2022 Washington Writers Conference Schedule


White Oak A/B

Glen Echo

Linden Oak

Forest Glen

Friday, 5/13

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.; must show proof of vaccination to attend







How to Pitch an Agent

Laura Hazan (M)

Sam Hiyate

Kat Kerr

Sera Rivers




Saturday, 5/14

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; must show proof of vaccination to attend

8:30-8:50 a.m.

Welcome & Housekeeping

Jenny Yacovissi, WIROB President

Jud Ashman, GBF

Laura Hazan, Conference Chair





What Editors Are Looking For

Nicole Chung (M)

Elizabeth Chang

Jenny Sullivan

Richard Peabody

Writing Across Different Genres

Julia Tagliere (M)

Susan Muaddi Darraj

Meera Trehan

Joanne Hyppolite

Who Said Women Aren’t Funny?

Paula Whyman (M)

Carolyn Parkhurst

Sarah Schmelling

Nikki Frias

Agents by Appointment


D.C. Narratives

Susan Coll (M)

Leslie Pietrzyk

Morowa Yejidé

Kim Roberts

The Business of Writing

Salley Shannon (M)

Lisa K. Friedman

Nevin Martell

Writing Your Life: Craft Workshop with Marita Golden


Art of Profile and Biography

David O. Stewart (M)

Amy Argetsinger

A’Lelia Bundles

Ronnie Greene

Daniel DeVisé

Personal Essay/Memoir

Randon Billings Noble (M)

Nicole Chung

Nevin Martell

Taylor Harris

Rule Breaker or Rank Amateur? Grammar Matters Craft Workshop with Ed Perlman


12:00 Lunch

12:20 – 12:45 Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Marita Golden, presented by Melanie Hatter

12:45 – 1:45 Keynote Panel with Susan Glasser and Peter Baker, moderated by Carlos Lozada



Fictionalizing History

Tamar Abrams (M)

Victoria Kelly

Karin Tanabe

Louis Bayard

The Great Unknown: Poetry

Emily Holland (M)

Rose Solari

Donald Cohen

Teri Ellen Cross Davis

A Writer’s Life: A Primer

Melissa Scholes Young (M)

Donna Hemans

Susan Muaddi Darraj

Leslie Pietrzyk

Agents by Appointment


The State of the Short Story

Tara Campbell (M)

Vonetta Young

Chris Gonzalez

Richard Peabody

To Agent or Not to Agent?

Tim Wendel (M)

Rose Solari

Tyrese Coleman

Ariel Mendez


What Is This? Story/Novel, Article/Book

Cathy Alter (M)

Amy Argetsinger

Libby Copeland

Randon Billings Noble

Paula Whyman


Debut Writers

Michelle Brafman (M)

Taylor Harris

Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

Brendan Slocumb


Out in the Open: LGBTQ Writing Across Genres

Emily Holland (M)

Chris Gonzalez

James Magruder

dave ring

Mariah Barber

Where Can I Find This? Research Panel

Libby Copeland (M)

Amy Argetsinger

Lydia Fraser

Joanne Hyppolite