DFWCon 2024


The Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas, 76054. Hurst is in the heart of the DFW Metroplex, about a 15 minute drive from DFW International Airport. Our official hotel is right next door, the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas at Hurst Conference Center. Information about a discounted group rate will be available soon.

It’s the short name for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, population 6.4 million. It’s not David Foster Wallace.

DFWCon offers the largest, most comprehensive educational program of any multi-genre writers conference in Texas. We’ll have a huge list of both craft and business-related classes, including lectures, panels and interactive workshops.

DFWCon this year will have a VIP lineup of 12-16 agents, who will be traveling to Texas from around the country specifically to meet with writers, including you! We’re in the middle of inviting VIPs and will announce the lineup as soon as we are able.

Yes. We do our utmost to get you a meeting with your first choice of VIP, and we succeed more than 90 percent of the time. Failing that, we will fall back to your second or third choice.

You’ll receive an email about signing up for a pitch session after you register. The emails go out in batches on Thursdays and Sundays.

Yes. Pitch sessions will be on sale at the pitch sessions desk during the conference (price TBD).

Registration information is coming soon. 

Simply put, networking. It’s the number one reason to attend any conference dedicated to writers. You will meet and befriend so many people both publishing professionals and people new in their careers, that will pay dividends. We’ve often had people, simply by chance, meet someone who eventually makes a great impression on their career. You can also learn a great deal about the business and the craft of writing. The publishing industry is in a constant state of flux with the democratization of publishing. We keep the information fresh and the topics new at the conference every year to keep you up to date.

Whatever you’re comfortable in, within reason! We’ve seen people in tuxedos and shorts (not on the same person). Business casual is a safe bet if you don’t want to rock the boat.

Something to take notes on. Good walking shoes. Change of clothes. There will be daytime and evening events. You can wear the same clothes to both if you like. Do not bring a printed manuscript, unless directly requested.

There is a fee for cancellation. 

All refunds are minus a $25 processing fee.

After Friday, September 8th, 25% of total charges will be retained in addition to the $25 processing fee.

The conference is run by the DFW Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit organization. Our tagline is Writers Helping Writers Since 1977. We help writers of all genres and experience levels to produce and promote professionally published work. We do this by providing read-and-critique sessions, educational activities, ongoing author support, networking opportunities and a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere. We’ve been meeting every week in the Metroplex for read-and-critique sessions for 45 years! In that time, more than 90 of our members have gotten a book traditionally published more than 350 times.

Please email info *AT* dfwcon dot org.

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.