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Loft Pitch Schedule and Details

Who Should Attend?

The Loft's Pitch Conference will bring an excellent group agents and editors to town who are seeking new work to represent. While the conference will offer learning, networking, and trends around publishing, revision, and querying, attendees with a polished manuscript or a strong nonfiction book proposal will gain the most out of their attendance. Between the agents and editors attending the conference, most genres will be covered including: literary fiction, young adult, middle grade, commercial, mystery, thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, graphic novels, horror, humor, women's, memoir, narrative nonfiction, history, cookbooks, biography, popular culture, and popular science.

Although a few of the agents do work with select authors in these areas, it is not recommended that screenwriters or children's picture book authors attend this conference as they are not likely to find matches.

Conference Events and Sessions

The full conference breakout session lineup will be announced closer to the conference. While we do not know the exact breakout sessions, they will be organized into four tracks: Craft, Equity, Publishing, and Career. Here is a brief breakdown of the conference schedule.


8–9 a.m. Registration open, coffee and pastries
9–9:30 a.m. | Conference Welcome: Loft staff members Chris Jones and Britt Udesen
9:30–11:45 a.m. | Keynote Workshop: Bridging Readers & Writers with Hannah Tinti (attendees on own or pre-purchased boxed lunches, see registration for details)
noon–1:30 p.m. | Working Lunch: Batter Up: Pitch Prep Tips from the Pros (lap lunch in Performance Hall)
1:45–3:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions and Pitches
3:30–5 p.m. | Breakout Sessions and Pitches
5–7 p.m. | Dinner: On your own
7–8:30 p.m. | The Fast and the Queryous with visiting agents and editors


8–9 a.m. Coffee and pastries
9–10:30 a.m. | Breakout Sessions and Pitches
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions and Pitches
12:15–1:30 p.m. | Lunch (unstructured, but we encourage you to network with your fellow attendees)
1:45–3:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions and Pitches
3:30–5 p.m. | Breakout Sessions and Pitches
5 p.m. | Evaluations

Pitch Conference Menu