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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Big Island Writers' Retreat & Conference 2016
Relax, refresh and restore your work in a creative paradise. Eight days and nine nights of writing, learning, sharing, exchanging and...

HI

Women's Writing & Yoga Retreat Costa Rica- Freedom to Create
Afraid to write, but want to? Our 7-day retreat is filled with self-care, yoga, writing, and self-discovery. Jeannie and Leigh guide...

Costa Rica

NEPA BlogCon
NEPA BlogCon is a not-for-profit annual event for bloggers, students, non-profits, and businesses to learn about optimizing online communication.

PA, PA, PA

Summerbreeze Memoir Writing Weekend
An annual opportunity to shake the sand from your personal stories and uncover your own sparkling treasure! You may attend this...

Internet

CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS
How to create complex, memorable characters; reverse a stereotypical character; create an unreliable narrator, reveal character through behavior and dialogue; use...

OR

Writing and Kundalini Yoga Eco-Retreat
Birds do it. Be a bird. Fly south this January for writing and Kundalini yoga amid a tropical Mexican paradise designed...

Mexico

Write Your Heart Out in the Heart of the Catskills with Stephen Foreman at the Spruceton Inn
Write your heart out under a rainbow riot of fall foliage with author Stephen Foreman at the Vogue/NY Times approved minimalist...

NY

Building Your Author Platform: How to Grow a Fan Base and a Presence Online and Off
Bob Baker, author of the highly acclaimed Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook, teaches authors how to build their platform.

MO

Central Coast Writers’ Conference
The 31st Annual Central Coast Writers’ Conference will consist of writing workshops in many diverse genres, TV and Screenwriting, writer critic...

CA

MEMOIR WRITERS CONFERENCE “MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS” GENRE-LA 2015
Learn how to write a memoir that more than just your family will want to read, how to organize ideas and...

CA

Writers Retreat in the Rockies Conference
The 2nd annual, Writer’s Retreat in the Rockies Conference features agents, authors, writers and publishers who are at the top of...

CO

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival celebrates writers and readers. We welcome everyone who has an interest in writing. We and provide an...

Australia

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Elizabeth Gilbert LIVE in writing Elizabeth Gilbert LIVE
Elizabeth Gilbert Writing Workshop Napa Valley, California November 7, 2015

Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program in writing Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program
The first truly competitive novel writing program created by literary agents, editors, and writers. No time wasting, no gimmicks. Straight talk.

The Asheville Christian Writers' Conference - Writers Bootcamp in writing The Asheville Christian Writers' Conference - Writers Bootcamp
3-day Smoky Mountain retreat conference features small editor/agent/publisher classes & discussion groups, intense writing workshops taught by award-winning authors. Feb 19-21, 2016 Asheville, NC.

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 24-26, 2015 St. Augustine, Florida.

Unicorn Writers' Conference in writing Unicorn Writers' Conference
Network with 48 agents, 15 NYC book editors, and other guest speakers. Get MS feedback from industry shot-callers and hone your craft practical tutorials from publishing executives August 15, 2015.

USPiM Oaxaca Poetry Conference in writing USPiM Oaxaca Poetry Conference
Join USPiM in warm & sunny Oaxaca for an extraordinary week of poetry January 3-8, 2016

ASJA Writers Conference in writing ASJA Writers Conference
Want to know the secret to a successful writing career? Come to ASJA2015: Connect for Success, in midtown Manhattan Apr 30 - May 2, 2015

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. 6/8/2015-7/17/2015 • 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 intimate conference (limit 275) focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on marketing and specialty topics.

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing Southern California Writers' Conference
Believing that craft matters, SCWC has facilitated some $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. Irvine, CA, Sept. 25-27, 2015.

Shore Thing Writing Getaway in writing Shore Thing Writing Getaway
Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Sep 12, 2015

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.

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 5-8, 2015

Bali 2106: The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams Returns to The Magic Island in writing Bali 2106: The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams Returns to The Magic Island
Come to Bali with 7-time Author Laura Davis for a transformative journey filled with adventure, writing, & community. These 15 days will change your life.

Write, Travel, Transform: The Greek Islands in writing Write, Travel, Transform: The Greek Islands
Join bestselling author Laura Davis for a transformative journey to the Greek Islands. These 16 days of writing, yoga, and adventure will change your life.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival in writing Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Six-day festival features eight poetry workshops, includes one-on-one conference, readings, craft talks, social events, fun, sun. In lively Delray Beach, FL Jan 18-23, 2016

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."

2016 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2016 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 Apr 28-30 2016

Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise in writing Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise
Lectures on craft, roundtables, readings, receptions, daily workshops in Poetry, Novel, Short Story, Nonfiction, Young Adult Writing led by award-winning and best-selling authors. Jan 16-23, 2016

San Francisco Writers Conference in writing San Francisco Writers Conference
Mark Your Calendars! 2015 San Francisco Writing for Change (Sep 12) and 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 11-14) a Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community

New York Writers Workshop:  Pitch Conferences & Workshops in writing New York Writers Workshop: Pitch Conferences & Workshops
Three-day conferences for writers who pitch their book proposals to editors from major New York publishers. Apr 10-12 & Mar 13-15, 2015 New York, NY

Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews in writing Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews
First novel published or no? Join the top .001 who have an actual chance of becoming published commercial authors. Straight talk. Only professionals.

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