Juried workshop participants are guaranteed two private 15 minute meetings with a literary agent or editor and may sign up upon acceptance into the workshop; the consultation fee is included in the price of tuition. Consultations are assigned through a lottery process, and students will have the opportunity to submit up to two different manuscripts for review prior to the meetings. Detailed information for accepted students regarding the Consultations is available in the Student Portal.
The consultations offer the chance to pitch an idea, receive feedback on a manuscript, and network with professionals from the top publishing houses and literary agencies in the country.
2017 Literary Agents
The Wylie Agency
Jin Auh is a literary agent at The Wylie Agency, which has offices in New York and London. She serves on the Board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
William Morris Endeavor (WME)
Tina Bennett is a literary agent and partner at WME | IMG, where she specializes in narrative nonfiction, idea books, politics, history, current affairs, memoir, investigative journalism, and academic crossover titles. A native of Swarthmore, PA, Bennett received a B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1989), a M.Phil. in 20th-century English Literature and Culture from Oxford University (Balliol College, 1993) on a Marshall Scholarship, and completed a year’s coursework toward a Ph.D. in English Literature at Yale University. She joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates as a literary agent in 1994, working there for 18 years before joining WME in 2012. In addition to her work in the humanities, Bennett has studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and traveled to Moscow in January 1988 to visit and assist Refuseniks. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and serves on the board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
David Forrer began his career in publishing in 1997 after receiving a Masters in Creative Writing (fiction) from Boston University. He has been an agent with InkWell Management since it was created in 2004. His areas of interest and representation range from literary, commercial, historical and crime fiction to suspense/thriller, narrative non-fiction, humor and popular history.
Alia Hannah Habib
Alia Hanna Habib is an agent at McCormick Literary. She represents narrative nonfiction, memoir and fiction and has a particular interest in books on pressing social and political issues. She graduated from Barnard College and has a graduate degree in the nineteenth-century novel. Prior to becoming an agent, she was a publicist at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Emily Bell is a senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and the director of FSG Originals. She publishes Lucia Berlin, Amelia Gray, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Prior to FSG she worked at Riverhead Books.
Simon & Schuster
Ben Loehnen, Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster, edits books across a range of subjects, including business, economics, psychology, science, religion, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. He has edited books in positions at Random House, and HarperCollins, and has edited a long list of writers, including Bruce Bartlett, Howard G. Buffett, James Lee Burke, Steve Case, Robert Cialdini, Ross Douthat, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Fishman, Justin Fox, James K. Galbraith, Russell Gold, Kirsten Grind, Jacob Hacker, Chip and Dan Heath, Virginia Heffernan, Paul Ingrassia, A.J. Jacobs, Ken Jennings, Jake Knapp, Sarah Lewis, Alec MacGillis, Paul Pierson, Kenneth M. Pollack, Gerald Posner, Richard Rhodes, Michael Riedel, Jim Rogers, Christopher Ryan, Dan Slater, Gillian Tett, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Matthew Yglesias.
Sara Nelson is VP/Executive Editor and Special Advisor to the Publisher of HarperCollins. She is the former editor in chief of Publishers Weekly and Editorial Director for Books and Kindle at Amazon.com. She was the books editor for O, the Oprah magazine, and has written for many magazines and newspapers. She has appeared on television and radio as a publishing “expert” and is the author of the memoir So Many Books, So Little Time. She lives in New York.
2016 Agents + Editors