Speed Dating with Editors

Creative Nonfiction Editor Hattie Fletcher speed dating at the 2018 Pittsburgh conference.

Creative Nonfiction Editor Hattie Fletcher speed dating at the 2018 Pittsburgh conference.

 
 

Speed dating with editors is a 10 minute 1-on-1 meeting with a literary magazine or small press editor.

With your registration, you get one ticket to “Speed Dating with Editors,’ a 10 minute, 1-on-1 meeting with a literary magazine or small press editor where you’ll receive direct feedback about your work.

A few notes about speed dating:

It's easiest for the editors if they're reading paper, so please print out and bring along copies of whatever you intend to workshop

We’ve found that the following things work best: a flash story or essay, the first few pages of a longer story or essay, or a poem.

The logistics and timing don’t allow for you to choose the editor you’d like to work with. We’ll make sure nonfiction work is read by nonfiction editors, poetry by poetry editors, etc, but the situation doesn't allow for everybody to choose their editor. You’ll be matched up with an editor by our volunteers.

Extra tickets will be available throughout the day at the registration desk, so if you meet once and want to go back through, you can purchase another ticket for $5 and meet with another editor. We’ll be working to make sure everybody goes through at least once, so there’s a chance that near the end of the session, we need to move some people around to make sure that happens.

We’ll have separate spaces for the poetry dating and the prose dating. There will be signs indicating where each session is taking place.

So what’s it really like? Here are two blog posts that capture what Speed Dating is really like:

Hannah Grieco

Brittany Terwilliger