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This is one of the best conferences in the country for writers looking to advance their careers.
— 2019 Conference Attendee

 

Absolutely life changing. 
— 2021 Conference Attendee

The 2024 Agents & Editors Conference (June 21-23) marks our 30th conference and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome more than 400 attendees, authors, and publishing professionals to Austin once again for one of the best conference experiences available to writers.

The WLT’s Agents & Editors Conference is one of the nation’s premier conferences for writers. Every year, we bring together nationally-known literary agents and book editors and other industry professionals with writers at all stages of the writing process for a weekend of conversation and community around the craft of writing and the practical steps toward publication.

For writers with finished manuscripts, the conference’s one-on-one consultations with agents and editors offer a unique opportunity to pitch their work directly to publishing professionals.

For writers working toward a completed manuscript, the conference’s genre meet-ups, panels, presentations, and general sessions offer an abundance of useful information and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for informal chats with agents, published authors, and fellow writers from all genres and backgrounds.

Registration for the 2024 Agents & Editors Conference is open now.

2024 Agents & Editors Conference

What you need to know

The 2024 Agents & Editors Conference will take place in-person the weekend of June 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX.

For pricing and to register for the conference, click here

Registration for the 2024 Agents & Editors Conference includes the following:

  • Entry to all general and breakout sessions, Friday to Sunday
  • Entry to the virtual pre-conference Practice Makes Pitch Perfect presentation + Pitch Lab
  • Entry to the Opening Session with a top industry insider
  • Entry to the Friday and Saturday evening events
  • Entry to the Sunday Closing Luncheon (with RSVP)
  • One (1) one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor for all registrations purchased before April 1, 2024
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Coffee breaks throughout the weekend

The following will be made available for separate purchase:

  • A ticket to the Saturday Keynote Luncheon 
  • A second one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor (pending availability)

The 2024 A&E Conference program will be finalized and made available in June. You’ll find links to past programs at the bottom of this page. 

Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

On Tuesday, June 11th, join us for a virtual “Practice Makes Pitch Perfect” presentation and Pitch Lab. This virtual session will be recorded so that all conference registrants can enjoy the presentation live or after the fact.

Friday

  • Check-in: Begins at 11 a.m.
  • Genre Sessions: Join fellow writers to discuss tips, strategies, resources, and trends in your genre.
  • Exhibitor Meet & Greet: Say hello to the businesses offering services to writers. 
  • Welcome Reception: Drinks, snacks, and casual conversation with fellow writers and invited guests.

Saturday

  • Opening discussion with an industry insider from a major publishing imprint.
  • Panels, presentations, and conversations featuring nearly 100 published writers, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and other publishing professionals.
  • Luncheon with a keynote speaker, with complimentary copy of book. (Not included in the registration price. Keynote Luncheon tickets can be added to your shopping cart when you register for the conference or purchased at a later date. We expect to announce our Keynote Luncheon Speaker in March.)
  • Evening event with special guest/s.
  • All day: One-on-one consultations with agents and editors. 

Sunday

  • Panels, presentations, and conversations featuring nearly 100 published writers, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and other publishing professionals.
  • One-on-one consultations with agents and editors.
  • Closing Luncheon.

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs, Austin, Texas, USA 78704

The Hyatt Regency Austin is the 2024 conference hotel. The guest rooms offer spectacular views of Town Lake, downtown Austin, and the Hill Country.

Rooms are available at a special group rate of $209/night (single or double) plus tax. The cut-off to register at this special rate is June 1, 2024, while rooms remain available. 

A link to reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency will be available in February.

The 2024 A&E Conference will include literary agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies.

Our featured agents include:

Sarah Bowlin with Aevitas Creative Management

Natalie Edwards with Trellis Literary Management

Cherise Fisher with Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.

Robert Guinsler with Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

Stefanie Lieberman with Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Caitlin Mahony with WME

Duvall Osteen with United Talent Agency

Marin Takikawa with The Friedrich Agency, LLC

Jennifer Chen Tran with Glass Literary Management

Michaela Whatnall with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

This list will be updated as we add more agents to the line-up. Full bios and additional details will be added shortly.

The 2024 A&E Conference will include book editors from a notable list of reputable publishing houses.

Our featured editors will be added here in early 2024.

The 2024 A&E Conference will include presentations by notable authors and industry professionals.

Our featured panelists & presenters will be added here when the program is finalized.

Join us for the Saturday Keynote Luncheon to mingle with fellow conference participants, enjoy a 3-course meal, and hear from a notable author.

This is a separate ticketed event (NOT included in the conference registration) and seating is limited. All luncheon attendees receive a complimentary copy of the speaker’s book.

Our 2024 Keynote Luncheon speaker will be announced in March 2024 and tickets will be made available at that time. 

Note: Keynote Luncheon tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferrable.

To view all current policies and protocols for the 2024 A&E Conference, click here

The 2024 A&E Conference policies and protocols will be updated as needed and all conference attendees will be required to acknowledge all policies and protocols before the start of the event. 

Refund Policy

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee. This refund policy applies to all full price registrations, not deposits. 

Through March 15, 2024: 100% refund available, minus the cancellation fee.

March 16 – April 30, 2024: 50% refund available for registration, minus the cancellation fee. There are no refunds for purchased consultations.  

After April 30, 2024: No refunds will be made (no exceptions), but registrants can transfer their registration to another person as long as advance notice is given to the Writers’ League of Texas. Registrants can only transfer their registration to this year’s conference to another person, not defer their registration to another year. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the WLT at 512-499-8914 or email wlt@writersleague.org. 

Programs from Past A&E Conferences