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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops
What if a narrative combined the secrets of both literary and commercial writing without sacrificing quality?

FL, NY, Mexico

Sharing Your Spiritual Stories
Free monthly spiritual writing workshops to explore what God has in mind for each of us; donations to food bank appreciated.

OH

Spring 2015 Workshops
Writing workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Thriller & Mystery, Writing for Magazines, Early, Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction and Essentials...

Nimrod Literary Awards for Fiction and Poetry
FIRST PLACE: $2,000; SECOND PLACE: $1,000; Poetry: 3-10 pages; Fiction: up to 7,500 words. No previously published works. No name on manuscript. Cover sheet...

Passionate Ink Workshops
Workshops are open to all writers in all genres. Some workshops are applicable to all genre fiction, while others are specific...

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference
One-day writers conference featuring 8-9 presentations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, short stories, novels, essays/artiticles, editing, marketing, etc.

GA

Lazuli Writers' Residency
Lazuli Literary Group offers 1-week writers’ residencies in Hudson, NY. Each residency offers group craft discussions, instructor feedback, lodging, meals, and...

NY, NY

Left Bank Writers Retreat
The six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat, held annually in Paris, includes morning writing sessions, experimenting with style and genres, for a...

France

Writing With Care
Using creative approaches to contemplation, observation and structure, the workshop discusses individual processes and the place of writing in one’s life....

Canada

Philadelphia Writers' Conference
A non-profit regional conference whose purpose is to bring writers together for instruction, counsel, networking, and the exchange of ideas. Features...

PA

How to Write & Publish Your Book, with award-winning author and publisher Neil White
Neil White reveals publishing secrets that no one else talks about. Anyone planning to write or publish a book simply must...

MS, MS, MS

Let Your Imagination Take Flight
Workshops on craft, business, writers life. Agent/Editor Pitch Appointmens

MA

Solstice Writing Retreat
Solstice is a three-day workshop with eight hours of workshop session, panel discussions and other instruction. Instructors include Dean Hughes, Chris...

UT

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

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James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops in writing James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops
What if a narrative combined the secrets of both literary and commercial writing without sacrificing quality?

Exploring the Voice of Your Soul - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps in writing Exploring the Voice of Your Soul - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps
Journey into a secret garden to write, dream, create, and explore your inner life in the magical space of a converted monastery. Clos des Capucins,French Alps

Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops in writing Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops
2015 Aegean Arts Circle Writing workshop with DAVID LAZAR Essayist/Founding Editor of Hotel Amerika. Guest Poet/Writer:Adrianne Kalfopoulou. Jun 23 - Jul 3, Andros Island, Greece

Write His Answer Christian Writers Conferences & Seminars in writing Write His Answer Christian Writers Conferences & Seminars
Write His Answer conferences (Colorado & Philadelphia) will encourage you to write about a God who is real, who is reachable, and who changes lives.

Moravian Writers' Conference in writing Moravian Writers' Conference
Energize your writing, work with accomplished faculty, and connect with other writers at the 2015 Moravian Writers' Conference. Jun 5-7, 2015 Moravian College!

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2015 in writing Chanticleer Authors Conference 2015
Engaging Readers and Building a Fanbase, Discoverability in Today's Publishing Market, Accelerating Book Sales, Book Marketing Tools and Tips, and the Business of Writing!

Get Away to Write - Spain in writing Get Away to Write - Spain
Immerse yourself in a week-long writing experience in beautiful northern Spain. Enjoy supportive workshops, panoramic clifftop views and an excursion to Barcelona. July 14-21, 2015

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Inspiring conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Get plotting and poetic for June 25-27, 2015.

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.

The Writer's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry in writing The Writer's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
TWH is a low residency and conference hybrid. We mentor and edit manuscripts pre-conference. In NYC: workshops, agents, lectures and your own reading.

Writing As a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change in writing Writing As a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change
A week living & writing with a supportive community at a gorgeous retreat center, using writing practice as a tool for growth, healing, transformation.

Write, Travel, Transform: Scotland in writing Write, Travel, Transform: Scotland
Join bestselling author Laura Davis for a transformative journey into the heart of the Scotland. These days writing and living in community will change your life.

Colgate Writers’ Conference in writing Colgate Writers’ Conference
Daily workshops of ten or fewer participants, personal consultations, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and informal conversations. Jun 14-20, 2015

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing Writers Retreat Workshop
May 14-21, 2015. Featured guest, Don Maass. Your story, your writing, your writing life. For nearly thirty years that has been, and continues to be, our focus.

Writing the Rockies in writing Writing the Rockies
This annual workshop features concurrent tracks in genre fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and publishing, plus keynotes, readings, one-on-one pitch sessions, manuscript critique sessions Jul 22-25, 2015

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

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

Yale Writers' Conference in writing Yale Writers' Conference
Writers' conference that includes workshops, individual conferences, master classes, craft talks, student & faculty readings. Jun 18-21, 2015 New Haven CT

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.

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.

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.

2015 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2015 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.

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.

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference in writing San Francisco Writers Conference
The 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference, a 'Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community', features 100+ bestselling authors, agents, editors and publishers February 12-15.

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 Novel, Short Story, Nonfiction, Young Adult Writing led by award-winning and best-selling authors. Jan 17-25, 2015

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.

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