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Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

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Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fiction, memoir and personal essay, poetry. Accessible faculty, intensive seminars, manuscript critiques, agent meetings. Presented in partnership with University of Dayton, July 14-20, 2018.

OH

Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Supportive retreats will energize and inspire your writing. Take advantage: plentiful writing time, insightful feedback and good company.

NH, NJ, NY, , , Spain, United Kingdom

The Lost Art of Personal Writing
Write for enjoyment, to communicate, or to publish - it all begins with personal writing.

MN

Mountain Maryland Writers' Institute
Morning and afternoon sessions guided by authors and historians. Jul 26-29 2018 Garrett County, MD.

MD

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival
Magna cum Murder is a quaint conference where authors and guests become one. This is the only conference where there is...

IN

Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Manuscript critiques with authors & editors. Tracks for fiction, creative nonfiction,young adult, and poetry; workshops, talks & craft sessions. Accommodations and...

WY

Georgia Romance Writers: Moonlight and Magnolias
Includes keynote speakers, workshops, editor/agent appointments, autographing & bookfair, awards banquet.

GA

A Week Retreat for Women: Writing, Creativity and Ritual in Bar Harbor, Maine
A Women's Writing & Creativity retreat held at my home on the rocky shore in Bar Harbor, Me. All rooms have...

ME

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference
12 workshops, 2-tracks for writers and fans

NJ

Clarksville Writers Conference
Join us for this fun, affordable and talent-laden conference featuring two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with...

TN

The Nonfiction Writers Conference
Online conference devoted to writing, publishing and promoting non-fiction books. Participation is live via phone or Skype, and recordings can be...

Internet

NE Ohio Christian Writers Conference
Attendees will experience a full day of workshops and panel discussions led by some of the area’s top authors and publishing...

OH

2018 Writers At Work Conference
This annual writing conference features workshops, manuscript consultations, and readings by prize-winning authors who love to teach—an ideal setting for writers...

UT

Writing By Writers Tomales Bay Workshop
Participants work closely with a nationally known writer, receive constructive feedback from their peers, and spend four intensive days dedicated to...

CA, CA, CA, CA, CA

Sharing Your Spiritual Stories
Free monthly spiritual writing workshops to explore what God has in mind for each of us; donations to food bank appreciated.

OH

Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp
Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full book-length manuscript (novel, memoir or collection) and would like to engage...

CA

Paris Writer's Workshop 2018
Masterclass workshops in novel, short stories, poetry and creative nonfiction led by award winning authors. Expert panel on publishing, authors readings...

France

Rhys Bowen: "Novel in a Week" in Tuscany
Our seminars pair beginning and mid-level writers with authors who are already experienced and accomplished. The atmosphere allows participants to experience...

Italy

Picture Book Summit
Picture Book Summit is a world-class, online, one day live event for picture book writers including superstar author keynotes, workshops and...

Internet

2018 Creative Retreat for writers, photographers
Relax & refuel your creativity along a scenic river, while picking up tips from professionals in writing & photography. There will...

MO

Write At The Top
A get away to a beautiful, serene location. WRITE AT THE TOP provides meditation classes, workshops, intensives, all in the luxurious...

Denmark

River Teeth Nonfiction Conference
A weekend of seminars and readings focused on writing creative nonfiction. The River Teeth conference emphasizes essay, memoir, and literary journalism....

OH

Northwest Georgia Writers Conference
Full day writers workshop with food and networking. Keynote speaker is bestselling author Karin Gillespie. Topics include writing, publishing, poetry, marketing,...

GA

The Moss Wood Retreats
Unique creative writing retreats in an uncommonly beautiful place. With no more than 8 writers each week, our objective is a...

TX

Cagibi Retreats
Join a small group of writers for a long weekend of dedicated writing time and workshops co-led by teachers and editors...

NY

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Antioch Writers' Workshop in writing Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fiction, memoir and personal essay, poetry. Accessible faculty, intensive seminars, manuscript critiques, agent meetings. Presented in partnership with University of Dayton, July 14-20, 2018.

Mountain Maryland Writers' Institute in writing Mountain Maryland Writers' Institute
Morning and afternoon sessions guided by authors and historians. Jul 26-29 2018 Garrett County, MD.

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.

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat in writing Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat
One-week workshop retreats feature morning group sessions, afternoon individual conferences and creative time, and evening resident read-arounds and/or entertainments. Also, year-round individual retreats.

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018 in writing Chanticleer Authors Conference 2018
Chanticleer Authors Conference-The Business and Marketing of Writing. Apr 20-22, 2018, Vancouver, B.C.

Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW in writing Writers Retreat Workshop/Wake Up and Write WRW
Join authors David Corbett and Grace Wynter, agent Michelle Johnson and our staff - be challenged and inspired to transform your writing. May 22-31, 2018 Boise, ID.

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 16 day writing and yoga retreat to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru.

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.

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 9-12, 2018

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. June 17-23, 2018

A Writer Within in writing A Writer Within
A WRITER WITHIN - IN TUSCANY: Writing Retreats For Women In Inspiring Locals. Click for more information on our writing retreats in Tuscany.

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 8-14, 2018. Nans sous Ste Anne, France - Oct 6-12 and OCT 15-21, 2018.

Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps in writing Writing for Self-Discovery - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps
If you've ever felt inspired to tell your story or have a strong urge to write, explore writing as a way to reconnect with your inner life. You'll be encouraged to renew the link between your intuition and your creativity using guided visualization and practical exercises.

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing Flathead River Writers Conference
Montana Writer Conference near Glacier Park September 22-23. Presenter expertise: memoir, digital marketing, fundamentals of fiction, path to publishing, and agent conferences.

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 focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.

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

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.

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 15-18) features DANA GIOIA, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman and authors Shanthi Sekaran, Mitali Perkins & Sheldon Siegel.

Murphy Writing of Stockton University in writing Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Supportive retreats will energize and inspire your writing. Take advantage: plentiful writing time, insightful feedback and good company.

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.

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.

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.

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