DFWCon 2024

A.S. King

Keynote Speaker

A.S. King has been called “One of the best YA writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. King is the author of YA and middle grade novels including her most recent YA, Switch, her upcoming YA, Pick the Lock, and 2022’s best-selling middle grade, Attack of the Black Rectangles.

She is also the author of 2020 Michael L. Printz award-winning Dig, 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, 2011 Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and many others. Most recently, King was the recipient of the 2022 Margaret A. Edwards award and was the 2023 recipient of the ALAN award for her lasting contribution to adolescent literature. In 2024, her anthology, The Collectors: Stories, won the Michael L. Printz for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Award, making her the first person to win the award twice.

She is a former faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts for the Writing for Children & Young Adults program, and is a PhD Creative Writing candidate at Bath Spa University. She spends many months of the year speaking to middle and high school students about trauma, emotions, and intellectual freedom.

Steve Berry

Keynote Speaker

Steve Berry is The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty-three novels. His books have been translated into 41 languages with over 25,000,000 copies in 52 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie Bestsellers lists. Somewhere in the world, every thirty seconds, one of his novels is sold.

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.

More to come!

We’re thrilled to bring you our two keynote speakers for the weekend. We’ll be announcing special guests soon. A.S. King, Steve Berry, and our exceptional lineup of educators/speakers will make for a conference you won’t want to miss!

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.