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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July 24-26, 2015
Wyly Theatre, Dallas, TX

Your registration includes:

Agent Pitch Session

Receive a 10 minute pitch session with the agent of your choice.

Keynote Events

You get an all-access pass to keynote speeches, along with every class and panel offered. Our writing-centric events have focus ranging from craft to business.


On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a networking lunch along with morning and afternoon snacks thanks to the exceptional catering of Wolfgang Puck.


DFWCon is known for its intimate size, excellent author/agent accessibility, and ability to foster peer relationships.


Industry leaders, their know-how, and your manuscript. Limited seating workshops guarantee individual attention.


A downtown location with free parking, public transportation, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere made explicitly for the arts.


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a message from Emily Hildebrand, Conference Director Imagine sitting on the front porch. The dirty ivory paint is splintered and raw slivers of wood pinch the backs of your bare legs when you move. It’s hot and the horizon is lit in rusty orange edges against the distant brush. As daylight bows further out the…

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a message from Emily Hildebrand, Conference Director Writers are spared having an official ‘first day on the job’. We don’t get an MFA and suddenly go to work. Our evolution into writing begins at the very start of us when our senses develop. We accumulate information, metamorphose and manipulate our world into fantastic presentations. And…

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Allison Devereux, Literary Agent Wolf Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This probably changes from month to month, but right now I’d say Remainder by Tom McCarthy. The story is so bizarre and compelling, and McCarthy brilliantly portrays an unreliable narrator with a fractured sense of reality. What’s on your top-secret, personal wish…

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Christopher Rhodes, Literary Agent James Fitzgerald Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I was introduced to this novel in high school and it changed my mind completely about what a book can be. The Song of Solomon has it all ­­adventure, magical realism, folklore, racial…

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Thao Le, Literary Agent Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This is impossible to answer! But Diana Wynne Jones is my hands down all-time favorite writer. So anything by her would be a favorite. Her stories are just always so vivid and imaginative and full of twists and turns. I love them.…

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Laura Maisano, Senior Editor Anaiah Press What is your all-time favorite book and why? If I want to answer this with a book that had great impact on me, it’d be 1984. It’s because 1984 showed me how personal experience and maturity can change the way a book reads. In high school, I got to the end of…

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Our Success Stories

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

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.

I credit DFWCon as one of the major factors that lead to my publication. When I first attended at 18, I had no idea what the publishing industry was all about. In one weekend, I met my future agent (Louise Fury), learned all about the ins and outs of traditional and indie publishing, and learned that it was possible to reach my goals.

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.

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Now through January 31, 2015, catch the early bird special of $299

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