Books Alive! 2014

Washington Writers Conference: Books Alive! 2014


About the Washington Independent Review of Books Annual Conference

The Independent’s Washington Writers Conference connects agents and authors while learning from published writers, agents, and publishers. Breakout sessions on publishing, agenting, fiction and non-fiction run concurrently with the day-long agent pitches.


Testimonial from a past attendee:

Within a year of my attending the 2013 Washington Independent Review of Books Symposium, my book is on track for publication. Without the insights I gained in the interviews with book agents, the panel presentations, and the symposium networking,  I would not have found such a reputable publisher and recognition for my work.

- Alison F.

Click here to register for Books Alive! 2014.

Click here to read the list of literary agents that will be in attendance.

Click here to go the conference schedule page.

Click here to view bios of each conference speaker.




You, authors Chris Matthews, Laura Lippman, Evan Thomas, Phyllis Naylor, Susan Shreve, Phyllis Richman, Joan Nathan, Michele Singletary, David Maraniss and more than a dozen of the writing world’s leading agents waiting to hear your pitch.



Cutting-edge panelists discuss the latest in self-publishing, children’s books, fiction, how to connect with agents during a pitch, and much more.



March 29, 2014

8 AM: Registration 

9-5:15 PM: Conference (Lunch Included)



Bethesda Marriott at Pooks Hill 

5151 Pooks Hill Rd., 

Bethesda, MD 20814




Pitch your mystery/history/novel/children’s book idea, learn tools for better writing, tips for better marketing, and the insiders scoop on self-publishing and working within the traditional publishing industry.



From March 1-28, the registration rate is $220; the day of the conference walk-in rate is $240. Don’t wait until March 29th! Save money and secure a seat at the panels and your choice of up to three author-agent sessions.

Special offer for early registrants: Register before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and you will be entered to win a free substantive edit of the first 20 pages of your manuscript/short story/book proposal by a Washington Independent editor.

Full-time students can get a discounted registration rate of $125 by providing proof of full-time status.

This conference fee includes your opportunity to pitch your idea or manuscript directly to professional agents. We’ll work to match your project with the most appropriate agent(s). Morning coffee, a box lunch, and parking are also included.


Click here to register for the Books Alive! 2014, the Washington Writers Conference


You can also pay by sending a check to:

Books Alive! 2014
1404 29th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Be sure to include your contact info with your payment.

Refund policy: A refund of either $150 or complete credit toward next year’s conference will be honored if the refund request is received in writing three weeks before the conference is held.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at [email protected].