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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Write Yourself at the Wooden Tents
For writers of fiction and life story. Includes 3 nights in a Wooden Tent, 6 guided sessions - both formal and...

Canada

Full-Bodied Novel Retreat
The Second Annual Full-Bodied Novel Retreat explores the writer’s mind-body connection in a peaceful, relaxing setting.

WA,

Artist Mission for Writers
Feeling too burnt out to make art? Overwhelmed juggling multiple projects AND your day-job? Have a novel you’ve been meaning to...

Costa Rica

12th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference
This wonderful intimate writers Conference in the heart of Gold Country offers a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrity...

CA

The Write Beach Retreat
Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights in a charming beachside hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida as you take your writing career...

FL

My Time To Write
Break Free of “Writer’s Block”, Easily Find Time to Write, and Fulfill Your Dream of Becoming a Published Author… Within a Year!

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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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.

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing Flathead River Writers Conference
Presenter expertise: Suspense, Western, Middle-grade & Young adult sci-fi & fantasy, Romantic comedy, Social media, Crowdfunding 101, Children’s writing trends, Writing craft, Agents. Near Glacier Park, MT Sep 23-24.

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 10-16. Nans sous Ste Anne, France - Oct 7-13

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.

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.

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 10-13, 2017

Algonkian Novel Writing Courses and Program in writing Algonkian Novel Writing Courses and Program
The first truly competitive novel writing program. No time wasting or gimmicks. Professional consults and literary agent pitch forums. We tell it straight.

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.

Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru in writing Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru
Join 7-time author Laura Davis for a transformative 15 day writing and yoga retreat to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Don't miss the 26th conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in stunning Jackson Hole, WY, Jun 22-24, 2017.

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing Writers Retreat Workshop
Lisa Cron, Daniel Palmer, Reavis Wortham, Les Edgerton, agents, editors and more. For 30 years your passion for writing has been our focus. May 6-13, 2017 San Antonio TX

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.

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 (limit 275 attendees) focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 16-19). Attendees network with 120+ presenters including Heather Graham, John Perkins, Jon Agee, William Bernhardt and a wide variety of publishing professionals from NYC to the West Coast!

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

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

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.

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.

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