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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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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.

Scotland

Story Sprouts: Setting, FULL–DAY Writing Workshop and Anthology
We invite you to Story Sprouts Writing Day 2015. Every author who attends will walk away with inspiration, an expanded writing...

CA

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

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

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...

Writing The Mother, Mothering The Writer
Two women in different stages of the mother-writer life come together to honor the feminine mind and body. From the babe...

VA

Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat
The Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat, brings writers of to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and one-on-one...

HI

Your Novel--Write Now
Jump start your novel with half day or full day seminars on planning, plotting, revising, and publishing in today's fiction markets.

GA

L'atelier Writers Workshop
The L'ATELIER Writers' Retreat AND Workshop seeks to provide a balance of solitary space for writing, engaging seminars on craft, critique...

France

HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers
Three-day writing conference focused on creative nonfiction. Panels, breakout sessions, keynoters, meals, networking events, workshops and more.

PA

Heaven's Treasure Writer's Retreat
Has God placed it on your heart to write a book, but you don’t know how to start? This writer's workshop...

GA

Christian Indie Authors and Readers Conference
This will be the first writers conference that focuses exclusively on Christian Indie Authors. We will offer both a beginners track...

IA

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

All Write Now
A One day writers conference with contests and prizes. Conference is not genre specific.

MS

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference
Christian conference for nonfiction & fiction writers of all experience levels.

MS, TN

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Kauai Writers Conference in writing Kauai Writers Conference
Intensive focus on craft in fiction and memoir with top authors and agents in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Limited to 150 participants.

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.

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

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.

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 in the Yucatan in writing Writing in the Yucatan
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.

Abroad Writers' Conference in writing Abroad Writers' Conference
A Summit of Professional Writers and Award Winning Authors. OWLPEN MANOR, Cotswolds, England Jan 12-19.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Making Space for Inspiration- A Summer Writing Retreat in the French Alps in writing Making Space for Inspiration- A Summer Writing 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

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!

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!

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