DFW_Logo_PDFThe conference is proudly brought to you by the DFW Writers’ Workshop . Here’s this year’s DFW Writers’ Conference committee (remember your entire conference is run by volunteers who offer up their time to bring you a great experience!):

Jennifer Duggins, Executive Director

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Jennifer worked various positions on the DFW Conference Committee before accepting the role of Director. She is a grand star of the local theater and is always looking for ways to connect and inspire others.

Steve Manning, VIP Director
Stephen Manning, also known as Steve Prime in certain circles, started the conference back when he was the president of the DFW Writers’ Workshop in 2007 and 2008. He is the author of World War II nonfiction books “The Courage of Common Men” and “Texans Touched by World War II,” published by Republic of Texas Press. He is now the social media and web content manager for a major corporation. And we mean MAJOR.

Shawna Smith, Treasurer

Tex Thompson, Editor

@tex_maam  – http://www.thetexfiles.com
Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a home-grown DFWcon success story.  At the 2012 conference, she met Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary.  In 2013, Tex and Jennie sold her first two novels to Solaris.  2014 saw the publication of her debut novel: One Night in Sixes, the first book in a cowboys-and-fishmen “rural fantasy” series.   Now serving as DFWcon’s editor and wielding the fastest red pen this side of the Pecos River, Tex has since made it her mission to help other writers achieve their goals – one misplaced modifier at a time.

Jason Myers, Web Master

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Jason is responsible for the content you see here.

David C. Justin, Education Director

@davidcjustin – www.TheNakedBunnyBlog.com
A mild-mannered minion with the Evil Galactic Empire and an ink-slinging raconteur with The Prairie Republic online and 828 Web Design, David Justin is in his 4th year working with DFWCon. Represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, David writes suspense, children’s stories, feature news articles, web content, blogs and a weekly grocery list. He also loves his wife and daughters, coaches soccer, walks the dog, takes out the trash, cooks dinner and fights alongside his wife against the never-ending tyranny of evil laundry.

John Bartell, Wrangler Master


John rocks it with our wranglers, making sure they know where to go and what to do. He ensures our VIPs have a great time and the conference always shows it’s best face. But that’s not all he does. He is a general go-to man who  helps out with multiple projects and ideas during the conference.

Nathan Beitenmiller, Tech Support 
Nathan is a software developer, freelance writer, former strategy guide author, and technical editor who loves science fiction and fantasy. He is a recent graduate of Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Writing on the Fast Track” course and a future attendee of the 2014 Writing Excuses Retreat as well as a member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. He has traveled to three continents and lived in seven states and currently resides near Ft. Worth, Texas.

Michelle O’Neal, Front Desk Support

Michelle O’Neal has been a DFW Writers’ Workshop member for five years and served as the 2014 Education Director for the DFW Writers’ Conference. She is a Senior Forensic Chemist at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office and with twenty-five years’ experience gained in forensic investigations Ms. O’Neal shares her adventures through her writing.

Trayce Primm, Committee Support


Of course, as a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, DFWcon wouldn’t be possible without generous donations of time and talent from our conference committee members and volunteer staff.   If you are thinking of visiting our conference in any capacity and want to help, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Jennie Komp, Promotions Director


Jennie is a new member to the team, and will be working on the promotions for the conference. We look forward to her contributions today and in the future!

Katy Roberts, Vendors and Sponsors Director
Katy is a long time member of our staff and was even Executive Director in 2013. She is a whiz at getting us fun vendors and sponsors for the conference and always comes up with something new.
Katie Bennett, Marketing Director
Ben Marshall, Associate Vendors and Sponsors Director
Rick Amitin, Associate Marketing Director
Emily Hildebrand, Events Director
Our 2015 Executive Director is tackling the event locations this year.
Shawna Smith, Director of Finance/Treasurer

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