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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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PNWA 2018 Conference
Take your writing to the next level. Attend the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2018 Conference in September, one of largest writing conferences in the country

WA

Flathead River Writers Conference
September 22-23, 2018 : Presenter expertise - memoir, publicist, digital marketing, writing blockbuster fiction & series, path to publishing. Agent and publisher conferences for early registrants.

MT

Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW
Wake Up and Write WRW/Writers Retreat Workshop partners with INPAX to offer Wake Up and Fight WRW: A Firearms, Self-Defense, Practical, Tactical Intensive for Writers.

PA

Writing Workshops
Writing Workshops on dialogue, characters, short story and memoirs for creative fiction and non fiction

Spain, Spain

Write in Idaho!
CLEARWATER WRITERS 2018 WOMEN'S WRITING RETREAT. Be inspired! Wild & Scenic Clearwater River. Beautiful Inn. Small group. Rocky Mountain foothills of...

ID

Ask a Nice Lady Author Coaching and Mentoring
Book development and late-draft manuscript consults. Reasonable prices.

Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp
Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full book-length manuscript (novel, memoir or collection) and would like to engage...

CA

Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop
The Writing By Writers Workshop @ Boulder brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known writers for a weekend of...

CO

Pacific Coast Children's Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat
Seminar for writers of MG/YA fiction. Includes whole-novel manuscript critiques by editor or agent; partial manuscripts critiqued by editor AND agent....

CA

Todos Santos Writers Workshop 2019
Week-long intensive workshops for writers at all levels. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry and Memoir in a "Pueblo Magico" by the sea. Seminars...

Mexico

Mississippi Writers Guild Annual Conference
Writing conference featuring speakers who are professionals in writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, documentary film making and more.

MS

Plain Language Writing for Health Literacy and Health Equity
Advanced Workshop for Writers and Designers to create client, consumer and patient-friendly health materials based on health literacy principles.

CA, PA

L'Atelier des Ă©crivains - The Writers' Workshop, France
Hone your creative skills on an immersive writing course in beautiful southwest France. Our writing workshops focus on the practical skills...

France

Historical Novel Society - North American Conference
The 2019 conference offers programs by 70+ presenters on writing craft, historical topics, publishing info, and more! Attendees mingle and network...

DC, MD, MD

TLC Writing: Women's Legacy
Tammy L. Coia leads two workshops, back-to-back, designed to help women explore vital parts of their inner lives by writing about...

WA

Southeastern Writers Association
Includes classes, evening speakers, writers round tables, open mic night, awards night contest with cash prizes.

GA

Women's Writing Retreat in Palm Springs
Come join other women on a journey of exploration specializing in Memoir writing. No more than 8 women during this all...

CA

LDStorymakers & Indie Author Hub Writers Conference
The SMIAH Conference includes breakout sessions, keynotes, and intensives on everything from publishing to the writing craft. Whether you want indie...

MO

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Established in 1988 as a publisher of comprehensive worldwide guides to writing, educational travel and creative career programs, ShawGuides has offered free online access to the unabridged, continually updated content of each guide since 1995. You can search for writing programs by location or keyword, or view a calendar of upcoming writing events.

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PNWA 2018 Conference in writing PNWA 2018 Conference
Take your writing to the next level. Attend the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2018 Conference in September, one of largest writing conferences in the country

A Writer Within in writing A Writer Within
A WRITER WITHIN - IN TUSCANY: Writing Retreats For Women In Inspiring Locals. Click for more information on our writing retreats in Tuscany.

Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru in writing Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru
Join 7-time author Laura Davis for a transformative 16 day writing and yoga retreat to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru.

Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW in writing Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW
Wake Up and Write WRW/Writers Retreat Workshop partners with INPAX to offer Wake Up and Fight WRW: A Firearms, Self-Defense, Practical, Tactical Intensive for Writers.

Florida Writers Circuit in writing Florida Writers Circuit
The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is a network of writers, teachers, editors, publishers, and sympathetic institutions collaborating to advance new writing and independent publishing throughout the state and region.

Windsor International Writers Conference in writing Windsor International Writers Conference
How to promote, platform and present your work. Jul 6-8, 2018 Ontario Canada

2019 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2019 Las Vegas Writer's Conference
Las Vegas Writer's Conference has sessions and workshops for all levels of writers from beginners to ready to publish whether traditional or self publishing May 2-4, 2019.

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing Flathead River Writers Conference
September 22-23, 2018 : Presenter expertise - memoir, publicist, digital marketing, writing blockbuster fiction & series, path to publishing. Agent and publisher conferences for early registrants.

The Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference in writing The Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference
Join us for a celebration of writing and reading with noted authors in the nation's oldest city, Sep 15-17, 2016 St. Augustine, Florida.

Florida Literary Arts Coalition Annual Other Words Conference in writing Florida Literary Arts Coalition Annual Other Words Conference
This year's theme is Water: flood, fish, drought, swim, drink, rain, rivers, tears, dams, oceans, and other sundry wetness. Oct 11-13, 2018.

Sanibel Island Writers Conference in writing Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Four-day conference for writers of all levels, features workshops, panels, and consultations with our faculty of celebrated authors and teachers. Sanibel, FL, Nov 8-11, 2018

The Lost Art of Personal Writing in writing The Lost Art of Personal Writing
Write for enjoyment, to communicate, or to publish - it all begins with personal writing.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2019 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 14-17)

Algonkian Writer Conferences in writing Algonkian Writer Conferences
First novel published? No? Join the top .001 by attending the most successful and no-nonsense writer events. Commercial contracts and advice by professionals only.

James Bonnet's Storymaking Workshops in France and California in writing James Bonnet's Storymaking Workshops in France and California
7 Day Storymaking Retreats in CA and France for Novelists and Screenwriters with James Bonnet. Santa Monica, CA - Sep 8-14, 2018. Nans sous Ste Anne, France - Oct 6-12 and OCT 15-21, 2018.

Murphy Writing of Stockton University in writing Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Supportive retreats will energize and inspire your writing. Take advantage: plentiful writing time, insightful feedback and good company.

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing Southern California Writers' Conference
Believing that craft matters, SCWC has facilitated well over $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. Irvine, CA, Sept. 21-23, 2018.

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference in writing Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference
Located on Puget Sound, this affordable and small conference focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.

Writers Studio at UCLA Extension in writing Writers Studio at UCLA Extension
An intensive 4 days of instruction and writing. Participants choose from 10 workshops in which they work closely with a professional writer, limited to 15 students.

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