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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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

Canada

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.

NH, NJ, NY, , , Spain, United Kingdom

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

FL

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.

NV

Seventh Heaven Writing Retreat near Zion National Park, Utah
Let the transcendent beauty of Zion National Park in Utah be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers...

UT

Agents & Editors Conference
The Agents & Editors Conference brings 20+ nationally-known agents and editors and dozens of award-winning and bestselling authors for three days...

TX

Western Nebraska Writers Intensive
The program includes four presentations/workshops with plenty of time for networking and building relationships.

NE, WY

Santa Barbara Writers Conference
6-day writing conference with workshops, keynotes, panels, agents, networking, crafting, marketing, banquets, awards, most genres, manuscript consultations, cocktail reception, book signings,...

CA

Cagibi Retreats
Join a small group of writers for a long weekend of dedicated writing time and workshops co-led by teachers and editors...

NY

The Moss Wood Retreats
Unique creative writing retreats in an uncommonly beautiful place. With no more than 8 writers each week, our objective is a...

ME

Northwest Georgia Writers Conference
Full day writers workshop with food and networking. Keynote speaker is bestselling author Karin Gillespie. Topics include writing, publishing, poetry, marketing,...

GA

Krouna Writing Workshop
Six days of workshops, craft talks, and time for writing and inspiration in the stunning village of Papingo in northern Greece....

Greece

Publishing Summit Loudoun
Finish your manuscript and press the “publish” button. This is a day for YOU to learn about writing and publishing, as...

VA

Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference
Killer Nashville features 65 breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, moonshine & wine tastings, agent/editor roundtable pitches, a mock crime...

TN

SoCal Christian Writers' Conference
Speakers will be top-name professionals, including agents, acquisitions editors, and best-selling authors. Options will include:3-day continuing education sessions; individual workshops;1:1 appointments...

CA

Write to Publish: Climbing Toward Success!
DAWG's writing workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the writing craft from successful, published authors and literary agents.

TX

Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW
WRW is a 10-day/9-night boot camp for writers; combine classes, one-on-one meetings, and writing time. If you are an aspiring novelist...

ID

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference
We hold an annual conference in Columbus Ga, hiring a variety of faculty members from across the country, presenting workshops in...

GA

Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc
The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, offers the most generous critique in terms of page count of any conference. The workshops meet three...

NY, England

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, HI, HI

Genre-LA™ Creative Writing Conference
The conference is ideal for all aspiring, active, and accomplished writers who want to improve the quality of their work, and...

CA

Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference
Take your writing to the next level with guidance from educators, industry professionals, literary agents and publishers focused on the craft...

CA

Haiku North America Conference
Conference devoted to haiku as a literary art. Includes presentations, readings, panels, bookfair, exhibits, banquet, and anthology.

NM

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference
12 workshops, 2-tracks for writers and fans

NJ

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival
Magna cum Murder is a quaint conference where authors and guests become one. This is the only conference where there is...

IN

Creating a Writing Life Retreat for Emerging Writers
Writing & sharing work/ guest authors/ held on Connecticut shoreline. The day will be filled with nourishment for the body, soul...

CT

Blue Ridge Autumn in the Mountains Novelist Retreat
Keynote speakers, classes, workshops, one-on-one with faculty, contests, critiques, brainstorming. You’re invited to come, focus on Craft and Creativity, incorporate into...

NC

Clarksville Writers Conference
Join us for this fun, affordable and talent-laden conference featuring two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with...

TN

The Emotional Craft of Fiction with Donald Maass
Six-hour fiction seminar "The Emotional Craft of Fiction:How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface." Literary agent Donald Maass will show...

OR

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Mountain Maryland Writers' Institute in writing Mountain Maryland Writers' Institute
Morning and afternoon sessions guided by authors and historians. Jul 26-29 2018 Garrett County, MD.

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.

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.

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. You'll be encouraged to renew the link between your intuition and your creativity using guided visualization and practical exercises.

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.

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 8-11, 2018

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat in writing Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat
One-week workshop retreats feature morning group sessions, afternoon individual conferences and creative time, and evening resident read-arounds and/or entertainments. Also, year-round individual retreats.

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
2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 15-18) features DANA GIOIA, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman and authors Shanthi Sekaran, Mitali Perkins & Sheldon Siegel.

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.

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.

Antioch Writers' Workshop in writing Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fiction, memoir and personal essay, poetry. Accessible faculty, intensive seminars, manuscript critiques, agent meetings. Presented in partnership with University of Dayton, July 14-20, 2018.

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