About the Conference

Due to the coronavirus and social distancing mandates, we’re seeing what we can do online. We’ve temporarily closed registrations until our adjustments are in place based on what our guest agents, editors, and workshop speaker is able to do. Once plans are in place we’ll reopen registrations if there are openings in the remaining activities.

Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing acquisitions 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?

Do you want to learn more about the publishing industry and the business and craft of writing?

If you answer, “Yes,” to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) has designed a conference for you:

We’re The Writer magazine’s “runaway favorite” among readers!Writer Magazine - Best Conf Mention

A humble “thank you” to everybody who cast their vote for the Atlanta Writers Conference as the best conference in Georgia! We took The Writer magazine 2019 “Best Writing Conferences Across America” poll by storm, amassing more votes than any other conference in the country. In their February 2020, they named us Best in Georgia again!

On Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2020, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its 21st Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to eight top publishing acquisitions editors and eight literary agents actively seeking new clients, help you get your work ready for them, and educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors and other industry professionals. The Conference Activities page details each activity you can register for: select them all, only one, or some number in between–it’s entirely up to you, so you can craft the conference experience that will be best for your growth, interests, and budget.

Query Letter Critique - 3During the conference, you might be asked by agents and editors to send an entire manuscript or nonfiction proposal for 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.

Steven JamesYou also will have fun, learn much more about the publishing business, and get a chance to network with your peers, find writing partners, and make new friends. Our featured Friday workshop will be “Troubleshooting Your Manuscript: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Problems” presented by national bestselling author and ThrillerFest Master Class instructor Steven James.

To close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we will give away prizes suchDanielle Steele 2 as a manuscript critique at the next Atlanta Writers Conference ($170 value) and 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. Most testimonial providers 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 Mike Hoogland, Literary Agent for Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC, raved: “The gold standard of writing conferences. The Atlanta Writers Conference is extremely well run. George and his volunteers do an excellent job of providing writers with ample opportunity to network with industry professionals and receive quality personalized feedback on their work. Likewise, attendees were enthusiastic and eager to soak up as much information as possible. There’s a reason this conference goes on to produce so many successful authors.”


Please click the tabs at the top of the screen to read the descriptions on each of the accompanying pages and decide which activities you want to register for. 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). Likewise, the Pre-Conference Edit freelancers have provided their bios and areas of expertise so you can get your work ready for the manuscript critique activity.

When you have decided on your activities and, if applicable, the agents and/or editors who are a good fit for you, go to the Registration tab to read the instructions there, enter the registration system, and make your selections and payment.

NOTE: You must be a 2020 Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member to participate in the conference (i.e., your dues need to be current through May 9, 2020). If you are not a current member or need to renew your membership, the registration process will add $50 in nonrefundable annual dues for the Atlanta Writers Club (AWC)–with membership valid for 365 days–to the total amount for the conference activities you select. The membership period of 365 days grants you access to two annual conferences, monthly 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 to be 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 awconference@gmail.com.

8 thoughts on “About the Conference

  1. I’m thrilled and proud to be a part of the Atlanta Writers Club. This conference is so unique in that it offers us writers an opportunity to have our work critiqued by an agent and to pitch an agent. I have attended two of these conferences and have found the experience to be incredibly educational and inspiring. I highly recommend it!

  2. I went to my first conference in November 2017, met with several agents, and received positive and helpful feedback. At a round table discussion, every agent recommended conferences as an excellent way to meet agents one-on-one. It’s time well spent!

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