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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Write, Travel, Transform: Vietnam 2016
Come to Vietnam with 7-time Author Laura Davis for a transformative journey filled with adventure, writing, & yoga. These 17 days will change your life.

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

New England Christian Writers Retreat
Fellowship, workshops and time to write. New writers and established writers in all genres welcome.

MA

Summer Creative Writing Institute at the American University of Paris
This program is an intensive three-week program designed for students seeking to join a cohesive group of young writers in lively...

France

Northwest Travel Writers Conference
Calling all travel writers to the 7th annual Northwest Travel Writers Conference. Keynote speakers, presenters, panels. Access to all workshop intensives....

OR

Spring Writers Conference
Lectures, Q&A sessions, workshop, personal interaction with authors. One-on-one interviews with editor, agents, & publisher.

TX

Novel Basics
Learn to write a novel. The class will meet Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for five weeks. First class is...

OH

2015 Honolulu Writers, Authors and Poets Gathering
Offering new and existing writers, authors, poets the public and press the chance to gather and discuss any and all aspects...

HI

Amelia Island Writers Workshop, Presented by the AI Book Festival
Calling writers of all experience and genre to spend a day with noted authors and pros who will provide interactive sessions...

FL

Puerto Vallarta International Writers' Conference
A writers' conference open to all those interested in the literary arts. Faculty consists of writing professional, including authors, agents, publishers....

Mexico

28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference
This conference features sessions on textbook & academic writing techniques, digital books, marketing, social media for academics, contracts, more. Network with...

NV

Narrative Elements Writing Retreat
Over four luxurious, poolside days, you’ll participate in writing workshops to help you improve your writing by learning and practicing the...

CA

Magic and Verve in Your Writing & Yoga Workshop
A 3-day intensive in Fairhaven, WA, USA, co-led by bestselling author Barbara Kyle, and Stephanie Renée dos Santos. Includes: -Writing instruction, exercises, group...

WA

Southern Indiana Writer's Symposium
"Writing for Stage & Screen" presented by the St.Paul's Arts Council and the Arts Council of Southern IN. Program begins Friday...

IN

Elizabeth Gilbert LIVE
Join Elizabeth Gilbert LIVE at the Meritage Resort & Spa in the Napa Valley for a rare and extraordinary day of...

CA

Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Excellent instruction in an intimate group, a single room stay in the stunning Villa Monastero, five mornings studying the craft of...

Italy

SF:SE 2015
An event for all illustrators, graphic designers and authors of Speculative Fiction. SF:SE 2015 marries convention and conference standards, leaving a...

FL

Cary Tennis' Tuscan Writing Retreat
Find your voice and hone your craft in amazing and effective writing workshops led by award-winning columnist Cary Tennis in the...

Italy

Write on!
Join us for write on! One-day writers conference at the beautiful South Florida State College campus. Conference will feature writers, editors,...

FL

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Yale Writers' Conference in writing Yale Writers' Conference
Writers' conference that includes workshops, individual conferences, master classes, craft talks, student & faculty readings. Jun 18-21, 2015 New Haven CT

Writing the Rockies in writing Writing the Rockies
This annual workshop features concurrent tracks in genre fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and publishing, plus keynotes, readings, one-on-one pitch sessions, manuscript critique sessions Jul 22-25, 2015

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing Writers Retreat Workshop
May 14-21, 2015. Featured guest, Don Maass. Your story, your writing, your writing life. For nearly thirty years that has been, and continues to be, our focus.

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

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.

Writing in the Yucatan in writing Writing in the Yucatan
Enjoy a week-long women's writing retreat with Joan Lee Hunter April 4-11, 2015, in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, a quiet fishing village on the Mayan Riviera.

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 practical tutorials from publishing executives August 15, 2015.

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.

The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams in writing The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams
The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams: a week of unparalleled instruction, inspiration, community and deep rest in a stunning setting on the Northern California coast.

Writing Immersion in Sustainable Tuscany in writing Writing Immersion in Sustainable Tuscany
Holistic retreat near the Castle that Only God Knows - Tuscany - Creative writing, yoga, and painting workshops. May 2015

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing Southern California Writers' Conference
Believing that craft matters, SCWC has facilitated some $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. San Diego CA, Feb 13-16, 2015.

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."

San Francisco Writers Conference in writing San Francisco Writers Conference
The 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference, a 'Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community', features 100+ bestselling authors, agents, editors and publishers February 12-15.

PubSense Summit 2015 in writing PubSense Summit 2015
The brightest stars in publishing, author branding and book marketing, gathered to help emerging authors and publishers make sense of a rapidly shifting landscape.

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. 6/8/2015-7/17/2015 • Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

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. Apr 10-12 & Mar 13-15, 2015 New York, NY

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway in writing Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
Supportive workshops will energize and inspire your writing. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting, poetry and more. Atlantic City area. January 16-19, 2015

Write, Travel, Transform: Vietnam 2016 in writing Write, Travel, Transform: Vietnam 2016
Come to Vietnam with 7-time Author Laura Davis for a transformative journey filled with adventure, writing, & yoga. These 17 days will change your life.

Kauai Writers Conference in writing Kauai Writers Conference
Intensive focus on craft in fiction and memoir with top authors and agents in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Limited to 150 participants.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Inspiring conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Get plotting and poetic for June 25-27, 2015.

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 24-26, 2015 St. Augustine, Florida.

A Journey Into the Imagination, A 5 Day Writing Retreat in writing A Journey Into the Imagination, A 5 Day Writing Retreat
Writing Coach and novelist, Emily Hanlon, holds two annual fiction writing retreats. Journey Into the Imagination, 5 days, and a 10 Day Women’s Retreat.

Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program in writing Algonkian 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.

ASJA Writers Conference in writing ASJA Writers Conference
Want to know the secret to a successful writing career? Come to ASJA2015: Connect for Success, in midtown Manhattan Apr 30 - May 2, 2015

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.

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 20-22, 2015 Asheville, NC.

Abroad Writers' Conference in writing Abroad Writers' Conference
A Summit of Professional Writers and Award Winning Authors. OWLPEN MANOR, Cotswolds, England Jan 12-19.

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.

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