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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Tucson Sisters in Crime
Monthly meeting features experts in the field of crime fighting in the mornings, and writing craft speakers in the afternoon session.

AZ

Writers' Workshops Costa Rica
January 2017 will be our first series of writer workshops, and we hope to make it the first of many. Different...

Costa Rica

California Dreamin' Conference for Writers
The California Dreamin' conference for writers occurs every other year in Brea, CA, sponsored by 4 SoCal chapters of RWA.

CA

Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi
Morning Workshops, Afternoon Readings from All Genres, Social Hour.

MI, MI

Nimrod Write Night and Awards Celebration
Celebration of the 38th Nimrod Awards: Author Reception; Author Chat with National Book Award Winner Robin Coste Lewis and National Book Award...

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Becoming an Author - Weekend Workshop
Weekend workshop; Becoming and Author ... a beginners guide (simple steps to writing & publishing a book). From Author to Entrepreneur (Leverage your...

PA

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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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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.

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.

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

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!

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

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."

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.

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.

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. Irvine, CA, Sept. 23-25, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 17-19, 2017 Asheville, NC.

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.

Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program in writing Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program
The first truly competitive novel writing courses created by literary agents, editors, and writers. No time wasting, no gimmicks. Straight talk.

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing Flathead River Writers Conference
ENERGIZING CONFERENCE NEAR GLACIER PARK Presenters: script reader, game designer & kid-lit novelist, fiction writer & contest judge, cozy-mystery author, horror film co-creators, comedy, YouTube skills,agents

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.

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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