Roundtables are 30-50 minutes in length (depending on the number of participants) with 4-8 people in a private Zoom meeting with a faculty member, with, in some instances, a non-participating Inspire table administrator.

The general format for a roundtable:

– Five-minutes intro by the faculty table facilitator.
– Each attendee will then have a strict five minutes to ask questions, talk about their projects or project idea, make comments, brainstorm, and receive feedback/answers. Each attendee will be given a turn, so questions from other attendees are not permitted during this time.
– The remaining 5 minutes will be used for follow-up questions and closing.

You are advised to come prepared with several questions as there is a good chance, if your turn is later during the session, that some of your questions may have already been addressed.

Note: The administrator (or faculty member when no administrator is present) will manage the time and keep strictly to the parameters of the roundtable format.

Roundtables cost $30 per attendee and you may only attend one roundtable with each faculty member on the same topic.

Please note, faculty members have a very limited number of time slots, so book your spot as quickly as possible.


Pitch Sessions are 20-minute, one-on-one private Zoom meetings with a top literary agent. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to practice your pitch, discuss particular projects, get specific feedback and direction, etc.

Be prepared to give an “elevator pitch” (one-two sentence description), provide a synopsis of your project, discuss your specific target market, and talk about your platform.

Pitch Sessions cost $54 and you can only attend one pitch session with a specific agent.

Please note, agents will have a limited number of time slots, so book yours as quickly as possible.

A PITCH SESSION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE AGENT WILL AGREE TO REPRESENT YOU OR A PARTICULAR PROJECT THAT YOU DISCUSS


Prep Sessions are 30-minute, one-on-one private Zoom meetings with an industry expert to help you prepare for Symposium Pitch Sessions.

You’ll get tips and tricks, encouragement, and a plan of action to be fully prepared for your pitch with a top literary agent.

Prep Sessions cost $49 and will be on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

A PREP SESSION DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN AGENT WILL AGREE TO REPRESENT YOU OR A PARTICULAR PROJECT

You are advised to book a Pitch Session before booking a Prep Session.


Coaching/Consultation Sessions are 40-minute, one-on-one private Zoom meetings with a writing coach/consultant.

These sessions give you the opportunity to discuss, at length, any issue related to your writing or writing career within the realm of expertise of the faculty member.

Note: Manuscripts will NOT be reviewed in these sessions.

1:1 Coaching/Consultation Sessions cost $70.


Written Critiques allow you to submit a 2,000-word piece to be reviewed and critiqued by a professional writing coach.

Submissions will be handled by email prior to the Symposium and returned during the Symposium.

Written Critiques cost $35.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ZOOM MEETING, THESE ARE IN WRITING ONLY


CRITIQUE GROUPS give you the opportunity to experience a real-life taste of an Inspire critique group. Each participant will submit a maximum 1,500-word piece for peer review by other members of the critique group.

  • Groups are between 4 and 8 people.
  • Each participant will submit a maximum 1,500-word piece for peer review by other members of the critique group the week prior to the Symposium.
  • Each participant will critique every other participant. (instructions will be given)
  • The group will culminate with a 2-hour live group meeting via Zoom with an experienced Inspire critique group facilitator.

Because critique groups require a minimum of four attendees plus the facilitator, there is a possibility a group may be canceled if the required number of attendees isn’t achieved.

Critique Groups cost $35 per attendee.