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    29th Flathead River Writers Conference



  • The Flathead River Writers Conference is an exclusive conference in its 29th year. For well over two decades, the conference has played host to high-profile authors, editors, agents, publishers, and other literary figures... and 2019 will not be an exception!


    Taking place September 14th and 15th at the beautiful Flathead Valley Community College campus in Kalispell, Montana, the conference is jam-packed with sessions no writer, aspiring or published, will want to miss.


    The Flathead River Writers Conference is sponsored by Authors of the Flathead. As a non-profit organization, Authors of the Flathead is able to offer unprecedented value. The conference offers two days of lectures and workshops at a low price. Best of all, the conference offers a very intimate, almost one-on-one feel, as it is limited to 100 attendees. Learn more about the conference.

  • First Impressions

    Attendees who are not meeting with either the agent or editor may submit ten copies of the first page only of their manuscript for review by the First Impressions Panel. Pages are to be double-spaced with one inch margins without author name. As many anonymous submissions as time allows are randomly selected and presented for verbal critique by the experts before the entire group at the end of the day on Sunday.


    If you'd like a chance to part of the 1st first impressions critique, bring copies of the first page of your manuscript to the conference and submit them when you check-in.

  • Note: The lists for submissions to Agent Bob Mecoy and Editor Ben Loehnen are now full. Further submissions will be placed on a waiting list.


    Register by mail.

    Print out the form, fill it out and send it in with a check.

  • Register Online

    FULL Conference Registration
    Get access to all sessions across Saturday and Sunday as well as the opportunity to have your work evaluated by editor Ben Loehnen or agent Bob Mecoy*!

    *Limited to the first 12 paid two-day registrations in the order sent. Up to 10 pages and a two-page synopsis, all double spaces, are required to be sent to us electronically by September 1, 2019. We will contact you with further details. If interested, be sure to select this option when registering!
    Coming soon
    Conference Registration: Saturday Only
    Attend Saturday’s session of the 29th Flathead River Writer’s Conference, featuring:

    - “The Writing Profession: Dueling Author Perspectives” by Jeff Giles and Haven Kimmel
    - “How Editors Think - and What They’re Searching For” by Ben Loehen
    - “The Agent Universe: Acquisition, Contracts, Rights & Royalties” by Bob Mecoy
    - Much more!
    Coming soon
    Conference Registration: Sunday Only
    Attend Sunday’s session of the 29th Flathead River Writer’s Conference, featuring:

    - “What Makes Bestsellers Sell: A Deep Dive into Recent Blockbusters” panel
    - “Promotion: The Secret Weapon is You” by Sue Purvis
    - “Build Blocks of Great Books” - by Bob Mayer
    - Much more!
    Coming soon
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