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Workshop: “Win an Agent with Your Pitch" with Cynthia Manson, Caitlin Alexander

  • Sunday, October 06, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Galen at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert 72-567 Highway 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Sunday, October 6, 2019


Win an Agent with Your Pitch

Cynthia Manson, Caitlin Alexander


Sunday, October 6, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


The Galen at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is located at 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260. The museum is located next to Cuistot Restaurant, and faces Hwy 111.

Driving Entrance to the Museum: click map for directionsIf driving Hwy 111 from Palm Springs toward Palm Desert, there is an entrance to the museum off of 111, just before El Paseo. There's also an entrance off El Paseo. Lots of FREE parking.

Classroom: Enter through the main front door. There are adequate outlets for people who need to charge their phones or iPads.

Workshop Description:
Win an Agent with Your Pitch

Bring your draft pitch—whether that's a one-sentence elevator pitch, your query letter, or the verbal pitch you intend to present at a writers' conference.  

In a group setting, literary agent Cynthia Manson and editor Caitlin Alexander will workshop your pitch and give you targeted advice to help you refine it. Between them, they’ve worked on books in almost every genre and have plenty of experience being wowed (and not so wowed) by writers' pitches. We'll break apart for time you can use to revise your pitch, during which Cynthia and Caitlin will be available for additional feedback. After that, you'll have the option of pitching Cynthia and Caitlin—either as practice or because you are seeking a literary agent and feel your project might fit Cynthia's list.

Workshop Schedule:

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

About the workshop facilitators:

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected literary agent who represents a number of bestselling authors in a variety of genres. She graduated from Scripps College for Women in Claremont, CA. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including for Sterling Lord Literistic, Putnam, Bertelsmann, Scientific American, and Advertising Age magazine. She is well connected to the Hollywood community and has brokered numerous deals in the book-to-film-and-television market.

Cynthia is particularly interested in projects in the following commercial genres: thrillers/suspense/crime fiction/mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, and newsworthy narrative nonfiction.

Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found at www.editedbycaitlin.com.

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Registration Details:

  • PSWG Members: $100.00
  • Non-Members: $200.00
  • Payment in Full is confirmation of seating.
  • Online payment via AffiniPay or credit card only.
  • To received a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time.
  • Day of workshop sales available ONLY if workshop is not full. Bring check. Workshop events are limited to 40 participants.
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Event Contact: Jim Misko: jim@jimmisko.com

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