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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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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.

FL

Writing In Paradise
At Writing in Paradise be inspired to create memorable and captivating writing while being supported by two highly-trained mentors and editors,...

Indonesia

Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Over the 4 days of the festival there are workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music,...

Canada

Writing in Tuscany
Writing in Tuscany is designed for writers of all experience levels. Participants will have ample time to work on their own...

Italy

May Mini-Conference
ACFW - DFW Ready Writers will be holding their first May Mini-Conference with multi-published, award winning author DiAnn Mills, and multi-published...

TX

Arts in the Gap
Arts in the Gap, a summer arts initiative, is hosting many literary workshops on various types of writing. Each workshop will...

TN

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

GA

HillHouse Writers Retreat
HillHouse Writers Retreat was founded in May of 2004. We pride ourselves on preparing the best meals using the freshest ingredients....

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

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

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

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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

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.

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 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.

Willamette Writers in writing Willamette Writers
Meet 100s of writers, choose from nearly 100 workshops conducted by 50+ seasoned pros, pitch your ideas, submit your manuscript. Aug 12-14, 2016 Portland, OR

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

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.

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)

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

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2016 Writing for Change (Sep 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!

Sail to Success in writing Sail to Success
Trip of a lifetime. Unique workshop combining best-in-class faculty with an outstanding venue. 4-days of intense critiques and lectures while sailing the Bahamas.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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