Director, Mckinnon Literary
- Madelyn McZeal, editorial assistant at Levine Querido
- Carla Naumburg, Content Officer, PJ Library and PJ Our Way
- Dena Neusner, Executive Editor at Behrman House, Inc., Apples & Honey Press
- Idra Novey, author
- Heidi Rabinowitz – Library Director at Feldman Children’s Library of Congregation B’nai Israel, host of The Book of Life: A Podcast About Jewish Kidlit (Mostly), and founded the popular Jewish Kidlit Mavens group on Facebook
- Rachel Reiss, marketing director, Shelf Awareness
- Elana Roth Parker, literary agent at Laura Dail Literary Agency
- Jordan Rodman, Senior Director of Publicity at Vintage & Anchor at Penguin Random House
- Lili Rosenstreich, Publisher, Kalaniot Books
- Rena Rossner, literary agent at Deborah Harris Agency
- Moshe Schulman, author and publicist
- Noa Shapiro, assistant editor, Penguin Random House
- Jill Shinderman, Publisher at PJ Library
- Leigh Stein, author, cultural critic, and book development expert.
- Emily Stone, writer, teacher, and content alchemist
- Joni Sussman, Publisher at Kar-Ben Publishing
- Molly Tolsky, founder and editor of Hey Alma
- Lenore Weitzman, JBC Board of Directors
- Tess Weitzner, literary agent at Trident Media Group
- Jane Yolen, author
Additional author-led panels will include the following authors and topics:
Sunday, November 6th, 3:30 PM ET
Not For Myself Alone: Creating and Sustaining Jewish Literary Communities with David Ebenbach and Hila Ratzabi, moderated by Rick Chess
Monday, November 7, 6:00 PM ET
Hope, Inspiration and Tikkun Olam: Environmental Storytelling for Kids and Young Adults with Barbara Newman, Charlotte Offsay, and Dayna Lorentz moderated by Elisa Spungen Bildner
Socially Engaged Queer Jewish Crime Fiction: A Subversive, Intersectional Path to Justice with Donna Minkowitz, Rachel Sharona Lewis, and Aden Polydoros moderated by Jill Dearman
Tuesday, November 8, 6:00 PM ET
Using Kidlit to Build Allyship Within and Outside the Jewish Community with Sarah Darer Littman, Chana Stiefel, and Liza Wiemer moderated by Nancy Churnin
Digging Up the Past: The Power, Pain, and Necessity of Secrets with Lisa Barr and Anna Solomon, moderated by Rachel Barenbaum
Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 PM ET
Going Beyond Jewish Kidlit Tropes in Contemporary Jewish Literature, with Veera Hiranandani and Joanne Levy moderated by Susan Kusel
Scriveners and Soulmates: Writing Love, Matchmaking, and Family through a Jewish Lens with Jean Meltzer and Hannah Orenstein moderated by Lynda Cohen Loigman