Washington Writers Conference

North Bethesda, Maryland, United States

May 10 - May 11, 2019


TUITION / COST:Early-Bird rate (Jan. 1-Mar. 31): $264 Regular rate (Apr. 1st and on): $289
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Holly Smith
EMAIL: editor@washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com
WEBSITE: http://www.wirobooks.com/

Be part of the DC area's premier writers conference! It's fun, collegial, informative, *and* guarantees you three one-on-one pitch sessions with literary agents!

The Washington Writers Conference (#DCWritersCon) is the DC area’s premier writing event! Known for its collegial atmosphere, all-star panels (this year's keynote speaker is Jeffery Deaver; past speakers have included Bob Woodward, Kitty Kelley, Judith Viorst, Bob Schieffer, Alice McDermott, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and too many others to name), editors and publicists, andone-on-one agent pitch sessions, the annual event offers writers (aspiring or otherwise) a supportive, affordable outlet for socializing and making important professional connections.


Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature


The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda
Maryland, United States

Washington Writers Conference

There will be agents to hear your pitch and headline panelists to enlighten and entertain you during the Independent’s 6th Annual Washington Writers Conference (formerly Books Alive!) on May 4-5, 2018, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, MD.

We begin Friday evening, May 4th, with a meet-and-greet-and-eat reception (cash bar), followed by a “How to Pitch to Agents” panel to help you succeed during Saturday’s pitch sessions. Several past attendees have signed with agents and/or landed book deals after pitching at our conference! And one agent alone obtained five book contracts for his new clients!

On Saturday, May 5th, after plenaries focusing on craft, our luncheon keynoter will be Bob Schieffer, veteran broadcast journalist, former CBS News anchor and “Face the Nation” moderator, and author, most recently, of Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News. Preceding Bob, National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, a radio producer and creator of the WAMU Books events series.

Other Saturday panels include sessions on climate change (from a writer’s perspective), “Political Books in the Age of Trump,” and how to get published. As always, you can count on enjoying the fellowship and networking with other established and aspiring authors. The energy and enthusiasm are infectious!