Highlights for May 6-7, 2016:
– Five editors and five literary agents, with coverage of every major genre–from historical, literary, and Christian to young adult, fantasy, and science fiction–and nonfiction topics such as memoir, narrative nonfiction, and science, who will critique your manuscript samples and respond to your pitches.
– Query letter critique to improve your work for the Saturday pitches
– Q&A panel on both days
– Extended workshop about self-editing
– NOTE: Conference all-activities deal, with two manuscript critiques and two pitches plus every other activity, is SOLD OUT and no longer available
Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing editor or with a literary agent who will represent you to publishers? Do you want editors and agents to tell you what you’re doing wrong and doing right in your manuscript, synopsis, and query letter? Would you like to discuss your writing project with editors and agents to see if there’s any interest in the marketplace? If you answer, “Yes,” to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) has designed a conference for you:
On Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its fourteenth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to ten top publishing editors and literary agents–never any repeats from previous conferences; always an all-new lineup—and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The editors and agents will respond to your pitch; critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis you submit in advance; critique your query letter during a Friday practice session so you can improve your work for Saturday; and educate you about the current environment of the publishing industry and the changing roles of editors, agents, and their clients.
You might be asked to send an entire manuscript for their review. You could be offered a contract based on the materials you’ve submitted: after every conference some AWC members sign with conference guests and realize their dream of publication (see Testimonials page). You certainly will know more about how your work is perceived by industry professionals, and you’ll gain valuable experience interacting one-on-one with them.
You also will have fun, learn more about the publishing business, and get a chance to chat informally with these editors, agents, and your peers. We will have five editors and five agents in attendance: on Friday, May 6, we’ll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday, May 7, we will have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice.
Moreover, we are featuring two mini-seminars and a special two-hour “Self-Editing 101” Workshop on Friday the 6th from Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first fiction imprint, with examples, exercises, and extensive Q&A. This workshop is for writers at all levels, from those just starting out to authors with books who want to edit their work more efficiently and effectively.
With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, and the two-hour Workshop, it’s definitely worth taking a half-day off from work or home duties on Friday, May 6 so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!
On Saturday the 7th, while the morning manuscript critiques and afternoon pitches are held, local authors M.J. Pullen and Rosalind Bunn will give a total of four presentations. Angela James’ two mini-seminars on Friday and the local-author presentations on Saturday are free to those who register for any of the paid Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we will feature an award ceremony, where each editor and agent will present a certificate to participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best pitch. Testimonial providers Roger Johns, Marie Marquardt, and Rebecca Albertalli each were awarded a certificate and you can see how it helped to change their lives!
Those who have succeeded as a result of the conference aren’t the only ones who are grateful for the experience. Recent conference guest Emily Murdock Baker, Associate Editor for St. Martin’s Press, raved, “The Atlanta Writers Conference was a wonderful experience. It’s an extremely organized conference that allows participants to work directly with agents and editors to hone pitches and queries as well as the craft of writing. It was a great opportunity to meet with a variety of talented writers and industry professionals, and overall I was very impressed with the writing quality and atmosphere of enthusiasm. A terrific conference.”
Please read the descriptions on the accompanying pages to select the activities for which you want to register. If you want to meet with one or more agents and/or editors, please read the descriptions they provided on the Guest Agents and Editors page to identify the individual(s) who are a good match for your writing project(s).
When you have decided on your activities and, if applicable, the individuals with whom you want to meet, go to the Register tab above to make your selections. First, you will input your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Then follow the prompts to pick either the “Event Registration” (individual activities) option or the Conference All-Activities Package if you want to do all of the available activities (including two critiques and two pitches). On the next page, use the “Add to Agenda” button on the right-hand side of the page to choose the activities you want. For the Manuscript Critique and Pitch activities, you must click the open circle to the left of the name you want and then the “Add to Agenda” button on the right–you must do this for each of the agent and editor meetings you want (i.e., Earlier and/or Later Manuscript Critique, Earlier and/or Later Pitch).
You will see a summary of your choices before the payment screen. If you left something off or mistakenly picked the wrong agent/editor, you can use the Previous button to go back and make changes. After you have confirmed that your registration is correct, please follow the checkout/payment process.
If you are not a current Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member, yearlong membership dues will be included in your total. With our new system, you will need to submit your payment as part of the registration process (checks are no longer accepted, and payment no longer can be delayed). Payment via credit card, debit card, or PayPal is required to complete your registration. Simply follow the prompts to finish this transaction.
Please complete this registration and payment process within 60 minutes of starting it.
If you have any questions after reviewing all of the pages on this website, please contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at email@example.com.