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This Year's Conference: July 19-21, 2013 - Registration is closed!

July 19 - 21, 2013 Conference Fees

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Registration is now closed! The registration fee covers entrance to the conference and all meal functions and on-site activities. Registrations are
final – no refunds. You may still purchase individual tickets for Friday and/or Saturday nights. You may also modify your registration to add a Mayborn book set, buy a ticket to The Sixth Floor Museum or see a literary agent.

Registration Fees

March 15 – 31
April 1 – June 30
July 1 – July 12
General Admission $275.00 $295.00 $370.00
Student Admission $230.00 $250.00 $325.00
Educator Admission $255.00 $275.00 $350.00

Writing Competition

You must register for the conference to enter. You can submit more than one entry to each contest though each will incur an entry fee.

Reported Narrative Fee


Personal Essay Fee


Book Manuscript Fee


Literary Agents Sessions

Close Encounters of
the Literary Kind



A 15 minute personal appointment with a literary agent Saturday morning or afternoon. Includes admission to the session below – Unveiling the Mystery.

Unveiling the Mystery: Writing, editing, and Publishing for the Literary Market 


This one-hour session is for attendees to learn the ins and outs of being published from four literary agents and a book editor. It is scheduled for Friday, July 19 at 4:30 p.m. 

Other Options

You may purchase any one or more of these items for yourself or guest. Please be aware that if you pay the full registration fee, your meals are included.

Friday Night, July 19 —
Southwest Soiree with Susan Orlean: Cash bar - buffet dinner.


Saturday Night, July 20 —
Literary Lights Dinner with Rick Atkinson: Cash bar - seated meal.


Book Set — Ten Spurs
and MAYBORN magazine.


The Sixth Floor Museum


Join us on a trip to the historic Sixth Floor Museum to examine the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Read about The Dallas Morning News' yearlong JFK series.