About the Conference

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?

Do you want to build your network of industry professionals and writing colleagues?

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 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2022, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its 26th Atlanta Writers Conference, in-person at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel with a virtual option for those unable to travel. The goals of this conference are to give you access to eighteen top publishing acquisitions editors and literary agents (our most ever!) 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continued instance of COVID cases, some of our guest agents and editors have elected to participate virtually via Zoom in all events rather than risk exposure during travel to and from our conference. For each guest on our Editors and Agents page, we have indicated whether they will be in-person at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel or virtual.

When registering for the conference, you will indicate whether you will participate in person at the conference hotel or prefer a virtual experience via Zoom. Online links will be sent with your personalized schedule about two weeks before the conference.

We’re going to have a conference on May 6-7, 2022 that is safe, first and foremost, as well as educational and beneficial for all concerned.

To that end, we are requiring all guests (agents, editors, and speakers), volunteers, and attendees to provide proof of full vaccination (a scan or photo of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or the actual paper record) or proof of a negative COVID test that was issued a maximum of 3 days before the conference. When you check in on May 6th and/or 7th at our registration table, you’ll need to present this information to our volunteers. No exceptions will be allowed. If you arrive at the conference without this proof, you will not be admitted.  While masking will be optional–subject to change based on the latest COVID variant–it is recommended that all individuals wear a mask while engaging in conference activities.

If you don’t want to abide by these public health measures, please select the virtual option when you register.

Because of these precautions, you will be able to have fun interacting with these industry pros and your fellow writers, learn much more about the publishing business, and get your work seen by top publishing professionals.

During 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 nearly 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.

Our Friday workshop will feature acquisitions editor and former literary agent Jenny Chen, who will discuss “Working with Book Publishing Professionals at Every Stage of the Process,” a two-hour activity during which she will focus on what she wants every writer to know about working with an agent and with a publisher, including what you should prepare in advance and how you can get the most out of those professional relationships.

We also will present separate Q&A panels by the guest acquisitions editors and agents, two days of educational talks, our Friday-night mixer, and our award ceremony with giveaway drawings, where each editor and agent will select participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best pitch, and hand out award certificates to the winning individuals. 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.” And Nicole Fischer, Associate Editor at William Morrow/HarperCollins stated, “The Atlanta Writers Conference was, hands down, the best conference I have ever been to.”


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 in-person or have online Zoom meetings 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 sample critique and pitch activities.

When you have decided on what you want to participate in 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 2022 Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member to participate in the conference (i.e., your dues need to be current through May 7, 2022). 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 an annual 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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