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Working with a Literary Agent: a conversation with Fiona Kenshole and Rosanne Parry

February 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a literary agent does? Will you ever need one, or are you too young to think about it? Do agents just deal with publishers and contracts, or do they actually help you improve your book?

Students in grades 5-10 can join our Young Willamette Writers meeting in Portland on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. to find out. There’s no cost to attend, no registration, no permission needed. Just show up at the Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay.

Working with a Literary Agent: a conversation with Fiona Kenshole and Rosanne Parry

Fiona Kenshole, Transatlantic Agency at Willamette WritersOn Tuesday, February 7, literary agent Fiona Kenshole and her client, author Rosanne Parry, will sit down with the Young Willamette Writers and tell you all about it. Join the conversation with Fiona and Rosanne about the role that literary agents play in the book business and the way agents and authors work together to create the best possible book and find it a publishing home.

Fiona Kenshole got her start with books by working in a bookshop as a teenager. She went on from there to become a published author, a publishing and editorial director at several major publishing houses, lecturing and teaching at universities, even developing new projects for Laika Entertainment (like “Coraline” and “Paranorman”). Now she works for the Transatlantic Agency, looking for great authors and great children’s books to represent.

Rosanne Parry is the author of 4 award-winning middle grade novels. Her most recent is The Turn of the Tide. She has been a public school teacher, is a part time book monger at Annie Blooms Books in Portland, and teaches children’s literature in the Masters in Book Publishing Program at Portland State University. Fiona Kenshole is her agent.

The Young Willamette Writers is geared for students in grades 5-10. There’s no cost to come to a meeting, no registration, no permission needed. Just show up on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00pm at the Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay. See you there, and bring a friend!


About Young Willamette Writers

Young Willamette Writers in Portland meets at the same time and place as the adult Willamette Writers meetings, normally on the first Tuesday of the month from September through June. We meet from 7 – 8 pm at The Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay.

Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed.

Interested? We welcome any students from 5th to 10th grade. Join us! There is no cost, no application, no special permission. 

Click here to learn more about Young Willamette Writers.


February 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-2031
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Teresa Klepinger

Teresa Klepinger is the Portland Young Willamette Writers Program Leader. This is a group of young people, ages 13-18, who are passionate about writing and want to learn from authors about developing their craft. Teresa loves working with kids. She is the “Storylady” at the Sherwood Library and conducts creative writing workshops for students. Contact her.