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 (Moderator)

Jennifer Chen Tran

Sam Hiyate

Katharine Sands

Max Sinsheimer




7:30-9:00 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 (Moderator)

Anjili Babbar

Charlene Thomas

Martha Anne Toll

Voices Across Genres

Tara Campbell (Moderator)

Leeya Mehta

Bethanne Patrick

Diana Parsell

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Workshop: The Agent Search

Laura Scalzo

Haley Heidemann


Agents by Appointment

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Politics and History: Even Nonfiction Needs a “Story”

Gene Meyer (Moderator)

Elliot Ackerman

David O. Stewart

Evan Thomas

Thrillers & Horrors & Crime, Oh, My!

Anjili Babbar (Moderator)

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 (Moderator)

Andrea Blatt

Evelyn Duffy

Katharine Sands

Michael B. Tager


Historical Fiction: In Living Memory

Mary Kay Zuravleff (Moderator)

Louis Bayard

Cheryl A. Head

Anthony Marra


What’s New in Midgrade/YA

Meg Eden Kuyatt (Moderator)

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 Jenny Yacovissi

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 (Moderator)

Annie Marhefka

Michael B. Tager

Muzzled Expression: The Alarming Rise in Book Bans

Sarah Trembath (Moderator)

Cheryl A. Head

Nadine Farid Johnson

David Payne

Workshop: Which Editor Do You Need?

Ally Michate

Katherine Pickett


Agents by Appointment

3:00-3:50 p.m.

Building Your Writing Community

Tara Campbell (Moderator)

Myna Chang

Amy Freeman

Melanie S. Hatter

From Page to Screen: Is It as Sexy as We All Dream It Is?

Louis Bayard

S.A. Cosby

Angie Kim

Workshop: Are You Publicist-Ready?

Cherrie Woods

4:00-4:50 p.m.

Happy Hour & Book Signings




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