Hotel Omni San Antone

25th Annual Conference
October 10 - 13, 2019

Writing to Remember - Remembering Why We Write

Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel
San Antonio, Texas


Women Writing the West will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary at the Annual Conference, to be held in historic San Antonio, Texas, on October 10th through 13th, 2019. Join us to celebrate not only WWW's Silver Anniversary, but also the WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists, the LAURA Short Fiction Awards and the new DOWNING Journalism Awards Winners and Finalists.

See you in San Antonio!

Meet the Participating Agents

Meet the Participating Editors

Meet the Guest Speakers

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Add-on Workshop: Corralling Your Remembrances: 2-3:30 p.m. Carolyn Wing Greenlee, author, literary consultant and publisher will show attendees how to find the best form for your remembrances, what to put in, what to leave out, legal considerations, finding your story, releasing your voice, and the pleasure that comes from organizing memories into a meaningful whole. $30. Learn More Here

Add-on Workshop: How to Hook An Agent: 2-3:30 p.m. Michael Carr, literary agent with Veritas Literary Agency, headquartered in San Francisco, will show attendees what agents need from you. Learn what makes an effective query letter and how to write a compelling opening for your sample pages. He will discuss how to write a grabby opening while avoiding the dreaded white room and its evil twin, the cliffhanger. Michael represents writers in a variety of genres, with a special emphasis on historical fiction, mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy. $30. Learn More Here

Alamo Guided Tour: The Tour is now closed (Booked full)

President’s Welcoming Reception: Join us at the hotel in the El Capistrano for a Mexican-style buffet dinner, at 6:30 pm.

WILLA Readings: WILLA Finalists and Winners will read starting at 8:00 pm in the El Capistrano.

NEWCOMERS GATHERING: New WWW members and first-time attendees are welcome on Friday morning in the San Jose room.

BOOK SALE & SIGNING EVENT: Handled by The Twig Book Shop, the conference bookstore will be open all day Friday and Saturday.

The signing event is Saturday, 5-6 p.m. prior to the WILLA Banquet and will be held in the Espada, our bookstore room. Our bookstore chair will contact those who indicate an interest in participating.

PITCH APPOINTMENTS: A pitch appointment is a ten-minute, one-on-one appointment to pitch your book to an editor or agent or to ask questions of them. Watch the WWW website for details and list of attending editors and agents. You will be contacted to schedule your appointment with an editor/agent for either Friday or Saturday.
Participating Agents
Participating Editors

SILENT AUCTION: During the WILLA Banquet. Proceeds support the WILLA Literary Award. Please support by donating items. Contact
Coordinator Gail Jenner at

BUSINESS MEETING: Plan to attend the annual WWW Business meeting Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:50 to 11:50. A quorum of members is required, so this meeting is mandatory for members. Nothing else is scheduled during this time.

2018 Texas Poet Laureate Carol Coffee Reposa is scheduled as guest poet for the WILLA Finalist Luncheon and is planning a poetry session for the conference. Spur Award-winning author and inductee of the Texas Institute of Letters Ann Weisgarber is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the WILLA Banquet on Saturday night.
Meet the Guest Speakers

SPECIAL TOURS (ADD-ON FEES): This tour is now closed (Booked full)
THE ALAMO: Thursday, meet at 3:40 pm in hotel lobby for a short walk to this historic mission. The Alamo was founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, and today is part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site. $20.

BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM: Friday, meet at 9:40 am in hotel lobby for a short walk to this world-class museum. A docent-led tour will include art and artifacts from over five centuries, from the Spanish conquest to the present day, $10. The tour ends around 11:30 am. Lunch is on your own. See information on the many Riverwalk restaurants, or walk back to the hotel for lunch at Las Canarias. Make sure you are back at the hotel for the 1:00 pm opening of the conference in the Veremendi Room.

WORLD HERITAGE MISSIONS TOUR: Sunday, meet at 9:45 am in the hotel lobby to board a bus for a guided tour of the other four frontier missions built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century along the San Antonio River basin. The bus will drop attendees back at the hotel at 12:45 pm. $50.

REGISTRATION REFUND DEADLINE: September 11, 2019 (No refunds after this date for any reason. No meal changes after October 1. No guaranteed room rate after September 11, 2019. There is a $20 processing fee on all refunds.) All registrations must be submitted by September 11.

VOLUNTEERS: No conference runs smoothly without a host of volunteers. Please consider volunteering for part of tthe conference: Registration desk, obtaining sponsors, publicity, book shop, or serving as a moderator.

A trifold brochure with educational sessions and times will be mailed to members and will be uploaded on the website in May.

Address Conference questions to Conference Chair Cynthia Massey at or call 210-241-8330.