About ANWA's Conference

The ANWA Writers Conference is for writers of all levels, from beginner to best-selling author. Whether you write for fun, personal use, or publication, this conference has something for you. The ANWA Writers Conference offers world-class workshops and writing classes by professionals in the industry, pitch sessions with national and local agents/editors, networking opportunities, inspiration, and fun with like-minded people.

Conference Faculty

The ANWA Writers Conference offers outstanding workshops and writing classes by professionals in the industry.

Thursday Workshop

Thursday is workshop day at ANWA Writers Conference. Join us for an extra day of hands-on manuscript work, featuring our first-pages critique groups, a special presentation by our guest speaker, Melanie Jacobson, and two evening breakout options. Plus, dinner will be included for the first time so you don't even have to leave! The workshop begins at 1:00 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m., with a fun "After Hours" surprise. All for a mere $48! Space is limited.

Register for the Thursday Workshop on your conference registration form.
Melanie Jacobson has published eight contemporary romances with Covenant, and contributed novellas to several other joint projects. Her YA work is represented by Alyssa Henkin of Trident. Melanie holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and she is a multiple Whitney Award finalist. She could also probably hold a second masters in shoe collection.

BOB Contest

Every year, ANWA hosts a Beginning of Book (BOB) Contest for all ANWA Conference attendees, published or unpublished. Participants enter the first 500 words of a manuscript. All entries must be original and not previously accepted for publication or production at the time of submission.

Registration for the BOB Contest is a separate event and NOT included on the conference registration form.

All-Star Lunch

All attendees who register by midnight (AZ time) on MAY 18th AND pay for all THREE days of conference will be entered into a raffle for the TWENTY-TWO seats at our ALL-STAR VIP LUNCH on Friday with our agents, editors, keynote, and Thursday speaker! A seat at the All Star Lunch will give attendees a chance to meet and network with our VIPs in a more intimate and relaxed setting.

Those who win a VIP seat at lunch will be notified before the conference begins.


ANWA offers FOUR class sessions during each time slot to provide plenty of choices. This year we've arranged for even more opportunities for our first-rate presenters to share their knowledge and experience by offering an additional class block!

Small Group Intensive Classes
ANWA offers TWO 2-hour intensive classes which are taught by our agents and editors, providing a unique opportunity to learn directly from those playing a day-to-day role in the publishing industry. Our intensive held in the Legado room is limited to 34 attendees; our intensive in the combined Flagstaff/Gilbert room will be not be limited--the more the merrier. The cost for an intensive is $5. You can register for an intensive on your conference registration form. All other classes taught by our agents, editors, Keynote, Mary Weber, and other special guests will be free of charge. All intensives are first come, first serve.

Pitch Sessions

Are you sick of sending query letters and waiting, waiting, waiting for a response?

Well, here’s your solution: Our agents and editors are offering a mixture of pitch sessions for $20, on-the-spot query critiques for $25, and manuscript consultations for $50. Reserve a face-to-face at the Conference and get immediate feedback. You might even get a request for your manuscript!

New for 2019! Register for a pitch/critique/consult session on our new Pitch/Critique/Consult registration form.


All conference faculty and current ANWA members who are registered for the conference are eligible to sell their books at the bookstore. If there are spots remaining, other conference attendees will be given an opportunity to participate.

New for 2019! You can sign up for the bookstore on our new Bookstore registration form.

Also new for 2019! Authors selling their books in the ANWA Conference Bookstore will have the opportunity to buy a $3 listing in the Bookstore section of the ANWA Conference App, and conference attendees will be able to preview those listings from the comfort and convenience of their own phones.


"We are the Dreamers of Dreams!" ANWA presents the Annual Conference Gala Friday night from 8:30-10 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite fantasy character (costumes encouraged) and enjoy an evening of casual fun while rubbing shoulders with other authors and our special guests. Oh, and did we mention dessert?! The Gala is an attendee favorite!

You are welcome to bring a spouse or friend. The charge for non-conference attendees will be $10 at the door.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback began in 1999, sending its first shipments of books to U.S. soldiers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They have since shipped 2.2 million books to over 30 locations overseas.

In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans’ hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points. In 2012, they also added a new program that offers a free shipment of books to any military family.

Over the years, Operation Paperback has earned commendations from the President of the United States, the governor of Maryland, the mayor of Baltimore, and the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. They have also been featured on television and in print media. While all the praise and attention is valued and appreciated, the words that mean the most are those that come directly from the soldiers and families they serve.

The organization has several ongoing special projects, but the project ANWA wishes to support is supplying children's books to deployed soldiers who read to their children via webcam or on DVDs.

As an ANWA Writers Conference community, please join us in supporting our military families by donating gently used or new children’s books. Books or monetary donations may be dropped off at the 2018 ANWA Writers Conference Bookstore. For those unable to make the conference, donations may be mailed to:

ANWA Past-President, Rebecca Irvine, 1840 N. Oracle, Mesa, AZ 85203.

Operation Paperback is a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization.

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