Highlights for November 3-4, 2017:
– Six editors and six literary agents, with coverage of every major genre–from historical, literary, mysteries, and women’s fiction to children’s, middle grade, young adult, and science fiction/fantasy–and nonfiction topics such as memoir, women’s issues, food, pop culture, science, humor, and business. They will critique your manuscript samples and respond to your pitches.
– Query letter critique by an agent and an editor to improve your work for the Saturday pitches.
– Q&A panel with all of the editors and a separate Q&A panel with all of the agents to get two views of the industry.
– Intensive workshop about contracts and legal issues for writers.
– Conference all-activities discount, with two manuscript critiques and two pitches plus every other activity.
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, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its seventeenth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to six top publishing house acquisition editors and six highly respected literary agents and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The editors and agents will critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis you submit in advance; respond to your pitch; critique your query letter during a Friday practice session so you can improve your work for Saturday; and inform you via two Q&A panels 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 or nonfiction proposal for their review. Following that 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. In addition to the manuscript critiques, pitches, and query letter critiques, we offer an Editors Q&A Panel on November 3 to give you their viewpoints and an Agents Q&A Panel on November 4 to focus on their experiences and advice, so you get two views of the publishing industry.
Moreover, we are featuring a special two-hour workshop on Friday, November 3 from longtime attorney and literary agent Paul Levine, who is back by popular demand. On November 3 at 4:00 p.m., Paul will present his two-hour workshop “Contracts 101 and Legal Issues for Writers,” which remains the most popular workshop we’ve ever offered, based on the number of positive comments we received afterward and requests that we bring Paul back. This workshop is for writers at all levels, from those just starting out to authors with books who want to better understand publishing contracts, copyrights, self-publishing legalities, and liabilities. Before the workshop, Paul Levine will present two 45-minute seminars about selling your book to the movies and turning self-published work into traditional publications. Paul also is one of the agents participating in the manuscript critiques, pitches, and Q&A panel.
On Friday evening, we’ll have a free, no-RSVP-needed private mixer with all twelve editors and agents that is open to all Conference participants, so you can socialize with our guests and network with each other.
With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, and the two-hour legal issues Workshop, it’s definitely worth taking a half-day off from work or home duties on Friday, November 3 so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!
On Saturday the 4th, while the morning manuscript critiques and afternoon pitches are held, editor and The Writer’s High Retreat Founder Mari Ann Stefanelli and author Reagan Keeter will give a total of four educational presentations. Paul Levine’s two 45-minute pre-workshop seminars on Friday and the four presentations by Mari Ann and Reagan 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 hold 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 Becky Albertalli, Roger Johns, and Marie Marquardt each were awarded a certificate and you can see how it helped to change their lives!
Our guest editors and agents love the Conference as much as the participants. Previous Conference guest Diana Pho, Editor for Tor Books, raved, “The Atlanta Writers Conference was a fantastic opportunity for me to find fresh new talent. Whether you are a newbie writer looking to learn more about the industry, or a seasoned vet getting ready to pitch a new project, I can’t recommend this conference more as one which can cover all ranges of experience.”
Please click the tabs above the book photo at the top of the screen to read the descriptions on the accompanying pages and 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 Editors and Agents 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 to read the instructions there, click the registration link, and make your selections.
NOTE: You must be a 2017 Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member to participate in the conference (i.e., your dues need to be current through November 4, 2017). If you are not a current member or need to renew your membership, the registration process automatically will add $50 annual dues–with membership valid for 365 days–to the total amount for the conference activities you select, as this conference was created by and for AWC members. The membership period of 365 days grants you access to two annual conferences, 12 AWC meetings, free workshops, and a writing contest with cash prizes. If you are not interested in the benefits of AWC membership, consider the $50 a nonrefundable conference registration fee.
You will submit your payment at the end of the registration process. Payment via credit card, debit card, or PayPal is required to complete your registration (checks are not accepted and payment cannot be delayed). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.