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RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, literary agent Emma Patterson of Brandt & Hochman will co-teach the course "How to Work with a Literary Agent" alongside fiction writer Kim Church.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

What you’ve heard is true: the author-agent relationship is a sort of marriage—and like any good marriage, it needs care and feeding. In this workshop, attendees will discuss finding the right agent, knowing what to expect (and not expect), and how to make the relationship a stronghold amid the slings and arrows of the ever-changing business of publishing.

We asked Emma, "What is one piece of advice you'd give your younger, writer self?"

“Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings! Everything is a learning process, so if something really isn’t working, it’s better to grow from it as a writer than it is to drown in something utterly unfixable. If you’re feeling stuck, there’s oftentimes a reason for it, and the only solution is working on something new that isn’t slowly depleting all your writing energies.”

Emma Patterson grew up in New Jersey as an avid reader and the daughter of a literary agent. After attending Kenyon College in the Ohio cornfields and graduating with a degree in history, she began her career in publishing at The Wendy Weil Agency, where she stayed for nine years, working with writers that included Mark Helprin, Rita Mae Brown, Anthony Doerr, Karen Joy Fowler, Alice Walker, and Andrea Barrett. In 2013, Emma joined Brandt & Hochman, where she represents fiction ranging from dark, literary novels to upmarket women’s and historical fiction—with special interest in the 19th and 20th centuries—and narrative nonfiction that includes memoir, investigative journalism, and popular history. Her young adult fiction and nonfiction interests are along similar lines. She is drawn to both domestic and far-flung settings that are original and transporting. She is looking for fresh, lyrical, and voice-driven writing, suspenseful plots, emotional narratives, and unforgettable characters.

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The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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