Monday, February 29, 2016

Books Alive! The Washington Independent Review of Books' Annual Conference

Looking to learn more about writing, hear readings and speak with agents? Check out this upcoming local conference in Bethesda, MD, coming up this spring. Learn more about it on their homepage

For the fourth year running, the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRoB) is proud to sponsor the Washington Writers Conference. WIRoB exists to serve the literary community in the DC area, and each year the conference draws more people, strengthening our network of writers, agents, and publishers with a full day of insightful conversations and panels with successful industry professionals.

This year's line-up is highlighted by our keynote lunch speaker, Bob Woodward. Kitty Kelley is also going to receive the second WIRoB Lifetime Achievement Award. Donna Britt, Nora Pouillon, Audrey Wolf, and Paul Dickson, among many others, will be joining us, too. It's our honor to bring such successful professionals to the community and to hear from them about the current state of the publishing world.

We are also pleased to offer up our Agent Pitch sessions throughout the day on Saturday. Here, all participants have the chance to sit with three agents, for five-minute sessions, and pitch their ideas and their work. Agents know that DC is a vibrant writer's town and they are happy to sit and talk and share their expertise. Prepare yourself well, and you might even sign with an agent, as past participants have.

Lastly, don't forget that we have a lovely social scheduled Friday evening, at which several of our panelists and agents, as well as other conference participants will be gathering in relaxed camaraderie. Last year's social was a great success. This year, we're adding a "How to Pitch an Agent" panel after the social, so that those participants who intend to pitch will have the evening to incorporate any suggestions into their Saturday sessions.

The Washington Writers Conference is quickly becoming a significant event on the DC area literary calendar. Join us and find out why!

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