Coming June 2016


"The WLT Agents & Editors Conference was an invaluable experience for me. I found my agent, and I launched my publishing career. Huge."
- Jacqueline Kelly, author The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,
2010 Newbery Honor book

 "I’ve been to other conferences that were long on warm fuzzies and short on particulars. WLT was strong on both optimism and real life practical advice." - Tracy Schorn, 2014 Attendee


Our 2016 event is still in its planning stages, but click HERE to view the 2015 Conference Schedule for a glimpse of the sorts of panel and presentation topics we offer.

We're finalizing logistics for the 2016 conference (including dates and venue). Check back here for details when available, or get updates through our e-newsletter, Footnotes. Click the "Newsletter" tab at the top of the page to subscribe.


"Time and again, when asked to capture in a few words this conference's varied and vibrant slate of offerings, to sum the whole thing up neatly and succinctly, I find myself coming back to three simple words: Craft. Business. Community."

-- Becka Oliver, Executive Director, Writers' League of Texas

Now in its 23rd year, the Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference is one of the nation's premier conferences for writers, an invaluable opportunity for attendees to discover new tools to strengthen their writing (craft), gain insight and perspective on the ever-changing publishing landscape while connecting with some of the industry's top players (business), and meet and network with fellow writers (community).

The Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference is for writers at every stage of their career. Beginners can learn about the sometimes mystifying publishing industry and prepare themselves for the journey ahead. Those with completed manuscripts can pitch to industry professionals and gain knowledge about self-promotion and marketing. Published writers can deepen their understanding of market trends and network with other rising stars in the world of writing.

What's more, the weekend's worth of programming -- complete with panels, presentations, cocktail receptions, meals, and more -- takes place just steps away from the shore of beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas -- a city like no other. 

Where else can a writer network with industry professionals, learn about publishing tips and trends, and improve one's craft, all within walking distance of a world-class arts and music district and the largest urban bat colony in North America (there are about 1.5 million bats during peak season)?

And did we mention the food (BBQ, breakfast tacos, migas -- Oh my!)?
The live music? The beautiful lake? 

Not only can the Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference boast more than 20 years' worth of success stories, it also has the advantage of being set in one of the most beautiful, artistic, and fun-loving locations in the world. If you haven't been to Austin yet, this is the perfect excuse for a long overdue visit.


Check back regularly for updates!

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to