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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

Unabridged, continually updated guide to writing conferences, writers workshops, creative career writing programs and literary retreats, with 1516 programs
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Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Join us for a week-long Memoir Writing Workshop at the edge of Italy’s peaceful and inspiring Lake Como. It's an opportunity to start narrative nonfiction writing from scratch, revive current work, refine drafts or find focus for a current manuscript in progress.

Italy

Odyssey: The Summer Fantasy Writing Workshop
Six-week summer workshop for serious writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Prestigious faculty of award-winning authors. 6/3/2019-7/12/2019 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

NH

Writing Retreat in the French Alps
If you've ever felt inspired to tell your story or have a strong urge to write, explore writing as a way to reconnect with your inner life and gain creative self-confidence. Jul 20-27, 2019

France

Writing Workshops in Highlandtown
Yellow Arrow Publishing is hosting three writers workshops at the Y-Art Gallery on Gough Street in Baltimore at 10AM: Jan 26:...

MD

Scene Structure Boot Camp
A 3-day intensive boot camp to learn how to write terrific novel scenes. You'll brainstorm and critique in a small group....

CA

Plotting Madness Boot Camp at South Lake Tahoe, CA
Three extensive days in a mansion at South Lake Tahoe. With a small group of writers and instructors you will plot...

CA

Lake Chapala Writers’ Conference
Using storytelling as its theme,the conference will be comprehensive, covering writing of articles, short stories, novels, and plays.

60 Scenes® Writing Method
“If you can write 60 Scenes® you can write a novel.” Learn storyboarding, the three-act dramatic structure, the Outer Journey of...

Women's Weekend Writing Retreat to Relax & Renew
A weekend away to restore, renew, and rediscover what really matters in a pristine and relaxing environment. Beginners welcome.

Switzerland

Women's Intuition & Writing Weekend in the South of France
The south of France holds mystery and magic. This unique travel experience is designed for you to explore the symbols of...

France

Writing Retreat in Morocco
In Morocco, a writer finds a muse. Explore the craft of travel writing, analyzing works by master storytellers and infusing elements...

Morocco

Historical Writers of America Conference
The HWA conference is an annual conference with a focus on supporting quality historical writing – fiction and nonfiction, research, the...

RI

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Welcome to the best guide for writing programs
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 2019 Conference in writing PNWA 2019 Conference
Take your writing to the next level. Attend the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2019 Conference, one of largest writing conferences in the country. Sep 12-15, 2019.

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.

Writing Retreat in the French Alps in writing Writing Retreat in the French Alps
If you've ever felt inspired to tell your story or have a strong urge to write, explore writing as a way to reconnect with your inner life and gain creative self-confidence. Jul 20-27, 2019

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.

Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat in writing Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Join us for a week-long Memoir Writing Workshop at the edge of Italy’s peaceful and inspiring Lake Como. It's an opportunity to start narrative nonfiction writing from scratch, revive current work, refine drafts or find focus for a current manuscript in progress.

Odyssey: The Summer Fantasy Writing Workshop in writing Odyssey: The Summer Fantasy Writing Workshop
Six-week summer workshop for serious writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Prestigious faculty of award-winning authors. 6/3/2019-7/12/2019 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

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.

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. San Diego, CA, Feb. 15-17, 2019.

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.

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

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.

San Miguel (de Allende) Writers' Conference in writing San Miguel (de Allende) Writers' Conference
See why Tom Robbins said, "If Dante had had the San Miguel (de Allende, Mexico) experience, he might have written more about heaven and less about hell."

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2019 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 14-17) at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel. Keynotes by Catherine Coulter, Jose Antonio Vargas and Jane Friedman!

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.

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