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September 17th – 20th, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel at the airport, Dallas, Texas

We ask that you please take a moment to read through these brief instructions before completing an application.

Privacy Statement: Please note, all personally identifying information collected will only be used within our organization.

ACFW is pleased to offer the following compensation to those who are selected to teach at the 2015 conference:

If you are selected to teach a Continuing Education Session, ACFW will allow the following: a set travel stipend up to $350 (with receipt), one half of one hotel room Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, a full conference registration, and an honorarium of $300. Only for ONE presenter. If proposing to speak in a panel discussion, please select only one person to submit the proposal. This member will serve as the contact person for the group. DEADLINE for applying to teach a Continuing Education session is Monday, November 24, 2014

If you are selected to teach one workshop, you will be compensated an honorarium in the amount of $100. If you are selected to teach two or more workshops, ACFW will allow the following: a set travel stipend up to $350.00 (with receipt), one half of one hotel room Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and a full conference registration. DEADLINE for applying to teach workshop(s) is Monday, December 15, 2014

The selection process should be concluded by February 16, 2015. All applicants will be contacted no later than that date.

The following is a summary of information you will be required to submit during the teaching application process. Please be sure to have this information at your immediate disposal BEFORE proceeding (INCLUDING the session's handout):

  1. Your name, address, daytime phone number, and email address.
  2. A title for your session (50 character limit). Shorter is better.
  3. The names of any other speakers who will be joining you, if the proposed session is a panel.
  4. A one sentence summary of your session
  5. A target teaching level description for your session, following ACFW's course rating system:
    Level A
    Writers who are starting out, who have attended fewer than three conferences, have completed fewer than three manuscripts, and are getting a handle on the publishing industry would benefit most from these classes. Classes will cover the basics elements of novel and proposal writing as well as how to submit finished manuscripts, and meet agents and editors.
    Level B
    Writers who have been studying the craft for a while and have become strong writers, are receiving some requests for full manuscripts, but are getting rejected and haven't acquired an agent will benefit from this track. Classes will delve deeper into strengthening the elements of a good manuscript and proposal as well as help identify the areas a writer needs to improve to help advance his/her career.
    Level C
    Writers who have gotten requests for complete manuscripts with revisions from agents and editors, and have possibly made it to committee but are still receiving rejections will benefit from these classes. Their writing is strong, they're ready for publication, editors and agents are watching them, but that elusive contract has not yet been offered. In these classes writers will learn the next step to publication as well as continue to strengthen their prose and publishing knowledge.
    Level D
    Writers who are published or recently contracted will get the most from these classes. They're still struggling with balancing their life with their new writing career and trying not to be stressed while meeting deadlines. Classes will also cover organization, marketing, public relations and speaking, and the business side of writing.
    Level E
    Published authors with several books will benefit most from the community of writers gathered in these classes. While the main goal of these workshops is to learn about craft or marketing in a new or improved way, it will also be a gathering place for published writers to exchange ideas.
  6. A reference for previous fiction teaching experience (if any).
  7. 300 word or less speaker biography
  8. 300 word or less outline of the proposed session
  9. Attachments for session handouts (MUST be included for application consideration):
    • Please be sure your name and session title appear in the upper left hand corner of each page you submit.
    • Document(s) MUST be named with your proposed session title and last name. EX: WriteTight1_SMITH.doc, WriteTight2JONES.doc, etc.
    • Use no spaces or punctuation in the document name other than an underscore ( _ ) or a hyphen ( - )
    • Attachment files are limited to 500 kilobytes (512,000 bytes or .48828 megabytes) or less
    • Only .doc (MSWord), .rtf (Rich Text Format), .wpd (Word Perfect), .pdf (Adobe), .xls (MSExcel) and .txt (Plain Text) file types are allowed.