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September 21st – 24th, 2017
Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, 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 2017 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 December 15, 2016

The compensation for each selected workshop is a flat honorarium. (Does not include any other concessions) DEADLINE for applying to teach workshop(s) is December 26, 2016

The selection process should be concluded by February 28, 2017. 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 ALL 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:
    These sessions will best benefit writers with some experience writing and little to no conference history.
    These sessions will best benefit writers with moderate experience. The material presented for those writers making progress on a novel or novels. These 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.
    These sessions will best benefit writers with significant writing experience, conference history, contest finals or wins, and editorial or agent interest. The material in these sessions will be beneficial to those authors who are newly published or contracted. Benefit to these classes is strengthening publishing knowledge, as well as continuing to strengthen prose.
    Authors who are published/multi-published will get the most from these sessions. The material presented in these sessions are geared toward career novelists. Classes cover organization, marketing, public relations, speaking, and the business side of writing.
  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--yes, 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 these formats are able to be uploaded: .doc (MSWord), .rtf (Rich Text Format), .wpd (Word Perfect), .pdf (Adobe), .xls (MSExcel) and .txt (Plain Text) file types are allowed.