Whether you're a regular on the writer's conference scene, or this is your first one, you've probably got a few questions. Here's several of our most frequently asked ones:

Do you accept proposals for your conference?

Yes. Check our Conference Proposals page for all the info.

How many writers attend the NCWC?

We generally have anywhere between 120-150 attendees. Because our conference is smaller than most, we are able to provide a more personal and intimate experience that many larger conferences sometimes lack. That means, attendees have more opportunities to have face-to-face interaction with presenters and fellow attendees, and in a relaxed and welcoming setting. Smaller numbers also allows us to incorporate fun, personal details that make the conference experience for attendees and presenters, a memorable one.

A 90-page program? Really?! 

Yep. And it's fantastic. All attendees receive a spiral-bound program containing presenter handouts, bios, and other writing info. It also has blank pages so you can take notes--everything you need in one handy book. Attendees often keep their program as a reference, long after the conference is over. You can even place an ad in the program if you'd like to promote your book(s) and/or writing services. We will be offering new, lower rates for ad space for our 2018 conference program (info coming soon)

How should I dress?

Business casual. Some attendees get a little gussied up for the Friday night banquet which is aways welcomed, but not required.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

It's a good idea to bring pens, a notebook for notes (in case you don't want to write in your program), and business cards. We'll have conference bags available at registration if you'd like one to carry everything in. (Breath mints are also great to throw in--you'll be chatting with lots of people!)

Can I stay at the Marriott?

You bet. There will be a limited number of special-rate rooms available, but they go fast, so register early for a chance at a discounted room (approx. $109). A link here will be provided for the 2018 conference.

What's the food situation? 

We've got you covered . . . mostly. The base conference fee includes the Friday Banquet Dinner, lunch on Saturday, and dessert during the closing. We'll also provide coffee, tea, and other snacks in between meals. A limited amount of breakfast items will be available Saturday morning. For only $40, you can score a seat and a lunch at the Agent/Editor Panel Luncheon on Friday. Breakfast is available at the Marriott, including grab-n-go options. We make sure that we offer a variety of options (omnivoire, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) for the lunches and dinners. If you have a very specialized diet or severe food allergy, it is best to contact April Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in April 2018 when the menus are finalized; she can let you know what will be served. Please note: we cannot reimburse you for food if you choose to forgo the Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and dessert during the closing.

What genres does the conference support?

We cater to all genres, offering craft workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. We also provide sessions on marketing, productivity, and what's latest in the publishing industry. You can view the 2017 schedule HERE.

What's the Agent/Editor Panel Luncheon all about?

This was one of the most popular sessions last year and happened to be the first year we offered it. Want to know the latest in the publishing industry? Want to hear straight from the agents and editors what they're looking for? For just an added $40, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and listen in as industry professionals dish about what's happening in the writing world. From 11:15 to 11:45, attendees will enjoy a Greek buffet (a substantial meal) while jotting down their burning questions on provided notecards. Moderator, JC Lynne, will then collect the cards and read aloud the questions; the agents and editors will each have a chance to answer these questions.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest ins and outs of the publishing business from a wide variety of professionals. Remember, if you sign up for two add-ons, you save $10! 

How does the Critique session work?

When you register, you will have an opportunity to sign up for one of the tables at the Critique session. Each agent, editor, or author who is participating in the 75-minute session, will have 8 slots open at their table. He/she will be joined by a moderator. Each writer will bring 10 copies of their first page to be given to everyone at the table. Each writer will have 9 minutes to read their page and discuss it with the editor or agent. Everyone else at the table will only give written feedback on the page. The moderator will keep time to ensure everyone receives equal time. Signups are on a first-come-first-served basis, so early registration is encouraged if you want to participate with a particular agent or editor. You can also be added to a waitlist if the table is full. Email April: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to desired waitlist. We often have people change their minds or switch tables, so it's a good idea to hop on that list. You can only put your name on one table and you may not switch tables mid-session. There is a link to a Google Spreadsheet on the registration page and you can view availability. Once you've paid, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to the spreadsheet. Place your name in an available slot under ONE agent or editor. Please note: This is only available to those who are registered for just Friday, or both days; not Saturday-only attendees. FORMAT (Industry standard): 1 full page (chapter starts at the very top), 1" margins, double-spaced, 12-pt font (preferably Times New Roman).

How does the Pitch session work?

Each agent or editor will have 14 slots available, and each writer will have 5 minutes to pitch their book. Attendees can sign up for one free pitch (first-come-first-served basis) and purchase an additional pitch for $10. If there are slots open as we near the conference (and on May 5) we'll open it up to allow attendees to purchase additional pitches for $10 each. There will be a time keeper moderating the session, but it is extremely important that both the writers and the agent/editor are mindful of not going over the allotted time. Something to keep in mind, is that when it comes to fiction, many agents and editors prefer to have the manuscript finished and ready to be submitted, should they request to read more. Do not bring the full manuscript! If the agent or editor would like to see more, he/she will request that you email them the document(s) after the conference. If you think you're not quite ready to pitch your book, you might be better suited for the critique session. Please check out the bios and websites of the participating agents and editors ahead of time, so that you are familiar with each one. There is a link to a Google Spreadsheet on the registration page and you can view availability. Once you've paid, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to the spreadsheet. Like the critique session, you'll be able to put your name on a waitlist for a specific agent or editor, just email April at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to a specific waitlist. Please note: This is only available to those who are registered for just Friday, or both days; not Saturday-only attendees.

I'm not a published author, can I still attend the conference?

Absolutely! A writer's conference is one of the best places to learn, network, and propel your writing forward, no matter where you are in your writing journey. New writers tend to appreciate our more laid-back atmosphere and come away feeling confident about their writing, and enthusiastic about the connections they made and knowledge they gained. It's our belief that there is always something more to learn and take away, so that's why even seasoned authors attend our conference; eager to hone their skills, try something new, and learn the latest in the publishing industry. 

Do I have to attend the whole conference?

Nope. You have the option to attend either Friday or Saturday only; the Friday Banquet dinner only; or just a Master Class and/or the Agent/Editor Panel Luncheon. (You will receive a $10 discount if you sign up for both add-ons.) Please note: the critique tables and pitch sessions are only available to those who sign up for Friday or for both days. 

Can I sell my books in the Conference Bookstore?

Yes, if you are a presenter or NCW member. The Conference Bookstore will be open throughout the conference and NCW will handle all of the sales, retaining 25% of each sale, with 75% going to the authors. Authors must fill out a Consignment Form (2018 link coming soon). We're thrilled to be partnering with BookBar for our 2018 conference and more information about consignment will be coming soon!

How can I volunteer?

Hey, we're glad you asked! Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a variety of volunteer positions. Just check the box on the registration and April will email you access to a Google Spreadsheet with available volunteer positions: Picking up/dropping off out-of-town presenters from Denver International Airport; Conference Team set up on the evening of May 4; Room Monitors for each session (helping presenters with any issues and letting them know when the session is nearing a close); Critique Session moderators; Agent/Editor Pitch Session moderators; Conference Bookstore setup/breakdown; and clean up after the conference. Volunteering at the conference is a great way to meet other writers, get to know the presenters, and establish your presence in the writing community (plus we really appreciate the help)!

Are scholarships available?

Yes, please see the Jerry Eckert Scholarship page for more information. 

I don't like to use PayPal. Can I pay another way?

You actually don't need a PayPal account to pay with credit card. When you register, follow the PayPal link, but choose the "Pay with credit card" option instead of going through PayPal. You may also mail in a check. If you choose that option, you will be given instructions on who to make it out to and where to send it. If paying with check, please send your payment within ONE WEEK of registering. We cannot accept cash for registration payment. 

What is your cancelation policy?

You can cancel up to 30 days prior to the conference in order to receive a refund. The deadline to cancel is April 5, 2017.

Any tips or advice?

Oh, we've got lots!

  • We encourage you to be open to talking with fellow attendees and presenters. If you're feeling timid, chances are, you're not alone, so others would probably welcome the chance to talk with someone who's in the same boat. Bring those business cards and make sure you have a place to store other's people's cards. (There's also space in the back of the program to write down names, emails, and web addresses.) Introduce yourself to people and make new contacts--you never know where these connections will lead.
  • Once you register, you'll be able to join the 2018 NCW Conference Private Facebook page where you can introduce yourself, ask questions, and meet fellow attendees before the conference even begins. This is a great way to connect with others beforehand and even make plans to meet up at the conference.
  • Check out the schedule ahead of time and make a plan, especially if you have any goals to accomplish. We also highly encourage attendees to step outside their genre and attend a session they know little about; it might spark some ideas!
  • Be prepared by creating a pitch log-line. No one wants to hear your 20-minute book description, so work on your 2-5 sentence pitch, because you will be asked many times "So what do you write?" or "What's your book about?"
  • Above all, be professional and courteous--it will serve you well!

Still got questions? We're happy to help.

Email April Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, if you are in the Northern Colorado area, your registration includes a free Pre-Conference Workshop (TBA) where you'll learn how to make the most of your conference experience. If you can't make it, April will send you the handout that is full of helpful information and tips.