When is the conference? June 9-10, 2018.
Where is it? It’s at the Hurst Conference Center, 1600 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas, 76054. Hurst is in the heart of the DFW Metroplex, only 16 minutes’ drive from DFW International Airport. More details
What does DFW mean? It’s the short name for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, population 6.4 million.
Is there a special hotel rate? There will be. There will be a business hotel connected to the conference center. Construction is finishing up now. There are also three other business hotels within 1 block of the conference center. We’ll announce the conference hotel rate well before the conference.
What classes will be offered? DFWCon offers the biggest, most comprehensive educational program of any multi-genre writers conference in Texas. We’ll have more than 65 classes, including lectures, panels and interactive workshops. We’re inviting speakers now and will announce the class list and speaker lineup early in 2018.
What agents will be there? DFWCon will have a VIP lineup of 18 to 20 agents and speakers, 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.
Do I get a free pitch session with an agent or editor? 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.
How do I sign up? We’ll launch a signup form once we have our full lineup and will let everyone know.
Can I buy extra pitch sessions? Yes. Pitch sessions will be on sale for $40 each at the pitch sessions desk during the conference.
Who are the headliners? We’re working on it.
Will you be doing the Query Gong game show again? Yes.
Where do I register? Click on the Register Now button at the upper left on every page of this website.
What if I can’t make it both days? We have 1-day rates available. Click on the Register Now button at the upper left on every page of this website.
Can I bring my teen writer with me? Yes, we have a special rate for teens age 15 to 17. Click on the Register Now button at the upper left on every page of this website.
Why should I attend a writers conference? 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.
What should I wear? 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.
What should I bring? 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.
Do you have a refund policy? Our refund policy is as follows: 100% refund through April 8, 2018. 50% refund April 9 through May 25, 2018. 25% refund May 26 through June 8, 2018. No refunds after June 8, 2018. If you are unable to attend, you also have the option of transferring your registration to another person or deferring it until 2019. There are no exceptions to our refund policy, regardless of circumstances.
Do you have an anti-discrimination policy? Yes, you can find it here.
Who puts on the Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference? 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 40 years! In that time, more than 90 of our members have gotten a book traditionally published more than 350 times.