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"DFW Writers Conference 2010!"

DFW Writers' Workshop

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

"DFW Writers Conference 2010!"

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We're sorry, the facility is filled to capacity. But we've reserved a special early bird rate just for you for the 2011 conference. Don't let this happen again - Register now and secure your spot!



You can also click "Add to Waitlist" above to place yourself on the waiting list in case a space opens up for the 2010 conference. You will be contacted by email and given 36 hours to register if an opening becomes available.

The DFW Writers Conference 2010

Come join us for two full days of writing classes!  Learn from the best on style, social media marketing, character creation, publishing, agent pitching, and much, much more.

We have TEN world-class agents to provide one-on-one pitch sessions.  Take your writing to the next level, learn from the best, network with fellow writers, and take the next step to getting your work published.

By registering today, you are at the front of the line for a chance at an appointment with your preferred literary agent. Register now before your favorite agent is completely booked!


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The following Agent Pitches are currently FULL:

Joshua Bilmes

Lucienne Diver



In the meantime, please visit our website or become a member



Go to and check out our DFW Writers Conference preferred hotel.

Rooms are $75/night for a two-person occupancy.







  Award-Winning Romance Author

Jodi Thomas






Joshua Bilmes FULL


Lucienne Diver FULL


Diana Fox, Fox Literary Agency, New York, NY

NON-FICTION GENRES: Biographies | Memoires | Narrative Nonfiction


FICTION GENRES: Fantasy | Graphic Novels | Historical | Romance | Science Fiction | Thrillers | Young Adult (all genres)



Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates, Inc., New York, NY

NON-FICTION GENRES:  Biography | Cultural/Social Issues | Current Affairs | History | Medical | Nature/Outdoors | Public Policy | Science | Women’s Issues

FICTION GENRES:  Commercial Fiction | Historical | Literary Fiction | Mystery | Suspense | Thrillers | Women’s Fiction


Victoria Horn, Liza Dawson Associates, New York, NY

FICTION GENRES:  Literary Fiction | Romance | Women’s Fiction | Young Adult


Mary Kole, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

FICTION GENRES: Young adult | Middle Grade | Truly Exceptional Picturebooks



Paul S. Levine, Paul S. Levine Literary Agent, Venice, CA

NON-FICTION GENRES: Business | Current Affairs | Dating/Relationships | Health & Fitness | How-To | Memoirs | Pop Culture | Politics | Self-help | True Crime | Women’s Issues

FICTION GENRES:  Chick Literature | Children’s | Commercial Fiction | Erotica | Literary Fiction | Middle Grade | Mystery | Romance | Suspense Thrillers True Crime | Women’s Fiction | Young Adult



Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents, San Francisco, CA

FICTION GENRES:  Fantasy | Middle Grade | Multi-cultural | Mystery | Romance | Science Fiction | Suspense | Thrillers | Young Adult



Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary Services, Milford, CT

NON-FICTION GENRES:  Business | Cookbook | Cultural/Social Issues | Current Affairs | Dating/Relationships | Finance | Food/Lifestyles | Health & Fitness History | How-To | Juvenile | Medical | Memoirs | Narrative | Nature/Ecology | Parenting | Pets | Politics| Psychology | Religion Science | Self-help | Sports |Technology | Travel

FICTION GENRES:  Adventure | Children’s | Commercial Fiction | Horror | Middle Grade | Mystery | Suspense | Thrillers | True Crime | Women’s Fiction | Young Adult



Melissa Shultz, Jim Donovan Literary Agents, Dallas, TX

NON-FICTION GENRES: Biography | Health & Fitness | Memoirs | Parenting | Women’s Issues

FICTION GENRES: Chick Literature | Women’s Fiction






No refunds are available.  If you provide notice by February 28, 2010, your registration will transfer to the 2011 DFW Writers' Conference.  Transfers are good for one year only.  If you are unable to attend the 2011 conference, you understand that you forfeit the registration fee.


Session topics, agent pitches, vendors, meals, discussion group, contests, and general assembly are subject to change without notice. We will make every effort to publish agendas and changes as they become available. Nevertheless, by signing up for the conference, you agree to not hold the DFW Writers Conference Committee or the DFW Writers' Workshop Board liable for any inconvenience or loss. The DFW Writers Conference is a production of the DFW Writers' Workshop, a non-profit 503c volunteer organization established to assist and educate writers.





HOOK 'EM Writing Contest


Fiction and Non-Fiction Novel Manuscripts

 Agents and editors agree that to compete with today's flashier entertainment, authors must 'hook' a reader in a book's first five pages. Writers need to decide:  "How can I establish an opening that promises excitement … or romance … or adventure … and still offer a fresh, original product?" It must all happen in the first five pages, or no one will buy the book.



        The DFW Writers Conference, a production of the DFW Writers' Workshop



        $35 per entry. Must be paid prior to submitting your written material by visiting and clicking on the Hook ‘Em contest link. The sponsor donates,

        in your name, $5 of the fee to First Book (, a non-profit organization

        established to provide books to underprivileged children in this country. No entry fees will be

        refunded under any circumstance.




One Contest Winner in each genre will receive a 10-minute appointment with an agent. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive prizes is permitted. Prize consists only of items expressly specified in these Official Rules.



Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; Romance; Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; Literary; and Young Adult/Middle Grade





NOTE: Failure to comply to formatting requirements automatically disqualifies the entry




(1)    Formatted in Courier New font, 12 point (review William Shunn’s example for standard

 manuscript format at


(2)    Written in English


(3)    No less or longer than five pages with a 2-page synopsis for fiction and no less or longer

        than five pages with no longer than a 3-page proposal for non-fiction




(1)    After registering, submit the FIRST five pages of your manuscript and a two-page synopsis (for

fiction manuscripts) / the FIRST five pages and a one-page query letter (for non-fiction

manuscripts) in Rich Text Format attachment to All

submissions must be received by the end of the day, January 15, 2010 (as in "just before



(2)    Include in the subject line HOOK 'EM CONTEST and the genre in which you chose to write. 


(3)   In the body of the email, include your name, mailing address, personal email address (no work

emails), and telephone number. 



The Contest judge(s) are independent of the DFW Writers’ Workshop and Writers Conference. The

Judge or Judges select one Contest Winner in each genre based on the following criterion weighted


  • Adherence to standard manuscript format
  • Creativity
  • Use, or over use of adverbs, adjectives, poor punctuation, and/or weak verbs
  • Believability of the character(s) (for fiction genres)
  • Capturing the reader's interest
  • Overall quality of writing. In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged


THREE FINALISTS in each genre will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the DFW Writers' Conference, April 10-11, 2010 by way of email and given the time and place of the award ceremony and agent pitch session.



One Contest Winner in each genre will receive a 10-minute appointment with an agent. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive prizes is permitted.


Prize consists only of items expressly specified in these Official Rules.





The winners for each genre will be announced on the

DFW Writers’ Workshop website

within one week of the end of the conference.




ENTRANT REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, INDEMNIFICATION AND RELEASE. By entering, each entrant represents and warrants to the SPONSOR that his/her entry is (i) completely the original work of the entrant and was written solely by the entrant, (ii) not copied from any other source or previously broadcast or otherwise distributed or disseminated in any media or format, (iii) not in the public domain, and (iv) not in violation of or conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity. Entrant agrees to defend and indemnify SPONSOR for any breach of the above representations. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to indemnify, defend, release, discharge and hold harmless SPONSOR and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, promotional partners and agents, and all others associated with the development and execution of this Contest, and the officers, directors and employees of each of the foregoing, from any and all claims and liabilities arising from or in connection with participation in this Contest, including without limitation (a) claims for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from participation in this Contest or acceptance or use of any prize and (b) claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright and/or trademark infringement relating to the submission or exploitation of the entrant's concept.


GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants permission to the SPONSOR to use his/her name, photograph, likeness, voice, and/or biographical information for SPONSOR’S programming, publication, publicity, advertising and all other promotional purposes without compensation, review or approval unless prohibited by law. The SPONSOR reserves the right to terminate, modify or suspend this Contest due to any of an act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; the recapture of any time period scheduled for the live broadcast of a program for an event of national importance or emergency; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel







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When & Where

Grapevine Convention Center
1209 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

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DFW Writers' Workshop

The DFW Writers' Workshop is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting literacy and helping writers improve their craft. It meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Euless for read-and-critique sessions and members of the public are welcome to visit. For more information, please visit

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