The 30th Anniversary Women Writing the West Conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado on October 10-12, 2024. The theme, “Through A Woman’s Eyes,” honors the perspective of women—both women’s stories and women writers who write the stories of the West in all genres.

Registration is now open!

Conference Highlights and Schedule

Workshop and Conference Schedule

Twelve Workshops and Panels will be presented during the conference. The final selection is now taking place and the tentative schedule will be posted soon.

Tour – Thursday, October 10, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

The Thursday morning half-day tour includes a visit to the History Colorado Museum, where they will have a display and lecture specific to our writing the West. Afterward, lunch will be served at the Denver Women’s Press Club. Cost of the tour is $45.00. Transportation will be by private vehicle, with a $5.00 per rider fee paid to the driver. We need volunteers who will have a vehicle available. Please indicate when registering if you are willing to drive.

Thursday, October 10, Pre-Conference Add-On Afternoon Educational Session

FROM BOOK TO FILM, Is it an impossible dream, or is the indie movie scene with low-budget productions a chance?  Presented by Manuela Schneider.
If you attended the 2023 virtual conference, Manuela’s short film about the copper miners was shown. The time will coincide with the Roundtable Critiques, which is 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Cost for members is $30.00 and non-member $35.00.

Editors and Agents

Our guest Editors and Agents will present a panel on the state of the publishing industry, and be available for Pitch Appointments. Schedule and Editor/Agent bios will be posted as soon as they are available.

Awards Banquets

The DOWNING Journalism Award and The LAURA Short Fiction Award Winners and Finalists will be honored during the Friday Luncheon, October 11.

The WILLA Literary Award Finalists Luncheon on Saturday, October 12, introduces the books and Finalists.

The WILLA Literary Award Banquet, held on Saturday evening, will honor The 2024 WILLA Literary Award Winners.

All Awards Luncheons and Banquet are included in Conference Registration.

Author Readings and Book Signing

Attending Award Winners and Finalists will read from their work, and be available to sign books.

Conference attendees are invited to include their books in the Conference Bookstore. Details and application

Meet the 2024 Conference Keynote Speakers

The WILLA Literary Award Banquet
Page Lambert

A founding member of Women Writing the West, and leader of creative adventures for twenty-seven years, Page Lambert’s writing is found inside monumental sculptures at the Denver Art Museum, online at Huffington Post, and in dozens of anthologies about the West. A contributing author to The Light Shines from the West: A Western Perspective on the Grown of America, Page is the author of the Wyoming memoir In Search of Kinship and the novel Shifting Stars.

Writing recognitions include nominations for two Pushcart Prizes, contributing author to the Willa award-winning anthology Writing Down the River, finalist for the Mountains & Plains Fiction Book Award, Fellowships for Literary Excellence from the Wyoming Arts Council, AROHO Orlando Nonfiction Award, and Writer’s Studio Best Fiction Award.

A member of the International League of Conservation Writers, Colorado Authors League, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Denver Women’s Press Club, Western Writers of America, and past advisor for the Rocky Mountain Land Library, Page writes the blog All Things Literary/All Things Natural from her mountain home west of Denver. Her agent is currently shopping her novel, Lake of Longing, and she is back at work on her second Wyoming memoir, New Moon on the Horizon.

The DOWNING Journalism Award and The LAURA Short Fiction Award Luncheon
Rachel Gabel

Rachel Gabel is a longtime agriculture writer and the assistant editor of The Fence Post Magazine. She is also a farm broadcaster on Western Ag Network and the rural issues and agriculture columnist in Colorado Politics, the Denver Gazette, and Colorado Springs Gazette.

She writes exclusively about the agriculture industry and primarily about protein production. She lives in northeastern Colorado where she is a member of one of the 12,400 beef producing families in Colorado. She is the author of five ag-themed children’s books that have been used by Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom to teach students about agriculture. She is also the author of a collection of her popular #cowbios titled Light a Candle for Her, Girls.

Follow Rachel on Facebook @RachelWrites. She may be contacted at [email protected] or 970-768-0024.

Reserve your room!

The 30th WWW Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Denver Tech Center.

Room Rate $109.00 per night Wednesday – Sunday
Contact the hotel for extra days

Reserve Online Here

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Conference attendees are invited to include their books in the Conference Bookstore. Details and application


Interested in helping with the 30th Annual Conference?

We will need volunteers during the conference to help with set up, pitch appointments, moderating workshops and panels, Silent Auction and more.

Email the Conference Chair for more details at [email protected].


To support The WILLA Literary Award Fund

Check back for ways to donate and bid!

Conference Brochure

Conference Schedule will be posted as soon as it is available

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Garden Inn at the Denver Tech Center. Room Rate $109.00 per night

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2024 Conference Chair,
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