StoryStudio Chicago presents:
Pub Crawl: An Online Publishing Intensive
February 2023

We’re back in 2023 with Pub Crawl: An Online Publishing Intensive. Curated by Artistic Director Rebecca Makkai, this month-long virtual intensive has an amazing line-up of literary talent.

Pub Crawl features classes and events centered on the publishing world all month long. This will lead up to our Pitch Week for a chance to virtually meet and query agents and editors.



Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. She also has a newsletter, The Audacity and a podcast, The Roxane Gay Agenda. She also publishes books through Roxane Gay Books, an imprint from Grove Atlantic.


One ticket will get you access to the entire month of events.
All Add-On sessions (agent, editor, and query letter meetings) must be purchased separately.

Here’s what you can expect for our 2023 Pub Crawl:

  • Kick-off Party on January 31st
  • Introduction to Publishing class from Rebecca Makkai
  • Bi-weekly classes
  • Panels featuring agents, editors, and authors
  • Behind the Book: Learn how the book sausage is made! Authors in conversation with their agents and editors 
  • Genre Lunches: Join us at noon for a short class & discussion around your favorite genres
  • Slack channel to connect with fellow writers
  • Access to Zoom recordings of Pub Crawl sessions
  • Write-In Social
  • Free Friday panels 
  • Office Hours to ask all your publishing questions
  • And don’t forget about Pitch Week! We’ll be hosting one-on-one agent, editor, and query letter meetings February 23rd – 26th. (All add-on meetings must be purchased separately). 
This info session is from the 2022 Pub Crawl, some details/dates may vary.


Week 1, January 31 – February 3: The Lay of the (Publishing) Land

  • Tuesday
    *Kick-off Party Panel: Best Rejection Stories (6:00pm  – 7:00pm CT)
  • Wednesday
    *Genre Lunch: YA/MG with James Klise (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Introduction to Publishing with Rebecca Makkai (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Thursday
    *Agent/Author Conversation (TBD) (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Friday
    *Genre Lunch: Nonfiction Book Proposal with Christie Tate (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Free Friday Panel: Writing Between Two Cultures (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)

Week 2, February 6 – February  10: The Path Forward: Big Publishing & Agent Secrets

  • Monday
    *The Art of the Pitch with Blair Hurley (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Tuesday
    *Agent Panel: Behind the Publishing Curtain (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Wednesday
    *Genre Lunch: Historical Hour with Michael Zapata (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Ask An Agent! with Alice Tasman (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Thursday
    *Keynote with Roxane Gay (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Friday
    *Genre Lunch: Memoir with Gina Frangello (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Pub Crawl Social (TBD)

Week 3, February 13 – February 17: Small Press, Lit Journals, and Everything Editing

  • Monday
    *Is My Work Ready to Submit?: How to Stand Out in the Queue with Aram Mrjoian (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Tuesday
    *How To Meryl Streep Your Next Reading with Jeremy Owens (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Wednesday
    *Genre Lunch: Sci-Fi/Fantasy with Juan Martinez (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Everyone’s a Critic: Breaking Into Publishing Through Literary Criticism with Michael Welch  6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Thursday
    *Editor Panel (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Friday
    *Genre Lunch: Short Story with Cyn Vargas (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Free Friday Panel: Behind the Book (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)

Week 4, February 20 – February 24: What’s Next? Putting Your Work Out in the World

  • Monday
    *Revising for Publication with Julia Fine (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Tuesday
    *Agent Panel: Best Practices for Finding an Agent (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Wednesday
    *Genre Lunch (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Building Your Writing Career with Sheree Greer (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Thursday
    *Behind the Book with De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Daniel Loedel, and PJ Mark (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Friday
    *Genre Lunch: Mystery/Thriller with Susanna Calkins (12:30pm – 1:30pm CT)
    *Free Friday Panel: Literary Leadership Panel (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)
  • Monday
    *How to Incorporate Feedback with Abby Geni (6:00pm – 7:30pm CT)
  • Tuesday
    *StoryStudio Alumni Panel (6:00pm – 7:00pm CT)

Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 26

Pitch Week

One-on-one agent, editor, and query letter meetings will be individually scheduled during these dates.

*All agent/editor/query letter meetings must be purchased as an add-on with your Pub Crawl ticket.

Participating Agents include:

Participating Editors include:

Note: All sessions and meetings will take place via zoom. We will send you a link and instructions before your class begins. After registration you’ll receive a follow-up email confirming your place at Pub Crawl and any add-on sessions you have requested. Please note that registration and add-on sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Refunds: Registration and add-on sessions are fully refundable, minus a 25% cancellation fee through January 31, 2023. After January 31, tickets cannot be refunded. Charitable contributions cannot be refunded.