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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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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Shannon Hassan, Literary Agent Marsal Lyon Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This is a tough question! I’m not sure it is my “all-­time favorite” but I recently re-­read is A HISTORY OF LOVE and it still moves me with its mix of memorable characters, mystery, beauty, and heartbreak. What’s on your top-secret,…

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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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Our Success Stories

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.

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.

Registration Info about our pre-conference workshops is coming soon!

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

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