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The Writers Circle 2014-15 Speaker Series


From Page to Screen
with Macmillian Publishing's Brendan Deneen

November 9, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM

at MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

brendand Ever wonder how a book becomes a motion picture or television series? Executive book editor, film/television producer and author Brendan Deneen knows the answers. As head of Macmillan Entertainment, the book-to-film division of Macmillan Publishing, he's made shepherding books to screen - and the other way around - his career.

From working for unique personalities like Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin to developing ideas from scratch and turning them, not only into novels, but also feature films and TV shows, Brendan will tell us how books are acquired by major publishing companies, and then optioned and adapted by Hollywood. 

Brendan brings a comprehensive perspective to his workshop, having worked as an agent, an editor, and a development and production movie executive.  His expertise includes working at the William Morris Agency, Scott Rudin Productions, Miramax Films, Dimension Films, The Weinstein Company, and at Macmillan Publishers, as well as his work as a novelist and comic book writer.

Brendan Deneen is the author of the graphic novels FLASH GORDON: THE MERCY WARS and THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS, among others, as well as the novel THE NINTH CIRCLE and the upcoming novels ANT-MAN: BEGINNINGS, UNDERHILL, and THE CHRYSALIS.  By day, he runs the film/TV division at Macmillan Publishers, with projects set up at MGM (with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to star), Warner Brothers (with Bradley Cooper attached to star), Legendary Pictures, CBS Television, The Weinstein Company, and many more.  Deneen is also the editor of THE WALKING DEAD novels and the upcoming book THE FIFTY YEAR MISSION: THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED, UNAUTHORIZED ORAL HISTORY OF STAR TREK, among dozens of others.

Seats are limited. Advance Registration is Strongly Advised!

$35 Advance Registration | $40 at the Door

Publishing Matchmakers:
an open discussion with Literary Agents
Liza Dawson, Tamar Rydzinski & Marietta B. Zacker

March 8, 2015, 2:00-4:00 PM

at MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

The right agent can make the difference between publication and languishing in obscurity. Through their carefully honed relationships, these publishing professionals can open doors and help you create a writing career. But first you have to find the perfect match for your work - someone who will "fall in love" with your writing. Learn what attracts agents, what turns them off, and how to better your matchmaking chances in this panel discussion that you've all been clamoring for!

Note: this is a purely informational session. Please do not bring pitches or work-in-progress.

liza-dawson Liza Dawson
Liza established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She received her B.A. in history from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures course. Liza is on the board of the AAR (the Association of Author's Representatives). She belongs to the Author’s Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers Inc and The Women’s Media Group.

She specializes in plot-driven literary fiction, thrillers of all sorts, mysteries, women’s fiction and historicals. She’s looking for storytellers with electric voices. In nonfiction, she is drawn to cross-cultural and women’s issues written by experts. She is looking for history, politics, parenting books, memoirs and narrative nonfiction.

Tamar Tamar Rydzinski
Tamar worked at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates prior to joining the Laura Dail Literary Agency, where she is vice president. She graduated from Yeshiva University in 2003 with a major in literature and a minor in business.

Tamar is not interested in prescriptive or practical non-fiction, humor, coffee table books, or children’s books (meaning anything younger than middle grade). She is interested in everything else that is well-written and has great characters, including graphic novels. A fantastic query letter is essential – “you need to make me want to read your book, and be excited to read it,” she says, “with those first couple of paragraphs.”

marietta zacker Marietta B. Zacker
Marietta is an agent with Nancy Gallt Literary Agency, which focuses on developing and finding the right home for the work of some of the most talented writers and illustrators in the children’s book industry.

Marietta has experienced children’s books from every angle – teaching, marketing, publishing and bookselling. She thrives on working with authors who make readers feel their characters’ emotions and illustrators who add a different dimension to the story. She is also Book Curator at an independent toy store and bookstore.

Seats are limited. Advance Registration is Strongly Advised!

$75 Advance Registration | $80 at the Door

Past Event Recaps
and a peek into other TWC events

Publishing Insiders
September 5-7, 2014:
TWC's First Writing Retreat
at St. Marguerite's Retreat House
  Publishing Insiders
April 27, 2014:
Publishing Insiders: Literary Gatekeepers share what’s happening “over the transom”
Jason Allen Ashlock
February 9, 2014:
Jason Allen Ashlock, publishing guru and digital visionary
An Afternoon with
Jason Allen Ashlock
Christina Baker-Kline
December 8, 2013:
Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train
From Midlist to Bestseller!
April 21, 2013:
Tiferet and The Writers Circle present
An Afternoon of Poetry
Food Writing
January 13, 2013:
Food Writing
Writing to Heal Panel
December 2, 2012:
Writing to Heal
February 5, 2012:
Using Your Senses in Writing