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:
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 7 through Sunday, May 9, 2021, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its 24th Atlanta Writers Conference. The goals of this conference are to give you access to fifteen top publishing acquisitions editors and 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.
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.
Due to COVID-19, there won’t be handshaking as depicted above–the agents and editors will be calling the participants with query letter critiques, manuscript critiques, and pitches. Phone calls…in the 21st century? Yes, because, as we’ve all experienced during the year of the coronavirus, online meetings are still fraught with technical problems, from connectivity to bandwidth issues. As long as you answer your phone, calls work every time.
Despite these precautions, you will have fun interacting with these industry pros, learn much more about the publishing business, and get a chance to get your work seen by top publishing professionals.
Our Sunday, May 9 online workshop doubleheader will feature author focus group expert Peter Hildick-Smith presenting “Judging a Book by Its Title,” where he will do live critiques of your proposed book title, jacket copy (up to 200 words) and book cover (if available) based on the insights he has gained from his surveys of thousands of book buyers, and “The Path to Bestsellerdom” by New York Times #1 bestselling author Lisa Gardner!
Because of COVID-19, we will not be able to hold our usual large-group activities such as the Q&A panels, educational talks, mixer or award ceremony. However, each editor and agent will still select participants for the best manuscript sample submitted for critique and for the best pitch, and award certificates will be sent to those 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 Erin McClary, Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, stated, “Kudos to the Atlanta Writers Conference, who pulled off a flawless virtual conference! Every single writer I spoke to was delightful and gracious. I would not hesitate to participate again!”
READ ALL CONFERENCE DETAILS BEFORE YOU REGISTER!
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 have calls 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 2021 Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member to participate in the conference (i.e., your dues need to be current through May 9, 2021). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.