The Ladder Literary Conference, presented by Writers & Books

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Rochester Riverside Hotel

120 E. Main St

Rochester, NY 14604

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Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Do you feel like your manuscript is stuck in a rut? Then elevate your craft with The Ladder, a one-day literary conference located in Rochester, NY, presented by Writers & Books.

The Ladder is a unique mix of panels focused on the four rungs of the publishing ladder: WRITING, EDITING, CONNECTING, and PUBLISHING. Are you looking for an agent? Are you hoping to learn more about publishing? Then The Ladder Literary Conference is for you! In conjunction with an exclusive network of offsite events that will be scheduled in the coming weeks, The Ladder Literary Confernce is sure to inspire and energize writers of all levels.

Thank you to our sponsors: the New York State Council on the Arts, RBC Wealth Management, Bruce & Dana Gianniny, Bond, Schoeneck & King Attorneys at Law, the College at Brockport, Boylan Code, Joanne Gianniny, LeClair Ryan, Editorial Freelance Association of Rochester, Gouvernet Arts Fund at The Community Foundation. Community partners include Open Letter Books, BOA Editions, Just Buffalo Literary Center, and Visit Rochester.

If you are a member of Writers & Books, please register at WAB.ORG. For questions, email ladder@wab.org.

Agents, Editors, and Panelists

  • Amy Bishop

    Amy Bishop

    Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

    Literary Agent

  • Ralph Black

    Ralph Black

    College at Brockport

    Poet, Professor

  • Regina Brooks

    Regina Brooks

    Serendipity Literary Agency

    Lead Agent and Founder

  • Chen Chen

    Chen Chen


    Poet, Instructor

  • Peter Conners

    Peter Conners

    BOA Editions

    Publisher, writer

  • Melanie Conroy-Goldman

    Melanie Conroy-Goldman

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Associate Professor

  • Alexis David

    Alexis David

    Just Buffalo Literary Center

    Writer, Poet

  • Mark A. Costello, Esq.

    Mark A. Costello, Esq.

    Boylan Code LLP


  • Mark Falkin

    Mark Falkin

    Falkin Literary

    Literary Agent

  • Stacey Freed

    Stacey Freed

    Freelance writer, editor

  • Sarah Freligh

    Sarah Freligh


    Poet, Instructor

  • Kristen Gentry

    Kristen Gentry

    SUNY Geneseo

    Writer, Professor

  • Gregory Gerard

    Gregory Gerard

    Writer, W&B Faculty

  • Tokeya Graham

    Tokeya Graham

    Monroe Community College


  • Jennifer Grotz

    Jennifer Grotz

    University of Rochester

    Poet, Professor, Translator

  • Joe Hall

    Joe Hall

    Just Buffalo Literary Center


  • Rachel Hall

    Rachel Hall

    SUNY Geneseo

    Writer, Professor

  • Markus Hoffman

    Markus Hoffman

    Regal Hoffmann & Associates

    Literary Agent

  • Robin Jordan

    Robin Jordan

    Just Buffalo Literary Center

    Writing Center Coordinator

  • Christopher Kennedy

    Christopher Kennedy

    Syracuse University

    MFA program director, poet, translator

  • Christine Kitano

    Christine Kitano

    Ithaca College, Warren Wilson

    Poet, Professor

  • Tony Leuzzi

    Tony Leuzzi

    Monroe Community College

    Professor, Poet

  • Alexandra Levick

    Alexandra Levick

    Writers House, A Literary Agency


  • Sonja Livingston

    Sonja Livingston

    Virginia Commonweath University

    Professor, writer

  • James Longenbach

    James Longenbach

    University of Rochester

    Poet, Professor

  • Rhea Lyons

    Rhea Lyons

    Formerly, Lerner

    Publishing Professional

  • David Pomerico

    David Pomerico

    Harper Voyager

    Senior Editor

  • Chad Post

    Chad Post

    Open Letter Books


  • Stephen Schottenfeld

    Stephen Schottenfeld

    University of Rochester

    Professor, Novelist

  • Laura Schreiber

    Laura Schreiber



  • Joanna Scott

    Joanna Scott

    University of Rochester

    Novelist, Professor

  • Sejal Shah

    Sejal Shah


    Writer, Instructor

  • Ruth Thaler-Carter

    Ruth Thaler-Carter

    Writer, Editor

  • Brian Wood

    Brian Wood


    Writer, Instructor

  • Leslie C. Youngblood

    Leslie C. Youngblood


    Novelist, Instructor

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