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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Wik '14: Writing and Illustrating for Kids Conference
This one-day conference offers over 25 sessions about the essentials of writing and illustrating for young readers. Attendees will learn the...

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TRACKS: How Stories Give Shape to Our Lives
A writing seminar exploring how the physical world where the outer story of our lives takes place help us more fully...

CO

Indian Springs Writers Retreat
Three days of sharing best practices from professional writers in a quiet retreat setting. Hear from memoirists, poets, bloggers, novelists, network...

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Mind and Matter: Interior Writing in an Exterior World
Get in touch with your inner writer; organize your thoughts; craft, mine, and polish your writing; and explore avenues for publishing.

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Destin International Book Fair
This is a BOOK FAIR for the sole purpose of letting individual authors have the opportunity to sell their books to the public.

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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.

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.

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

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.

Writers Bootcamp - The Asheville Christian Writers Conference in writing Writers Bootcamp - The Asheville Christian Writers Conference
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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