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Washington Writers Conference

2019 - 2019


Friday, May 10 (beginning at 6 p.m.), and Saturday, May 11 (all day).


NEW location! The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Steps from the White Flint Metro station.


Agents. Authors. Publishing pros. The centerpiece of our conference is one-on-one pitch sessions (six minutes apiece) with literary agents from New York, Boston, and the DC area. Sign up at the special Super-Early-Bird rate for a guaranteed four pitch sessions (versus three sessions after December 31st).

Our conference, now in its 7th year, will be bigger than ever! For the first time, the event will feature expert sessions with publishing pros, including editors and publicists, and up-close author talks, in addition to our pitch sessions. Whatever stage you’re in with your writing — just starting, in the middle, or ready with a manuscript — this year’s conference will offer you a chance to move forward.

Pitch sessions, expert sessions, author talks, and a luncheon, plus panels on how to query, how to pitch, and more publishing pros’ insights, are just some of the highlights. Past speakers have included Bob Woodward, Bob Schieffer, Kitty Kelley, Judith Viorst, Alice McDermott, Ron Charles, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Susan Coll, and E.J. Dionne.

Set your writing goals for the school year and sign up now for the 2019 Washington Writers Conference.

Register at our Super-Early-Bird rate by December 31st: $249. You’ll be guaranteed four one-on-one agent pitch sessions!

If you wait…

Early-Bird rate (Jan. 1-Mar. 31): $264
Regular rate (Apr. 1st and on): $289

Don’t wait! Register today!


Do you want practical publishing advice but aren’t ready to pitch to agents or meet with experts? This year, the Washington Writers Conference is also for you! Consider the WIROB (Washington Independent Review of Books) special rate. You’ll still be able to participate in all our panels and author talks, and join us for our boxed luncheon.

So register now if you simply want to learn more about writing and publishing. Everything that the DC area’s premier writing conference has to offer is available to you (except agent/expert sessions, but we hope you’ll be back in 2020 for those!).

Super-Early-Bird WIROB rate (through Dec. 31): $239

Early-Bird WIROB rate (Jan. 1-Mar. 31): $249
WIROB rate (Apr. 1 and on): $269


Agents will be confirmed in early 2019. You’ll be notified by email of participating agents and will be able to select four to pitch to if you register now at the Super-Early-Bird rate.


Refunds of a flat $150 are available through April 10, 2019. No refunds will be given after that date.


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The Washington Writers Conference is sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books and organized by volunteers. Meet our team members here.
Want to see the scope and impact of the conference? Watch this video.
Nervous about preparing for your agent pitch sessions? Learn the basics here!
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We can’t wait to see you on May 10th and 11th at the Washington Writers Conference!

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