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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Houston Writers Guild
Houston Writers Guild Annual Fall Writing Contest is Open to ALL writers! Entering is easy. $75 prize awarded to first place in each category.

TX

Cary’s writing retreat
Come write with Cary and friends at the Chateau du Pin, a historic chateau just outside the charming little town of...

France

Ideasmyth: Your Genius Amplifier
Our mission is to amplify your genius with a full menu of creative communication and brand development services: coaching, courses, editing,...

NY

Country Memories Farm Christian Writing Conference
Christian writing conference on a small Wisconsin alpaca farm. Friday evening critiques and on-the-farm networking social "Bringing Writers Together". Saturday devotion...

WI

Chanticleer Authors Conference
CAC will focus on Book Marketing, Brand Building,Social Media Mastery,and Flourishing in this New Golden Age of Publishing. Master Classes: Selling...

WA, WA, WA, Canada

Dallas Area Writers Group
Dallas writers group that meets monthly with programs to help you develop your craft and to get published.

TX

Authors Combat Academy
Writers, Authors, pre-published or published who want to learn how to write better fight scenes. A 3-day conference in the Spring...

TN

Women Who Write - Fourth Annual Conference
Writer's conference with three tracks: prose, poetry, and children's. One-on-one critiques with editors and agents, keynote presentation by bestselling author, first...

NJ

Historical Novel Society Conference
Focus on all aspects of Historical Fiction, including historical fantasy and alternative history. Sessions will cover the craft of writing, period...

CO

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Mendocino Coast Writers Conference in writing Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
3-day annual conference features small group genre intensives, lectures, readings, one-on-one consultations, editor/agent/publisher chat rooms. Jul 31-Aug 2, 2014. Fort Bragg, CA. Celebrating our 25th season.

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference in writing Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference
Limited to 250 attendees, the conference provides a wide variety of workshop sessions and the opportunity to network with aspiring and published authors. Oct 3-5, 2014

Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program in writing 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.

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. St Paul, MN, Jun 20-22, 2014; and Grand Marais, MN, Aug 16-17, 2014

Write His Answer Christian Writers Conferences & Seminars in writing Write His Answer Christian Writers Conferences & Seminars
Write His Answer conferences (Colorado & Philadelphia) will encourage you to write about a God who is real, who is reachable, and who changes lives.

Writing the Rockies in writing Writing the Rockies
This annual weekend workshop features concurrent tracks in mainstream (narrative nonfiction)/genre fiction, poetry, screenwriting plus keynoters, readings, one-on-one pitch, critique sessions. July 2014

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.

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.

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

ASJA Writers Conference in writing ASJA Writers Conference
Expand Your Reach: Improve your career in blogging, books, articles, web content, social media, corporate projects, and much more. NYC, Apr

Fifth House Lodge Retreat in writing Fifth House Lodge Retreat
Joan Lee Hunter offers writing workshops and personalized retreats throughout the year at Fifth House Lodge in Maine.

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

Free Expressions Seminars in writing Free Expressions Seminars
Unparalleled instruction, feedback, and inspiration from industry professionals. Our simple goal: to help you achieve artistic and commercial success—now and for your entire writing career.

Unicorn Writers' Conference in writing Unicorn Writers' Conference
Network with 30 agents, get MS feedback from industry shot-callers and hone your craft. Plus, get practical tutorials from publishing executives March 14, 2015

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 1-3, 2014 Portland, OR

San Francisco Writers Conference in writing San Francisco Writers Conference
San Francisco Writing for Change is Sept. 6, 2014. San Francisco Writers Conference featuring 100+ bestselling authors, agents, editors and publishers is Feb 12-15, 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.

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing Southern California Writers' Conference
Devoted to writers of all levels, SCWC has facilitated some $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. Los Angeles CA, Sep 19-21, 2014.

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.

U.S. Poets in Mexico Annual Poetry Conference in writing U.S. Poets in Mexico Annual Poetry Conference
Join USPiM and Andrei Codrescu, editor of Exquisite Corpse, in Oaxaca for an extraordinary week of poetry leading up to Dia de los Muertos October 27-31, 2014

Autumn in Tuscany - A Writing Retreat for the Senses in writing Autumn in Tuscany - A Writing Retreat for the Senses
Through daily morning yoga, workshops, writing prompts and using all that the countryside has to offer, this retreat is guaranteed to transform your writing.

Houston Writers Guild in writing Houston Writers Guild
Houston Writers Guild Annual Fall Writing Contest is Open to ALL writers! Entering is easy. $75 prize awarded to first place in each category.

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.

Irv Bauer Screenwriting in Italy in writing Irv Bauer Screenwriting in Italy
Two-week Screenwriting Intensive in the story book beauty of Spoleto, Italy. In depth process from Character to First Draft. Small groups, all levels.

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

Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference in writing Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference
Fast-paced, information-packed sessions and workshops. Consultations with authors, agents, editors, and publishers included. Beautiful setting with on-site resort-like accommodations. Sep 15-18, 2014

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