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  • December 20, 2017

Get ready for the 2018 Washington Writers Conference












There will be agents to hear your pitch and headline panelists to enlighten and entertain you during the Independent’s 6th Annual Washington Writers Conference (formerly Books Alive!) on May 4-5, 2018, at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, MD.

We begin Friday evening, May 4th, with a meet-and-greet-and-eat reception (cash bar), followed by a “How to Pitch to Agents” panel to help you succeed during Saturday’s pitch sessions. Several past attendees have signed with agents and/or landed book deals after pitching at our conference! And one agent alone obtained five book contracts for his new clients!

On Saturday, May 5th, after plenaries focusing on craft, our luncheon keynoter will be Bob Schieffer, veteran broadcast journalist, former CBS News anchor and “Face the Nation” moderator, and author, most recently, of Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News. Preceding Bob, National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, a radio producer and creator of the WAMU Books radio show.

Other Saturday panels include sessions on climate change (from a writer’s perspective), “Political Books in the Age of Trump,” and how to get published. As always, you can count on enjoying the fellowship and networking with other established and aspiring authors. The energy and enthusiasm are infectious!  

Click HERE to register now while early-bird rates apply! Oh, yeah. We’ll be raffling off $50 Amazon gift cards to registrants in January, February, and March, too. The earlier you sign up, the better your odds of winning! Plus, new this year: Register by January 31st and be guaranteed a fourth agent-pitch session!

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