DFWCon 2024

About Us

We are the Dallas Fort Worth Writers Conference, also known as DFWCon. We’re a program of the DFW Writers’ Workshop, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in helping writers improve their work and has been operating since 1977.

DFWCon is the premier multi-genre writers conference in the Southwest. We welcome writers in all genres, both fiction and non-fiction, and we provide:

  • a top-notch educational program
  • hands-on workshops
  • access to literary agents and editors from around the country
  • opportunities to grow your professional network
  • a chance to make lifelong friends
  • an amazing, fun-filled, memorable weekend!

It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, or whether you’re on the traditional publishing side or self-published or indie or hybrid. There’s more than one path in the world of publishing, and DFWCon is committed to providing valuable content that will help you no matter which path you choose.

Over the years, our keynote speakers have included: Dave Eggers, Evangeline Lilly, Heather Graham, Scott Westerfeld, Sandra Brown, James Rollins, Donald Maass, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Stephanie Klein, Kevin J. Anderson, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Michael Capuzzo, Deborah Crombie, Jodi Thomas, Chuck Wendig, and Candace Havens.

2024 will be DFWCon’s 16th year! We’ve seen publishing change dramatically in that time span, and we’ll make sure DFWCon changes with it so it can continue to help propel your writing career.

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.