ANWA Conference

2023 ANWA Writers Conference


Open to the public. September 21-23, 2023 at the Mesa Doubletree Hotel.

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Conference 2023 Keynote

Sara B. Larson


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Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

Thursday Workshop

Join us for a BONUS DAY at conference! This is a chance for you to take a dive deep into your manuscript with a mentor (conference faculty) and other writers. You’ll be placed into critique groups, and you will all submit pages ahead of time to read and write down feedback. On the day of the workshop, you’ll discuss everyone’s pages and give and receive helpful feedback.

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.

  • Conference In-Person Only Option: $219
  • Conference Online Option: $89
  • Conference Hybrid Option: $259
  • Thursday In-person Workshop: $35
  • Pitches: $20
  • Query Consult: $25
  • Manuscript Consult: $55
  • Back Cover Critique: $25
  • Intensives: $15
  • B.O.B Contest Entry: $15

ANWA Members will receive a code for $20 discount via the newsletter.


Registration will open on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 8am Arizona time.

In-person closes Thursday, September 1, 2023.


No conference registration cancellation refunds will be given after Thursday, August 21, 2023.

Conference Faculty

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


ANWA presents the Annual Conference Gala Friday night from 7:30 p.m. Theme: The Anti-Hero Ball – Not all That Glitters is Gold

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



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