About ANWA's Conference

The ANWA Writers Conference is for writers of all levels, from beginner to best-selling author. Whether you write for fun, personal use, or publication, this conference has something for you. The ANWA Writers Conference offers world-class workshops and writing classes by professionals in the industry, pitch sessions with national and local agents/editors, networking opportunities, inspiration, and fun with like-minded people.

Conference Faculty

The ANWA Writers Conference offers world-class workshops and writing classes by professionals in the industry.

Thursday Workshop

Thursday is workshop day at ANWA Writers Conference. Join us for an extra day of intensive craft instruction, including our first-pages critique groups, a special presentation by our guest speaker, Regina Sirois, and two evening breakout options, all for merely an additional $35. The workshop begins at 1:00PM and runs until 8:00PM with a break for dinner (4:00PM to 6:00PM.) Space is limited.

Register for the Thursday Workshop on your conference registration form.

BOB Contest

Every year, ANWA hosts a Beginning of Book (BOB) Contest for all ANWA Conference attendees, published or unpublished. Participants enter the first 500 words of a manuscript. All entries must be original and not previously accepted for publication or production at the time of submission.

Registration for the BOB Contest is a separate event and NOT included on the conference registration form.

All-Star Lunch

The first TWENTY-TWO attendees to register AND pay for all three days of conference will earn a spot at a ALL-STAR LUNCH VIP TABLE with our agents, editors and/or keynote speaker on Friday. A seat at the All Star Lunch will give attendees a chance to meet and network with our VIPs in a more intimate and relaxed setting.

Those who earn a VIP seat at lunch will be notified before the conference begins.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback began in 1999, sending its first shipments of books to U.S. soldiers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They have since shipped 2.2 million books to over 30 locations overseas.

In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans’ hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points. In 2012, they also added a new program that offers a free shipment of books to any military family.

Over the years, Operation Paperback has earned commendations from the President of the United States, the governor of Maryland, the mayor of Baltimore, and the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. They have also been featured on television and in print media. While all the praise and attention is valued and appreciated, the words that mean the most are those that come directly from the soldiers and families they serve.

The organization has several ongoing special projects, but the project ANWA wishes to support is supplying children's books to deployed soldiers who read to their children via webcam or on DVDs.

As an ANWA Writers Conference community, please join us in supporting our military families by donating gently used or new children’s books. Books or monetary donations may be dropped off at the 2018 ANWA Writers Conference Bookstore. For those unable to make the conference, donations may be mailed to:

ANWA President-Elect, Rebecca Irvine, 1840 N. Oracle, Mesa, AZ 85203.

Operation Paperback is a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization.


ANWA offers FOUR class sessions during each time slot to give you even more choices.

Small Group Intensive Classes
ANWA offers FOUR small group intensive classes which are taught by our 2018 agents and editors, providing a unique opportunity to learn directly from those playing a day-to-day role in the publishing industry. Each intensive is limited to 20 registrants and costs an additional $5 each. We are also offering TWO classes taught by our keynote speaker, Martine Leavitt, free of charge, but due to class size, preregistration is required. All intensives are first come, first serve.

Pitch Sessions

Are you sick of sending query letters and waiting, waiting, waiting for a response?

Well, here’s your solution: Our agents and editors are offering a mixture of pitch sessions for $20, on-the-spot query critiques for $25, and manuscript consultations for $50. Reserve a face-to-face at the Conference and get immediate feedback. You might even get a request for your manuscript!

Register for a pitch session on your conference registration form.


All conference faculty and current ANWA members who are registered for the conference are able to sell books in the ANWA Writers Conference bookstore. Please sign up for the bookstore on your conference registration form.


ANWA presents the Annual Conference Gala, Friday Night from 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Come dressed as your favorite classic literary character. Costumes are Encouraged!

Games, prizes, and chocolate are included in this evening of FUN.

You are welcome to bring a spouse or friend. The charge for non-conference attendees will be $10 at the door.

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