Our cohorts have heard from the following industry professionals. We rotate the roster of speakers depending on availability and the genres that our students are working in.
Catherine Adams of Inkslinger Editing is a developmental editor who has mentored hundreds of writers in the production of books, essays, and short fiction/nonfiction for traditional, independent, and transmedia publishing. Her clients have found agents and publishers and have won regional and national awards. She says, “Writers from all over North America, as well as a growing number from around the world, share with me their creative and professional work, looking for advice. That kind of trust and partnership brings both professional and personal rewards—professionally, my world view expands with each manuscript or piece I examine, and personally, I have been fortunate to have many of these writers become dear friends.”
Erin Harris is a literary agent with Folio Literary Management who loves to champion the careers of both debut and established authors. As a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the New School, she brings a strong editorial eye and hands-on approach to her agenting practice, ushering writers through all stages of the publishing process and fostering long-term professional partnerships. Outside of the office, Erin is the co-founder and host of H.I.P. Lit a creative community and monthly event series based in Brooklyn.
Julie Trelstad is a digital marketing consultant for authors and is the former director of digital rights at Writers House literary agency, where she managed the agency’s self-publishing program and helped clients with online marketing. She previously held positions at John Wiley & Sons, The Taunton Press, Readers Digest and Sterling Publishing, and started her own publishing venture, The Plain White Press, which was acquired by Fox Chapel Publishing in 2010.
Marly Russoff, founder of the Marly Russof Literary Agency is the founder of Minneapolis’s The Loft and a former publishing executive who first worked at Houghton Mifflin, where she helped launch of The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, as well as books by Margaret Atwood, Tim O’Brien, Paul Theroux, and many others. She later became associate publisher and VP at Doubleday and William Morrow. As a literary agent, she has represented authors such as Pat Conroy, Arthur Phillips, Ron Rash, Debra Dean, Cassandra King, Masha Hamilton, Jonathan Odell, and Kimberly McCreight, among others. Her nonfiction list includes historical works by Alice Kaplan, Michael Phillip, as well as memoirs by Patricia Hampl, Kathe Lison and Deborah Rodriquez.