2014 DFW Writer’s Conference
The DFW Writers’ Conference, sponsored by DFW Writers’ Workshop, has grown to be the premier writers’ conference in the southwest in just seven years. Our goal is to provide writers with an excellent conference at a reasonable price.
Date & Location
May 3 & 4, 2014 (pre-conference workshop May 2nd)
Hurst, Texas (10 minutes from DFW International Airport)
Schedule & Class Descriptions
Please note: these are preliminary drafts only, and WILL change as we finalize our programming. Last updated 02/13/14
Late: $390 (after 4/1/14)
Price includes: one ten minute pitch session, Saturday Keynote Luncheon, Saturday Night Reception, Sunday Networking Lunch, closing Keynote, morning & afternoon snacks, free parking, over 50 classes, and ample networking opportunities. (Note that many conferences charge for most these things.)
Doesn’t include: travel, lodging, pre-conference workshop (but it is discounted), additional pitch sessions, and alcohol.
The newly renovated Hyatt Place is offering an amazing $89 per night rate for conference attendees. Our room block sold out last year, so book now to guarantee your space. Book using our link from a full site web browser (not a mobile) to get the discount, otherwise you may get a “sold out” notice.
As our speakers confirm we will add their names here. Links are to their websites. As we get closer to the conference we will begin posting synopsis of their classes.
Jonathan Maberry : Keynote
Donald Maass : Honored Guest
2014 DFWcon Speakers:
Nina Amir, Julie Murphy, Chantelle Aimee Osman, Victoria Scott, Natalia Sylvester, Tex Thompson, Patricia Burroughs, Heather Webb, Jay Wells, Russell Connor, Nan Cuba, Lindsay Cummings, Larry Enmon, Carmen Goldwaite, Harry Hall, Kay Honeyman, Julie Kibler, Kelsey Macke, Anastasia Marie, Jenny Martin, C.D. Mitchell, A. Lee Martinez, Ann K. Boyer
Here our confirmed agents and editors we have to date. As we get more we will add them here. Learn what you can about each to determine which will be a good fit for your genre. We will post a cross-genre matrix once we have all our agents and editors confirmed.
Eddie Schneider: JABberwocky Literary
And our editors:
Candace Havens: Entangled Editorial Director (Edge, Select, and Covet lines)
Amanda Rutter: Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot Books)
Annie Nybo: Editorial Assistant (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
2014 DFW Writers’ Pre-Conference Workshops
On Friday May 2, 2014 the DFW Writers’ Conference is proud to bring you two unique pre-conference workshops. You can attend these individually or in conjunction with the conference. If you plan on purchasing either workshop AND the conference, register at the conference and add the workshop to your “Agenda”. If you want to attend one of these workshops ONLY, use the following link.
Les Edgerton: A Fiction Writer’s Workshop at the Bijou
A Look at the film Thelma & Louise to Inform Fiction-Writing Techniques
A Fiction Writer’s Workshop at the Bijou will focus on the practical aspects of fiction writing as informed by films, covering techniques in characterization, dialogue, plot, story structure, transitions, mood and tone, setting, creating riveting scenes, and other elements. As a decided bonus, Bijou will provide inside information on such tops as what “popcorn moment” are, why they are important in creating a bestseller, and how to create them.
Time: 8:30AM – 11:30PM Cost: $50 (non-conference) / $35 (conference)
Donald Maass: Fire In Fiction
New York agent Donald Maass reveals how master contemporary novelist make every book great — and how participants can achieve greatness in their current manuscripts. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop for advanced writers. Participants should bring a WIP (Work In Progress) and writing materials. Please note that power outlets are limited.
Time: 1:00PM – 5:00PM Cost: $100 (non-conference) / $75 (conference)
**note: select both workshops (non-conference) and save $10**