9/17 Pitch-Palooza with Sarah Burnes, Sy Kraft, and Bill McGowan

Calling all writers:
Pitch your concept at the IDEASMYTH Pitch-Palooza

6:30PM at The Writers Room
740 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10003

***To earn one of the ten highly coveted pitching slots at the event: email a one-page pitch to Events@Ideasmyth.com to enter***

New York, NY (September 12th, 2013) Join Ideasmyth on Tuesday, September 17th at The Writer’s Room in New York City as they celebrate another evening of expert advice and connection with their fall Pitch-Palooza. Ten writers will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to industry virtuosos and receive coaching and feedback to advance their project. Sy Kraft, Sarah Burnes, and Bill McGowan will make up the panel of experts and bring years of experience from the media world to this exciting evening.

Doors: 6:30 pm

Pitching Begins: 7:00 pm

Venue: The Writer’s Room 740 Broadway, 12th floor – New York, NY

Tickets: $15 advanced  $22 at the door (Preregistration available until noon on 9/17)

Contact: Rebecca Martin rmartin@ideasmyth.com  917-916-8774

Light refreshments and drinks will be available during the event.

Meet the Panelists

SarahPPSarah Burnes began her career on the editorial side of publishing, working first at Houghton Mifflin, then in the Knopf Group, and last at Little, Brown. She became an agent in 2001 and joined The Gernert Company in 2005. She now represents adult fiction writers (National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott and New York Times bestseller Robin Sloan among them); children’s fiction writers (The New York Times bestsellers Pseudonymous Bosch, Adam Gidwitz, and Margaret Stohl); and journalists and critics (New York Times bestseller Jon Gertner and Granta editor John Freeman). Sarah sits on the board of non-profit progressive publisher The New Press and lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, NY.

syppSy Kraft is an interactive, digital, packaging and integrated branding professional with experience across markets and disciplines, both general and multi-cultural. He’s also spent extended time in NYC, LA, Austin, Europe and Mexico. He’s passionate about social media, branding and the tangible/intangible effects it has on consumers, in not only established cultural or societal genres, but emerging youth and global markets as well. In addition to being VP, Digital Strategy for Garnier at Publicis Kaplan Thaler, he teaches at NYU’s Masters of Integrated Marketing program and lives in Brooklyn.


billppBill McGowan is the author of three books: Only Man Is Vile: The Tragedy of Sri Lanka (Farrar, Straus & Giroux);Coloring The News: How Political Correctness Has Corrupted American Journalism (Encounter Books, 2002) for which he won a National Press Club Award; and Gray Lady Down: The Decline and Fall of the New York Times. (Encounter Books, 2010). A former editor at the Washington Monthly, he has reported for Newsweek International and the BBC and has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Republic, Columbia Journalism Review and many other national publications. A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, he has been a frequent commentator on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and NPR, as well as other cable and broadcast networks. He lives in New York City.


Ideasmyth is a holistic creative communications, coaching and branding consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan whose previous professional lives included founding the multi-million-dollar education division of Mediabistro.com, artistic programming of the greatest living writers for the 92nd Street Y, writing for dozens of publications, websites and public radio including: The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Moscow Times and NPR. Through personalized coaching and workshops, Ideasmyth mentors and supports clients in creating and cultivating their endeavors, increasing their brand exposure and achieving their most important personal and professional life goals. Since 2000, her Independent Project workshops and coaching practice have helped nearly 1,000 clients internationally produce many critically acclaimed books, theater, websites and other multimedia projects; classes, workshops, and coaching available year round. See Ideasmyth.com for more info.

The Writers Room is New York City’s first shared work space for emerging and established writers of all genres. Founded in 1978 by writers for writers, in this professional workspace creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of mutual support. The Writers Room provides over 200 writers with a quiet, affordable place in which to work. In addition to workspace, the Room offers a reference and research library for the use of its members; seminars and workshops on subjects of interest to writers; readings of members’ works; and community for people working in a solitary profession. In 2012, members published thirty fiction and nonfiction books and many magazine articles, plays & screenplays. Members have written more than 1,000 books since the doors of The Writers Room opened. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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