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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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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."

Mexico

PNWA 2018 Conference
Take your writing to the next level. Attend the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2018 Conference, one of largest writing conferences in the country. Sep 13-16, 2018.

WA

Tucson Self Publishing Expo
The Society of Southwestern Authors is sponsoring a writer’s self-publishing expo. Various vendors will be available with information that includes editing...

AZ

Kentucky Christian Writers Conference
KCWC is an annual, interdenominational event designed to equip and encourage writers in their quest for publication to fulfill the mandate...

KY

2018 Greater Nebraska Writers Conference
Hear Keynote Speaker: Alex Kava and attend 22 great classes! New this year: Boot Camp! Split into groups with a facilitator...

NE

2018 Nebraska Writers Guild Poetry Retreat/Workshops
One of Nebraska scenic areas overlooking Arbor Lodge. A day full of workshops and writing sessions followed by evening readings and...

NE

Irish Arts & Writers' Festival
Visiting Irish and local writers, musicians and artists present a festival of readings, book signings, panel discussions and performances at various...

CA

Nimrod Journal's Conference for Readers and Writers
An all-day writing conference with workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, YA fantasy, finding a literary agent, and more, as well as...

OK

Nimrod Write Night
Join Nimrod International Journal for Nimrod Write Night, the opening night for our Conference for Readers and Writers. Write Night features...

OK

Beachcombing Your memoir
Writer's retreat with unique opportunity to focus on memoir using beachcombing tools. Presented by Pulitzer prize nominee Grace Farrell and award...

RI

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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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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.

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.

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 and Jane Friedman!

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.

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 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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PNWA 2018 Conference in writing PNWA 2018 Conference
Take your writing to the next level. Attend the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2018 Conference, one of largest writing conferences in the country. Sep 13-16, 2018.

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