First Time Attendees

We are excited to have you join us at the next ACFW Conference. Because we know that writers’ conferences can be overwhelming and intimidating for first-time attendees, the ACFW Conference has designed a program to help you get the most out of your conference experience.

ACFW First Time Attendees

Email Loop:

During registration, indicate this is your first time attending the ACFW conference, and you will automatically be signed up for the 1st timers e-loop. Here you’ll learn all the details about what to expect at the conference and how to prepare. Conference veterans will help calm your nerves and concerns.

The 1st timers loop will begin passing along information and sharing of details in mid-July. Be sure to check your email and confirm your enrollment in the loop.


At the conference, there will be a first-time attendees orientation Thursday at 2:00 pm before the official “opening” of the conference. This session is designed not only to orient you to the conference but also help you meet others, all while having some fun.

Does this sound like the type of help you could use? If so, please be sure to mark YES next to New Attendee Orientation on your registration form.

Prior to Registration:

One thing you can begin prior to registration is research who you would like to request an appointment with. This year, each agent, editor, or mentor conducting appointments specified exactly what they’d like to see or hear from you at the appointment. Begin looking over the appointment listings so you may be best prepared.

Download the Conference App:

We encourage everyone to download the conference app to have the latest and most up-to-date information. Click HERE to download the Attendify app from the Apple or Android store, then search for ACFW Conference 2020!

Please Note:

* You must be at least 18 years old to attend the conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

** The participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute an endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into an agreement.