In addition to hosting a live online meeting, we will also record it and post the link in the next month’s issue of The eQuill newsletter.


December 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EasternOnline (please add yourself to our mailing list to receive the email with the online meeting link:


1:00-1:30 Bonus open forum: all-things-writing Q&A with AWC Executive Director & Acting President George Weinstein


1:30-1:45 AWC announcements about upcoming events


1:45-2:45 p.m. Jack Grossman (Writing about touchy topics & preserving history)

Jack is an award winning advertising agent and magazine publisher as well as fundraiser for numerous non-profit organizations. He was the recipient of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2018, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s award in 2017.

He is a Founding Member of Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and is now a Legacy Board Member. Dove House provides services for sexually abused children and has been recognized by the Governor of NC’s Crime Commission.

Jack is the author of Child of the Forest (coauthor James Buchanan), the true story of a young girl’s experiences following the Nazi invasion of her small town in Eastern Poland. The book has garnered tremendous recognition and has won the 2019 BIBA Awards Best Nonfiction (international) and a Benjamin Franklin Award by the IBPA. Jack resides in Mooresville, NC, with his wife Kristie.

On December 19th, Jack will discuss Writing About Tough Topics: Fulfilling a Promise to Tell Charlene’s Story. The long and winding journey of bringing Charlene Perlmutter’s story to today’s audience: At twelve years old she escaped the Horochów ghetto and survived in the forest for two years while Holocaust death camps loomed nearby. Join Jack as he talks about writing a tough story that educates and inspires.


3:00-4:00 Alex Larned & Chayenne Skeete (Penguin Random House acquisition editors in conversation)

Alex Larned is an Assistant Editor with the Del Rey, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Alex is a graduate of Brown University and has worked for Penguin Random House since 2016, first as an associate publicist at the Crown imprint and then as assistant editor at Del Rey.

Chayenne Skeete is an Editorial Assistant for Penguin Random House. She joined Random House in 2017 as an editorial assistant where she provided editorial support to then Editor-in-Chief, Andy Ward. She also worked on Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s imprint, Lenny Books, and continues to accept submissions relevant to the mission of amplifying the experiences of marginalized voices. A Texas native, she now makes her home in Harlem.

On December 19th, Alex and Chayenne will discuss the publishing process, current trends in publishing and the future of traditional publishing and do plenty of Q&A with the audience.