RWA National Conference is going virtual! This year, the conference will be completely virtual and will be offered at a much lower rate. Plus, registration gives you access to recordings of most of the sessions for the rest of the year. The conference is free for Black members and a number of scholarships are available as well. RWA is still setting up a complete schedule of workshops, but here’s what we know so far.

August 28-30, 2020

Registration Costs
Early Bird Member Price (through July 6): $139
Regular Member Price: (starting July 7) $189
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students receive 25% off!

As part of RWA’s continuing work on diversity issues and efforts to make the organization a safe place for Black writers, RWA invites all Black authors who are members to attend RWA2020 free of charge. Read more about this initiative here.

Ready to register? Register here.

The 3 day schedule is being updated as workshops are booked. Stay up to date by visiting the schedule.

Featured Speakers
Saturday Keynote: Xio Axelrod
Sunday Keynote: Shirley Hailstock
Librarian’s Day Keynote: Virginia Kantra
Visit this page for more info on the speakers.

Master Classes
So far two Master Classes have been announced, with workshops on the way:
Penny Reid, Kilby Blades, and Cathy Yardley present: Guidance and Lessons Learned: Collaborative Worlds for Author Owners and Collaborators.
Liz Pelletier, Publisher & CEO of Entangled Publishing presents: Growth Hacking a Bestseller

Librarians Day
Friday August 28 is a special day just for Librarians. Registration is $25. More info coming soon.


RWA offers several scholarships for both members and non-members to cover the cost of registration. Applications are due by July 21.  *Scholarships are new for RWA2020
*RWA2020 Scholarships for Black Writers: In addition to free conference registration to RWA members who are Black writers, RWA will make 100 scholarships to RWA2020 available to non-member Black writers.
*DayDreamer Scholarship: Funded by Alyssa Day and Karen Rose, open to RWA members with physical disabilities and/or mental illness (including depression and anxiety), as well as those who are neurodivergent
*Norah Grace Fund: Funded by Sarah Robinson, open to RWA member & non-member parents of children with special needs and/or medical struggles
*Love is Love Scholarship: Funded by Nikki Sloane, open to RWA members who are members of the LGBTQ+ community
Daylight Scholarship: Funded by Sylvia Day, open to 2019 RITA finalists
Kate Duffy Memorial Fund: Open to RWA members who are PAN eligible
Cathie Linz Memorial Fund: Open to Librarians for Librarians Day Registration