“Some conferences are more respectable than others. All are there to take your cash. In The Writers’ Conference, Marian D. Schwartz tackles the topic with glee, laying bare the underbelly of one such event. It’s fiction, of course, but the writers, agents, publishers and academics who populate her story are clearly drawn from experience… a fun read for everyone, and a useful education for anyone who might be thinking of a writing career. The story moves along quickly and holds the reader’s interest all the way to the exciting (and surprising) ending.” Peter C. Foster, author

A novel that takes you inside a writers’ conference, a world most people will never see.

 Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel. She hopes it will change her life.

After she tries and fails to get a literary agent, she applies to a well known writers’ conference. Her plan is to make a connection that will lead to the publication of her book.

The conference isn’t like what she had expected. The rural setting is tranquil, but the atmosphere is intense. Soon she realizes that many of the people she meets enrolled for the same reason she is there.

The male writers on the staff are more interested in Laura’s body than in her manuscript. She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played in the shadows by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held.

The lessons Laura learns aren’t on the conference schedule. When she receives an offer that comes with a price, she discovers how power works in the publishing world.

But is it a price she is willing to pay?

“I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this excellent novel, and I was pleased to read so many reviews from writers who confirm that the description of the conference is quite accurate.”  A. Rees

Carried by the substantial characters and surprising plot twists, author Marian Schwartz’ meditations on the state of fiction and symbiotic relationships of agents, publishers, and critics are insightful. Her sympathies are clearly with the novices’ struggles…an entertaining and very smart book.JB Hicks

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What Readers Are Saying

“It is a page-turner, and all the characters are very, very believable and there are no slow parts. I recommend it highly, for writers and those who just want a good read.”
Lynn Schneider
“Great writing. This book is a fine example of good literature, a praise I do not give lightly.”
P.M. Nevins
“I was instantly grabbed by the story line in The Writers’ Conference. Thanks for the fun read.”
whitehall reader
This was an excellent novel! The characters were well written & most of them got what they deserved in the end. It was fast paced & enjoyable.”
Gingersnap
“This is a fun, quick read with lots of action and intrigue.”
high country reader
“This is a really good book and reading experience, especially for those of us who are writers, for those of us who have attended this kind of conference or workshop… So true and accurate…Her writing is excellent…Very engaging.”
S. Rak
“Found this book to be engaging, entertaining.and thought-provoking.”
Amazon Customer
I was riveted by the characters from first page to last. It was believable and I was there among the crumbling buildings and cooking smells.I was anxious for Agatha, believed in Laura and I am sure I have met the crusty poet with the cruel barbs, he is a type I know well.How can you go wrong with a crowd of nasty self-absorbed people and a few who truly wanted to help. An excellent read.”
Mrs Heather Biggs