2023 Jewish Writers’ Conference
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 2023 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 the conference combines our annual Jewish Children’s Writers Seminar and our Jewish Adult Writer’s Seminar. There are no refunds for this event.
The 2023 conference will be held virtually on Sunday, November 12. Additional author-led panels will be held on Monday, November 13th.
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 that will help give you ideas as to where your book sits in the market, and writing workshops for fiction and nonfiction writers
- Videos of all the panels will be available for viewing 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:
Keynote from Brandi Larsen: Inside a Publisher’s Mind: Understanding the Industry’s Tsuris to Reduce Your Own
Traditional trade publishing can be a source of frustration, exclusion, and confusion for too many authors. In this keynote, publishing expert Brandi Larsen will help the audience understand what happens behind the closed doors of the Big Five, what that means for your work, and how to adjust your mindset to do what’s best for your book.
Brandi Larsen is a writer, speaker, and coach building a more inclusive publishing landscape. Her work at Penguin Random House helped create NYT bestsellers and her journalism pieces earned Emmy nominations. Her talks about publishing, leadership, and purpose inspire audiences from Zoom to Harvard. She serves as President Emeritus for Literary Cleveland and writes books and essays. Brandi is the co-writer of NYT-recommended Uncultured: A Memoir, from St. Martin’s Press. BrandiLarsen.com
Additional panelists will include (with more names to come soon!):
- Tamar Rydzinski, literary agent at Context Literary Agency
- Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life (2014), Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo (2016), and Savage Feast (2019).
- Dena Neusner, Executive Editor at Behrman House, Inc., Apples & Honey Press
- Joni Sussman, Publisher at Kar-Ben Publishing
- Rena Rossner, literary agent at Deborah Harris Agency
- Jordan Rodman, Senior Director of Publicity at Vintage & Anchor at Penguin Random House
- Sabrina Taitz, literary agent at WME
- Jessica Kasmer Jacobs, literary agent at Deborah Harris Agency
- Rebecca Podos, Rees Literary Agency
- Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press, author
- Michael Wise, co-founder of New Vessel Press
- Tom Haviv, cofounder and creative director of Ayin Press
- Susan Kusel, librarian, children’s book buyer, and owner of Dream On Books, a children’s book consulting company
- Emily Stone, writer, teacher, and content alchemist
- Amy Gash, Executive Editor, Algonquin Books, Hachette Book Group
- Simon Klarfeld, Director of Content at PJ Library
- 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
- Shoshana Nambi, author of The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda
- Richard Ho, author of Two New Years, and more!
- Phoebe Yeh, VP/Publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books
- Umair Kazi, Director of Advocacy and Policy at The Authors Guild
- Amaryah Orenstein, Literary Agent at GO Literary
- Irene Vázquez, Assistant Editor and Publicist at Levine Querido
- Hanna Halperin, author of Something Wild and I Could Live Here Forever
Additional author-led panels will include the following authors and topics:
Sunday, November 12th, time TBD
Addressing Antisemitism in Our Literary Lives with Rachel Kadish, Aviya Kushner, and Adrienne Ross Scanlan, moderated by Erika Dreifus
Monday, November 13th, 5:00 PM ET
Middle Grade Monsters and Magic with Emi Watanabe Cohen, Deke Moulton, and Laurel Snyder, moderated by Kalyn Josephson
Monday, November 13th, 6:00 PM ET
The Epigenetics of Joy: Writing Judaism Beyond Trauma with Chanda Feldman, Mónica Gomery, and Erika Meitner, moderated by Jessica Jacobs
Monday, November 13th, 7:00 PM ET
It’s Blooming: Yiddish in Translation with Mindl Cohen and Ilan Stavans