The DFW Writers Conference, sponsored by
DFW Writers Workshop, has grown to be the premier
writers conference in the southwest. Our goal is to provide writers
with excellent education, networking,and industry exposure at the best value.

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We’ve posted the schedule grid showing keynotes, lectures, panels, limited seating workshops and more! This is a work in progress and information is subject to change. We’re still working on the last few classes. But this will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect and should help you choose a limited seating…

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One of the big changes we’re making to the DFW Writers Conference this year is an overhaul of our educational offerings. We’ve experimented with limited-seating, interactive workshops in past years and they’ve proven to be very popular. So this year we’re going big, with nearly 20 limited seating workshops!  Almost half of our educational program…

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Susan Chang, Senior Editor Tor Books What is your all-time favorite book and why? Sorry, can’t answer this question as I don’t have one favorite. Some of my favorites include the HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy by Philip Pullman, everything by Diana Wynne Jones, the BETSY-TACY series by Maud Hart Lovelace, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. Le…

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Michael Sterling, Literary Agent Folio Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? 2666 by Roberto Bolano. The writing is absolutely fantastic: the voice is powerful, the prose is gorgeously and intensely crafted. What’s on your top-secret, personal wish list for manuscripts? An author like Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Kate Atkinson, or Anthony Doerr…

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Carly Watters, Literary Agent P.S. Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This is the toughest question I’ve had to answer in ages! It’s a tie between ARCADIA by Lauren Groff and LABOR DAY by Joyce Maynard. Ask me tomorrow and it might be a different answer. I love coming of age stories and…

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You know, it’s really the only drawback of the conference: it comes but once a year, and only lasts a weekend.  That means 363.25 agonizing days spent waiting for the next one.  And in the meantime, where do you go to get that social-professional high?  How can you keep the competition, community, and camaraderie of being…

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Our Success Stories

I met my agent Margaret Bail in the lobby at DFWCon 2014. Coincidentally, I’d also signed up for her query critique session later that day. As you can imagine, I paid extra-close attention to her comments! Margaret ultimately offered representation, and I’m thrilled the say the whole arrangement happened because of DFWCon.

My goal at the 2013 conference where I met Alice Speilburg was to make personal connections with the agents, to not worry about pitching to them and instead talk about shared interests. Not only did Alice know me but I knew she was the type of agent I’d want to work with.

Three years ago, I attended my first DFWCon. I didn’t know anything except that I wrote a novel and I wanted to sell it. One year later, I met Michelle Johnson. A chance conversation later about something I wrote for my daughters and I was offered representation for a story I never considered pitching. Sometimes, it really is about being at the right place at the right time. For me, the right place will always be DFWCon.

My agent (Jennie Goloboy) and I are an unstoppable crime-fighting duo – and DFWcon is the Justice League that brought us together.


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