Practical Advice on Writing

Conversations & Connections

May 12, 2018. Arlington, VA. $75

Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. 


What is Conversations and connections? 

Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and has been held for the past 9 years in Washington DC, and the past 2 in Pittsburgh. All proceeds go to Barrelhouse and participating small presses and literary magazines.


what do you get for your registration fee? 

A whole lot of stuff! For your $75 registration fee, you get the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors keynote discussion, and 3 craft workshop/panel sessions, plus 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors, your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books, 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those of you 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour. Boxed Wine Happy Hour!

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Where does the money go? 

Conversations and Connections is organized by Barrelhouse, a nonprofit literary organization. Exactly one half of every $75 registration goes directly to the participating literary magazines and small presses. After expenses, the rest goes to Barrelhouse to support printing costs, paying writers, and other community projects like the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 cash award for emerging literary organizations. 


A Practical Writer's Conference

"Practical Advice on Writing" is our tagline and the approach we take when evaluating ideas for panel discussions and workshops. We work very hard to make sure you leave Conversations and Connections with real information, connections, and practices that you can apply to your writing practice that very day.



Honestly I haven't been to a better, smarter, nicer conference. 

Nate Brown, Editor, American Short Fiction 



Brought to You by Barrelhouse

Conversations and Connections is organized by Barrelhouse, a literary nonprofit that originated in Washington, DC. Barrelhouse produces a biannual print magazine and several books each year, a vibrant website constantly updated with new poetry, prose, and essays, as well as book reviews and literary ephemera, and the podcast Book Fight. Barrelhouse also created the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 cash grant to emerging literary organizations that is sponsored by Submittable. The first recipient of the Amplifier was Girls Write Pittsburgh, which empowers teen girls in the Pittsburgh area to find their voice through creative writing. 

Thanks to Our Sponsors! 

Thanks to the following sponsors, whose support enables us to continue holding this conference at what we truly hope is an affordable rate. 


George mason University Department of English






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