Joint Writing Conference

MOVING UP THE LADDER:
From Writer to Author


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED:
We have reached capacity for the Awards Banquet and have shut down registration for the conference. Depending on cancellations, there may still be seats available. Please call the SWW office for an update: 505-830-6034. There will be no on-site registration.


SouthWest Writers (SWW) and the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) are co-hosting a joint writing conference in Albuquerque from Thursday, September 12 through Saturday, September 14, 2019. Read the conference overview here.

Visit these conference pages:
Agenda
Location & Hotel Information
Presenters

Contest Information:
Finalists have been chosen for the Prose & Poetry Contest—go to this page for the list. For finalists in the Annual MWSA Book Contest click here. Specific first-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced at the conference awards banquet on Saturday night, September 14.

Conference Cost

Conference Location

Note: Conference rooms are going fast, so book your room as soon as possible. As of August 1, the conference rate still applies except for September 14 (Saturday, banquet night). Rooms are available for Saturday but not at the conference rate. As the hotel reaches the saturation point for each night, the special rate will disappear. Please read Jim Tritten’s Hotel Information Update for a full explanation and options for staying in a venue other than the conference hotel.

The Hotel Albuquerque is hosting the Joint Writing Conference. Click here for the Google Map. All events will take place in the Franciscan Ballroom. Go to the Conference Location page for more information and for details about room reservations.

If you’re looking for things to do near the hotel, go to Sights to See in the Old Town Area.

Conference Registration

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED:
We have reached capacity for the Awards Banquet and have shut down registration for the conference. Depending on cancellations, there may still be seats available. Please call the SWW office for an update: 505-830-6034. There will be no on-site registration.

To check the status of your SWW online registration, see the List of Registrants. For those who registered on the MWSA site, go to this page.

Book Sales

Registered attendees for the joint SWW/MWSA writing conference can sell their books during the conference via a routine process for SWW—a table on which the authors put their books with a price marked, and someone manages the sale of those books—in this case SWW will manage the sales at tables that will be provided.

For those who want SWW to manage all sales (see below), there will be a 10% cost to defray SWW costs for credit cards and mailings.

There will also be a separate table where authors can simply display their books. If another attendee wishes to buy a book from that table, the author is free to work out the sale with the purchaser.

The Book Sales table managed by SWW will be handled as follows:
Author will bring up to 5 copies each of their books to the Sales table on Friday morning. If those 5 copies sell out, the author can replenish the stock. The author is required to retrieve whatever books have not been sold by the end of the conference on Saturday. Books not picked up will not be mailed to the author.

After the event, the SWW office manager will tally up how many books were sold and checks will be cut and posted to the authors equal to the sale price of the book minus a 10% processing fee. This fee covers SWW credit charges, and charges related to cutting and mailing checks to the authors. Checks to the authors should be in the mail no later than the following Friday.

Note: SWW is a pass through entity, therefore we will not collect nor pay any tax on the sale of the books. We are a service which will sell the book for the amount the author wants us to sell it for.  We will collect 10% to cover our expenses only. Knowing this, the author must decide how much they want SWW to sell the book for. The author should handle any sales tax according to the laws of the state they live in as they would for any sale.

Refund Policy

Cancellation within 15 days in advance—no refund of conference fees paid.


If you have questions, please email SouthWest Writers or call the SWW office at 505-830-6034.


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