The 2019 Ladder Literary Conference

Our 2nd The Ladder Literary Conference was a great success!

Saturday June 8, 2019 / 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Rochester Riverside Hotel.

Ladder 19 Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Are you in need of some fresh ideas? Are you hoping to learn more about the many facets of publishing? Are you looking for an agent? Then join Writers & Books on June 8, 2019 for The Ladder, a one-day literary conference in Rochester, New York.

Whether you are in the earlier stages of your writing journey or ready to share your work with the world, the Ladder Literary Conference is sure to inspire and energize you.

The Ladder is a unique mix of panels
focused on the four rungs of the publishing ladder.
Click below to see the panel descriptions for each rung:

All registrations include a free individual membership to
Writers & Books. You may also register the day of at
the conference. 740 University Ave will be closed during
The Ladder. E-mail with any questions or concerns. Full and partial scholarships are available.


Rochester Riverside Hotel is located in central Downtown Rochester with beautiful views alongside the Genesee River. Conveniently located close to everything happening downtown and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center via the skywalk, Rochester Riverside Hotel is perfect for your Rochester stay.


Hotel amenities & services

If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at prior to the conference.


Attendees must pickup a voucher at the conference registration desk to receive the reduced rate


Guests staying at the Rochester Riverside Hotel are offered free airport shuttle and complimentary transport anywhere within a 3-mile radius.

Thank you, Ladder funders and sponsors.