The 18th Atlanta Writers Conference for fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, and graphic novelists was held from May 4 to May 5, 2018 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta. The conference featured publishing panels, pitch sessions, manuscript and query letter critiques, and a workshop on screenwriting for writers who want to turn their novels in screenplays. Participating publishing professionals included editors Rebecca Aronson (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins), Nicole Counts (One World/Penguin Random House), Megan Hogan (Simon & Schuster), Anna Michels (Sourcebooks), Christopher Morgan (Tor/Forge), and Anne Speyer, (Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House), and agents Linda Camacho (Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency), Sarah Landis (Sterling Lord Literistic), Sam Morgan (Foundry Media LLC), Monica Odom (Liza Dawson & Associates), Abby Saul (The Lark Group), and Brooks Sherman (Janklow & Nesbit Associates). The cost of a single session ranged from $50 to $170 depending on the activity; the cost of the discounted “All-Activities Package,” which included two manuscript critiques, one query letter critique, two pitch sessions, the screenwriting workshop, and two Q&A panels, was $620, with an optional free preparatory critique in February 2019. Lodging was available at the conference hotel for a discounted rate of $119 per night until April 7, 2018. If you were not a current member of the Atlanta Writers Club, dues of $50 were added to provide membership for 365 days. The deadline to register for a manuscript critique was April 4, 2018. Space is limited; registration was first come, first served. The general registration deadline was May 3. Visit the website for more information.
Atlanta Writers Conference, Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road, Atlanta, GA 30354. George Weinstein, Conference Director.