2023 Washington Writers Conference Schedule


Salon A/B/C (upstairs)

White Flint Amphitheatre

Brookside B

Brookside A

Friday, 5/12

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.

6:30-7:30 p.m.

How to Pitch an Agent

Laura Hazan (M)

Sam Hiyate

Katharine Sands ?

Max Sinsheimer




7:30-8:30 p.m.





Saturday, 5/13

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

8:30-8:50 a.m.

Welcome & Housekeeping

Jenny Yacovissi, WIRoB President

Jud Ashman, GBF

Laura Hazan, Conference Chair




9:00-9:50 a.m.

Debut Authors: The Publishing Journey

Eliza Nellums (M)

Anjili Babbar

Charlene Thomas

Martha Anne Toll

Voices Across Genres

Tara Campbell (M)

Leeya Mehta

Bethanne Patrick

Diana Parsell

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Workshop: The Agent Search

Laura Scalzo


Agents by Appointment

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Nonfiction: Politics and History

Elliot Ackerman

Peter Baker

Eugene L. Meyer

Evan Thomas


Thrillers & Horrors & Crime: Oh, My!

Anjili Babbar (M)

E.A. Aymar

S.A. Cosby

Alma Katsu

Workshop: How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer

Elizabeth Chang

Nevin Martell

11:00-11:50 a.m.

An Agent, An Editor, A Publisher: Publishing’s Holy Trinity

Chloe Miller (M)

Evelyn Duffy

Monica Prince


Historical Fiction: In Living Memory

Louis Bayard

Cheryl A. Head

Anthony Marra

Mary Kay Zuravleff

What’s New in Midgrade/YA

Meg Eden Kuyatt (M)

Sathya Achia

Ann Fraistat

Lillie Lainoff

12:00-1:45 p.m.

12:00 Lunch

12:20-12:45 Lifetime Achievement Award presented to David O. Stewart by Kitty Kelley

12:45-1:45 Keynote: Dolen Perkins-Valdez in conversation with Bethanne Patrick

2:00-2:50 p.m.

Small But Scrappy: Independent Small Presses

Caroline Bock (M)

Annie Marhefka

Monica Prince

Michael B. Tager

Muzzled Expression: The Alarming Rise in Book Bans

Sarah Trembath (M)

Nadine Farid Johnson

David Payne


Workshop: Different Editors, Different Needs: Demystifying the Editing Process

Ally Michate

Katherine Pickett


Agents by Appointment

3:00-3:50 p.m.

Building Your Writing Community

Tara Campbell (M)

Myna Chang

Amy Freeman

Melanie S. Hatter

From Page to Screen

Louis Bayard

S.A. Cosby

Angie Kim


Workshop: Are You Publicist-Ready?

Cherrie Woods

4:00-4:50 p.m.





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