Crowdfunding: An Introduction, Part Two

What are the steps toward crowdfunding? 

Here is Part One of this article.

A solid plan will make your crowd funding campaign a reality. At this point you might be wondering how crowdfunding works and how to get started with a campaign. Here’s a quick breakdown of the basic steps to initiate a crowdfunding campaign:

  • Choose a crowdfunding platform. There are several crowdfunding platforms available, each varying somewhat, appealing to different audiences and offering different services. Prospective campaigners should research which platform would be the best fit for their project.
  • Create a campaign. A crowdfunding campaign is a way for project creators to tell their audience who they are and what makes their project important. Campaigners can use photos, upload a video, provide a summary and devise reward levels to entice supporters. Reward levels should be cost effective, but offer a value and/or something unique and individual to those pledging support.
  • Develop a marketing plan. People won’t simply find a project and financially pledge towards it unless the project is enticing and has momentum. It’s the job of the campaign creator to build that initial buzz, so it’s important to have a solid marketing plan in place before the launch of a campaign.
  • Promote and ask for support. Campaigners must reach out to their network and ask for support and help in spreading the word about the campaign. The more traffic the creator is able to drive to the campaign, the more momentum it will build.  Shareability amongst supporters will increase if the campaign is exciting and the story compelling. How well the campaigner markets his or her story will very often be the great determining factor of success.
  • Use the funds raised to bring your project to life. The campaigner will receive the funds and use them to make their project a reality.

Why Pubslush? 

Another question you might have:  “What makes Pubslush different than other crowdfunding platforms?Here are a few key differences:

  • Pubslush fosters a vibrant community of writers, readers, publishers and industry professionals and focuses on books and literary projects.
  • A flexible funding model allows authors to reach for the stars with their overall funding goal, but allows them to keep the funds they raise as long as they reach their minimum funding goal.
  • Personalized service that provides hands-on campaign support.
  • Authors have accessibility to their own reader database and supporter analytics that provides authors with relevant campaign information detailing demographics and contact information.
  • Buy Now feature that continues to drive traffic to the sales of the book post-campaign and inclusivity to the Pubslush community indefinitely.
  • Lowest platform fee in the industry at 4%.
  • The Cause, which allows authors to participate in social good by giving back to worldwide literacy initiatives.

What’s next?

If you think crowdfunding is right for you, stop by Pubslush to learn more. Our team is always available to answer any and all questions you may have. We know publishing a book is a long and sometimes confusing process, which is why we’re always here to help.

Pubslush: Crowdfunding for writers.Justine Schofield is the development director of Pubslush, a global crowdfunding platform for the literary world that provides a way to raise funds and tangibly pre-market books and literary-based projects. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. Justine has become a prominent voice in the publishing industry and an advocate for educating authors and publishers about crowdfunding. She has contributed to IBPA’s Independent magazine, Self-Publishers Monthly, Book Marketing Magazine, Business Banter and many more online publications. She has spoken on panel discussions about crowdfunding for authors and continues to foster the growth and development of crowdfunding within the publishing process. She tweets for @pubslush. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Crowdfunding: An Introduction, Part One

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding harnesses the power of community.Crowdfunding is a rapidly growing industry that caters to entrepreneurs and business-savvy creatives and gives them the power to fund and market their projects in the pre-production phase. Conducting a crowdfunding campaign requires time and effort, but can help to secure a more successful product launch.

How does crowdfunding help authors?

Crowdfunding for authors is quickly gaining traction as an essential step in the publishing process. Crowdfunding is conducive to the publishing process and offers an array of benefits aside from simply raising funds. Crowdfunding can help authors to:

  • Collect pre-orders.  Reward-based crowdfunding allows authors to create tiered reward levels as a way to thank and entice their supporters. The most obvious reward an author can offer to their supporters is their book, so crowdfunding essentially provides a platform to facilitate a pre-order campaign to a wide audience of readers.
  • Employ a marketing campaign before publication. The marketing efforts for a book must begin well before publication, but it’s very difficult to talk about a product that hasn’t been produced yet. A crowdfunding campaign provides a landing page to drive traffic and connect with readers in the pre-publication phase.
  • Build an author brand. Since a crowdfunding campaign must offer a range of reward levels, authors are forced to think about what other services or items of value they can offer their supporters. Realistically, in order for an author to make a living writing, they need to incorporate other services into their branding, such as speaking, coaching, etc. Creating reward levels can help authors build their brand by determining what else they have to offer their audience.
  • Network expansion and platform building. A crowdfunding campaign encapsulates the author in a way that isn’t possible through traditional channels. Authors can connect with their audience on a personal level, tell their story and include links to their website and social media. The personalization of a crowdfunding campaign is part of its appeal and is often how authors gain support from readers outside of their network.
  • Engage with readers. A crowdfunding campaign allows the creator to engage with supporters.  Access to an evolving database of readers can be very useful and provide authors with valuable insight, as well as a foundation for future promotional efforts.

In Part Two of this article, you’ll learn about steps toward crowdfunding, as well as a bit about Pubslush, a crowdfunding service for writers.

Pubslush: Crowdfunding for writers.

Justine Schofield is the development director of Pubslush, a global crowdfunding platform for the literary world that provides a way to raise funds and tangibly pre-market books and literary-based projects. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. Justine has become a prominent voice in the publishing industry and an advocate for educating authors and publishers about crowdfunding. She has contributed to IBPA’s Independent magazine, Self-Publishers Monthly, Book Marketing Magazine, Business Banter and many more online publications. She has spoken on panel discussions about crowdfunding for authors and continues to foster the growth and development of crowdfunding within the publishing process. She tweets for @pubslush. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Writer’s Conferences in June

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The Algonkian Novel Workshops
“From the Heart, but Smart Premise, Platform and Execution in Today’s Tough Novel
Market” Unique Craft-and-Market Novel Workshops and Events For Planners,Beginners, and Veterans.
Location: Algonkian Park is located 30 miles from Washington, D.C.

Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival
Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain getaway to the literary world. Morning workshops are an intimate place to develop your craft, with a winning combination of inspiration, instruction, and community. We offer workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or novel editing, taught by some of the most renowned writers in the field. In the afternoon, time is set aside to work and rework your writing, or to participate in public discussions on craft and publishing with our award-winning faculty. Evenings are reserved for readings and revelry!
Location: Aspen, CO

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreation
al activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages—all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
Location: Chautauqua Lake, NY

Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference
The Conference will cover all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers. The conference is designed to meet the differing needs of those who create for different age groups. Participants will choose an area of emphasis for the morning sessions, such as writing for picture books, early readers, young adult books or illustration, and then work with a teacher in a workshop setting. In the afternoon, participants choose from panels of common interest, such as working with editors, working with agents, marketing and promotion. There will be many opportunities for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, lunches, and at evening events.
Location: Corte Madera, CA

The Creativity Workshops are held around the world.  The three listed below occur in the June-July time frame. The Creativity Workshops will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life; the creativity training we provide uses the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, and guided visualization. Participants come from many different countries and professional fields, including business, education, psychology, the sciences, and the arts.

The Creativity Workshop in Crete
Location: Classes will be held at the Hotel Samaria, near the cafe-lined harbor of old Chania—Crete’s most picturesque town.

The Creativity Workshop in Barcelona
Location: Class will take place at Hotel HCC Open, located in the historic Eixample neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from the elegant shopping district Passeig de Gràcia and some of the most famous architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona, Spain

The Creativity Workshop in New York City
Location: Our June, July and August workshops will take place at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel, 371 Seventh Avenue, right across the street from Penn Station.

Crested Butte Writers Conference
At the Crested Butte Conference, we do not offer the usual scheduled formal pitch appointments with agents and editors because we feel that they are very often unproductive for all concerned. Authors might verbalize terrific ideas, but the A/E learns nothing about their ability to write. Sitting through hours of pitches is most often a waste of valuable time, not to mention the constant unease of telling a person to his/her face that her brilliant idea isn’t interesting-or that it’s cliché. And for the authors it’s often an anxiety-provoking experience and sometimes a waste of time.

On the other hand, we do want to offer our conference attendees productive opportunities with attending agents and editors, so we’re offering two alternate means for the discovery of talented authors: Pitch/First Pages and Advance Read & Critiques.
Location: Mt Crested Butte, CO

The Frost Place Programs
2 Summer Programs -Conference on Poetry and Teaching &
Teachers As Writers
Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors.  Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.
Location: Franconia, NH

Historical Novel Society Conference 2015
The conference for Historical Fiction Lovers
Location: Denver, CO

Indiana University Writers’ Conference
The IUWC is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Idyllwild Summer Arts Program-Writing & Poetry
The Summer Program Writing Workshops offer writers at all levels a full immersion experience, a week-long opportunity to deepen your understanding of story and language. Faculty is composed of authors with both long publishing records and extensive teaching experience, eager to help you begin, continue or complete your books, poems, stories and essays.
5 Courses to choose from:
Making it Up: The Art of Writing Fiction
Writing Memoir
*New* Screenwriting Revolution: Creating Successful Screenplays
Poetry Week: Track I
*New* Poetry Week: Track II
Location: Idyllwild, CA, in the Strawberry Valley of the San Jacinto Mountains

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Campus – Kenai Peninsula College /UAA
Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.
Location: Homer, Alaska at Land’s End Resort

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
We organize an intimate conference each year limited to 100 participants where excellent writers who are also outstanding teachers will encourage you. We also sponsor ongoing literary events such as the Coast Slam and writing workshops and events for at-risk teens, seniors and other community groups.
Location: San Francisco Bay, the Mendocino Coast

Moravian Writers’ Conference
The conference welcomes writers of all genres and at all career stages. Come energize your writing with challenging and supportive workshops, advance your craft with feedback from our accomplished faculty, be inspired by renowned keynote speakers, and make connections with other writers. The conference is held on Moravian College’s beautiful campus (founded in 1742) located in the historic district of Bethlehem.
Location: Bethlehem, PA

Naropa University Summer Writing Program
The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
Location: Boulder, CO

New York Pitch Conference focuses on the art of the novel pitch as a best method for having your work taken seriously, and as a diagnostic workshop method for exploring the elements of the story itself to determine the quality and marketability of your novel (or your work-in-progress) as you dialogue and network with the best industry professionals in New York.
Location: New York, NY

Odyssey Writing Workshop
Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. Those who attend must be ready to put aside all their other concerns and make a single-minded effort to improve their writing. This is a serious, demanding program. I’m constantly told by graduates that they learned more at Odyssey than they learned in years of workshopping and creative writing classes. You should not apply unless you are ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them.
Location: Manchester, NH

Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference
Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference-Poetry, Writers, Screenwriting
For 44 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers, and screenwriters for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley in the ski lodge at the foot of the ski slopes. Panels, talks, staff readings and workshops take place in these venues with the spectacular view up the mountain.
Location: Squaw Valley, CA

St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
St. Davids Christian Writers originated in the eastern Pennsylvania town of St. Davids, as a ministry of the American Baptist Churches.Today, however, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association is an independent, nonprofit, interdenominational organization. We welcome believers from all branches of the Christian family, as well as conscientious writers from other walks of life who are interested in making the most of their talents.
Location: Grove City College, Grove City, PA

Wesleyan Writers Conference
 The Conference welcomes new writers, established writers, and everyone interested in the writer’s craft. The program includes seminars, workshops, readings, panel discussions, and manuscript consultations, all designed to offer careful attention to your work.  Join us and talk with a faculty of nationally known writers, editors, and agents, and meet fellow writers who share your interests.
Location: Middletown, CT

Write-by-the-Lake Annual Writer’s Workshop and Retreat
In 2013, over 130 writers from 15 states and other countries took advantage of beautiful, sunny weather in Madison, Wisconsin, to refresh their writing life. Our retreat features sessions for beginners and advanced writers (including Master Classes), and offers optional graduate credits in English. Looking for inspiration from other writers who have signed deals, gotten published, and won awards? Read more Success Stories here»
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference
When Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers started, I (and many other talented people) worked hard to make this a conference that people would love to attend. And we have seen many success stories.
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Our number one goal? Help you become the best writer you can become. Yes, publication is important and we want that. Nothing is more exciting than finding out an attendee has sold a book or gotten an agent or both! But our number one goal has always been to teach people to write well. The Assistants and I have spoken about how this conference is like a mini-MFA—at a fraction of the cost—with the goal of publication becoming a reality for more and more who attend.
Location: Waterford School in Sandy, Utah

The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction
The Writer’s Hotel & TNG are hosting a Writer’s Workshop Master Class in Fiction and Nonfiction in the NYC Midtown area. Our events are to be held between three writer’s hotels, The Algonquin Hotel, The Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops will take place at The Library Hotel Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden and workshops, lectures and seminars will be given at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.
Location: NY, NY

Yale Writer’s Conference
The Yale Writers’ Conference is an intensive program for the committed writer. Our faculty are nationally known writers who are also inspiring and accessible teachers. Our facilities are the Yale campus.

Each year over a hundred and forty writers from around the world have come to New Haven for each of two sessions. They have gone on to publish their first books or stories, produce plays, and organize a writing workshop for veterans.
Location: New Haven, CT

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Writer’s Conferences in May

Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc Conference
OWFI is two days jam packed with presentation by authors, editors, and publishers. On top of that we also like to squeeze in as many extras as possible.
Date: May 1-3
Location: Oklahoma City

Tallahassee Writers Conference & Book Festival
Tallahassee’s stellar event for writers and booklovers held every year. Keynote Speaker: Nancy Springer ~ Kick-Off Speaker: Jon Jefferson ~ Distinguished faculty: Lynne Silver, Shari Stauch and Kelly L. Stone. ~ Manuscript Critiques by Editor Heather Whitaker ~ Pitch Appointments and Critiques by Literary Agent Roz Foster, The Dijkstra Agency
Date: May 16-17
Location: Four Points Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown

Colorado Christian Writers Conference
Welcome from CCWC’s Director, Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D. Her 18th year directing, will again feature a faculty of 60 professional authors, editors, agents, and publicists. Choose from 20 Wednesday early bird workshops, 8 continuing sessions, plus 42 workshops or 4 hands-on clinics! ALSO – 4 (yes, FOUR) one-on-one 15-minute appointments with the faculty of your choice for those who attend the entire conference. BONUS fifth appointment for the first 75 registrants.
Date: May 14-17
Location: YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park

Rosemary Beach Spring Writers’ Conference
The Spring Writers’ Conference will bring together a talented group of authors and professors to lead and inspire those engaged in the craft of writing. Conference includes general sessions, writing exercises, craft classes and evening receptions. Presenters and participants will read excerpts from their published works followed by group discussion, literary dialogue, and book signings.
Date: May 11-14
Location: Rosemary Beach Town Hall, Rosemary, FL

Women’s Literary Festival
The mission of the Women’s Literary Festival Santa Barbara is to present the work of contemporary female authors from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences at a yearly conference. The Festival celebrates diversity, literacy and social justice.
Date: May 3
Location: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

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Writer’s Conferences in April

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Carolinas Writers Conference
We are pleased to announce our workshop leaders for the Carolinas Writers Conference,
to be held April 5 in Wadesboro, N.C.
Date: April 5
Location: Wadesboro, NC

Desert Dreams Writers’ Conference
This national bi-annual conference gives writers a chance to ready their manuscripts and pitch to sell them to big-name editors and agents. New York Times bestselling authors Christie Craig, Sylvia Day and Mary Buckham are just a few of the speakers who will keep the 200+ attendees’ creative juices flowing.
Date: April 4-6
Location: Tempe Mission Palms Resort, Tempe, Arizona

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop
The Bombeck Workshop is the only one in the country devoted to both humor and human interest writing. Through the workshop, the University of Dayton and the Bombeck family honor one of America’s most celebrated storytellers and humorists.  Over the past decade, the workshop has attracted such household names as Dave Barry, Art Buchwald, Nancy Cartwright, Don Novello, Garrison Keillor, Gail Collins, Connie Schultz, Adriana Trigiani and Alan Zweibel.
Date: April 10-12
Location: University of Dayton, OH

Ojai’s Literary Festival
Ojai has been attracting authors and writers to its mountain valley for centuries. Ojai WordFest (OWF) — a fresh, vibrant literary festival for word lovers of all genres, ages and skill level — aims to attract these lit lovers and ‘word nerds’ back to Ojai’s pink-moment Shangri La, or perhaps draw them here for the first time.  Ojai WordFest is a festival of words, ideas and stories unfolding in one of the most beautiful settings in California: the majestic Ojai Valley. The  literary nexus encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill level, and ages to partake in an extravaganza of events in and around Ojai Valley.
Date:
April 10-14
Location: 
Ojai, CA

Round House-Colrain Intensive for Book-Length Poetry Manuscript
The Colrain Mauscript Intensive is a very small (maximum 8), select, highly focused, 3-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length manuscripts by editors and publishers. The intensive features in-depth pre-conference work and candid, realistic evaluation and feedback from decision-makers. In preparation, particpants will work on pre-conference assignments and then in workshops to review, arrange, and winnow their collections based on the pre-conference work in preparation for editorial consultation. In addition to the manuscript preparation workshop and editor consultation, there will be editorial Q&A, and after-conference strategy session. The Intensive also includes a pre-conference manuscript reading by Joan Houlihan.
Date:
April 11-14
Location:
Greenfield, Mass.

Alabama Book Festival
The ninth annual Alabama Book Festival will be in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town on Saturday, April 19, 2014, with approximately 50 authors and more than 40 vendors and exhibitors. This free public event is the state’s premier book festival, with some 5,000 people from around the state and the southeast converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars. A  children’s activity area is sure to make this a day of fun for the entire family. The 2014 Festival will continue the tradition of promoting reading and  literacy to Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds while helping to continue celebrating the Year of Alabama Parks.
Date: April 19
Location: Montgomery, AL

Alabama Writers Symposium
Mark your calendar now for the 17th annual Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama April 24-26, 2014. Join us to explore the theme “Saints and Sinners” – to challenge your preconceived ideas of good and evil, of real and imagined places, and of where you believe stories begin and end. The lively weekend of literary offerings features readings, signings, an award-winning production of To Kill a Mockingbird and the renowned Readers’ Theatre performed by Alabama’s best. The complete list of authors and scholars will be released soon.
Date: April 24-26
Location: Monroeville, AL

American Society of Journalists and Authors
Join 650 writers, editors, publishers and agents at North America’s premier conference for freelance writers and book authors! This year’s focus is the most important item in your writer’s toolkit: YOU. You’re the key to your success as an independent writer, and we’re here to help you boost your strengths, publicize your talents and turn your own personal stories into gold. You’ll hobnob with agents who are looking for the next bestseller and editors who are eager to buy stories. You’ll hear from the best in the business on topics like storytelling, custom content, self-publishing and negotiating. And you’ll learn the latest about protecting yourself from invasions of your privacy and your rights.
Date: April 24-26
Location: New York City

Arkansas Literary Festival
Prestigious award-winners, big names, writers for television shows, journalists, and artists are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the eleventh annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 24-27, 2014. The Central Arkansas Library System & Main Library campus and many other Little Rock venues are the sites for a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, presentations, opportunities to meet authors, book sales, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.
Date: April 24-27
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Pikes Peak Writers Conference
The 22nd Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference will be held Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27 at the Marriott in Colorado Springs. We will also be featuring our popular Thursday Add-on Programming, now called the Thursday Prequel, on April 24.
Our keynotes this year are Chuck Wendig, Gail Carriger, Hank Phillip Ryan, and Jim C. Hines. Some of the editors and agents who will be joining us are Sarah Peed (DelRay and Ballantine), Sarah Sargent (HarperCollins), Terese Ramin (Entangled Publishing), Amy Boggs (Donald Maass Literary Agency), Gordon Warnock (Foreword Literary), and Kristen Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency, LLC).
To find out more about our keynotes, editors, and agents, GO HERE.
Date: April 25-27
Location: Marriott in Colorado Springs, CO

RavenCon
Science Fiction & Fantasy return to Richmond with RavenCon 2014, a weekend celebrating the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. (And as we’re playing the Edgar Allan Poe angle, we’re Mystery friendly, too!) Join our guests for panel discussions and workshops that can only happen at RavenCon! Workshops, Gaming Room open 24/3, an ever expanding list of Guests, Charity Auction, The FuMP, Groups and Organizations, lots of great stuff in the Dealer’s Room, Con Suite, spontaneous laughter and general merriment.
Date: April 25-27
Location: Richmond VA


 

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Writer’s Conferences in March

Big Sur Writing Workshops
1.  You may land a publishing deal with co-sponsor the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  See previous publishing deals HERE!
2.  Small-group and one-on-one feedback from our esteemed faculty.  We’ve been doing this for 17 years, and our track record speaks for itself: read countless testimonials from satisfied alumni HERE.
3.  Work with the greatest YA and children’s writing faculty around.  Yep, the industry’s best agents, editors, and authors.
Dates: March 7-9
Location: Seaside, CA (near Monterey)

Dahlonega Literary Festival & Writer’s Conference
The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books. The next festival will take place March 8-9, 2014. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega,  the festival continues to grow and become more and more entertaining as the years go on. We promise that it will delight anyone who is a lover of books and reading.  All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Date: March 8-9
Location: Dohlonega, GA

Tough Love Workshop: Creative Ficiton
Every Wednesday in March, from 7:00-9:30, we’ll be hosting The Intentional Quarterly’s first ever Tough Love Workshop: Creative Nonfiction. In this intimate class–capped at 12 students–instructor Allison Sparks will guide students through workshopping each students’ writing. The class will also include short writing exercises for review and discussion, as well as lively discussion of the submission and publishing process, ways to incorporate dedicated writing practices into your day-to-day, and making and maintaining writing connections in the DC area.
Date: Every Wednesday in March, from 7:00-9:30
Location: Washington, DC area

Writing by Degrees
We are excited to announce the return of the national Writing By Degrees annual conference! Now in its fourteenth year, Writing By Degrees is a unique experience organized by Binghamton University graduate students, for graduate students, celebrating writing, literature, pedagogy, and community building. We are honored to host this year’s conference at Binghamton University’s state-of-the-art Downtown Center in Binghamtom, New York.
Date: March 14-15
Location: Binghamton, New York

Creative Writing Institute – Florida Institute of Technology
The institute will host a staff of critically acclaimed published authors (please check bios). Now with its new location at the Foosaner Art Museum, located in the heart of the Eau Gallie Art District next to the Indian River and just a causeway away from the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, the Creative Writing Institute provides writers with a unique environment in which to create, study, and write among swaying palms and warm ocean breezes. classes and lectures.
Date: March 16-20
Location: Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Melbourne, FL


Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival

The Festival takes place on one (usually) sultry weekend in March when the most illustrious and freshest names in the literary, theatrical, and cultural spheres descend on the French Quarter for five days of festivities.We’re currently in the midst of programming for our 2014 Festival and will be posting the full program by late January 2014. In the meantime, view our 2014 speakers list to see who’s coming.You can also check out our 2013 program and view a short film about the Festival to get a taste of what it’s like to attend.
Date: March 19-23
Location: New Orleans, LA

Virginia Festival of the Book
The Virginia Festival of the Book is a 5-day festival of mostly free literary events that are open to the public as we honor book culture and promote reading and literacy.
Date: March 19-23
Location: Charlottesville, VA

Great Plains Writers’ Conference
The SDSU English Department is pleased to announce the theme for the 2014 Great Plains Writers’ Conference (March 23-25, 2014): “Coming Home: War, Healing, and American Culture.” The conference will feature a keynote address from poet Brian Turner (author of Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise) as well as readings and workshops from Ron Capps (the Founder and Director of the Veterans Writing Project), Donald Anderson (Editor of the journal War, Literature,and the Arts and professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy), Jehanne Dubrow (author of the noted “home front” poetry collection Stateside), Patrick Hicks (author of the forthcoming WWII novel The Commandant of Lubizec), and Katey Schultz (author of Flashes of War, the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction by the Military Writers Society of America).  Please click the following link to open our GWPC Coming Home pre-poster.
Date: March 23-25
Location: South Dakota

Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival  43rd Annual Writers’ Festival
Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach, and talk with students, the Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the centerpiece of the event: the finalists’ works were published in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers selected the prizewinners in each genre. Readings and workshops with the visiting writers rounded out the program, which was open to the public as well as to the campus community.
Date:
March 25-28
Location:
Decatur, GA

Oxford Conference for the Book
The 2014 Oxford Conference for the Book, presented by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books, will take place Wednesday, March 26 – Friday, March 28.  In its 21st year, the Conference brings together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, artists, poets, publishers, teachers, students, and literacy advocates for three days of conversation in the literary town of Oxford, Mississippi. The 2014 conference will be held in conjunction with the Southern Literary Festival.
Date: March 26-28
Location: Oxford, MS


Southern Literary Festival

We welcome you to Oxford, Mississippi, one of the South’s top literary destinations. This year’s Southern Literary Festival will be hosted by The University of Mississippi and will be held in conjunction with the Oxford Conference for the Book, an annual event which has brought together both established authors and rising stars in the literary world for over twenty years. In and around scheduled events, festival attendees can hike the beautiful trails behind William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak , or spend time sipping coffee and perusing works by Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Tom Franklin, and Beth Ann Fennelly. You’ll find their novels, short stories, and poetry at Square Books, an Oxford institution for thirty-four years, which in 2013 was named “Bookstore of the Year” by Publisher’s Weekly.
Date: March 27-29
Location: Oxford, MS

Northern Colorado Writers Conference
To publishing and beyond! The 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Conference is now two full days of out-of-this world sessions with industry professionals, an abundance of networking opportunities and plenty of inspiration to fuel your inner writer and launch you into success during the coming year. In order to ensure the highest level of personal experience for each participant, the 2014 conference is limited to 130 attendees. All levels and genres of writers welcome.
Date: March 28-29
Location:  Fort Collins Hilton

Prairie Gate Literary Festival
During the fourth annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival, March 28–29, 2014, aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts will experience free public readings from nationally and internationally-recognized authors. This year, we are excited to welcome a Pulitzer Prize finalist, novelist Joanna Scott, as well as fiction writer Debra Monroe, nonfiction and memoirist Rachael Hanel, poet Mart Hart, and filmmakers Jake Lloyd and Anthony Wayne.
Date: March 28-29
Location: Univ. of Minnesota, Morris, Minn.

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Writer’s Conferences in February

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San Francisco Writers Conference
Four days of 60+ sessions with major presenters, agents and editors; a glorious opening gala; evening Open Mic, poetry happenings, and pitch sessions… plus an SFWC writer’s bag, 2 keynote luncheons and 2 breakfasts are included
Dates: February 13-16
Location: Mark Hopkins Hotel

The Santa Barbara Author-Mental Novel Workshop
creates an intimate and professional environment that combines private meetings with
small-group workshops, thus enabling aspiring authors to wisely approach the writing and
publication of their novel.  At the Santa Barbara event, aspiring authors will; 1) work
one-on-one with top authors and savvy market professionals; 2) acquire the market skills
and advanced story and narrative technique they must know to become published; 3) learn
the necessary inside mechanics of the publishing business; and 4) leave the workshop with a detailed plan to work towards publication of their novel.e]
Dates: February  20-23
Location:  Villa Rosa Inn

Writers Studio will be held from February 6 to February 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The conference offers workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction with writers, including Barbara Abercrombie, Samantha Dunn, Amy Friedman, Eduardo Santiago, and Mark Sarvas. The cost of the studio is $815 through January 6, 2014, and $895 afterwards. Registration is first come, first served. Call or visit the website for more information.
Sponsored by:  the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program
Dates: February 6-9
Location: Los Angeles

San Miguel Writers’ Conference 9th Annual Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival
A Bilingual Conference for Writers & Readers in Magical San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
“Creative Crossroads of the Americas”
Dates:February 12 – 17, 2014
Location: (Hotel Real de Minas) San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 

 

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Writer’s Conferences in January

The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc.
The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups.
Date: January 4-11
Location: Anna Marie Island, FL

Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conferences
The 5th Annual Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference features renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and memoir in a tranquil and stimulating oasis removed from life’s daily routines and pressures. The natural canvas of this breathtaking environment sets the stage for inspirational workshops, readings, panels, and thought-provoking discourse in a community of like-minded writing professionals.
Sponsored by: Atlantic Center for Arts
Date: January 5-10
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL

“The Dark Side”  32nd Annual Key West Literary Seminar
The Key West Literary Seminar welcomes readers and writers to this subtropical island city. Our flagship program is the annual Seminar.  This year the theme is Mystery, Crime & The Literary Thriller. A four-day readers’ event that explores a unique literary theme each January. At the Seminar, readers from all over the world join the best writers of our time for the readings, discussions, lectures, and parties that make up today’s smartest and most high-spirited literary gathering.
Sponsored by:
Date: Chapter One: January 9-12, Writers’ Workshops: January 12-16
Chapter Two: January 16-19
Location: Key West, FL

Eckerd College Writers’ Conference-Writers’ in Paradise
This intensive eight-day experience of intimate workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, readings, book signings and cocktail receptions is designed for those who are passionate about writing.
Sponsored by: Eckerd College
Date: January 18-24
Location: waterfront campus of Eckerd College

Writer’s Digest Conference
The Writer’s Digest Conference brings together influential agents, innovators and creative minds in the publishing world all willing to share their insider know-how with you.
Sponsored by: Writer’s Digest
Date: January 20-22
Location: Sheraton New York Hotel

Palm Beach Poetry Festival
In partnership with Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, in the heart of Delray Beach, Florida, the festival features six days of reading events, craft lectures, and poetry workshops. Join this very special community of poets who travel from all over the country to participate in the festival week.
Sponsored by: The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is presented in partnership with the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and is generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley, The Windler Group of Atlanta, GA, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, The Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County; the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County, The Palm Beach Post, a grant from Visit Florida, WLRN-FM, and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller.
Date: January 20-25
Location: Delray Beach, FL

The Cocoa Beach Writers Conference
Our conference has been touted as one of the most attendee and agent/publisher friendly in the country. We are consistently lauded for providing at a reasonable cost a small-conference atmosphere that gives attendees the one-on-one feel they can’t get from larger events.
Sponsored by: Space Coast Writers’ Guild, SCWG
Date: January 24-26
Location: International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Cocoa Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer’s Conferences in November

MC900435237Southwest Valley Writers Conference
(formerly Avondale Writers Conference)
Each fall, writers (and would-be writers) of all genres come to the Valley of the Sun to hear speakers and participate in workshops in order to hone their current skills and learn some new ones. This one-day event is designed to allow you to connect with industry professionals and other writers who have gathered to share their knowledge and love of writing.
Location: Avondale, just southwest of Phoenix
Date: November 2

Fall Weekend Writers’ Retreat
This retreat is designed for writers who have works of fiction (short stories or novels) or essay(s)/creative nonfiction either complete or in progress and who wish to focus on revising/completing this work and identifying next steps on their writing paths. Up to twenty writers will be selected from applicants.
Sponsored by: Antioch Writers’ Workshop
Location: Grailville Retreat Center, Loveland, Ohio
Date: November 1-3

Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; afternoon panels in publishing & editing; and nightly readings & concerts.
Sponsored by
: SIWC, Florida Gulf Coast University
Location: Big Arts & The Sanibel Island Public Library, Sanibel Island, FL
Date: November 7-10

The Colrain Mauscript Intensive for Book Length Poetry Manuscript
The Colrain Maunscript Intensive is a very small (maximum, 8), select, highly focused, 3-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length manuscripts by editors and publishers. The intensive features in-depth pre-conference work and candid, realistic evaluation and feedback from decision-makers.
Location: Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts
Date: November 8

San Francisco Write to Market Conference
The WTM is a writer conference event designed to be unique, pragmatic, and productively honest in terms of the professional evaluations of your novel or work-in-progress, and in the overall approach which places you on a realistic path to publication. And it all begins even before you arrive.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: November 8-10

Monterey Writers Retreat
A writers retreat for poets,memoirists, short fiction writers, and aspiring authors with novels in progress. In keeping with their spirit, and the spirit of the place, you can be as goal-focused at this unique retreat, or as hesitant in approach as you wish. You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, clear your head, have your work read by our onsite writer mentors, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and find your vision as a writer.
Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Date: November 13-17

The 21st Annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference
Featuring sessions on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, the business of writing, and quick critiques, the BWC is the year’s number one learning and networking opportunity for writers.
Sponsored by: Towson University’s Professional Writing Program (PRWR) and the College of Liberal Arts, The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College, and the Johns Hopkins Masters in Writing Program.
Location: Towson University, CLA Building
Date:  November 16

Miami Book Fair International
The books are coming. And the readers and writers will follow, as they do by the hundreds of thousands every year for the Miami Book Fair International, an eight-day literary party in November. The Fair, in its 30th year, will open Sunday November 17th with the popular Evenings With… series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world.
Sponsored by: MIllionth Monkey, Inc. & The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College
Location: Miami, FL
Date: November 22-24

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Writers’ Conferences in October

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12th annual Brattleboro Literary Festival will be held from October 4 to October 6, 2013, at various venues in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. The festival features readings, panels, and special events.
.                                                   Location: Brattleboro, Vermont
Date: October 4-6

The Environmental Writing Institute was one of the first writing conferences in the country to focus entirely on nature and environmental writing, issues, concerns, and approaches.  Now in its 21th year, EWI is distinguished not only by longevity, but also by the consistent quality—in teaching and writing—of its workshop leaders, and by the quality of its writing participants and its inspiring and beautiful setting in a writer’s town.
Sponsoed by: The University of Montana Environmental Studies Program
Location: Missoula, Montana, University of Montana campus
Date: October 3-Oct. 7

Auburn Writer’s Conference
The Winding Road: Travel and the Search for Voice-The Auburn Writers Conference reaches a wide array of literary enthusiasts by cultivating an environment that welcomes writers, readers, and interested others.
Location: Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, AL
Date: October 17-18

20th Annual Conference The Write Way West
Join Women Writing the West as we celebrate 20 Legendary Years in Golden, Colorado at The Table Mountain Inn and The Golden Hotel for four days of jam packed presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners. Our theme? “Coming Home” to where it all began 20 years ago. It all begins on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with three incredible pre-conference sessions beginning at 12 noon and ending on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 with High Tea at The Briarwood Inn. It is all happening at The Golden Hotel and Table Mountain Inn in Golden, Colorado! Please stay informed by checking in with Women Writing the West Facebook and Women Writing the West 2014 Conference page for ongoing updates. So much is happening behind the scenes with a very hardworking Conference Planning Team.
Sponsored by: Women Writing the West
Location: Golden, CO at The Table Mountain Inn and The Golden Hotel
October 16-19

Chicago Humanities Festival

The 24th Chicago Humanities Festival will take this new exchange of ideas out of the academy and into the public. We will explore what it means to think about culture biologically, about biology culturally, and about the human-animal relationship beyond the science/humanities divide. In presenting the most cutting-edge work on this subject, Animal will give us a whole new perspective on our world and ourselves. Most important, though, it will give us new answers to the oldest and most fundamental question in the humanities: What makes us human?
Location: Chicago
October 13 & 20, November 1-10

Chicago Writers Conference
This conference brings writers together for an informative and fun weekend to network with other writers, rub elbows with publishers, and connect with agents.
Location: Downtown Chicago
Date: October 24-26

Boston Book Festival
The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.
Something for everyone, all daytime events are free.
Location: Boston, MA, Copley Square
Date: October 25

James River Writers Conference
Join us in Richmond for the Eleventh Annual James River Writers Conference to pitch your project, improve your craft, and meet fellow writers.
Location: Richmond VA
Date: October 17-19, Pre-Conference Master Classes on Friday

Stars of Florida Writers Conference
Discover the limelight at the 2014 Florida Annual Writers Conference
Location: Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary, Florida
Date: October 23-26

*Writing for Publication Symposium
Sponsored by:  SCWW South Carolina Writers Workshop
Writing with a Sense of Place – Cindi Boiter, How Smart Authors are Marketing their Books in Today’s Brave New Digital World, Keeping the Unreal Real – Jamie Bodnar Drowley, Polishing to Publish – Holly McClure, and more.
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
October 26

Whidbey Island Writers Conference
The Whidbey Island Writers Conference invites you to bring your passion for the written word to our beautiful island in Puget Sound. Writers of all genres, experience and ability are welcome at the Whidbey Island Writers Conference.
Location: Puget Sound, Washington
October 24-26

 

 

 

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