Please read the descriptions on the webpages at the top of the screen (these links will outline in red when you slide over them) so you’ll have complete information about each of the conference activities for which you might want to register, the deadlines, refund policy, timing, and so on.
If you want to meet with one or more agents and/or editors for the manuscript critique and/or pitch activities, 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). If you wish to participate in the pre-conference edit (an email activity), please read the descriptions provided by the freelance editors on the Pre-Conference Edit page to determine which ones will be the best match for you.
In all cases, make a list of your choices (including second and third preferences, in case your first choice’s spots are full) so you can complete your registration faster.
When you have decided on your activities and, if applicable, the acquisition editors, literary agents, and/or freelance editors you want to work with, click the Cvent link at the bottom of this page to enter the registration portal and make your selections.
First, you will be asked to enter your name and the email address you use to receive Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) emails (if you are not yet on the AWC mailing list, please enter your preferred email address), along with your mobile phone number. We’ll use this number to call with any questions prior to the conference and, during the conference, send you reminder texts about upcoming appointments if you registered for one or more manuscript critiques, pitches, and/or query letter critiques.
You will also be asked to indicate whether you plan to participate in person at the hotel, virtually via Zoom (this option is only available for manuscript critiques, pitches, and query letter critiques; the educational activities will not be broadcast via Zoom due to the ever-increasing expense of the audio-visual equipment and personnel involved and the ever-dwindling number of virtual participants), or only want to do the pre-conference edit activity (via email).
In addition, you can register any guests you want to participate in-person in the Workshop, Editor Q&A Panel, Agent Q&A Panel, and/or Book Fair. Read the instructions there for the kinds of guests to register and pay for based on whether they’re going to participate and which activities they’ll do.
NOTE: If you are not a current Atlanta Writers Club member, you will be prompted to add $60 for annual dues (giving you access to three annual conferences, monthly AWC meetings, free workshops, and an annual writing contest with cash prizes). There’s no need to join the Atlanta Writers Club (or renew your membership) through the Club website and then register for the conference–you can both things at once just by registering for the conference. If you’re not interested in AWC membership, consider the $60 to be a nonrefundable conference registration fee.
On the next page, you will see the “A La Carte Event Registration” option (meaning one or more activities, but not the Conference All-Activities Package) and two “Conference All-Activities Package” options (if you want to maximize your participation and save money with two critiques, two pitches, query letter critique, the workshop, and two Q&A panels–with or without the pre-conference edit). Select which option you want.
On the next page, use the “Select” button on the right side of the page to choose each of the activities you want. If you chose one of the “Conference All-Activities Package” options on the previous page, you’ll see the 1st Query Letter Critique, Editor Q&A Panel, Agent Q&A Panel, and Workshop have been added automatically for you. If you chose the “A La Carte Event Registration” option on the previous page, you need to click the “Select” button on the right side of the page to select each of these activities you want. You will need to use the “Select” button to add the Book Fair option regardless of the Package or A La Carte option you choose.
To add the Manuscript Critique, Pitch, and/or Pre-Conference Edit activities to your registration, there are THREE steps to follow: (1) you must click the drop-down arrow to display the individuals’ names, (2) click the name you want (you’ll see how many spots they have left), and then (3) click the “Select” button on the right–you must do this for each of the agent/editor meetings you want (i.e., Manuscript Critique A/B/C group, Pitch A/B/C group, Pre-Conference Edit). If an individual you want has no open spots for a Manuscript Critique A, for example, check the Manuscript Critique B and C drop-down lists to see if they have any openings there–if not, you can choose the waitlist for that person at no charge. There are no rank-orderings for the A, B, and C groups (i.e., Pitch A is not “better” than Pitch B or Pitch C)–these groupings merely provide a way for you to select up to three different agents/editors for pitches and up to three others for manuscript critiques.
To add the 1st Query Letter Critique, 2nd Query Letter Critique (only if you’re also adding the 1st one), Workshop, Editor Q&A Panel, Agent Q&A Panel, and/or Book Fair, simply click the “Select” button to the right of these items.
You will next see a summary of your choices. Please review this screen carefully–if you don’t see a choice you thought you’d made, do NOT assume it’s included in your registration but somehow was left off. It’s most likely you didn’t click the Select button to include it. Also make sure you chose the editors/agents you intended to. If you left something off or mistakenly picked the wrong agent/editor, you can use the back-arrow button on your web browser to go back and make changes. After you have confirmed that your registration is correct, please follow the checkout/payment 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. PayPal is our payment processor; they will send you a receipt regardless of whether you use a credit/debit card or a PayPal account to submit your payment.
You must complete this registration and payment process within 60 minutes of starting it, or your registration will not be recorded. The registration process should take you only a few minutes–the instructions above might indicate otherwise, but we are erring on the side of over-explanation and redundancy rather than assuming the steps are obvious. Don’t start to register and then walk away and come back to it an hour later to finish it. Instead, if you get interrupted, save your progress, exit, and come back when you have time to complete this.
Our Photo Policy
Atlanta Writers Conference volunteers will be taking photos during the conference to share on AWC social media and use on the conference website to advertise the event and celebrate the participants and our guests. By registering for this conference, you are giving us permission to use your image for these purposes.
Our Policy on Sexual Harassment
The Atlanta Writers Conference staff, Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) volunteers, and the presenters at its conferences are committed to helping provide safe, inspiring, informative events. The Atlanta Writers Club will not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind on the part of attendees, presenters, or anyone connected to any event sponsored by the AWC. We urge anyone who experiences or observes a problem to notify Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. We appreciate your cooperation.
Here is the registration link when you are ready to begin:
If you have any questions, please contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at email@example.com.