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Canceled – MWA Annual Conference 2020

March 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

From Brain to Bookshelf 2020


Publishing Expert Jane Friedman

On Saturday Jane will present Today’s Key Book Publishing Paths: What’s New, What’s Old, and What’s Right for You? Over the last decade, the publishing industry has undergone tremendous evolution due to the growth of online retail and digital books, as well as the power of any author to publish and distribute their work at the click of a button. Jane discusses everything you need to know about how book publishing operates today, in plain English, to help you understand the pros and cons of every major publishing path available.

On Sunday Jane will present The Art & Business of Author Platform. Most working writers have at least one thing in common: they seek to grow the readership for their work. But what leads to readership growth? And what can you do, especially without a publisher’s help (or a large bankroll), to encourage that growth? Sometimes this is called “platform development.” Platform building requires consistent, ongoing effort over the course of a career; the work is never really done , and your strategy will evolve over time . We’ll discuss how to develop an approach and philosophy that fits your personality and the unique qualities of your work.

About Jane Friedman
Jane has worked in the publishing industry for more than 20 years. She’s the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, a Great Courses professor, and an author with the University of Chicago Press. Since 2001, Jane has spoken at hundreds of events worldwide, including BookExpo, SXSW, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and numerous creative writing programs. She has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund in San Francisco. Her blog on the business of publishing enjoys 150,000 unique visitors every month.


Fifteen workshops will be offered each day on various aspects of writing and publishing, in addition to Jane Friedman’s sessions and industry panels.


Agents will be on site both Saturday and Sunday to hear your book pitches, provide critiques, and participate in industry panels.

Check out Brain to Bookshelf 2019 for an idea of what’s in store.

More Conference Details Coming Soon.


Early Bird Rates available now
Save $25 or more if you buy your tickets by December 31.

For the best rates – and a free agent pitch session – join MWA first.
Click here to join MWA.

MWA Members:
  • Early Bird One Day Only (choose Saturday or Sunday): $160.00 (includes one free agent pitch)
  • Early Bird Both Days (Saturday and Sunday): $260.00 (includes one free agent pitch)
  • Early Bird One Day Only (choose Saturday or Sunday): $195.00
  • Early Bird Both Days (Saturday and Sunday): $295.00
Agent Pitches and Critiques:
(registration coming soon)
  • Manuscript Pitch: $20 (first pitch is free for members)
  • Manuscript Critique: $60

Payment Options

  • Credit Card (immediate registration)
  • Check (registration complete upon processing, up to 4 weeks) – Select “Bypass Payment” on payment information page.
  • Paypal (registration complete upon processing, up to 1 week after payment) – Select “Bypass Payment” on payment information page.

Refund Policy

Full refund through December 31, 2019.
50% refund from January 1 through February 29, 2020.
No refunds after February 29, 2020.

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March 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am
March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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College Park Marriott Hotel Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd East
Hyattsville, MD 20783 United States
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Maryland Writers’ Association