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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Scribbler's Ink Day Prompt-Writing Workshop
Do you love to write? Do you think you might like to write? Did you used to love to write before...

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Women's Weekend Writing Retreat
August 12-14 Duxbury, MA. This full weekend includes writing workshops, breakout sessions, speakers, individual sessions with a developmental editor, beta reading,...

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St. John's College 2016 Writing Intensive
In this one-day writing intensive, participants will have the opportunity to join other writers for a day devoted to writing instruction,...

MD

CAPA Mini-U: A One Day Intensive University Workshop
Want to learn how to maximize your book sales? There are three key areas you have to understand to succeed--market research,...

CT

Fiction Writing Workshop in Provence
7 day fiction writing intensive workshop in Saint-Remy-de-Provence conducted jointly by a writing coach and a literary agent.

France

WRITE YOUR LIFE Memoir Workshop
Intensive Memoir/Personal Essay workshop with award-winning authors Veronica Chambers and Lise Funderburg.

PA

Beth Kephart Memoir Workshop
A five-day workshop focused on the art of memoir, offering guided prompts, selected readings, and in-depth critique and analysis in a...

PA

Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop
The Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop connects motivated young writers ages 13-19 with best selling authors who are gifted with the ability...

MN

How to Build an Audience, Grow Your List, and Sell More Books!
Creating a Book Marketing System: A fast-paced, 3-hour workshop, entrepreneur and marketer Shawn Manaher will share strategies and tactics to build...

MO

Publish & Promote Your Book Conference at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College
If you’re ready to find an agent and present your book to the marketplace, come join our community of educators, writers,...

NY

Business Writers Conference
A Conference for professionals who want to publish their idea, concept, or expertise

GA

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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2016 Writing for Change (September 10) featuring eco-feminist Susan Griffin and Marc Allen (New World Library). 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 16-19) 100+ presenters including Heather Graham!

ASJA Writers Conference in writing ASJA Writers Conference
Want to know the secret to a successful writing career? Come to ASJA2016: Change, Challenge, Opportunity, in midtown Manhattan May 20-21, 2016.

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2016 in writing Chanticleer Authors Conference 2016
Chanticleer Authors Conference - The Business of Writing. Apr 29-May 1, 2016 Bellingham MA.

Kauai Writers Conference and Master Classes in writing Kauai Writers Conference and Master Classes
The conference of a lifetime...plus intimate Master Classes limited to 15. Extraordinary authors, extraordinary agents, manuscript critiques, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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 12-18, 2016

Yale Writers' Conference in writing Yale Writers' Conference
Writers' conference that includes workshops, individual conferences, master classes, craft talks, student & faculty readings. Jun 4-19, 2016 New Haven CT

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Celebrate writing at our 25th! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 23-25, 2016.

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 Mar 25, 2017 Purchase, NY

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

Iowa Summer Writing Festival in writing Iowa Summer Writing Festival
An opportunity for you to share your work in a community that wishes it well. 140 weeklong, two-week, and weekend workshops across the genres for writers at all levels.

Bali 2016: The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams Returns to The Magic Island in writing Bali 2016: 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 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.

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 July 20-25, 2016.

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.

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. March 11-13 & April 8-10 September and October TBA, 2016, New York, NY

Get Away to Write - Scotland in writing Get Away to Write - Scotland
Immerse yourself in a week-long writing experience in Scotland. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, excursions to Edinburgh and more. Jul 28-Aug 5, 2016

Swiss Alps Natural Balance Writing & Yoga Retreat in writing Swiss Alps Natural Balance Writing & Yoga Retreat
A week away to restore, renew, and rediscover what really matters. Jun 19-26, 2016 in Sonogno, Switzerland (Val Verzasca - Near Locarno)

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 France for Novelists and Screenwriters. Write your novel or screenplay in an idyllic setting, working one-on-one with James Bonnet.

Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews in writing Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews
First novel published yet? Join the top .001 who have an actual chance of becoming commercial authors. Straight talk, pragmatic, no advice from amateurs.

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.

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