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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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A Writer Within
A WRITER WITHIN - IN TUSCANY: Writing Retreats For Women In Inspiring Locals. Click for more information on our writing retreats in Tuscany.

Italy

Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW
Join author David Corbett, agent Michelle Johnson, and our staff - be challenged and inspired to transform your writing. May 22-31, 2018 Boise, ID.

ID

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 9-12, 2018

WI

James Bonnet's Storymaking Workshops in France and California
7 Day Storymaking Retreats in CA and France for Novelists and Screenwriters with James Bonnet. Santa Monica, CA - Sep 8-14, 2018. Nans sous Ste Anne, France - Oct 6-12 and OCT 15-21, 2018.

CA, France

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

NH, NJ, NY, , , Spain, United Kingdom

Colgate Writers’ Conference
Daily workshops of ten or fewer participants, personal consultations, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and informal conversations. June 17-23, 2018

NY

Georgetown Indie Con
An independent writer’s conference that takes place in the Rocky Mountain National Historic Landmark District town of Georgetown, Colorado.

CO

Writing With Care
This unique writing retreat with award winning mentors Lois Brown and Lori Clarke provides one-on-one dramaturgy, guided reflection, and plenty of...

Canada

Mississippi Writers Guild 2918 Conference
A conference for writers and aspiring writers with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and workshop leaders.

MS

Leopardi Writing Conference
Join us in Italy this summer for the launch of the Leopardi Writing Conference, an immersive program for new and experienced...

Italy

Juniper Institute for Young Writers
Experience the writer's life, community, and wild invention. Creative writing workshops, studio sessions, readings, and field trips. Pre-college residential experience on...

MA

The Belize Writers' Conference
The Belize Writers’ Conference for fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir writers. Join New York literary agents for the perfect blend of...

Belize

PENCON
PENCON is the only conference for beginning and professional editors in the Christian market. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about the...

MI

Ask a Nice Lady Author Coaching and Mentoring
Book development and late-draft manuscript consults. Reasonable prices.

The Red Ink Conference
Prepare to go higher in your craft! Expect a few surprises, giveaways and of course, engaging work to take your authorpreneurial...

MI

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

Realm Makers
Realm Makers is the preeminent symposium for people of faith who write science fiction, fantasy,and all their related sub-genres. This three-day...

PA

Lakefly Writers Conference
It's time to join our supportive community of writers for a two-day conference, at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Over a dozen...

WI

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity
This will be a writer's and fan's conference for genre fiction covering mystery, suspense, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, romance & horror. We...

MD

TLA Power of Words Conference
Conference that explores the use of expressive language arts, including written, spoken, and sung words. Special tracks in Narrative Medicine, Right...

VT

Mad Anthony Writers Conference
Professional, friendly, affordable. Beginner and Intermediate. Rated 'Excellent' by attendees and speakers every year. 2018 events yet to be confirmed

OH

Fiction Among Friends Writers' Retreats
St. George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat for Women and Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat: Workshops, personal writing time,participant readings w/peer critique sessions,...

FL, NY

The Creativity Workshop: Creative Writing, Drawing, Storytelling and Memoir
Workshops devoted to developing creative expression. Includes a series of exercises in Creative Writing, Mindfulness, Memoir, Photography, Art and Storytelling.

NY, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Italy, Portugal, Spain

A Week Retreat for Women: Writing, Creativity and Ritual in Bar Harbor, Maine
A Women's Writing & Creativity retreat held at my home on the rocky shore in Bar Harbor, Me. All rooms have...

ME

Kentucky Women Writers Conference
An annual event launched by the University of Kentucky in 1979, it has become a premier destination for the celebration of...

KY

Pennwriters Conference
MISSION POSSIBLE. 31st annual multi-genre writers conference featuring agent/editor pitches, 40+ workshops, keynotes, read & critiques, intensives, networking

PA

Tennessee Mountain Writers' Conference
Parallel sessions of workshops on fiction, poetry, nonfiction, writing for young people, Writing Across Genres, Songwriting, Writing Southern Cozies, Drawing Fictional...

TN

Florida Christian Writers Conference
Reduced registration and scholarships. Outstanding faculty includes best-selling authors. Over 60 one-hour workshops. 10 Continuing Classes. One-on-one meetings with editors and...

FL

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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 CA and France for Novelists and Screenwriters with James Bonnet. Santa Monica, CA - Sep 8-14, 2018. Nans sous Ste Anne, France - Oct 6-12 and OCT 15-21, 2018.

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 amateur feeback.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 15-18) features DANA GIOIA, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman and authors Shanthi Sekaran, Mitali Perkins & Sheldon Siegel.

2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2018 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 19-21, 2018.

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."

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 2-5, 2017

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. June 17-23, 2018

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Don't miss the 27th conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in stunning Jackson Hole, WY, Jun 28-30, 2018

Murphy Writing of Stockton University in writing Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Supportive retreats 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. 16-18, 2018.

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 focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.

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. 6/4/2018-7/13/2018 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

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. Oct 12-14, 2017.

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 9-12, 2018

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 Next Bestseller Weekend Workshop in writing The Next Bestseller Weekend Workshop
Learn practical training for how to properly pitch your book/screenplay to the book publishing industry professionals, Hollywood, the media and others. NYC, NY, Nov 2-4, 2018

Heloise Jones Insight+Alchemy Workshops and Retreats in writing Heloise Jones Insight+Alchemy Workshops and Retreats
Madonna - Contemporary Ally. A Women's Retreat. Santa Fe, NM. March 1-4, 2018.

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing Flathead River Writers Conference
Montana Writer Conference near Glacier Park September 22-23. Presenter expertise: memoir, digital marketing, fundamentals of fiction, path to publishing, and agent conferences.

Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps in writing Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps
If you've ever felt inspired to tell your story or have a strong urge to write, explore writing as a way to reconnect with your inner life.

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018 in writing Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018
Chanticleer Authors Conference-The Business and Marketing of Writing. Apr 20-22, 2018, Vancouver, B.C.

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.

Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW in writing Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW
Join author David Corbett, agent Michelle Johnson, and our staff - be challenged and inspired to transform your writing. May 22-31, 2018 Boise, ID.

A Writer Within in writing A Writer Within
A WRITER WITHIN - IN TUSCANY: Writing Retreats For Women In Inspiring Locals. Click for more information on our writing retreats in Tuscany.

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