A green light to greatness.®

July 21-23, 2017

Grapevine, TX

A Conference Forum for Writers Devoted to the Art and Craft of Narrative Nonfiction

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level.

Every year, the Mayborn Conference gathers some of the most talented storytellers in the country to share their stories, life-changing experiences and expertise with aspiring writers through three days of lectures, panels, one-on-one sessions, and student classes. 

In addition, the conference includes a variety of writing contests for anyone from high school students to Pulitzer prize winning professionals, who receive hand-made trophies, more than $26,000 in cash awards and have their work published in Mayborn's journal, Ten Spurs, or anthology, Best American Newspaper Narratives

Theme: The Power of Words

Through "The Power of Words," the 2017 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference will present the impact of writing in its simplest form and show how the words we use can have a lasting and transformative effect on the world around us in politics, culture, science, economics, sports, the arts and more.

Even in a world where pictures, videos and sounds are creating buzz through social media platforms, it is the power of words, the ability to craft a narrative and tell a story that provides the context, the depth and understanding that helps inform and engage us.

Speakers will demonstrate how communications and writing can dramatically shape our perceptions – and knowledge of the past, the present and our future.

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is where aspiring and established storytellers, reporters, photographers and narrative non-fiction writers from all walks of life learn, engage and network with the nation's best authors journalists, editors and agents through workshops, seminars and keynotes.

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News


Platinum Sponsors

Joe Dealey, Jr.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Friends of the Dallas Public Library
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Ricco Family Partners, Ltd.
Texas Monthly

Gold Sponsors

Biographers International
Dow Jones Fund
Foster Marketing
Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
Investigative Reporters and Editors
James McGrath Morris
The Writer’s Garret
Writers League of Texas

Literary Lights Table Sponsors

Barnes & Noble
ESPN The Undefeated
Jackson Walker LLP
Terri West/Texas Instruments Foundation
UNT Advancement
UNT College of Business
UNT College of Education
UNT College of Information
UNT College of Music
UNT Division of Student Affairs
UNT Dallas
UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity
UNT Honors College
UNT Libraries
UNT President Neal Smatresk

Printed Program Sponsor

Foster Marketing