The annual ANWA Writers Conference is for writers of all levels, from beginners to best-selling authors. 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. Our theme this year is simple, and for you: "Come. Write. Polish. Publish. Return.” We hope to see you there again and again!

2018 Conference Features

Learn about The ANWA Writers Conference and the extra events we offer! Don't miss our 2018 Faculty, Class Schedule, Thursday Workshop, Pitch Sessions, Bookstore, BOB Contest, All-Star Lunch, and Gala!

2018 Conference Registration

REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 12TH AT 9AM MST (ARIZONA) Learn the basics and then REGISTER HERE.

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2018 ANWA Conference Headliners

Martine Leavitt - Keynote

Leavitt has published ten novels for young adults, most recently Calvin, which won the Governor General's Literary Award of Canada. My Book of Life by Angel was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year. Other titles by Leavitt include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. She is a member of the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Leavitt was born in 1953 in Canada.She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, first class honours, from the University of Calgary and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College. She has seven children and lives with her husband in Alberta, Canada.

Adam Berg - MC

Writer, actor, and comedian known as one of the minds behind the incredibly popular BYUtv sketch comedy series Studio C. A featured star since the series' infancy, he officially joined the cast in its fifth season. While earning his bachelor's in communications at Brigham Young University, he joined the legendary comedy troupe Divine Comedy, which created Studio C. He has become incredibly popular on social media, earning more than 50,000 fans on his Instagram account alone.He has a twin sister.

2018 ANWA Conference Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix/Gilbert (ARIZONA)

1800 South SanTan Village Parkway
Gilbert, Arizona, 85295, USA

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Interested in Presenting at our 2019 Conference?

Hold that thought! Our Conference Presenter Proposals are closed for 2018. Please try again next year. If you are interested in joining our team and would like to submit a proposal to teach a class, please check back and you will be able to click here to fill out our online submission form.

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