“I was surprised by this book…it’s pretty amazing… You’re in a community of interesting people and conflicts… all threaded through with commentary on writing. A really fine read…”  Linton Robinson, author


Finally, an inside look at a writing conference!

The writers’ conference, the Clymer Workshop, has a lofty reputation. Aspiring writers must submit a sample of their writing to be accepted. The brochure promises individual conferences with famous authors, creative writing workshops, and the opportunity to meet agents and editors.

Laura Belmont is one of the aspiring writers. Thrilled to be accepted, she has finished writing her first novel and has quit her job. Her plan is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors who will help her get a publishing contract.

The conference is held in a picturesque setting in rural Western New York, but the atmosphere is anything but tranquil. Soon after Laura arrives she feels the intensity of two hundred people who have come for the same reason she is there.

The aspiring writers aren’t the only ones with plans. The authors on the staff also have agendas. At first Laura goes to creative writing workshops and readings unaware of the literary politics being played by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held.

As tensions mount and Laura becomes aware of what is happening in the shadows, she is at first surprised, then shocked to learn how power works in the publishing world.


“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

“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


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Book cover of woman standing alone at writers’ conference with manuscript papers flying around her.

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.”
“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