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NWNV Conference - 11/08-12, 2017 - $795.00 for Five Days (two extra days optional)

The NWNV faculty mix favors editors, agents, and entertainment professionals, as opposed to most workshops that lean towards authors. Though we have at least one great author, Pierce Brown, as well as several faculty who are accomplished writers, we believe our faculty brings a more balanced and broad-range perspective to commercial project development. Editors and agents are able to offer critique and writing advice in a way most authors are not, for they see the bigger market reality and know the pitfalls when it comes to actual narrative composition, plot development, and market positioning.

Ken Atchity

With more than forty years experience in the publishing world, and over fifteen years in entertainment, Ken has launched dozens of books and films as both agent and producer. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. Ken has produced 26 films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox), "Shadow of Obsession" (NBC), "The Madam's Family" (CBS), "Henry's List of Wrongs" (New Line), and Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not (starring Jim Carrey; Paramount-- approaching production). His 14 books on writing cover every stage of a writer's career. Based his teaching, managing, and writing experience, he has successfully built bestselling careers for novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters from the ground up, and he is actively searching for new high-concept SFF stories.

Jennifer Azantian

Jennifer began her agenting career, first as an intern and then as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In 2014, while working with senior agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened her own agency specializing in speculative fiction. Jennifer is particularly interested in stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, literary science fiction, historical fantasy, creepy stories for young readers, internally consistent epic fantasy, obscure retold fairy tales, modernized mythologies, and eccentric protagonists. She brings to her clients a passion for literature born of a writer's heart, an editorial eye honed from reviewing thousands of projects, and contract knowledge empowered by guidance from her mentor Paul Levine.

Michael Braff

Mike Braff is the senior editor at Skybound Entertainment, where he oversees Skybound Books, a sci fi, fantasy, and horror imprint launched in partnership with Simon & Schuster's Atria Books division. While finding content that aligns with Skybound Books, Braff is always on the lookout for IP with the potential to be told across additional entertainment platforms such as film, TV, games, new media, comic books, and more. Before joining the Skybound team, Braff spent a decade working his way up within the editorial department of Del Rey Books where he acquired and edited bestselling and award-winning projects like Pierce Brown's RED RISING TRILOGY, THE DARWIN ELEVATOR by Jason M. Hough, the THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel.

Rebecca Brewer

Rebecca is an associate editor at Ace and Roc at Penguin Random House, where she acquires and edits primarily adult science fiction and fantasy. Her list includes such esteemed authors as Emma Newman, Daniel J. Older, Charles Stross, S.M. Stirling, Genevieve Cogman, and Christina Henry, among others. Her duties also include organizing contests for social media, answering any questions from authors and departments in the building, writing copy, as well as continuing to build my list of fantastic authors. Formerly, she worked at the Science Fiction Book Club where she selected and organized titles in a way that best appealed to the membership. In college she was Editor-in-Chief of The Publishing Club, and she completed four publishing internships. Upon graduation she worked as a bookseller and e-reader specialist, and as an author's assistant.

Pierce Brown

Brown is best known for his RED RISING trilogy. His 2014 novel RED RISING received widespread positive reviews and hit The New York Times Best Seller list. The 2015 sequel, GOLDEN SON, hit #6 on the same list and was equally praised by critics. In 2016, MORNING STAR reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list in Adult Hardcover, Digital Book and cumulative as well as #1 on the USA Today list. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Brown has packed his pages with an astonishing amount of cinematic action and twists." Universal Pictures acquired the rights for a film adaptation of RED RISING in a 7-figure auction. Marc Forster is set to direct with Joe Roth producing. Brown wrote six novels and faced rejection from over 120 agents before selling the first novel in the trilogy.

Seth Fishman

Seth joined The Gernert Company in 2010 after beginning his career as an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. He graduated from Princeton University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He represents a wide-range of clientele including thrillers, scifi/fantasy, graphic novel, pop-science nonfiction, web comics, YA and literary fiction. He is always searching for the new voice, the original idea, the entirely breathtaking creative angle. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, and is the author of two books of YA fiction and three forthcoming picture books.

Jason Hough

Jason M. Hough is the New York Times bestselling author of Zero World and The Dire Earth Cycle: The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, as well as the novella The Dire Earth. Hough was born in Illinois but grew up on the mean streets of suburban San Diego, California. In 1978, when he was six, his parents took him to see Star Wars, and so began a lifelong love of sci-fi and all things geek. He later worked for a decade in the videogame industry as a 3D artist and game designer. Today he lives in Seattle with his wife and two young sons.

Michael Neff

Michael collaborates with Macmillan Entertainment to develop new high-concept projects for both film and print. He is a story creator for the forthcoming novel by Macmillan, MAGICIANS IMPOSSIBLE, as well as a producer for the adaptation of the novel to a television series by Fox. He is one of two Development Executives for AEI Films and Books that produces mainstream, HBO/Cinemax, and independent films, while also developing and agenting best selling novels. His fiction has been published extensively in journals including Conjunctions, North American Review, Quarterly West, and many others, and his novel, ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE, a magic realist retelling of Reagan Washington, is published by Serving House Books. He is the director of Algonkian Conferences, sponsor of NWNV and the New York Pitch Conference.

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