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18th ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE on MAY 4-5, 2018

Posted December 18, 2017

Register now to attend the May 4-5, 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. 

  Whether you are... 

     
  • In search of an agent or a publisher
  • Working on a manuscript and in need of feedback
  • Seeking to learn more about the writing craft and/or publishing business
  • Working on a screenplay
  • Trying to build your network of industry contacts
...this is your opportunity to take the next big step toward your writing goals.

Want to get published?

The May 4-5, 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference offers you access to a group of 12 editors and agents seeking manuscripts for every major fiction genre and nonfiction topic, as well as graphic novels and poetry and short-story collections. More than two dozen of our members have signed with agents or editors they met at our Conferences, and a number of those have scored major book deals. You could be next. Even if your work is not ready to submit, you'll benefit from the many educational sessions on the craft and business of writing. We'll even help you learn how to turn your book into a screenplay.

NEW for this Conference: to help you get your work ready for the manuscript critique--or just get detailed feedback on the start of your book to help in its development--you can now submit your materials in February 2018 to a professional freelancer editor of your choice and receive detailed editorial feedback (line-by-line, content, and developmental editing). This "prep critique" is free to those who register for the Conference All-Activities Package deal. Agents and editors at the May 4-5, 2018 Conference will:

  • Critique a manuscript sample you submit in advance and possibly ask to see more to consider it for representation/acquisition
  • Critique your query letter to improve it for the Conference pitches and future use
  • Respond to your pitch and possibly ask to see your manuscript to consider it for representation/acquisition
  • Provide hours of Q&A
  • Select the best manuscript samples and pitches for our award ceremony--maybe they'll call your name!
You'll also enjoy:
  • A new workshop on turning your book into a screenplay, presented by Emmy-nominated screenwriter, producer, and educator Patricia Meyer
  • Presentations on the craft and business of writing from local best-selling authors
  • Networking with presenters and participants
  • Prize giveaways for free manuscript and query letters critiques, pitches, and more
We've filled the two-day conference with great experiences:

Friday, May 4:

  • Query letter critique panels that pair one editor and one agent who will help you get your query in shape for the Saturday pitches
  • Screenwriting workshop by Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and educator Patricia Meyer, to give you the tools to turn your book into a screenplay
  • Free talks by Patricia Meyer on creating three-dimensional characters and the art of rewriting
  • Q&A panel with our six guest editors
  • Social mixer with all twelve editors and agents and our workshop presenter
Saturday, May 5:
  • One-on-one manuscript critique sessions with your choice of editors and agents
  • Pitch sessions with your choice of editors and agents
  • Q&A panel with our six guest agents
  • Free talks by best-selling local authors Emily Carpenter and Buzz Bernard on writing craft, working with publicists, lessons learned about traditional publishing with large, mid-size, and small presses, and the tools you'll need to be a successful author in the current environment
  • Award ceremony and prize giveaways
Registration is now open!

Click HERE For full details about Conference activities

Click HERE for pricing options.

Click HERE to earn about our guest editors and agents 

After you've read all the Conference details on the website--including the deadlines and refund policy--use the registration tab to secure your place at the May 4-5, 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference.

As past Conference participants will tell you, the spots fill up fast, so don't delay. 

We hope you'll be able to join us! Start here and then click through the Conference website pages for all the details.

17th ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE on November 3-4, 2017

Posted July 17, 2017

Register now to attend the November 3-4, 2017 Atlanta Writers Conference, at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel. 

http://atlantawritersconference.com/about/

  Whether you are...   

  • In search of an agent or publisher
  • Working on a manuscript and seeking feedback
  • A first-time writer who wants to increase your knowledge about the craft and the publishing business
  • Already published and seeking more contacts and information
...this is your opportunity to take the next big step toward your writing goals.    

Want to get published?

The November 3-4, 2017 Atlanta Writers Conference offers you access to a group of 12 editors and agents seeking manuscripts for every major fiction genre and nonfiction topic. Two dozen of our members have signed with agents or editors they met at our Conferences, and a number of those have scored major book deals. You could be next. Even if your work is not ready to submit, you'll benefit from the many educational sessions on the craft and business of writing.

Agents and editors at the Conference will:

  • Critique a manuscript sample you submit in advance and possibly ask to see more to consider it for representation/acquisition
  • Critique your query letter to improve it for the Conference pitches and future use
  • Respond to your pitch and possibly ask to see your manuscript to consider it for representation/acquisition
  • Provide hours of Q&A
  • Select the best manuscript samples and pitches for our award ceremony--maybe they'll call your name!
You'll also enjoy:
  • A workshop on contracts and legal issues for writers, back by popular demand
  • Presentations on writing craft, editing, and finding a supportive writing community
  • Networking with presenters and participants
We've filled the two-day conference with great experiences:

Friday, November 3:

  • Query letter critique panels that pair one editor and one agent who will help you get your query in shape for the Saturday pitches
  • Workshop on contracts and legal issues for writers by 35-year veteran lawyer and literary agent Paul Levine, with two hours of detailed information, lessons learned, and extensive Q&A. For years, participants have asked that Paul return to give this workshop again--we heard you!
  • Free talks by Paul Levine on the process of turning your book into a movie and turning self-published work into a traditionally published book
  • Q&A panel with our six guest editors
  • Social mixer with all twelve editors and agents
Saturday, November 4:
  • One-on-one manuscript critique sessions with your choice of editors and agents
  • Pitch sessions with your choice of editors and agents
  • Q&A panel with our six guest agents
  • Free talks on editing, networking, and story craft
  • Award ceremony
Registration is now open!

For full details about Conference activities: http://atlantawritersconference.com/the-conference
For pricing options: http://atlantawritersconference.com/the-cost
Learn about our guest editors and agents:  http://atlantawritersconference.com/the-editors-and-agents 

After you've read all the Conference details on the website--including the deadlines and refund policy--use the registration tab to secure your place at the Fall 2017 Atlanta Writers Conference.

As past Conference participants will tell you, the spots fill up fast, so don't delay. 

We hope you'll be able to join us! Please click through the Conference website pages for all the details: http://atlantawritersconference.com/about/

AWC Writing Workshop

Posted February 27, 2017

Cherry Weiner A FREE writing workshop for AWC members will be held:

Saturday, March 11, 2017
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Georgia State University -- Dunwoody Campus
Building NC Auditorium
2101 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

The workshop will be led by literary agent, Cherry Weiner, and will utilize a PCS (Praise, Comment, Suggest) approach to improving your writing skills. The workshop will be hands-on with participation by the attendees.

For those who wish to volunteer to have their work critiqued (only constructive comments will be allowed), please bring 2 copies of 3-5 pages of your work, preferably the opening pages, because those are the most important when trying to catch the attention of an agent or editor.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get feedback from an expert in the field! If you would like to have your work critiqued, please email Valerie Connors

Your pages will be read aloud and the other attendees will have the opportunity to comment. Then Cherry will provide her insights based on her many years in the publishing business.

Cherry Weiner has been a literary agent since 1977. She started out by representing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She now represents all genres. Among her clients include a good number of well-known authors in the field of Romance, Mystery, Westerns and Native American works.

2017 Atlanta Writers Conference May 12-13

Posted January 3, 2017

You’re invited!
Register now to attend the Spring 2017 Atlanta Writers Conference, May 12-13, at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. Whether you are already published, in search of an agent or publisher, working on a manuscript, or simply want to become a better writer, this is your opportunity to take the next big step in your writing career.

Want to get published?
The Spring 2017 Atlanta Writers Conference offers a new group of 12 editors and agents seeking manuscripts of every major fiction genre and various nonfiction topics. Two dozen of our members have signed with agents or editors they met at our Conferences, and a number of those have scored major book deals. You could be next. Even if your work is not ready to submit, you’ll benefit from the many educational sessions on the craft and business of writing.

Agents and editors at the Conference will:

  • Critique a manuscript sample you submit in advance
  • Critique your query letter
  • Respond to your pitch
  • Provide hours of Q&A
  • Select manuscript samples and pitches to award as “best in show”
You’ll also enjoy:
  • Workshops and presentations by an award-winning editing professional and best-selling authors
  • Networking with presenters and attendees
We’ve filled the two-day conference with great experiences.

Friday, May 12:

  • Query letter critique panels that pair one editor and one agent who will help you get your query in shape for the Saturday pitches
  • Intensive, hands-on workshop about polishing your work for publication that is applicable to both those pursuing traditional publishing and those who want to self-publish, from new writers working on their first draft to published authors who want to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in editing
  • Free talks by our workshop presenter
  • Q&A panel with our six guest editors
  • Social mixer with all twelve editors and agents
Saturday, May 13:
  • One-on-one manuscript critique sessions with your choice of editors and agents
  • Pitch sessions with your choice of editors and agents
  • Q&A panel with our six guest agents
  • Free talks by successful local authors
  • Award ceremony
Registration is open!

For full details about Conference activities: http://atlantawritersconference.com/the-conference

For pricing options: http://atlantawritersconference.com/the-cost

Learn more about our guest editors and agents: http://atlantawritersconference.com/the-editors-and-agents

After you’ve read all the Conference details on the website--including the deadlines and refund policy--use the registration tab to secure your place at the Spring 2017 Atlanta Writers Conference.

The Atlanta Writers Conference is presented exclusively for members of the Atlanta Writers Club. If you are not a current member or your membership will lapse prior to May 13, 2017, you can join/renew as part of the Conference registration--you don’t need to do this as a two-step process.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for our Spring 2017 Conference. Please click through to the Conference website for all the details. And feel free to e-mail Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com with any questions about the Conference or your membership status.

2017 Writing Contest

Posted December 15, 2016

ELIGIBILITY:
  1. The AWC 2017 Writing Contest is open to: All current, paid club members. Please check your membership status before submitting your entry. (To join AWC, please contact the Membership VP, Yvonne Green at ytgreen@bellsouth.net.)
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished, and un-awarded work.
  3. Entrants may submit to only one category per contest year.
DEADLINE:
Midnight, March 18, 2017. Submissions received after this date will automatically be ineligible.

AWARDS:
Each award carries a $300 cash prize, a plaque, and publication in The Blue Mountain Review. Winners will be announced at our meeting on April 15, 2017.

CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • Terry Kay Prize for Fiction (Maximum, 3000 words)
  • Rick Bragg Prize for Nonfiction (Maximum, 3000 words)
  • Natasha Trethewey Prize for Poetry (Maximum, 90 lines)
CONTEST GUIDELINES:

Manuscript Format. Failure to adhere to the following format will result in disqualification.

  • DO NOT place your name anywhere on the manuscript entry
  • Only Word files (.docx) will be accepted.
  • Font: 12 pt, Black, Times New Roman
  • Margins: 1 inch
  • Line spacing: double – yes, even for poetry.
  • White background (no colors, photos, graphics or images
  • Page size & layout: 8-1/2 x 11; Portrait
  • First page: Title and Prize Category should appear in the upper left corner
PAPER ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

SUBMISSION RULES:
Failure to adhere to any of the submission guidelines will lead to disqualification.

Send ONE ENTRY and the corresponding Standard Submission Form (SSF) to chramse@gmail.com. There is no template for the SSF; you create the document yourself (see below) and send it as a separate attachment. The entry and SSF both must be sent as attached Word documents (.docx). The SSF is used for identification purposes by Clay Ramsey only. Judges never know the identity of any author; they see only the blind entry document.

IMPORTANT: Name the documents by title, i.e. Title.docx and SSF-Title.docx

Example: if the entry title is Moon Fire, the document should be named Moon Fire.docx (this is the document that will be sent to the judges) and the SSF should be named SSF-Moon Fire.docx (this is the document that will be seen only by Clay Ramsey).

Standard Submission Form (SSF):

The SSF must include the following information:

  • Author's Name
  • Prize Category
  • Title of Entry
  • Word Count (Line Count for poetry)
  • Named the document: SSF-Title.docx
Attach the entry document and your SSF document to an email addressed to Clay at chramse@gmail.com. Your EMAIL MESSAGE MUST INCLUDE:
  • Subject Line: AWC 2017 Writing Contest
  • Your name, phone number, prize category, title
Example:

Dear Clay,
I have attached [Title] for the [Prize Category] and the corresponding SSF.
Thank you
[Your name]
[Your phone number]

15th Atlanta Writers Conference on November 4-5, 2016

Posted July 6, 2016

Presenting the 15th Atlanta Writers Conference on November 4-5: AWC Brings Even More of the Top Literary Professionals to You

Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing editor or with a literary agent who will represent you to publishers? Do you want an editor or agent 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 an editor or agent to see if there's any interest in the marketplace? If you answer, "Yes," to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club has a conference designed for you:

  On Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its fifteenth Atlanta Writers Conference at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. The goal of this conference is to give you access to twelve top publishing editors and literary agents--two more than usual and never any repeats from previous conferences--and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced industry professionals. The editors and agents will critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis, or nonfiction book proposal you submit in advance; respond to your pitch; critique your query letter during a Friday practice session so you can improve your work for Saturday; and educate you about the current environment of the publishing industry and the changing roles of editors, agents, and their clients.

  After every conference some AWC members sign with conference guest agents and editors and realize their dreams of publication (see testimonials). At the conference, you might be asked to send additional pages or an entire manuscript for their review. 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.

  You also will have fun, learn more about the publishing business, and get a chance to chat informally with these editors, agents, and your peers. We will have six editors and six agents in attendance: on Friday, November 4, we'll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday the 5th we'll have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice. In addition, you can register for up to two critiques and/or two pitches independent of any other activities, and we offer a conference package deal with an $80 savings if you want to participate in two manuscript critiques, two pitches, and every other activity on both days.

Moreover, we are featuring a special two-hour workshop on Friday, November 4 from Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee, a Senior Marketing Associate at HarperCollins Publishers who works with the Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks imprints. After starting as a marketing intern in 2009, she joined the Harper group as an assistant, and has been with the paperback team since 2013. Along with developing frontlist and backlist campaigns for books each season, she actively tweets, blogs, instagrams, and snaps as Harper Perennial’s “Olive.” On November 4 at 4:00 p.m., Kathryn will present the two-hour workshop “Creating Marketing Campaigns for Authors,” where she will review in depth what strategies and elements you should consider for your marketing platform at the various levels during your writing career. Kathryn will detail the roles of social media and advertising in discovering and connecting with readers and share case studies on successful campaigns for a variety of books and authors, discussing the amount of work involved, the audiences reached, and lessons learned. Before her workshop, Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee will present two 45-minute seminars as well: “From Frontlist to Backlist: The Publication Process and Lifespan of a Book” and “Managing Your Expectations for a Book Launch: Costly and Cost-effective Publicity Options.”

On Friday evening, we'll have a private mixer with all twelve editors and agents and Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee that is open to all Conference participants, so you can socialize with our guests and network with each other. With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, the two-hour Workshop, and evening mixer, it's definitely worth taking a half-day off on Friday, November 4 so you can experience all these educational and developmental opportunities!

  On Saturday, November 5, while the morning critiques are held, we will feature international best-selling author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow, Susan Crawford. Susan was signed by an agent she met during a 2012 Atlanta Writers Conference. She will provide two 75-minute talks: “Adapting Your Manuscript to the Publishing Process” and “Balancing Escapism and Realism in Your Book.”

That afternoon while the pitch sessions are held, Anju Gattani, international fiction author of Duty and Desire, freelance journalist, blogger, and former columnist and news reporter. Anju  has been published in leading  publications in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India in fiction, feature, cover stories, news, interviews, and more. She will do 75-minute presentations on “Creating Credible Characters & Breathing Voice” and “The ‘Busi’ in Publishing – a Business!”

Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee's 45-minute seminars on Friday and the four 75-minute talks by Susan Crawford and Anju Gattani on Saturday are free to those who register for any of the paid Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we will feature 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 query letter pitch. Quite a number of those who went on to score book deals and representation contracts started by receiving this award!

  Our guest editors and agents love the Conference as much as the participants. Previous Conference guest Todd Hunter, Editor for Atria Books, raved, "The spirit of writing thrives at the Atlanta Writers Conference. The enthusiasm of the writers in attendance and the support they offer one another was inspiring to see. And the staff was so professional; ran the conference like a well-oiled machine. The Atlanta Writers Conference does not disappoint."

The Conference

The conference on November 4-5, 2016 consists of SIX parts and you may participate in one, some, or all of these events:

  1. One-on-one critique sessions on Saturday, November 5, where editors and/or agents share their evaluation and discuss your project for about 15 minutes with those who have submitted in advance the first 19 pages of manuscript plus a query letter and 1-page synopsis, or a 21-page nonfiction book proposal. You can register for up to two of these sessions.
  2. Pitch sessions on Saturday, November 5, where you will provide a query letter to an editor or agent and discuss your project for about 10 minutes. You can register for up to two of these sessions.
  3. Query letter critique on Friday, November 4 by an editor and an agent other than the one(s) you're meeting with on Saturday, so you can get advice about making it "pitch perfect" the next day for the editor(s)/agent(s) of your choice.
  4. “Creating Marketing Campaigns for Authors” Workshop on Friday, November 4 with Conference guest speaker Kathryn Ratcliffe-Lee, Senior Marketing Associate at HarperCollins Publishers.
  5. Panel discussion and Q&A with all six editors on Friday, November 4.
  6. Panel discussion and Q&A with all six agents on Saturday, November 5.
We also offer a Conference All-Activities Package, which includes two manuscript critiques, two pitches, and all of the other activities, with an $80 discount.

The Editors & Agents

The editors and agents below have provided the genres they are seeking to acquire, in their own words, and often identify specific genres they are not seeking, to decrease ambiguity. For these details, go to the editors and agents page on our Conference website. The following editors and agents are participating in this Conference:

  • Hannah Braaten, Associate Editor, St. Martin's Press at Macmillan Publishers
  • Bess Cozby, Associate Editor, Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen
  • Gabriella Doob, Associate Editor, Ecco Books at HarperCollins Publishers
  • Caitie Flum, Literary Agent, Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency
  • MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Founder and Literary Agent, Fraser-Bub Literary
  • Sarah Guan, Assistant Editor, DAW Books at Penguin Group USA
  • Peter (Pete) Knapp, Literary Agent, Park Literary & Media
  • Chloe Moffett, Assistant Editor, William Morrow at HarperCollins Publishers
  • Natasha Simons, Associate Editor, Gallery Books at Simon & Schuster
  • Alexa Stark, Literary Agent, Trident Media Group
  • Julie Stevenson, Literary Agent, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin
  • Carlisle (Carlie) Webber, Founder and Literary Agent, CK Webber Associates
Registration

Please read all of the details on the registration page before you click the Cvent link there to register.

When you register, the Cvent conference registration webpage will show up-to-the-minute updates regarding availability for each manuscript critique and pitch session for all of these individuals. Simply read and follow the instructions on each page and complete your registration and payment within 60 minutes.

If you don't see any spots available in the "Earlier Manuscript Critique" session for an agent/editor you want, scroll down to the "Later Manuscript Critique" session; the same applies to the Pitch sessions.

Questions?

Complete details about all of the activities are on the Conference website: https://atlantawritersconference.com/about/

If you still have any questions after reviewing the Conference website, please contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com.

2016 Writing Contest

Posted February 15, 2016

ELIGIBILITY:
  1. The AWC 2016 Writing Contest is open to: All current, paid club members. Please check your membership status before submitting your entry. (To join AWC, please contact the Membership VP, George Weinstein at gjweinstein@yahoo.com.)
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished, and un-awarded work.
  3. Entrants may submit to only one category per contest year.
DEADLINE:
Midnight, April 9, 2016. Submissions received after this date will automatically be ineligible.

AWARDS:
Each award carries a $300 cash prize. Winners will be announced at our meeting on May 21, 2016.

CONTEST CATEGORIES:

  • Terry Kay Prize for Fiction (Maximum, 3000 words)
  • Rick Bragg Prize for Nonfiction (Maximum, 3000 words)
  • Natasha Trethewey Prize for Poetry (Maximum, 90 lines)
CONTEST GUIDELINES:

Manuscript Format. Failure to adhere to the following format will result in disqualification.

  • DO NOT place your name anywhere on the manuscript entry
  • Only Word files (.docx) will be accepted.
  • Font: 12 pt, Black, Times New Roman
  • Margins: 1 inch
  • Line spacing: double – yes, even for poetry.
  • White background (no colors, photos, graphics or images
  • Page size & layout: 8-1/2 x 11; Portrait
  • First page: Title and Prize Category should appear in the upper left corner
PAPER ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

SUBMISSION RULES:
Failure to adhere to any of the submission guidelines will lead to disqualification.

Send ONE ENTRY and the corresponding Standard Submission Form (SSF) to nedra.roberts@gmail.com. There is no template for the SSF; you create the document yourself (see below) and send it as a separate attachment. The entry and SSF both must be sent as attached Word documents (.docx). The SSF is used for identification purposes by Nedra Roberts only. Judges never know the identity of any author; they see only the blind entry document.

IMPORTANT: Name the documents by title, i.e. Title.docx and SSF-Title.docx

Example: if the entry title is Moon Fire, the document should be named Moon Fire.docx (this is the document that will be sent to the judges) and the SSF should be named SSF-Moon Fire.docx (this is the document that will be seen only by Nedra Roberts).

Standard Submission Form (SSF):

The SSF must include the following information:

  • Author's Name
  • Prize Category
  • Title of Entry
  • Word Count (Line Count for poetry)
  • Named the document: SSF-Title.docx
Attach the entry document and your SSF document to an email addressed to Nedra at nedra.roberts@gmail.com. Your EMAIL MESSAGE MUST INCLUDE:
  • Subject Line: AWC 2016 Writing Contest
  • Your name, phone number, prize category, title
Example:

Dear Nedra,
I have attached [Title] for the [Prize Category] and the corresponding SSF.
Thank you
[Your name]
[Your phone number]

Announcing the AWC’s 14th Atlanta Writers Conference for May 6-7, 2016

Posted December 30, 2015 / Updated January 25, 2016

Highlights:
  • Five editors and five literary agents, with coverage of every major genre and numerous nonfiction topics, who will critique your manuscript submissions and respond to your pitches. 
  • Query letter critique to improve your work for the Saturday pitches.
  • Q&A panel on both days 
  • Extended workshop about self-editing
Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing 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? If you answer, "Yes," to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) has designed a conference for you:

On Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its fourteenth Atlanta Writers Conference. The goal of this conference is to give you access to ten top publishing editors and literary agents--never any repeats from previous conferences; always an all-new lineup---and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The editors and agents will respond to your pitch; critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis you submit in advance; critique your query letter during a Friday practice session so you can improve your work for Saturday; and educate you about the current environment of the publishing industry and the changing roles of editors, agents, and their clients.

You might be asked to send an entire manuscript for their 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.

You also will have fun, learn more about the publishing business, and get a chance to chat informally with these editors, agents, and your peers. We will have five editors and five agents in attendance: on Friday, May 6, we'll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday, May 7, we will have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice. In addition, you can register for up to two manuscript critiques and two pitches, or join the waitlist queue if spots for the guests you want are full.

Moreover, we are featuring two mini-seminars and a special two-hour "Self-Editing 101" Workshop on Friday the 6th from Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first fiction imprint, with examples, exercises, and extensive Q&A. This workshop is for writers at all levels, from those just starting out to authors with books who want to edit their work more efficiently and effectively.

With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, and the two-hour Workshop, it's definitely worth taking a half-day off from work or home duties on Friday, May 6 so you can experience all of these educational and developmental opportunities!

On Saturday the 7th, while the morning manuscript critiques and afternoon pitches are held, local authors M.J. Pullen and Rosalind Bunn will give a total of four presentations. Angela James' two mini-seminars on Friday and the local-author presentations on Saturday are free to those who register for any of the paid Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we will feature 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. Testimonial providers Roger Johns, Marie Marquardt, and Rebecca Albertalli each were awarded a certificate and you can see how it helped to change their lives!

Those who have succeeded as a result of the conference aren't the only ones who are grateful for the experience. Recent conference guest Emily Murdock Baker, Associate Editor for St. Martin's Press, raved, "The Atlanta Writers Conference was a wonderful experience. It's an extremely organized conference that allows participants to work directly with agents and editors to hone pitches and queries as well as the craft of writing. It was a great opportunity to meet with a variety of talented writers and industry professionals, and overall I was very impressed with the writing quality and atmosphere of enthusiasm. A terrific conference."

THE CONFERENCE

The conference on May 6-7, 2016 consists of SIX parts and you may participate in one, some, or all of these events:

  1. One-on-one manuscript critique sessions on Saturday, May 7, where the editors and agents share their evaluations with those who have submitted materials in advance. You can select up to two of these.
  2. Pitch sessions on Saturday, May 7, where you will provide a query letter to an editor or agent and discuss your project. You can select up to two of these.
  3. Query letter critique on Friday, May 6 with an editor and an agent other than the one(s) you're meeting with on Saturday, so you can get advice about making it "pitch perfect" for your Saturday meeting(s) and for all future query letters.
  4. Self-editing Workshop on Friday, May 6 with Conference guest speaker, Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first fiction imprint.
  5. Editor Q&A panel with all five guest editors on Friday, May 6.
  6. Agent Q&A panel with all five guest agents on Saturday, May 7.
Complete details about all of the activities are on the new Conference website.

THE EDITORS & AGENTS

The editors and agents below have provided the genres they are seeking to acquire, in their own words, and often identify specific genres they are not seeking, to decrease ambiguity. For these details, go to the guest editors and agents page on our Conference website.

  The conference registration webpage will show up-to-the-minute updates regarding availability. When registering, if you don't see any spots available in the "Earlier Manuscript Critique" session for an agent/editor you want, scroll down to the "Later Manuscript Critique" session; the same applies to the Pitch sessions.

  • Johnnie Bernhard, Agent, Loiacono Literary Agency
  • Caitlin Dareff, Assistant Editor, St. Martin's Press
  • Jennifer Fisher, Assistant Editor, The Berkley Group/Penguin Random House
  • Sarah LaPolla, Agent, Bradford Literary Agency
  • Daniel Loedel, Associate Editor, Scribner
  • Kaela Myers, Editor, Random House
  • Sarah Smith, Agent, David Black Literary Agency
  • Miriam Weinberg, Editor, Tor/Forge
  • Cherry Weiner, Founder, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency
  • Roseanne Wells, Associate Literary Agent, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
THE COST

Some participants might want to take advantage of only one activity or just a few, while others will do it all, so we offer a la carte pricing:  

  • Manuscript Critique on Saturday, May 7: $160 (register for up to 2) 
  • Pitch on Saturday, May 7: $60 (register for up to 2)
  • Query Letter Critique on Friday, May 6: $60  
  • Self-Editing Workshop with Angela James on Friday, May 6: $60
  • Editor Q&A Panel on Friday, May 6: $40
  • Agent Q&A Panel on Saturday, May 7: $40
Remember, participating in any of the above entitles you to attend the two 45-minute seminars on Friday, the Friday night mixer, the four 75-minute seminars on Saturday, and the Saturday afternoon award ceremony. You must be a 2016 Atlanta Writers Club member to participate in the conference (your dues need to be current through May 7, 2016). If you need to join the club or renew your membership so you can participate, we will add $50 to your total to cover club dues as part of the conference registration process; your membership will be valid for 365 days.

LOCATION

Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel
4736 Best Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 762-7676

After you register, you will receive an e-mail that includes a link to book a room at the hotel if you want to stay over on the nights of May 5, 6, and/or 7, 2016.

  REGISTRATION

After you have reviewed the Conference activities and, if applicable, select your preferred editors and/or agents, go to the new Conference registration page and use the link there to register.

You'll be asked a series of questions, including your name and the e-mail address where you receive Atlanta Writers Club messages (such as this one you're reading!). This e-mail address is tied to your membership, so if you don't provide the correct e-mail address, the system will assume you are not a current member and add $50 to cover yearlong dues. If you have a question about the e-mail address that the Atlanta Writers Club has on file, please contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com.

You must use the conference registration system link to register--please do not send an e-mail directly to George to register.

DEADLINES

Spots for the manuscript critique, pitch, and query letter critique may fill completely during the first month of enrollment, so if you want to participate in those activities especially, register now. The deadline to register for a manuscript critique and submit your work for evaluation is April 5, though spots will have filled up long before then. The deadline to register for the other activities is May 4, but the pitch and query letter critique spots will be full long before then as well. In all cases, payment is part of the registration process and must be made via credit card, debit card, or PayPal. If you fail to pay, your registration will not be recorded.

REFUND POLICY

To offset Atlanta Writers Club costs incurred for providing refunds, $10 per canceled activity will be withheld for any refunds given except for the Conference All-Activities Package, where there is a total refund fee of $60 if a registrant cancels the entire Conference All-Activities Package. The $50 dues for membership in the Atlanta Writers Club is NOT refundable--you will continue to receive all member benefits for the full 365-day term.

If you paid for a manuscript critique but cannot make it to the conference, to receive your refund you must notify Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com no later than March 16, 2016; if you already submitted your materials for manuscript critique, you will not receive a refund but the editor's/agent's written comments will be sent to you. For all other activities, to receive a refund you must notify  Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com no later than April 13, 2016.

Finally, if an editor/agent has to withdraw from the conference, we'll enlist another editor/agent to fill the withdrawing guest's place and we'll confirm whether that individual will suit you for your manuscript critique or pitch. If we cannot enlist a substitute editor/agent you deem suitable, and no openings exist among any other editor/agent you prefer, you will receive a full refund for the manuscript critique or pitch regardless of the deadlines. Likewise, if the Friday workshop presenter cancels and no substitute can be found to address the same topics, you will receive a full refund for that activity regardless of the deadlines.

QUESTIONS?

  After you have read the Conference website pages, please contact George Weinstein, Atlanta Writers Conference Director: awconference@gmail.com.

Presenting the Latest Atlanta Writers Conference on November 6-7, 2015

AWC Continues to Bring the Top Literary Professionals to You

Posted July 20, 2015

Do you want the chance to earn a contract directly with a publishing editor or with a literary agent who will represent you to publishers? Do you want an editor or agent 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 an editor or agent to see if there's any interest in the marketplace? If you answer, "Yes," to any or all of these questions, then the Atlanta Writers Club has a conference designed for you:

On Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Atlanta Writers Club will present its next Atlanta Writers Conference (http://www.cvent.com/d/krq283). The goal of this conference is to give you access to ten top publishing editors and literary agents--never any repeats from previous conferences--and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. The editors and agents will respond to your pitch; critique the manuscript sample, query, and synopsis, or nonfiction book proposal, you submit in advance; critique your query letter during a Friday practice session so you can improve your work for Saturday; and educate you about the current environment of the publishing industry and the changing roles of editors, agents, and their clients.

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 at the link above). You might be asked to send additional pages or an entire manuscript for their review. 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.

You also will have fun, learn more about the publishing business, and get a chance to chat informally with these editors, agents, and your peers. We will have five editors and five agents in attendance: on Friday, November 6, we'll feature an Editors Q&A Panel to give you their viewpoints and on Saturday the 7th we'll have an Agents Q&A Panel to focus on their experiences and advice. In addition, you can register for up to two critiques and/or two pitches independent of any other activities, and we offer a conference package deal with an $80 savings if you want to participate in two manuscript critiques, two pitches, and every other activity on both days.

Moreover, we are featuring a special two-hour Workshop on Friday, November 6 from Bob Mayer. Bob is a New York Times best-selling author, West Point graduate, former Green Beret, and CEO of Cool Gus Publishing. He has had over 50 books published and has sold over four million copies. Bob is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept, which he translated into Write It Forward: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors. On November 6, Bob will present "The Original Idea--The Core of Writing and Selling Your Book and Idea" -- ways to find and state the concept and themes of your book so that you will stay on course while writing it and can use this summary to excite agents, publishers, and readers. He will provide plenty of examples and extensive Q&A, and then you will have the opportunity to try out your idea and receive vital feedback. This workshop is for writers at all levels, from those just starting out to authors with multiple publications who want to better describe their books when talking to potential buyers. Before the workshop, Bob Mayer will present two 45-minute seminars as well: the path from writer to successful author and platform, product, and promotion.

On Friday evening, we'll have a private mixer with all ten editors and agents and Bob Mayer that is open to all Conference participants, so you can socialize with our guests and network with each other.

With the Editors Q&A panel, Query Letter Critique, the two-hour Workshop, and evening mixer, it's definitely worth taking a half-day off on Friday, November 6 so you can experience all these educational and developmental opportunities!

On Saturday, November 7, while the morning critiques are held, we will feature author, writing coach, and book doctor Bobbie Christmas will provide two 75-minute talks: "Write in Style and You Write to Win" and "Write Your Memoirs for Fun and Profit." That afternoon while the pitch sessions are held, Raymond Atkins, the award-winning author of Southern fiction will do 75-minute presentations on the road to publication and lessons learned about self-promotion. Bob Mayer's 45-minute seminars on Friday and the 75-minute talks on Saturday are free to those who register for any of the paid Conference activities. Finally, to close out the Conference on Saturday afternoon, we feature 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 query letter pitched.

Our guest editors and agents love the Conference as much as the participants. Previous Conference guest Heather Alexander, Associate Editor for Dial Books, raved, "The Atlanta Writers Conference is a great place for writers to meet editors and agents, and learn some of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. What a great networking and learning opportunity!"

THE CONFERENCE

The conference on November 6-7, 2015 consists of SIX parts and you may participate in one, some, or all of these events:

  • One-on-one critique sessions on Saturday, November 7, where the editors and agents share their evaluations with those who have submitted in advance the first 19 pages of manuscript plus a query letter and 1-page synopsis, or a non-fiction book proposal. You can register for up to two of these sessions.
  • Pitch sessions on Saturday, November 7, where you will provide a query letter to an editor or agent and discuss your project. You can register for up to two of these sessions.
  • Query letter critique on Friday, November 6 with editors and/or agents other than the one(s) you're meeting with on Saturday, so you can get advice about making it "pitch perfect" for the editor(s)/agent(s) of your choice.
  • Workshop on Friday, November 6 with Conference guest speaker Bob Mayer.
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with the editors on Friday, November 6.
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with the agents on Saturday, November 7.
We also offer a Conference All-Activities Package, which includes two manuscript critiques, two pitches, and all of the other activities, with an $80 discount.

THE EDITORS & AGENTS

Emily Murdock Baker, Associate Editor, Penguin Books
Kirsten Carleton, Agent, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
Ann Collette, Agent, Rees Literary Agency
Todd Hunter, Editor, Atria Books
Annie Hwang, Agent and Digital Rights Director, Folio Literary Management
Elle Keck, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins Publishers
Elizabeth Lacks, Associate Editor, St. Martin's Press
Jennifer Letwack, Assistant Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, a Division of St. Martin's Press
Andrea Somberg, Agent, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Marlene Stringer, Founder, Stringer Literary Agency

Complete details about all of the activities are on the new Conference website: http://www.cvent.com/d/krq283

If you still have any questions after reviewing the Conference website, please contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com.


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