FAQs

Q. What is the DFW Writers’ Conference?

A. It’s a great way for writers, at all stages of their careers, to hone their craft, network with fellow writers, and meet literary agents, published authors, and other industry professionals such as editors.

Q. Who sponsors the DFW Writers’ Conference?

A. The DFW Writers’ Workshop hosts the conference each year. This non-profit group has 35 years of experience in helping writers succeed. Its members have written more than 300 traditionally published books. The Workshop meets every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Euless, Texas, in the heart of the DFW Metroplex.

Q. What does my registration fee cover?

A. The fee entitles you to:

  • Entrance into the conference (both Saturday and Sunday)
  • One free pitch session – a personal ten-minute appointment with an agent to discuss your novel or nonfiction book proposal
  • Quality lunches on Saturday and Sunday, with snacks both afternoons
  • Access to more than 40 classes on the art and business of writing
  • Networking opportunities with the agents, editors and fellow authors

Q. What extra costs are there?

A. Our goal is to provide an exceptional value for your money.  Be aware that your registration does not include:

  • The cost of your lodging and travel to and from the conference
  • The optional Friday pre-conference workshops
  • Extra pitch sessions (available on a first-come first-served basis at the conference itself)
  • Additional meals
  • Alcohol, which will be available for purchase during our Saturday night Gong Show and mixer
  • Any purchases you wish to make from our vendors (we recommend bringing some cash – not all vendors accept credit cards)

Q. Do I get any special discounts on lodging or travel?

A. Check out our Location, Travel, and Lodging page for discounts from our affiliates!

Q. Do I need to have a completed novel if I intend to schedule a session with an agent or editor?

A. Generally speaking, yes. Many agents consider it amateurish to pitch an incomplete novel. For nonfiction, a completed manuscript is not necessary, but you must have your platform and proposal ready.  If you don’t have a completed work, you can sign up for a consultation instead: the agent or editor will be happy to review your query letter or synopsis, discuss your premise, or answer other questions you may have.

Q. How do I sign up for a pitch session or consultation, or register for the Friday pre-conference workshops?

A.  All of these are now available on RegOnline.  You can select them when you complete your initial registration – or, if you have already signed up, just log back in and update your registration.  Detailed instructions are available here.

Q. How do I sign up for the Saturday or Sunday critique workshops?

A. Registration is not yet open!  We’ll announce the exact day and time that registration will open for these workshops – keep a close eye on your email, the DFWcon website, or our Twitter feed.

Q. I don’t want an appointment with an agent or editor. Do I need to have a completed novel to attend the conference?

A. No. The conference offers many classes and workshops designed to help all writers. Plus, it’s a great chance to network with published authors and learn about the industry.

Q. Are there any age limits?

A. Registration is open to anyone 16 and older. Teens aged 13-15 may attend but must be accompanied by a parent, and both the teen and parent will be required to pay the attendance fee.

For any attendee under the age of 18, a parent will be required to sign a waiver.

Q. Who teaches your classes and workshops?

A. All of the classes are taught by industry professionals, many of whom have years of experience in their subject matter. They are published authors, literary agents, publicists, editors, or specialists in their field, such as criminology, medicine, or law.

2 replies

  1. The agents and their genre list is very helpful in choosing to pitch the correct agent, but I’m still concerned I’ll choose the wrong agent based on the fact my book is self published. Even though it’s getting great reviews and selling well on amazon.com. I’ve had two agents reject me because I self published.

    Is there a list of agents to pitch that might evaluate a books’ future on it’s sales and reviews?

  2. I’m sorry this question is so close to the conference but I have dietary requirements. Is there someone specific I should to talk with concerning the lunches? Thanks.

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