A green light to greatness.®

July 20-22, 2018

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, student classes and keynotes. Aspiring and established storytellers, reporters, photographers and narrative nonfiction writers from all walks of life come together to learn, engage and network with the nation's best authors, journalists, editors and agents.

In addition, the conference includes a variety of writing contests for anyone from high school students to Pulitzer prize winning professionals. More than $26,000 in cash prizes and trophies are awarded across several competitions. Winners in our reported narrative and personal essay contests also have their work published in the Mayborn's journal, Ten Spurs. Winners in our longform narrative contest for previously published newspaper works are included in our anthology, Best American Newspaper Narratives

Our 2018 Theme: 'Are You Not Entertained? Real People, Real Stories, Real Storytelling'

With its 2018 theme, "Are You Not Entertained? Real People, Real Stories, Real Storytelling," the 14th annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference will demonstrate how, on an every day basis, journalists are addressing the pressure to tell compelling, newsworthy stories that inform and – now, more than ever – entertain. No longer can journalists count on the routine story. They must cast their nets wide, writing about the usual issues – crime, courts and politics – but also athletes, entertainers and internet celebrities.

This type of storytelling, when done well, requires good reporting combined with rich, interactive graphics, videos and podcasts that lead to informative stories that engage readers in print, online and on air. The 2018 conference will address storytelling in an era where journalists must not only inform, but entertain.

Make plans now to be entertained and informed at the 14th annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, July 20-22, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas.

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News


Platinum Sponsors

Denton Record-Chronicle
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Joe Dealey, Jr.
RICCO Family Partners
Texas Capital Bank
Texas Monthly

Gold Sponsors

Biographers International
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 Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
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