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In a preview for the fifth annual New York Roundtable Writers’ Conference, April 24-25, organizer Leah Schnelbach predicts “the indie publishing model is the wave of the future.

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Best-selling author Wally Lamb (bio) is the conference’s Friday evening keynote speaker in 2009.

Lamb is the author of the blockbuster novels The Hour I First BelievedI Know This Much Is True and She’s Come Undone (the latter two Oprah Book Club® selections and New York Times bestsellers).

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Lee Woodruff, author of Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress and the best-selling In an Instant, which chronicles her family’s recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq, is the conference’s Friday lunch keynote speaker.

Alan Zweibel, television, film and print comedy writer (including staff writer for the original Saturday Night Live) and author of the Thurber Prize-winning novel The Other Shulman, is the conference’s Saturday lunch keynote speaker.

Lionel, Air America Radio host, cultural critic, raconteur and author of the best-selling Everyone’s Crazy Except You and Me … and I’m Not So Sure about You, answers writers’ questions in a Saturday panel discussion.

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Other conference participants confirmed to appear in 2009 include:


  • Greg Ames
  • Donald
  • Breckenridge
  • Tim W. Brown
  • Maggie Calonico
  • Henry Chang
  • Justin Courter
  • Stephanie
  • Dickinson
  • Greg Downs
  • Martha Frankel
  • Rigoberto
  • Gonzalez
  • Carol Hoenig
  • Isobella Jade
  • Molly Jong-Fast
  • Hesh Kestin
  • Reverend Jen
  • Miller
  • Alyse Myers
  • Arthur Phillips
  • John Reed
  • Nathaniel Rich
  • Peter Selgin
  • David Henry
  • Hannah Tinti


  • Berkeley Books
  • Dzanc Books
  • Grove/Atlantic
  • Hachette
  • HarperCollins
  • Henry Holt
  • Hyperion
  • Omnidawn
  • Penguin
  • Perseus Books
  • Random House
  • Riverhead
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Soft Skull Press
  • Soho Press
  • Spuyten Duyvil Press
  • St. Martin’s Press
  • William Morrow


  • About.com
  • Beyond PR
  • The Big Picture
  • The Brooklyn Rail
  • CNET
  • Copyright Clearance Center
  • GumboWriters.com
  • The Huffington Post
  • Idea Logical
  • Literal Latte
  • MediaBistro.com
  • The Paris Review
  • Paste Magazine
  • Plain White Press
  • Slice Magazine
  • Spindle Magazine
  • TeleRead

Author Representatives

  • 2M Communications
  • Brick House Literary Agency
  • Caren Johnson Literary Agency
  • Fine Print Literary Management
  • Foundry Media
  • Renee Zuckerbrot Literary Agency
  • Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency
  • Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
  • Writers House
  • Wylie Agency

Additional speakers will be announced when the information becomes available.

Attracting writers of all levels from beginner to seasoned professional, the two-day New York Round Table Writers’ Conference® provides access to the nation’s leading literary figures, including editors, agents, publicists, reviewers, bestselling authors and publishers, speaking on the business and career of writing. The conference, now in its fifth year, has built up a considerable reputation for quality instruction from knowledgeable publishing insiders. Featured writers last year included Charles Bock, Lincoln Child, John Berendt, Joshua Ferris and Alice Hoffman. Read what others have to say about the conference.

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The 2009 Conference will include: presentations by groundbreaking new authors; two luncheons with keynote speakers, best-selling novelists; revered editors at Friday evening gala keynote interview with acclaimed author, Wally Lamb; two cocktail receptions; as well as craft workshops and panel discussions on topics including:

  • PR and Marketing
  • Independent Publishers
  • Self Publishing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Birth of a Book
  • Writing Book Proposals
  • Memoir Writing
  • Writing a Winning Query Letter
  • Writing Process
  • Online Publishing

For information on last year’s conference, please click here.

Cost to attend the conference is $250 for one day and $350 for both days.

Information on the conference is being continually updated, so please check the web site for new developments. You may also call 212.764.7021 or email [email protected].

The New York Center for Independent Publishing was established in 1984 to help independent publishers reach a wider audience for their books and to provide information and draw public awareness to the offerings of these presses. The Center encourages excellence and free expression in publishing through workshops, lectures, book fairs, exhibits, and its Reference Center on Writing and Publishing.