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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

Unabridged, continually updated guide to writing conferences, writers workshops, creative career writing programs and literary retreats, with 1413 programs
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Writing Success
One-day conference with workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, craft, and writer's life, nine contests.

PA

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

AL, FL

Green River Writers Workshop
Memoir writing workshop in an intimate, supportive environment. We address memoir is historical, poetic, and fictional form. for beginning and experience...

NM

Northwest Georgia Writers Conference
Writers Conference is Saturday, May 20 with presentations by legendary literary agent, Blythe Daniel and award-winning author Cassie Selleck. Instructional topics...

GA

Austin SCBWI 2017 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference
Conference with keynotes; general sessions; breakout sessions for writing, professional development and illustration; intensives for novels, picture books and illustration; critiques;...

TX

WaterHill Publishing Writers Conference
WaterHill Publishing invites established and emerging writers to present writings at our inaugural writers’ conference series in New York City.

NY

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

Nina's Coffee Cafe Creative Writing Workshops
Small group four week writing groups designed to jumpstart creativity, hone writing skills, share and receive constructive feedback. cultivate confidence, and...

MN, MN

Balticon
Balticon is sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS). BSFS presents the Compton Crook Award, the Robert A. Heinlein Award,...

MD

Connecting Writers with Hollywood
CWWH is a writers conference where writers and screenwriters can pitch their material directly to film agents and producers. It is...

WA

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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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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 BS or amateurs.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 16-19). Attendees network with 120+ presenters including Heather Graham, John Perkins, Jon Agee, William Bernhardt and a wide variety of publishing professionals from NYC to the West Coast!

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.

2017 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2017 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 20-22 2017

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: 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 15 day writing and yoga retreat to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru.

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 3-6, 2016

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.

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 11-17, 2017

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Don't miss the 26th conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in stunning Jackson Hole, WY, Jun 22-24, 2017.

Murphy Writing of Stockton University in writing Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Supportive workshops will energize and inspire your writing. Take advantage: plentiful writing time, insightful feedback and good company.

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. 17-20, 2017

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 (limit 275 attendees) focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.

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.

Writers' Police Academy in writing Writers' Police Academy
The most interactive and educational hands-on experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. Aug 10-13, 2017

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.

Algonkian Novel Writing Courses and Program in writing Algonkian Novel Writing Courses and Program
The first truly competitive novel writing program. No time wasting or gimmicks. Professional consults and literary agent pitch forums. We tell it straight.

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing Writers Retreat Workshop
Lisa Cron, Daniel Palmer, Reavis Wortham, Les Edgerton, agents, editors and more. For 30 years your passion for writing has been our focus. May 6-13, 2017 San Antonio TX

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.

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