Keynote Speaker: USA Today Bestselling Author Elana Johnson

USA Today bestselling author, Kindle All-Star Author, and award-winning author Elana Johnson writes adult contemporary beach romance. She is the author of over 100 books across two names, and there's nothing better than sun, sand, and swoon-worthy kisses! Unless of course, she's writing about a handsome cowboy and the woman who can rope his heart. Learn more about her sweet beach romances at Learn more about her inspirational cowboy romances under Liz Isaacson at

Keynote Speaker: Howard Tayler from the Award Winning "Writing Excuses" podcast

Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. He also co-hosts the Hugo and Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers, with Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells. They collaborated together to create the Shadows Beneath anthology.

Howard has written tie-in fiction for  Privateer Press, and horror for the Space Eldrich anthologies. As well as the Planet Mercenary RPG.  Planet Mercenary is set in the universe of the Schlock Mercenary comic. You can find the comic online at

Kristina Slater with Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Kristina Slater has known she wanted to write since she was six years old and wrote her first fairy tale. A voracious reader, she likes to disappear into other worlds. She is the youngest of 10 siblings, having nine older brothers. Kristina has an Animal Science degree from Kansas State University and is currently residing in Omaha, Nebraska. A fangirl at heart, she is looking for her next world to get lost in. 

She is seeking: Fantasy MG, YA, and Adult, Horror, STEM MG, and Paranormal Romance.

Conference Schedule

(All times are Central Time Zone)

Thursday, April 22nd

9:45 am - Opening Remarks

10 am - Writing Sprints with Victorine

12 pm - First Batch of Classes Open

6 pm - Social Night on Zoom

Friday, April 23rd

9:45 am - Opening Remarks

10 am - Elana Johnson's Keynote and Second Batch of Classes Open

4 pm - Live Q&A with Howard Tayler

6 pm - Critique Group Boot Camp

Saturday, April 24th

9:45 am - Opening Remarks

10:00 am - Howard Tayler Keynote and The Last Batch of Classes Open

12 pm - Business Meeting for NWG Members

2 pm - Agent Pitches

4 pm - Live Q&A with Elana Johnson

6 pm - Closing Remarks

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The NWG 2021 Virtual Conference

2 payments of $99.50/month

The NWG 2021 Virtual Conference Payment Plan

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