ANWA Conference

2021 ANWA Writers Conference

Open to the public. September 9-11, 2021 at the Mesa Doubletree Hotel.

Bob Contest
Pitch Sessions
ANWA Writing conference sponsors
Class Schedule

Conference Keynote

Amy Harmon


Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in seventeen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written sixteen novels – the Washington Post bestseller What the Wind Knows, the USA Today bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, The Smallest Part, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, Where the Lost Wander, The First Girl Child, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times bestseller, A Different Blue. Her new novel, The Songbook of Benny Lament, a historical romance,  released  by Lake Union Publishing is now available.

Thursday Workshop

Join us for an extra day at conference, featuring first-page critique groups, a presentation by our guest speakers Ben Schilaty and Charlie Bird, and evening breakout options.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback began in 1999, sending its first shipments of books to U.S. soldiers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They have since shipped 2.2 million books to over 30 locations overseas.


ANWA offers a variety of events each year. Search below to learn more.

  • In-person + Online: $239
  • In-person Only: $199
  • Online Only: $99
  • Thursday In-person Workshop: $35
  • Pitches: $20
  • Query Consult: $25
  • Manuscript Consult: $50
  • Intensives: $5
  • B.O.B Contest Entry: $10

ANWA Members will receive a code for $20 discount (Does not apply to online-only registration).


Registration will open on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8am Arizona time.

In-person closes Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Online closes Saturday, September 18, 2021.


No conference registration cancellation refunds will be given after Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Conference Faculty

The ANWA Writers Conference offers outstanding workshops and writing classes by professionals in the industry


“Brighter &  Brighter!” ANWA presents the Annual Conference Gala Friday night from 8:30-10 p.m. Theme: “Glow.”

Come enjoy an evening of casual fun while rubbing shoulders with other authors and our special guests.