New York City Conference
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   Affinia Manhattan Hotel, New York City, NY

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Guiding Light Lottery Winners:

Let’s congratulate our lucky winners who will tour CBS studios with Jill Hurst:  Hope Tarr, Shirley Parenteau, Nicole Burnham and Garda Parker.  Have fun!

Ninc ’08 in NYC presents—

Why don’t you give yourself an “after the holidays” gift this year.  Register to attend the Ninc Conference in NYC.  Our New Year’s offering to Ninc Members is an interview with our keynote speaker, Theresa Rebeck. She’s smart, funny, candid and has a mini-lifetime worth of writing knowledge. 

Here’s a Theresa Rebeck preview:

“It's not the visual nature of the different dramatic mediums which appealed to me, so much as the fact that language and story really make no sense to me when they are not seen through character. Character is like a prism to me.  I can't really write unless I know who's talking, unless I'm talking THROUGH someone.”  Read more.

Don’t miss hearing and speaking to Theresa at the 2008 Ninc Conference in New York City.  You're planning to be there, right?  We can’t wait to see all of you as we present:

Something Old—

    Kasey's Comments

    "Decisions, decisions! On top of the custom designed Affinia Beds at our conference hotel are, literally, pillows. Ah, but which pillows? You see, we have choices. Six of them.”

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  • An established writers organization with its finger on the publishing pulse.

  • Meet and Greet at our industry cocktail party on Friday evening. 

  • The ever-popular "dessert gathering" on Sunday.  Gotta love that chocolate!

Something New—

  • The Affinia Hotel in Manhattan offers a room with your own kitchenette  in Midtown Manhattan for only $219 per night.  Hurry—these rooms  won’t last!
  • Fun and good times in NYC.  The city that never sleeps also never stays the same.  Make time to enjoy it also.  Come in on Wed. or Thursday and sign up for our “Greenwich Village Writing Tour.”  Explore tourist sites, bookstores, museums… the list is too long to mention. 

Register Today and Discover New Possibilities for you!

The Novelists Inc. Conference is a laid back, friendly opportunity to meet and speak with:

Donna Bagdasarian, Agent, Maria Carvanis Agency
Tom Colgan, Executive Editor, Penguin
Kate Duffy, Editorial Director, Kensington
Tracy Farrell, Executive Editor, HQN/Luna
Evan Goldfried, Agent, William Morris Agency
Melissa Jeglinski, Senior Editor, Silhouette Books
Lucia Macro, Executive Editor, Marrow/Avon
Wendy McCurdy, Executive Editor, Berkley
Lauren McKenna, Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster – Pocket Books
Betsy Mitchell, Editor in Chief, Del Rey/Random House
Dianne Moggy, Editorial Director, HQ Global Single Title
Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Agency
Amy Pierpont, Senior Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Liz Scheier, Senior Editor, Random House
Patience Smith, Senior Editor, H/S Books
Karen Solem, Agent, Spencerhill Associates
Jennifer Schober, Agent, Spencerhill Associates
Shauna Summers, Senior Editor, Bantam Dell
Ann Leslie Tuttle, Associate Senior Editor, HQ
Michelle Wolfson, Agent, Wolfon Literary Agency

Tell your editor and agent about Ninc ’08 in NYC and urge them to attend!

Keynote Speaker: Theresa Rebeck

Our Keynote speaker, Theresa Rebeck is not only a film/tv writer, dramatist and essayist; she is now a novelist, too. 

Three Sisters and Their Brother

Free Fire Zone

Random House is publishing Theresa’s first novel, Three Sisters and Their Brother.  You can go to to read the blurb.  It will be on shelves in March 2008.  She is currently working on her second novel. 

Also visit to read an excerpt from Free Fire Zone— A playwright’s Adventures on the Creative Battlefields of Film, TV and Theater.

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Editor, Best Plays Theater Yearbook, remarks:

“This book is shot through with acerbic wit, razor-sharp observations and a healthy dose of cynicism—which Rebeck’s theater audiences know induce laughter generated by equal parts of human folly and familiar pain. If Free Fire Zone doesn’t make you laugh out loud and feel just a bit uncomfortable, check your pulse.”


Ninc is very proud to present our keynote speaker, Theresa Rebeck.

Learn more about her

Theresa Rebeck

Update: Theresa Rebeck’s play,  “Mauritius” opened on Broadway on October 4, 2007.  Find out more

Theresa Rebeck is a playwright, prime-time TV writer, essayist, and film writer. Her newest play, Mauritius, is opening at the Manhattan Theatre Club in fall 2007. It was recently produced at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play. Her work has been widely produced both regionally and internationally.

In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, Maximum Bob, First Wave, Third Watch, and NYPD Blue, where she also worked as a producer.

The feature films she has produced include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent feature Sunday on the Rocks.

Her awards include the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Writers Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize twice, won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003.

Ms. Rebeck holds a PhD from Brandeis University in Victorian Melodrama. Publications include her Collected Plays (volumes II and III to be published in fall 2007) and Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business, will also be published in 2007. Samuel French has also published her plays in acting editions, and the Harvard Review has twice published Ms. Rebeck’s work.

Featured Speaker: Jill Hurst, Writer/producer, The Guiding Light

The late soap journalist Christopher Schemering wrote that soap operas are not just dramas, “They’re little pockets of American history.” So it’s only fitting that at one time, The Guiding Light (1937)—the longest running program in broadcast history, spanning 68 years—brought escapism and social awareness to a nation.

Soap opera is a dynamic genre that reflects life as it is lived, the quintessential American art form. Although berated and belittled, the soap opera has an illustrious lineage, with no less than the books of Charles Dickens as an inspiration. Today soaps are often compared to romance novels. Jill Hurst will introduce Ninc members to her writing world and the madness of a daily TV drama.

Read Jill Hurst's Bio

What professionals are saying about Ninc conferences

"Ninc [2007] was unlike any writers' conference I'd ever attended--a true 'continuing education course' in publishing for a serious group of professionals. It was instructional to me as well. Highly recommended."
Betsy Mitchell, VP and Executive Editor, Del Rey Books

"As an agent, I find the Novelists, Inc. conferences to be a wonderful breath of spring.  They're generally small, intimate gatherings where you get to really meet and chat with people — not have those rushed twenty-second pitch/chats that so often happen at other conferences.  Also it's a wonderful opportunity to discuss and think about new ideas and trends in the publishing business with other thoughtful professionals."
  - Elaine English, literary lawyer and agent

Special Needs

The Affinia Manhattan has Studio and One Bedroom suites that are wheelchair accessible. The rooms have roll-in showers and the living room is space enough to accommodate the guest.

The 31st Street side entrance has a lift that is used for guests in wheelchair. A security office is on duty at all times to assist the guest.

About Registration

Registration Form

Early Bird Registration ($325): August 15 - November 15, 2007
Regular Registration ($360):  November 16, 2007 - March 21, 2008
Registration closes: March 21, 2008
Deadline to Cancel: March 13, 2008
     (See Registration Form for details on cancellation policy)
Walk-in Registration (on-site only; pay by check only): $395