LitChat Literary Salon

LitChat will celebrate its 5th Anniversary January 31, 2014 at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach with a day-long Literary Salon and Gala Reception. The LitChat Literary Salon at The Betsy will feature author readings and audience discussion in an intimate setting at The Betsy Hotel's Carlton Arts and Culture Annex.

Additional Twitter sessions with writers, editors and agents will occur from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 29, 2014. We will accept submitted work for review and critique beginning January 6, 2014.

TheBetsyAdmission to all salon events is free of  charge thanks to the generous support of The Betsy Hotel.

We have a full  house for this event. RSVPs for the live sessions of the LitChat Literary Salon at the Betsy are now closed. You may follow the Twitter feed of this event using hashtag #litchatbetsy.


Five Sessions Exclusive to Twitter

Can't make it to Miami for the live LitChat Literary Salon sessions at the Betsy Hotel? We've planned three days of Twitter sessions just for you. Here's the schedule of sessions with notable authors and publishing professionals leading topics as Agent on Call with Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Jordan Rosenfeld, mainstream/literary fiction; Carol Buchanan, indie fiction; Susan Spann, mystery/suspense fiction, and Michael M. Hughes, speculative/sci-fi/fantasy fiction.

Remember, follow #litchatbetsy to participate.

 LitChat Literary Salon at the Betsy Schedule

1 - 2:15 p.m.MEMOIR AS MESSAGE
Panelists include:
‌ • Edwidge Danticat
‌ • Samuel Marder
‌ • Victoria Loustalot
‌ • Neil de la Flor
‌ • Robert Zuckerman
‌ • Dan Grech
‌ • Andrea Askowitz
Memoirs are representations of memory. A memoir isn’t shaped around undisputed facts or historical documents. That is the work of autobiography. Memoir is concerned with the effect of a truth or event on a person. A memoirist relays experience as viewed through the filter of the writer, an internal truth, rather than external reportage. In this session we’ll discuss the trend in memoir, why readers enjoy it, and how form affects message.
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.POETRY IN LIFE
Panelists include:
‌ • Campbell McGrath
‌ • Michael Hettich
‌ • Annik Adey-Babinski
‌ • Yosie Crespo
‌ • Nick Vagnoni
Carl Sandburg said, "Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment." In this panel we'll discuss the building of these doors, who builds them and why and those who not only look through the doors, but walk through the openings to experience what lies beyond the threshold.
4 - 5:15 p.m.GENRE AS A DIRTY WORD
Panelists include:
‌ • Megan Mulry
‌ • Natalia Sylvester
‌ • Keith Cronin
‌ • Pablo Cartaya
‌ • Ingrid Persaud
Is genre fiction the stepchild of the literary community? In their day, classics by such authors as Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Edgar Allen Poe would have been considered genre fiction by today’s standards. Today’s bestseller lists include books that sit upon specific genre shelves and include titles by intelligent, imaginative and creative writers. In this panel, we’ll discuss the definitions of genre fiction, what it brings to the literary canon, and why is it considered such a dirty word.
Panelists include:
‌ • Mitchell Kaplan
‌ • Johnny Temple (Twitter)
‌ • Hunter Braithwaite
‌ • Lynne Barrett
‌ • Larry Leech
‌ • Kim Campbell
The publishing industry is undergoing rapid changes. A book is no longer just a matter of works printed on paper and bound by covers, it’s digital, audio, interactive. The publishing evolution begins with the writer’s use of technology and digital services, and moves on to those who have traditionally been the gatekeepers of the literary world. Publishers are adapting to new models in publishing, promoting and distributing books. Booksellers are reimagining the bookstore of the future. Join us to discuss the many pathways in publishing for the twenty-first century.
7 - 9 p.m.LitChat 5-Year Anniversary Gala & Reader's Champion AwardsJoin us to celebrate five years of LitChat discussion and support of writers and readers. Honorees include:
★ Mitchell Kaplan of Books and Books, Reader's Champion for Bookseller
★ Johnny Temple of Akashic Books, Reader's Champion for Publishing
★ The Betsy Hotel's Writer's Room, Reader's Champion for Writer Resources

To RSVP for the LitChat Literary Salon at the Betsy, click here.

The inaugural LitChat Literary Salon at the Betsy was held September 18-19, 2012 at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach. Click here to review the 2012 Literary Salon events and to read the archives from the writing workshops we held through Twitter.

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