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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Guided Novel Writing Retreat
Learn the secrets of bestselling authors in this small-group guided retreat at the historic Kemble Inn in Lenox, MA. Includes a private tea & tour of Edith Wharton's home, The Mount. Emerge with a clear process for getting to a finished draft.

MA

Loreto Bay Writing Retreat 2016
We'll spend 25+ hours alongside like-minded women in writing workshops learning to write everything from memoir and non-fiction to short stories...

Mexico

Colorado Writers' Workshop
The Colorado Writers' Workshop is a fun, collaborative, productive space for writers of all levels to generate new material & share...

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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.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival in writing Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Six-day festival features eight poetry workshops, includes one-on-one conference, readings, craft talks, social events, fun, sun. In lively Delray Beach, FL Jan 18-23, 2016

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

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, Travel, Transform: The Greek Islands in writing Write, Travel, Transform: The Greek Islands
Join bestselling author Laura Davis for a transformative journey to the Greek Islands. These 16 days of writing, yoga, and adventure will change your life.

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 12-15, 2016

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 5-8, 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.

Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews in writing Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews
First novel published yet? Join the top .001 who have an actual chance of becoming commercial authors. Straight talk, pragmatic, no advice from amateurs.

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 Poetry, Novel, Short Story, Nonfiction, Young Adult Writing led by award-winning and best-selling authors. Jan 16-23, 2016

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2016 San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes (Feb 11-15) features 100+ presenters. All writers please mark your calendar for this Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community!

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. Jan 15-18, 2016

ASJA Writers Conference in writing ASJA Writers Conference
Want to know the secret to a successful writing career? Come to ASJA2016: Change, Challenge, Opportunity, in midtown Manhattan May 20-21, 2016.

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2016 in writing Chanticleer Authors Conference 2016
Chanticleer Authors Conference - The Business of Writing. Apr 29-May 1, 2016 Bellingham MA.

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. 6/6/2016-7/15/2016 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

Kauai Writers Conference and Master Classes in writing Kauai Writers Conference and Master Classes
The conference of a lifetime...plus intimate Master Classes limited to 15. Extraordinary authors, extraordinary agents, manuscript critiques, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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. Jun 12-18, 2016

Yale Writers' Conference in writing Yale Writers' Conference
Writers' conference that includes workshops, individual conferences, master classes, craft talks, student & faculty readings. Jun 4-19, 2016 New Haven CT

Combine the Art of Classical Qigong and Creative Writing To Access a Compelling Narrative Voice in writing Combine the Art of Classical Qigong and Creative Writing To Access a Compelling Narrative Voice
Combine the power of classical Qigong led by Harvard-trained Chinese scholar Paul Bloom and the techniques of the greatest writers with James Joyce scholar Susan Brown, PhD.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Celebrate writing at our 25th! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 23-25, 2016.

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 Mar 25, 2017 Purchase, NY

2016 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2016 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 28-30 2016

Iowa Summer Writing Festival in writing Iowa Summer Writing Festival
An opportunity for you to share your work in a community that wishes it well. 140 weeklong, two-week, and weekend workshops across the genres for writers at all levels.

Bali 2016: The Writer's Retreat of Your Dreams Returns to The Magic Island in writing Bali 2016: 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, & community. These 15 days will change your life.

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.

Guided Novel Writing Retreat in writing Guided Novel Writing Retreat
Learn the secrets of bestselling authors in this small-group guided retreat at the historic Kemble Inn in Lenox, MA. Includes a private tea & tour of Edith Wharton's home, The Mount. Emerge with a clear process for getting to a finished draft.

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 11-14, 2016

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing Writers Retreat Workshop
Joe Lansdale, Les Edgerton, agents, editors, and more. For thirty years your passion for writing has been our focus. May 12-19, 2016 San Antonio TX

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 July 20-25, 2016.

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.

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