The goals of this conference are to give you access to eighteen 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 include
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, which is only available for critique and pitch meetings. If you choose the latter, online links for the agent/editor meetings will be sent with your personalized schedule about two weeks before the conference.
During the conference, you might be asked by agents and editors to send an entire fiction 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.
The conference will only offer a virtual option for critique and pitch meetings with the agents and editors, due to the ever-increasing expense of the audio-visual equipment and personnel involved and the dwindling number of virtual participants.
The Friday workshop features Bonnie Friedman, the author of the widely anthologized Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life. She is also the author of The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy. Her new book is Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays. Her work has appeared in The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Buddhist Writing, The Best Writing on Writing, the Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best of O., the Oprah Magazine. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas.
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