Dramatists Guild National Conference

Your Pen. Our Sword.

The Dramatists Guild National Conference

July 26-29, 2018

Hilton Midtown

1335 6th Avenue, New York, NY

The Dramatists Guild National Conference gathers together playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists for a four-day summit to share ideas, build new relationships and, in the words of Guild member Taylor Mac, “dream the culture forward.” For 99 years, the members of the Dramatists Guild have been carving out rights for authors while establishing new opportunities, ethics, and standards for the American theatre. Come celebrate those accomplishments — and have your say in shaping our work for the next 100 years.


In 2018, artists are facing some of the most serious challenges in a generation. Threats to free speech and copyright protections are ever-present, and basic needs often feel out of reach. At the same time, new technologies help writers find new collaborators, share their work, and see it produced around the world. In July, we will explore these possibilities together, arming our members with the tools they need to master the latest paradigm. Hence our motto, Your Pen. Our Sword.

After successful conferences in Virginia, Illinois and California, we are bringing this year’s program to New York. Here we can share some of our most exciting events with members from around the world. For the first time, conference attendees will get access to The Dramatist LIVE, The Monologue Project, and the DG’s Awards Night, with the presentation of the Hull-Warriner, Frederick Loewe, and Flora Roberts awards. It’s the best party of the year, and we’re saving it for the conference so you can be there.

Conference Schedule:

Click HERE to view the Dramatists Guild 2018 National Conference schedule.

Click HERE for a description of events. All programming is subject to change.

A few conference highlights:

Click HERE to read the Conference FAQ.