Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New literay agent Ryann Wahl seeks Literary and upmarket fiction and young adult novels

Holloway Literary

Ryann Wahl is the newest member of the team at Holloway Literary and like all new agents, she needs authors. Ryann holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English from Allegheny College. Between literary journal editing and working in the trade publishing industry, she has six years of publishing experience. 

Ryann grew to love working with foreign publishers through her three years in literary scouting, and looks forward to continuing to do so as the Foreign Rights Manager at Holloway Literary, in addition to taking on her own clients as a literary agent. As a writer herself, she is dedicated to the rights and needs of authors, and takes a hands-on, editorial approach. 

Ryann is looking for books that teach her more about the world and challenge her perspective. Fresh, highly-observed, psychologically-complex writing. She likes a story that is ambitious in scope, but has a keen eye for detail. Introspective, meditative, lyrical, atmospheric, diverse, subversive, and politically relevant are all qualities to which she’s drawn. She is particularly impressed by successful first-person narratives. Crafted experimentation is welcome.

Ryann is interested in representing:
  • Literary fiction – Ryann is looking for sharp, clean, language-driven writing with stunning turns of phrase. She is interested in narratives that explore the strange within the mundane, dig into the human experience, and lift the corners of our daily lives to reveal what’s beneath.
  • Up-market fiction – Ryann is looking for strong writing with a compelling hook. She likes psychological thrillers that approach the genre in a fresh way, as well as smart “coming-of-age” stories with a mature voice.
  • Young Adult –  Ryann would like special YA novels that are timely yet have a timeless feel. Well-written stories of all genres are welcome, particularly those which tackle challenging subjects in imaginative ways. Three-dimensional characters and world-building are essential.
 In the subject header write: Ryann/Title/Genre. Include the first fifteen pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of your email.

Spring is here. Time to sign up for a writing class!
Brian Henry will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, April 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include Writing Your Life, Saturday, April 16 in London (see here),  How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, May 14 in Toronto (see here) and Sunday, June 5 in Georgetown (see here), and Writing and Revising, May 28, in Mississauga (see here) .

Also, Brian will be part of the Windsor International Writers’ Festival May 5 – 8, where he’ll be leading Writing Query Letters that Get a Yes and a Query Letter Clinic (see here). 

Finally, Brian will lead Writer’s Retreats at Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, (see here) and Friday, Sept 16 through Sunday, Sept 18 (details similar to the June retreat).

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
Yasemin Uçar, senior editor at Kids Can Press
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13 – June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21 – June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14 – June 16, in Georgetown (see here
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30 – June 15, in Burlington ~ Full. To reserve a spot for the summer class, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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