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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

An editor at Del Rey Books (Random House Publishing Group), Mike is currently acquiring science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and thrillers. He loves genre fiction in any form, and his favorite books are the ones with a well-realized world, iconoclastic characters, and new twists on well-loved themes and ideas. Novels he has edited include THE DIRE EARTH CYCLE and ZERO WORLD by Jason M. Hough, THE RED RISING TRILOGY by Pierce Brown, THE CLASH OF EAGLES TRILOGY by Alan Smale, SLEEPING GIANTS AND WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel, and IRON DRUID CHRONICLES by Kevin Hearne.

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.

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.

Peter Russell

For 15 years Peter Russell has been a story doctor in Hollywood, working with on projects like The Da Vinci Code (SONY), working for companies like IMAGINE (Einstein), for PARTICIPANT (Food, Inc.), for WALDEN FILMS (Chronicles of Narnia), for CBS Television's Movies of the Week, for HBO, VIACOM, and scores more. Peter works with the most talented writers and producers in the business. His knowledge of story comes out of the years spent reading over 7,000 scripts for the studios. As Peter discerned the patterns of great story, he began to share them, and that began his career as a consultant. In 2004 Peter was invited to have the privilege of teaching at UCLA's Entertainment Division of the Extension School where he's taught thousands of students how to tell great cinematic stories.

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