DFWCon 2024

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The Premier, Multi-Genre Writers Conference In The Southwest

You finally finished your first novel. Yay! Now, how do you get the darn thing published? Ugh. Or, maybe you don’t know how to create a good villain. Maybe you’ve been stuck on page two since last Arbor Day. Where do you turn for guidance?

Don’t fret! No matter where you are in your writing journey, the 16th annual DFW Writers Conference is here to navigate you through every step. Presented by the DFW Writers’ Workshop, DFWCon will help take your writing career to the next level.

Learn how to get an agent’s attention with a well-written query letter. Even better, pitch your work to an agent in person. Catch sessions by established authors and other professionals in the business. Read in front of a small group for feedback. Find out the best ways to market your book. There are so many classes in two days it can be hard to choose. Aside from the formal schedule, DFWCon gives you the time to broaden your professional network and make new friends.

More than 300 attendees, 50+ classes, 12+ agents and editors, and a full weekend of networking

Some of our past speakers

What they're saying about us

The best conferences remind me why I do what I do—getting to see the writer behind the email, the inspiration behind the stories, the rich & diverse & interesting lives writers lead — and DFWCON is certainly one of these. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is lucky to have them.

Amy Bishop-Wycisk

Trellis Literary Management

I promptly passed out after returning to NYC last night, but I want to thank the folks at DFWCON for an amazing weekend. I remembered my last time at this conference VERY fondly and this year’s trip only just reinforced that sentiment. I had such a wonderful time!

T.S. Ferguson

Azantian Literary Agency

Where is this great thing?

Hurst Conference Center, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth and about 15 minutes from the DFW airport. Bring your laptop, device, or pen and paper if you’re old school – feather quill if you’re ye olde school.

Need a place to stay?

You don’t want to slog over to a hotel way out there somewhere and come back again in the morning. Stay at our official hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, steps from the Hurst Conference Center. Click here for a discounted group rate.

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including his latest, The Atlas Maneuver. Steve has also co-written two novels with Grant Blackwood, Red Star Falling, and The 9th Man, both Luke Daniels Adventures, and four novellas with M. J. Rose: The End of Forever, The House of Long Ago, The Lake of Learning, and The Museum of Mysteries, all Cassiopeia Vitt tales. 

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. 

He has been chosen both the Florida and Georgia Writer of the Year. He’s also an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. In 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of nearly 6,000 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.