A green light to greatness.®

July 22-24, 2016

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

2016 Keynote Speakers

  • Gilbert KingGilbert King 2016 Friday Keynote Speaker
  • Sheryl WuDunnSheryl WuDunn 2016 Saturday Keynote Speaker
  • Margo JeffersonMargo Jefferson 2016 Sunday Keynote Speaker


A word about the 2016 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference... 


This is our 12th year of staging the preeminent narrative nonfiction conference in the country. And each year, our passionate tribe of narrative nonfiction storytellers expect the sort of literary feast that will sustain their hunger and thirst until it comes time to gather again in Grapevine, TX.


Well, I have good news: our constellation of literary lights coming to Grapevine this summer are bound to satiate your appetite. Our list of keynote speakers - all Pulitzer Prize winners - will provide an inside look at what goes into winning journalism's top prize. All told, more than 20 nationally acclaimed writers from around the country will explore one central theme: Pulitzer - A Century of Excellence: People, Politics and Public Affairs. 


So come join our Tribe of Storytellers this summer. I promise you'll have the time of your literary life.






Our Sponsors


The Dallas Morning News

Voice Media Group      Ricco Family Partners, Ltd.    Texas Monthly   UNT Press    

Barnes & Noble          Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center    Grapevine, Texas    Investigative Reporters and Editors   The Writer's Garret    

Writers' League of Texas    Recycled Books, Records, and CDs     Denton Record-Chronicle     Denton Record-Chronicle