Next Steps Literary Series

Join us in kicking off Next Steps, a monthly literary series for writers on the publishing pathway.
We’ve reimagined our popular annual Ladder Literary Conference as an ongoing program of talks,
pitch sessions, agent speed dating, workshops, and more with published authors and experts from the
publishing industry–some live, others Skyped.


A Sense of Place in Narrative Nonfiction
Michael J. McGandy
Saturday, February 22, 10 am – 12:30 pm
$65 Members | $75 General Public | Scholarships Available
Deadline to register: February 14, 11:59 pm
Writing successfully with place in mind is tricky. Locality gives narrative non-fiction work focus,
verisimilitude, and grit. It also can limit the audience and fail to pass the “so what?” test. Senior
Acquisitions Editor Michael J. McGandy will consult with authors who are developing narrative nonfiction projects: from concept and proposal, then pitching, and to writing. We’ll also examine specific case studies of successful and failed place-based books. We’ll leave the workshop with a shortlist of narrative goals that will guide us in crafting books rich in local detail and color and with a broad, even national reach. Register here.

Michael J. McGandy is Senior Acquisitions Editor and Director of Three Hills at Cornell University
Press. McGandy has worked in publishing since 2000, an