The 2019 Atlanta Writers Conference, sponsored by the Atlanta Writers Club, was held from May 3 to May 4 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. The conference featured publishing panels, pitch sessions, manuscript and query letter critiques, and a workshop on author branding for fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and graphic novelists. Participating publishing professionals included editors Rebecca Brewer (Ace/Berkley Publishing Group), Stephanie Guerdan (HarperCollins), Jennifer Gunnels (Tor Books), Emily Hartley (Ballantine Books), Chelcee Johns (37 INK), Danielle Marshall (Lake Union Publishing/Amazon Publishing), Grace Menary-Winefield (Sourcebooks), and Kristine Swartz (Berkley Publishing Group); and agents Caroline George (Cyle Young Literary Elite), Natalie Grazian (Martin Literary & Media Management), Julie Gwinn (Seymour Agency), Sharon Pelletier (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret), Michelle Richter (Fuse Literary), Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein (McIntosh & Otis), Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), and Léonicka Valcius (Transatlantic Agency). The cost of a single session ranged from $50 to $170, depending on the activity; the cost of the full conference, which included two manuscript critiques, one query letter critique, two pitch sessions, and the author branding workshop, was $620. For nonmembers of the Atlanta Writers Club, an additional $50 membership fee was also required. Lodging was available at the conference hotel for a discounted rate of $119 per night until April 11. The deadline to register for a manuscript critique was April 3. Space was limited; registration was first come, first served. The general registration deadline was May 2. Visit the website for more information.
Atlanta Writers Conference, 1285 Willeo Creek Drive, Roswell, GA 30075. George Weinstein, Conference Director.