The 2018 Ladder Literary Conference

June 16 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Online registration for The Ladder is now closed. HOWEVER, you can still register by phone at 1- 585-473-2590 ext 107, or in person at 740 University Ave during business hours.

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.

Are you looking for an agent? Are you hoping to learn more about publishing? Then join Writers & Books on June 16th for The Ladder, a one-day literary conference in Rochester, NY. The Ladder is a unique mix of panels focused on the four rungs of the publishing ladder:

Final Ladder Schedule

In conjunction with an exclusive network of offsite events (FULL LIST OF OFFSITE EVENTS HERE) that will be scheduled in the coming weeks, The Ladder Literary Conference on June 16th is sure to inspire and energize writers of all levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ladder Literary Conference

Agents, Editors, and Panelists

Amy Bishop
Literary Agent
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Ralph Black
Poet, Professor
College at Brockport
Lead Agent and Founder
Serendipity Literary Agency
Chen Chen
Poet, W&B Faculty
Writer, Publisher
BOA Editions
Melanie Conroy-Goldman
Associate Professor
Hobart and William Smith
Writer, Poet
Just Buffalo Literary Center
Mark Costello
Boylan Code LLP
Literary Agent, Writer
Falkin Literary
Freelance Writer, Editor
Poet, W&B Faculty
Writer, Professor
SUNY Geneseo
Writer, W&B Faculty
Tokeya C. Graham
Professor, Writer
Monroe Community College
Poet, Translator, Professor
University of Rochester
Writer, Professor
SUNY Geneseo
Joe Hall
Poet, Teacher
Just Buffalo Literary Center
Writer, Spoken Word Artist
Literary Agent
Regal Hoffmann & Associates
Writer, W&B Faculty
Writing Center Coordinator
Just Buffalo Literary Center
Poet, Translator, MFA Program Director
Syracuse University
Poet, Professor
Ithaca & Warren Wilson Colleges
Tony Leuzzi
Poet, Professor
Monroe Community College
Writers House
Sonja Livingston
Professor, Writer
Virginia Commonwealth University
Poet, Professor
University of Rochester
Publishing Professional
Senior Editor
Harper Voyager
Chad Post
Open Letter Books
Stephen Schottenfeld
Professor, Novelist
University of Rochester
Novelist, Professor
University of Rochester
Sejal Shah
Writer, W&B Faculty
Writer, Editor


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

Need a Professional Headshot?

Professional Portraits will be available. Photographer Gerry Szymanski will be on site during the lunch break (12:30-1:45) to take portraits you can use for websites, book jackets, posters, and other publicity purposes. Fee: $50 will include a link to digital files. Pre-registration required by emailing and payment must be made by check or cash at the registration desk when you check in for the conference. Limited spaces available; first come, first served.


Attached Garage at Rochester Riverside Hotel


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

& Thank You To Our Sponsors

Ladder Logos

Lift Bridge Book Shop logo 45 Main Street Brockport, NY 14420 585-637-2260

Lift Bridge Book Shop is the official bookstore of The Ladder Literary Conference.