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2020 WLT UnConference

6/26/2020 to 6/28/2020

Join Us for the First Annual WLT UnConference Writers & UnWriters Weekend UnExtravaganza


Registration for the 2020 UnConference is now closed. We will be livestreaming several programs throughout the weekend, so please tune in to our YouTube page & subscribe! You will be notified when we begin our livestreams. 


Here is the list of events being livestreamed - be sure to tune in!

Saturday, June 27:

9:30 a.m. CDT: Morning Sessions: "Why We Write"
A conversation with authors Sarah Bird, Varian Johnson, and Joe R. Lansdale

3:00 p.m. CDT: General Session: A Reading & Conversation
Author Kiran Milwood Hargrave will read from her wonderful novel The Mercies, followed by a conversation with Becka Oliver.

4:30 p.m. CDT: General Session: "The Writer's Toolbox"
A conversation with authors Manuel Gonzales, Kathleen Kent, and Jeramey Kraatz


Sunday, June 28:

11:00 a.m. CDT: General Session: "It Wouldn't be an UnConference Without an Agent or Two"
A conversation with literary agents Jennie Dunham and Kirby Kim.

5:00 p.m. CDT: Closing Session: "Why We Write"
with authors Chen Chen, Elizabeth McCracken, and Kathy Valentine


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2020 would have marked the 27th Anniversary of the WLT's Agents & Editors Conference - an annual extravaganza that brings together 400+ writers and industry professionals every June for a weekend of networking, panels, and presentations focused on the traditional publishing process. All of it held indoors at a lovely venue in Austin, TX. All of it not very conducive to social distancing. All of it too up close and personal for a pandemic. The event was in the planning stages for months before we decided to cancel it out of health and safety concerns and the belief that we couldn't guarantee it wouldn't do more harm than good. 

That was then... this is now.

Now we are itching to gather as many writers together, virtually, as we can. Now we want to focus on the writerly stuff that we have a feeling you'd love to focus on, too (especially because it involves socializing with people we don't live with). Now we want to play games & host genre meetups & hear from interesting speakers & listen to writers talk about writing & probably do some yoga while we're at it.

Now we're ready to UnConference. Won't you join us?

The (Tentative) UnSchedule:

Friday, June 26:

4pm UnPitchLab w/ Becka Oliver and Lance Fitzgerald

5pm 2020 Manuscript Contest Winners & Finalists UnMixer

6pm Welcome

7:30pm WLT's Chat Box Trivia

Saturday, June 27:

8am Yoga for Writers

9:30am Morning Session w/ Special Guests ("Why We Write")

11am to 4pm Genre Meetups (These sessions will be one hour long and will take place throughout the day. Writers are welcome to participate in more than one session.)

12pm Lunchtime Session

4:30pm Afternoon Session w/ Special Guests ("The Writer's Toolbox")

7:00pm Movie Night UnWind

Sunday, June 28:

9am Yoga for Writers

10:30am Morning Session w/ Special Guests

12pm Lunchtime Session

1:30pm to 4:30pm Genre Meetups (These sessions will be one hour long and will take place throughout the day. Writers are welcome to participate in more than one session.)

5:00pm Closing Session ("Why We Write")


(NOTE: This schedule is in the planning stages and event times and topics are subject to change.)