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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Letters & Lines Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference
EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW about children’sbook publishing. Learn from editors, agents,professional authors, and illustrators who are experts in writing...

CO, WY

WriteBrooklyn
WriteBrooklyn is a collection of egalitarian, intensive writing workshops for people with stories to tell.

NY

Greater Raleigh Area Writers Conference
Three-day writers workshop conference features small classes taught by acquiring editors, publisher, and award-winning authors. Meet with editors and seasoned professionals....

NC

Connecticut Writing Workshop
Connecticut Writing Workshop— a full-day "Getting Published" writing event. This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over...

CT

Gateway To Writing
13th Annual Writers Conference The Power of Story: Weaving Plot and Character Together!

Hollihock Writers Conference
Hollihock welcomes writers in any phase of their literary life for a three day weekend of classes, panels and readings. Immerse...

MA

Fiction Writing Weekend Workshop
Master your imagination. A workshop for every writer ready to let Maaza Mengiste inspire, support, and challenge them.

NY

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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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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 2-5, 2017

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.

2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing 2018 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 19-21, 2018.

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 amateur feeback.

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 16-18, 2018 Asheville, NC.

Picture Book Summit in writing Picture Book Summit
Experience a dream lineup of picture book stars -- all without leaving the comfort of your home! World class speakers, world class workshops, world class submission opportunities and world class FUN.

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2017 San Francisco Writing for Change (Sept. 9th) features STEPHEN DINAN. 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 15-18) features DANA GIOIA, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman.

Bali: Write, Travel, Transform on the Back Roads of Bali in writing Bali: Write, Travel, Transform on the Back Roads of Bali
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.

Wake Up and Write Writer's Retreat Workshop in writing Wake Up and Write Writer's Retreat Workshop
Join STORY GENIUS author Lisa Cron for a curriculum tailored to bring the best out of you and your work-in-progress. Oct 16-23, 2017 Haverford, PA.

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.

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing Southern California Writers' Conference
Believing that craft matters, SCWC has facilitated well over $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. LA/Irvine, CA, Sep. 22-24, 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 (THIS SESSION IS FULL) and OCT 21-27

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.

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.

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.

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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