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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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NetWest Writers Conference
NetWest is a chapter of the North Carolina Writers' Network. Its mission is to support writers in far western North Carolina...

NC

Writers Digest Annual Conference
Take control of your writing career, hone your craft,fuel your creative fire at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, brought to you by...

NY

Writers' Retreat and Workshop
Writers' Retreats in beautiful SW France with optional daily workshop,private consultation and three tourist visits a week. Full board with French...

France

Seaside Writers' Conference and Retreat
Established by writers, for writers. Occurs annually in Seaside, Florida, on the historic and beautiful 30A, at a number of beautiful...

FL

Kauai Writers Conference
Two days of programs on craft, finding an agent, and getting published. Sessions on character development, making setting a character, memoir,...

HI

Hamlet's Hideaway
This is a week-long international writing retreat in the Danish countryside, guided by two professional writers. Make your writing dreams a...

Denmark

New Harmony Writers Workshop
The New Harmony Writers Workshop is a week-long summer retreat offering workshops in poetry and prose. Each workshop will allow up...

IN

Publish and Promote Your Book
Connect with New York City literary agents Meet with major publishing house editors Pitch your book to agents and editors Learn how to...

NY

Ozark Creative Writers
Our lineup this year is amazing. Bestselling writer, Jeff Guinn; Five Star Publishing editor, Tiffany Schofield; Bestselling author, Brett Cogburn; writer,...

AR

National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference
Join Us at the 2014 NAPT Annual Conference Writers, teachers, healers and lovers of words will be gathering to celebrate National...

AZ

Thriving... Workshop
Spring is a special time for renewal. Energize yourself at the THRIVING… One day at a Time - Workshop for Women....

OH

Author Entrepreneur Workshop
Whether you're writing your manuscript or you've already published a book, there are many options available for you to become a...

PA

OfficeSlice Aspiring Writer's Circle
The OfficeSlice Aspiring Writer's circle is a community of people coming together to share their original work - novels, short stories,...

CA

Screenwriter's Summer Camp
Build the skills, knowledge, ideas, and relationships you need to make breaking in a reality. Develop strong stories, hone essential skills,...

CA

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The New School Summer Writers Colony in writing The New School Summer Writers Colony
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry workshops and literary salons with renowned New School faculty members. Visit legendary literary venues, meet authors, editors, agents. Jun 2-19, 2014 New York, NY.

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, Minnesota, June 20-22 and Grand Marais, Minnesota August 16-17.

Writers Studio at UCLA Extension in writing Writers Studio at UCLA Extension
Participate in the four-day intensive Writers Studio and attend in-class and online courses at the most comprehensive writing program in the US Feb 5-8, 2015.

Bali: The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams Returns to The Magic Island in writing Bali: The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams Returns to The Magic Island
Come to Bali with 7-time Author Laura Davis for a transformative journey filled with adventure, writing, & yoga. These two weeks will change your life.

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

Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference in writing Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference
First novel published or no? Join the top .001 who have an actual chance of becoming published commercial authors. Straight talk. Only professionals.

San Francisco Writers Conference in writing San Francisco Writers Conference
San Francisco Writers Conference welcomes 100+ presenters. Feb 12-15, 2014 Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco CA.

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 24-26, 2014

Fifth House Lodge Retreat in writing Fifth House Lodge Retreat
Joan Lee Hunter offers group writing workshops and personalized retreats throughout the year, she leads a women's writing retreat in Puerto Moreles, Mexico Apr 2014.

Yale Writers' Conference in writing Yale Writers' Conference
Two intensive programs for committed writers at all levels, including workshops, individual manuscript conferences, master classes, craft talks, student and faculty readings. 6/7-17/2014 and 6/18-22/2014

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.

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, 2014 New York, NY

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Inspiring conference! Revel in the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Get plotting and poetic for June 26-28, 2014.

Unicorn Writers' Conference in writing Unicorn Writers' Conference
Network with 26 agents, get MS feedback from industry shot-callers and hone your craft. Plus, get practical tutorials from publishing executives March 22, 2014 Portland, CT

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.

Colgate Writers’ Conference in writing Colgate Writers’ Conference
The Colgate Writers' Conference offers daily workshops of ten or fewer participants, personal consultations, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and informal conversations. June 15-21, 2014

Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop in writing Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop
Advanced craft workshops and high level critique in beautiful Carson City, all benefitting Ventana Sierra, our nonprofit which helps at-risk youth realize their dreams. Jun 7-8, 2014

Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops in writing Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops
2014 Aegean Arts Circle Writing workshop. For aspiring and published writers. Jun 25 - Jul 4, Andros Island, Greece

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

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat in writing Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat
One-week workshop retreats feature morning group sessions, afternoon individual conferences and creative time, and evening resident read-arounds and/or entertainments. Also, year-round individual retreats.

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.

Moravian Writers' Conference in writing Moravian Writers' Conference
Energize your writing, work with accomplished faculty, and connect with other writers at the 2014 Moravian Writers' Conference. Jun 6-8, 2014 Moravian College!

Green River Writers Workshops:Turning Memory into Story: Memoir Writing Workshop in writing Green River Writers Workshops:Turning Memory into Story: Memoir Writing Workshop
July 17-20, 2014 Las Vegas, New Mexico; Workshops on memoir and the crafts of writing

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.

St. Augustine Writers Conference in writing St. Augustine Writers Conference
Award-winning writers Sascha Feinstein, Connie May Fowler, and Laura van den Berg, and special literary guests include Allan Marcil, David Paul Kirkpatrick, and Matt Fried.

Creative Writing Adventures with Page Lambert in writing Creative Writing Adventures with Page Lambert
Literature & Landscape of the Horse (Wyoming); River Writing Journey for Women (Utah Canyonlands); Weaving Words & Women (Peru, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu)

Advance! - Writers Bootcamp in writing Advance! - 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.

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

Tin House Winter Writer's Workshop in writing Tin House Winter Writer's Workshop
A weeklong writing intensive featuring workshops,lectures, readings, and fine dining. Led by award winning faculty and staff of Tin House. Jul 13-20, 2014

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference in writing Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Bring your in-progress book-length or chapbook-length poetry manuscript to the decision-makers. The only conference designed to set poets on a path towards book publication.

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