Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month
(10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Sycamore Hills Park Community Center
(635 West Avon Rd)

Avon, Connecticut

Connecticut Authors 

The 10th Annual CAPA University
Writers' Conference

Click Here to Download the Brochure & Application

May 11, 2013 at the Hartford Steam Boiler Convention Center, Hartford, CT

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Join Us
Meet Hallie Ephron
See an Agent
Learn from agents,  writers, publishers, & network with others


Keynote Speaker: Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron - 2013 CAPA-U Keynote Speaker

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

The Writing Life: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Hallie Ephron, author of eight novels and four works of nonfiction as well as articles and essays, talks about growing up in a family of writers and carving out a place of her own. She shares what she’s learned about the writing life, dirty little secrets as well as epiphanies about craft and courage she’s gleaned along the way. 



Take advantage of a chance to meet and question all the literary agents together at a panel discussion
following the keynote address.

CAPA-U Workshop Sessions Feature

Experts in Writing, Publishing and Marketing

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“Meet the Agents” or “Meet the Marketing Expert”
10: 30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1—11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
(choose one of the five speakers)

  •  Pam Lewis - Literary Fiction - How Do I Know What I Mean ’til I Hear What I Say?

Pam Lewis

  • Pegi Deitz Shea - Children’s Fiction & Nonfiction - The Ever-Changing Market for Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction

Pegi Deitz Shea

  • Editors’ Panel: Beth Bruno, Rita Reali & Roberta Buland
    - Have Your Writing Critiqued by Professional Editors.

Beth Bruno Rita Reali Roberta Buland

  • Richard LaPorta - Working With a Small Local Publishe

Richard LaPorta

  • D’vorah Lansky - Multimedia Digital Publishing Strategies for Sharing Your Book and Your Message Online

D’vorah Lansky

Lunch 12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.

“Writer Idol”—12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Judges are agents 
Ann Collette, Marilyn Allen & Roseanne Wells

In this freewheeling session, a professional actor will perform the first page of your unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of three “judges.” Our judges are agents with years of experience reading unsolicited submissions.

When one judge hears a line that would make her stop reading, she will raise her hand. The actor will keep reading until the second and third judges raise their hands. The judges will then discuss WHY they would stop reading and offer concrete, if subjective, suggestions to the anonymous author. If no agent raises a hand, the judges will discuss what made the excerpt work. Though all excerpts will be evaluated anonymously, this session is not for the faint hearted or thin skinned! While judges will be respectful of the work, laughter and even scorn from the audience is to be expected.

To participate in this session, bring THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction only, please) to the session. It must be double spaced, titled and clearly marked at the top with its genre. Participants will leave submissions in a box at the check-in desk. Manuscripts will be chosen randomly by the actor.

(Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee all submissions will be read aloud, but we will get through as many as time allows).


Session 2—1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p. m. (choose one of the five speakers)

  • Daniel Judson - Writing Mystery/Thrillers to Capture Readers and Competitions

Daniel Judson

  • Julian Padowicz - Six Memoirs, One Cook Book and A Dysfunctional College Professor

Julian Padowicz

  • Marilyn Allen - An Agent Tells How to Build a Readership

Marilyn Allen


  • Dick Margulis - Producing a high quality self published book

Dick Margulis

  • Wayne English - When Social Networking Fail

Wayne English

2:45 p.m.—3:00 p.m. Break

Session Three - 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. (choose one of the five speakers)

  • Annie Kelleher - Science Fiction/Fantasy

    Annie Kelleher

  • Eileen Albrizio - Creating Vivid Images Out of Abstract Emotions

Eileen Albrizio

  • Kate Rothwell - Writing a Synopsis

    Kate Rothwell

  • Dan Uitti - E-book Publishing: Kindle, Nook, and other formats

  • Brian Jud - How to Launch a Book

Brian Jud

Meet The Agents

Agents will meet with conference participants for 10-minute individual sessions.

Roseanne WellsRoseanne Wells joined Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. With nonfiction, I'm interested in authors who have a unique story to tell and are dedicated to building their platform and reaching their audience. I like narrative nonfiction, select memoir, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, religion (not inspirational), travel, humor, food/cooking, and similar subjects. I'm also interested in fresh, modern self-improvement that not only inspires but energizes readers to strengthen and empower themselves in this rapidly evolving world. With fiction: I'm looking for strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn't sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade that connects me to a strong main character; science-fiction and fantasy; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries). 


Diana FinchDiana Finch of the Diana Finch Literary Agency. Seeking new and established writers. Prior to opening her agency, Ms. Finch worked at Ellen Levine Literary Agency for 18 years. Established: 2003. Member of AAR. Represents 45 clients. 20% of clients are new/unpublished writers. Currently Handles: 65% Nonfiction Books, 25% Novels, 5% Juvenile Books, 5% Multimedia. Represents: Nonfiction Books, Novels, Scholarly Books. Nonfiction areas of interest: Biography, Business, Child Guidance/Parenting, Computers, Current Affairs, Ethnic/Cultural, Government/Politics/Law, Health/Medicine, History, How-to, Humor, Juvenile nonfiction, Memoirs, Military, Money, Music/Dance, Nature, Photography, Popular Culture, Psychology, Science, Self-Help/Personal Improvement, Sports, Theater/film, Translation, True Crime, Women’s Issues. Fiction areas of interest: Action/Adventure, Detective/Police/Crime, Ethnic, Historical, Literary, Mainstream/Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult.

Marilyn AllenMarilyn Allen is a partner and founder of the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, specializing in
authors of practical nonfiction, health, cooking, business and narrative-nonfiction titles. Prior to starting the agency 11 years ago, Marilyn held senior positions in publishing, including Senior VP and Associate Publisher at Harper Collins, VP of Simon & Schuster, VP of Penguin Publishing Group and director positions at Avon and Warner Books. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters (Penguin 2011) with her partner Coleen O’Shea and together they also write a regular column for Writer Magazine. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at writers’ conferences throughout the country and has taught publishing courses for Gotham and at NYU. Marilyn is one of the founders and the lead judge of the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit book award program in America. She is currently looking for nonfiction titles in the health, business, cooking, crafts and pop culture from authors with strong media platforms and fresh ideas. She is passionate about helping writers achieve their dreams.

Emily KeyesEmily Keyes is the Contracts & Foreign Rights Manager at the L. Perkins Agency, as well as an acquiring agent. She is passionate about YA and teen novels, and is therefore currently acquiring in that area. In addition, Emily is looking for a wide range of commercial fiction – including women’s fiction, contemporary romance, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and historical. Emily is actively expanding her client list and open to submissions. As a Contracts Administrator at Simon & Schuster, Inc. and a writer for The World Almanac for Kids, Emily forged her knowledge of many aspects of publishing, bringing that experience to her current position. She is a graduate of the NYU Publishing program and, incidentally, grew up in Connecticut. Follow her blog: Twitter: @esc_key

Linda Roghaar Linda Roghaar of the Linda Roghaar Literary Agency, LLC. Linda Roghaar has been in the book business since 1974. She worked in retail bookstores, and for many years was a publishers' rep who sold independent and university presses to bookstores, chains and wholesalers. This experience prepared her well for her career as an agent, which began in 1996. Linda's years spent on both sides of the market provide her with a keen sense of what the market is looking for and how to position it. The Linda Roghaar Literary Agency represents authors with substantial messages and specializes in nonfiction. We sell to major, independent, and university presses. Linda sells to major, independent, and university presses. Linda is a generalist, but does not handle romance, horror, or science fiction.


Ann Collette Ann Collette of the Helen Rees Literary Agency was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. Her list includes books by New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro, Oprah’s “Fall 2012 Unputdownable Mysteries” author Mark Pryor, Anthony Nominee Vicki Lane, RT Award Nominees Clay and Susan Griffith, National bestseller Carol Carr, Steven Sidor and Chrystle Fiedler. She likes literary, mystery, thrillers, suspense, vampire and commercial women’s fiction. In nonfiction, she prefers narrative nonfiction, military and war, works to do with race and class, and work set in or about Southeast Asia. Ann does not represent children’s, YA, sci-fi, or high fantasy (Lord of the Rings-type books).


Julia Bannon
Julia Bannon
has been walking around with her nose stuck in a book since the age of five. It didn’t matter if she was walking to school or lacing up her skating boots, reading has been her lifelong passion. After several years in public relations, Internet sales and marketing, Julia was able to merge her passion for the written word with her career when she went to work for HarperCollins in online marketing. After several years learning from her amazing colleagues and authors, Julia left the publishing world to start a family. While raising her children Julia worked for marketing agencies to build websites and brands for a wide array of clients through web marketing. Then she returned to her passion by becoming a copy editor. Julia was pleased to join the L. Perkins Agency in late 2012, to learn from her talented colleagues who have done so much to further the careers of terrific authors. Julia is thrilled to bring her experiences in publishing, copy editing and marketing to her new clients as they look to forge the way in the evolving world of e-publishing. Twitter: @JuliaBatLPA -


Marketing Expert

Note: Marketer Brian Jud, owner of Book Marketing Works and Executive Director of
SPAN, will be available to speak one-on-one with authors during the day. Are you using the most
effective distribution system for your titles, your customers and your business? Planning is the most
frequently overlooked step in successfully publishing a book. Brian will help you plan exactly what to do, when to do it and know what should happen when you do. If you wish to meet with him, indicate so in the “Consultations” section of your application.

       Follow Up Session - 4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Meet all the authors and chat.

A drawing will be held at 4:00 pm.

1st. Prize—Refund of your CAPA-U registration fee!

2nd. Prize—Membership in CAPA for one year!

Have your favorite author autograph their books for you in the CAPA-U Bookstore.