Sunday, June 26, 2011


It's easy. While the larger writers conferences, like RWA National accommodate some 1,200 participants, Desert Dreams offers all the same advantages, on a much smaller scale, in a relaxed setting, where you will bump into your favorite editors and agents at one of the pools, sipping cold lemonade under a parasol, or at the buffet line before the main event, or just chatting at your table while dining. Far from the stressed, overworked atmosphere of larger conferences, Desert Dreams offers a friendly ambience, an easy schedule, enough time to freshen up between events, and plenty of opportunities to meet our faculty and chat in informal settings.

Of course, you get the latest workshops and industry news, the panels, advice from NYT best-selling authors, and your personal appointments with agents and editors. We have the same slate as most larger conferences.

Guest speakers, agents, and editors alike love coming to Scottsdale in the spring. Between appearances, some get a tan by the pool while others enjoy the sights. And did I mention it's always sunny in Scottsdale, Arizona? The result? Smiling faces, friendly guests and speakers, ready to listen to your pitch with an open mind.

So far, we have a preliminary slate of agents and editors:

Brenda Chin - Editor, Harlequin
Jill Corcoran - Agent, The Herman Agency
Michele Grajkowski - Agent, 3 Seas Literary
Rose Hilliard - Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Schober - Agent, Spencerhill Associates, Ltd.

Many more names will follow in the coming months. Pitch appointments will be assigned on a first registered first choice basis, so don't hesitate and register today. It's only $215 for RWA members, and $235 for non members, but the price will go up comes January.

For more information on workshops and keynote speakers, registration links, hotel reservation, etc. click HERE

Hope to see you in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April 2012.

Vijaya Schartz
Award-winning science fiction, Romance with a Kick


  1. Donna Marie Del GrossoJune 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I agree Vijaya!
    The Desert Dreams Conference is a wonderful place to hob-knob with other writers, editors and agents alike. I've met new friends and re-connected with old. And I learn so much that it takes me at least a week to digest everything I've learned at the workshops! I've had positive and lasting experiences- The kind I'll never forget. I'm looking forward to 2012. See you there! =)

  2. Desert Dreams is so personal! The editors and agents are around all weekend, published authors are eager to discuss their paths, the sessions are full of helpful information - and it's just so dang much fun!