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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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The Next Bestseller Weekend Workshop
Learn practical training for how to properly pitch your book/screenplay to the book publishing industry professionals, Hollywood, the media and others. NYC, NY, Nov 2-4, 2018

NY

Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer 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.

France

Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Don't miss the 27th conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in stunning Jackson Hole, WY, Jun 28-30, 2018

WY

Moravian College Writers' Conference
Energize your writing, work with accomplished faculty, and connect with other writers on the campus of Moravian College. Film screening, keynote...

PA

Write Now! 2018
One-day, multi-track writing conference for fiction and nonfiction writers. Sessions include building a better article, character development for fiction writers, children's...

Write Your Novel TODAY!
As an author and qualified psychotherapist (member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy -BACP) my passions are motivating and...

Ann Wylie Master Classes: Writing workshops
Please join us at our upcoming public writing workshops. You’ll walk away with tips, tricks and techniques for getting people to...

CA, CA, CO, DC, GA, IL, NM, NY, OR, TX

Catapult
Catapult is the "best place to meet your literary heroes and get better at writing, too," says the Village Voice. We...

NY

Doe Branch Ink Writers' Retreat
Facilitated writing retreats with published writers-in-residence. Songwriters' retreat also offered.

NC

New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College
M-W-F: 1pm-4pm workshops. T-TH: Q & A's with visiting writers. M-F evenings: readings & presentations by visiting and staff writers. S-SU:...

NY

Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat - Wyoming
Unique adventure for anyone who yearns for nature, longs to reconnect with horses and hungers for creative inspiration in authentic ranch...

WY

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
Morning workshops with same faculty-author three days, one juried master class, others open enrollment; afternoon readings, seminars, and craft discussions. Add-on or...

CA

Yale Writers' Workshop
Writers' conference that includes workshops, individual manuscript conferences, master classes, craft talks, student & faculty readings.

CT

Retreat to the Springs!
Retreat to the Springs! retreat includes instruction and one-on-one manuscript critique, all held in the fantastic Yellow Springs, Ohio.

WV

Willow Creek Ranch Writing Workshop
Immersion writing with focus on personal mentoring in a spectacular setting. All levels welcome.

WY

Steamboat Springs Writers Conference
Our 37th annual event. Two instructors, seminar-type workshops for all levels, beginning to professional. Topics change each year. Limited enrollment.

CO

Lake Chapala Writers Conference
Two days (Thursday & Friday) of inspirational workshops starting with a cocktail reception Wednesday afternoon at 5PM.

Mexico

Expanding Paradigms
Yoga, relaxation, visualization, and meditation, followed by writing exercises. Small facilitated response groups for positive feedback. Revision workshops offered separately.

MA, TX, Guatemala, Mexico

Emerald Coast Christian Writers Conference
Emerald Coast Christian Writers invites you to attend Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat, Blue Lake Camp, Andalusia, Alabama. Includes classes, workshops,...

AL, FL

Heal Your Story Empowerment Workshop Series
Come into balance and harmony with your most authentic self in Heal Your Story, three related workshops to help you discover...

CA

Rochester Writers' Conference
Lectures, Workshops, and Panel Discussions in fiction, non-fiction, and business concepts of writing. Open to new writers, working journalists, and published...

MI

Writers' Group Gathering
Open source, member directed gatherings for writers and those in the publishing industry.

NV,

Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival
Spend the weekend with knowledgeable, generous & enthusiastic people active in the publishing industry, who want to help you further your...

Canada

Your Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer. . .
Join Albert Flynn DeSilver for his exclusive Year-Long-Program based on his popular book "Writing as a Path to Awakening." Program includes...

CA

Writing Retreats in Mexico
Writing retreat that includes group classes, individual writing coaching, evening readings, one class on publishing. We make sure you get your writing...

Canada, Mexico

The Inkwell Group
Ireland's leading publishing consultancy offering services including critique, readers reports, editing. Literary Scouts for leading agents in the UK and Ireland....

Ireland

The Writer's Workshop
Seattle-based creative writing classes; Travel, food & wine writing seminar includes lectures, discussions & excursions to related sites. Online courses are...

France, Internet

Summer Writers Institute
The Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops with esteemed faculty and published authors. Writers benefit from individual...

, MO, MO

Atlanta Christian Writers Retreat
Annual critique-themed retreat for Christian writers. Hosted by Word Weavers International.

GA

Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference
Spark your creativity and take your writing to the next level at the nonfiction writing conference in Sag Harbor – the...

NY

St. Davids Christian Writers' Conference
AM & PM workshops, fiction writers' retreat, general sessions, keynoter, writers' colony, 8 writing contests, professional critiques, one-on-one meetings with agent,...

Pele's Fire: Write to the Core
Leave behind a world of distractions. Spend a week at Pele's Fire, a writers' retreat in a breathtaking, ecologically-conscious jungle oasis...

HI

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Writers gather in an intimate lakeside setting with award-winning authors and teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative...

MN

Bard College at Simon's Rock Summer Young Writers Workshop
Three 90-minute workshop sessions daily, including imaginative writing activities and discussion of readings. Weekly individual meetings with workshop instructor. Focus is...

MA

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators - Southern Breeze Region
Local and regional events with keynote addresses, workshops, critiques, panels, optional intensives for children's book writers and illustrators. Annual Conference is...

The Frost Place Poetry Conferences
Study poetry at Robert Frost's home in the beautiful White Mountains of NH. Poetry writing and teaching conferences; critique workshops with...

NH

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

Be a Better Freelancer!®
Annual conference for current and aspiring freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, graphic artists, website managers, etc., with guidance on marketing, promotions,...

NY

Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos
Writing Workshops in Greece offers participants to enroll in workshops in three genres: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (with an emphasis on...

Greece

Colorado Gold
RMFW is pleased to present Colorado Gold where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a...

CO

Writing Retreat - Santa Fe
Mindful travel coupled with daily workshops on craft will help you understand and develop your authentic writer's voice. Curriculum explores specific...

NM

2018 Northern Colorado Writers Conference
Workshops, seminars, speakers, entertainment, agent roundtables, pitch sessions, networking

CO

Northern Woodlands Conference
For writers, readers, teachers, and anyone else who loves the woods, this event celebrates the natural history of the northeast and...

VT

Greater Harvest Workshops
Writing workshops covering such topics as novel writing, self-publishing, social networking. Founded by Donna J. Shepherd, Greater Harvest Workshops are designed...

OH

Story Camp 2019
Need escape time to get clarity about your book idea or to start/finish any writing project? Short workshops to learn writing...

FL

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018
Sessions on Increased Distribution, Book Marketing & Branding, Amplifying Promotion Efforts,Publishing Avenues & Platforms, Accelerating Book Sales,and Social Media Mastery &...

Canada

Kauai Writers Conference and Master Classes
Join bestselling authors and agents in an intimate, oceanfront setting, with an emphasis on fiction, memoir, thrillers, and screenwriting. Includes in-depth...

HI

ENGLAND WRITING RETREAT
Author and editor panels. Writing strategies: Embodying the life of your characters. Breaking through blocks Writing across genres. Work on your current...

MA, England, England, United Kingdom

The CALLIOPE Writers' Conference
3 full days honing your story structure & designing a winning pitch & query. Q&A panel of best-selling authors & editors....

UT

Legal Issues in Writing
You've written the perfect manuscript, but have you thought through your legal rights and liability? What about copyright? How safe is...

GA

Write Away Europe Writing Retreats
Writers & aspiring writers find inspiration, get feedback, time to write surrounded by like-minded writers in a supportive, helpful setting.

Czech Republic, France, Italy, Italy

Bethany Beach Writing Retreat
Write your stories at the beach in the beautiful Addy Sea Inn! Gift yourself with 4 days to write your stories...

DE

The Loft Literary Center
Classes, workshops, intensives, and retreats

MN

Additional Resources
Colonies, Residencies, & Retreats: Inspiring settings to nurture your creativity.

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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.

2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2018 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 19-21, 2018.

Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps in writing Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer 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.

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing Flathead River Writers Conference
Montana Writer Conference near Glacier Park September 22-23. Presenter expertise: memoir, digital marketing, fundamentals of fiction, path to publishing, and agent conferences.

Heloise Jones Insight+Alchemy Workshops and Retreats in writing Heloise Jones Insight+Alchemy Workshops and Retreats
Madonna - Contemporary Ally. A Women's Retreat. Santa Fe, NM. March 1-4, 2018.

The Next Bestseller Weekend Workshop in writing The Next Bestseller Weekend Workshop
Learn practical training for how to properly pitch your book/screenplay to the book publishing industry professionals, Hollywood, the media and others. NYC, NY, Nov 2-4, 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.

Florida Literary Arts Coalition Annual Other Words Conference in writing Florida Literary Arts Coalition Annual Other Words Conference
This year's theme is Writing Funny: The Literary Art of Humor. We imagine this to include writing humorous works in all literary genres. Oct 12-14, 2017.

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 2-5, 2017

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."

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2017 San Francisco Writing for Change (Sept. 9th) features STEPHEN DINAN. 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 15-18) features DANA GIOIA, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman.

Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews in writing Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews
First novel published? No? Join the top .001 and become a true brass-ring author. Straight talk, commercial contracts, no amateur feeback.

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.

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. 16-18, 2018.

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. 6/4/2018-7/13/2018 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Don't miss the 27th conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in stunning Jackson Hole, WY, Jun 28-30, 2018

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