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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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PubSense Summit 2015
The brightest stars in publishing, author branding and book marketing, gathered to help emerging authors and publishers make sense of a rapidly shifting landscape.

SC

Winter Workshops 2015
Creative Writing Workshops Memoir, Fiction, Mystery Writing, Screenwriting, Creative Writing for Teens

CT

Dickinson House
Dickinson House is a residency center for writers and artists, located in East Flanders. We also host writing and art workshops.

Belgium

The Red Ink Conference
This conference is for editors looking to hone their skills and editing business, as well as authorpreneurs!

MI

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

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PubSense Summit 2015 in writing PubSense Summit 2015
The brightest stars in publishing, author branding and book marketing, gathered to help emerging authors and publishers make sense of a rapidly shifting landscape.

Study Homer and Write in Greece in writing Study Homer and Write in Greece
Homer At Onar, A combined Seminar on The Iliad and Writer's Workshop on the beautiful island of Andros, Greece May 18-28, 2015

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.

Writing in Puerto Morelos With Joan Lee Hunter in writing Writing in Puerto Morelos With Joan Lee Hunter
Enjoy a week-long women's writing retreat with Joan Lee Hunter April 4-11, 2015, in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, a quiet fishing village on the Mayan Riviera.

Writer's Renaissance in writing Writer's Renaissance
It's not a Retreat-it's a Renaissance. We use Florence as a classroom to unlock our creativity, electrify our writing and eat lots of gelato! Apr 12-18, 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.

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

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 20-22, 2015 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 25-27, 2014 St. Augustine, Florida.

Writing Immersion in Sustainable Tuscany in writing Writing Immersion in Sustainable Tuscany
Holistic retreat near the Castle that Only God Knows - Tuscany - Creative writing, yoga, and painting workshops. May 2015

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 Mar 14, 2015.

The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams in writing The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams
The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams: a week of unparalleled instruction, inspiration, community and deep rest in a stunning setting on the Northern California coast.

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."

Abroad Writers' Conference in writing Abroad Writers' Conference
A Summit of Professional Writers and Award Winning Authors. LAKE COMO June 21 - 28th. SPAIN December 13 - 20th. Workshops with Pulitzer Authors. Nightly Readings and Lectures.

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

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.

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. Oct 10-12 & Nov 7-9, 2014 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.

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 through May 2, 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.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway in writing Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
Supportive workshops will energize and inspire your writing. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting, poetry and more. Atlantic City area. January 16-19, 2015

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. San Diego CA, Feb 13-16, 2015.

A Journey Into the Imagination, A 5 Day Writing Retreat in writing A Journey Into the Imagination, A 5 Day Writing Retreat
Writing Coach and novelist, Emily Hanlon, holds two annual fiction writing retreats. Journey Into the Imagination, 5 days, and a 10 Day Women’s Retreat.

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.

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