Writer’s Conferences in April


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.
April 10-14
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.
April 11-14
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

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



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.
March 25-28
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.


Writer’s Conferences in February

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




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







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

MC90043523712th 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
October 3, 2013

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
October 3-Oct. 7 (registration is passed)

Ghost Ranch Fall Writing Festival
The Ghost Ranch Fall Writing Festival began in 1997. Over the past years, courses have been added and widely published instructors from different regions of the country who love teaching have become part of the annual festival. Surrounded by the autumn beauty and the rich literary history of the area, and the encouragement of talented and supportive faculty, the Fall Writing Festival is the perfect place for beginning or continuing your writer’s journey.
Location: Abiquiu, New Mexico
October 7-13

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
October 12-13

5th San Francisco Write for Change Conference
The Fifth San Francisco Writing for Change Conference is the place to discover whether your book can change the world. The theme of the conference is “Changing the World One Book at a Time,” and the goal is to encompass business, politics, technology, social issues, the environment, culture, the law, and much more.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Center of San Francisco
October 12th, 2013

19th Annual Conference The Write Way West
Women Writing the West draws writers of all genres whose works are set in the Trans-Mississippi west. This year’s conference offers group and breakout sessions to inspire and inform your writing, publishing and marketing, opportunities to meet our guests, agents and editors, and celebrate the gathering of fellow writers.
Sponsored by: Women Writing the West
Location: Kansas City Missouri
October 11-13

Chicago Humanities Festival
The  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

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
October 17-19

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference provides the faculty, connections, and a unique and realistic method of manuscript evaluation in order to set poets with a manuscript-in-process on a path towards publication. Poets will also get a look into the poetry publication world and make important contacts as a result. On Friday, October 18, a select group of poets will bring their completed or in-progress manuscripts to this place.
Location: Vermont
October 18

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
October 19-20, Pre-conference Master Classes on Friday

The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth, 12th Annual Conference
Step right up for “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” where members find their agents, meet their publishers, and get the scoop on the industry.
Sponsored by: FWW, Florida Writers Association
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
October 18-20, 2013

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 25-27





Writers’ Conferences in September


American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
“The Premier Christian Fiction Conference”   Just a couple of the highlights anticipated for the 2013 conference include our amazing Keynote Speaker, Robin Jones Gunn and an Early Bird Session led by late stage story development NYC editor, Lisa
Location: Indianapolis, IN
September 13-15

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
September 19-22

11th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference “A Weekend for Words”
So whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer looking to get professional feedback on your work, a writer at the ready, or a writer simply wanting to hang with other writers, join us for the Eleventh Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference.
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Sept. 20-22

Write for His Glory Annual Conference
Sponsored by: SCWA, Southwest Christian Writers Association
34th Annual Conference – Keynote: David Pierce-David’s Topic: “The ABC’s of Writing”– Understanding How the “Me” in Memoir Works–And the Secret to Writing Mysteries is…– If Perseverance Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It–Never Underestimate the Power of Teeny Tiny- Rhonda Gibson: “The Three P’s–Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance”–Joe Bowden: “Social Media, Our 21st Century Book Table.”
Location: Durango, CO
September 20-21

Kentucky Women’s Writing Conference
The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is an annual event known for bringing notable women writers to Lexington for readings, writing workshops and discussions.
Location: Lexington, KY
September 20-21

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference
Sponsored by: RMFW
Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado
Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly comaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry’s top agents and editors.
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Denver, Colorado
September 20-22

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: Algonkain Park is located 30 miles from Washington, D.C.
September 25 – 29

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
In addition to the quality speakers, editors, and agents, we create opportunities for you to spend quality time with professional experts. We will celebrate our 36th annual conference. Join us in the crisp fall air, under the fall colors along Lake Michigan’s shore.
Location: Muskegon, MI
September 25-28

Flathead River Writers’ Conference
This two day conference will be packed with energizing speakers. After a focus on publishing the past two years, this years focus is on writing, getting your manuscripts honed and ready for your readers.
Location: Kalispell, MT
September 28 & 29

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
September 27-29

Writer’s Digest Conference West
You’ll make real connections with fellow writers, experience the thrill of pitching your work to literary agents and editors, and get practical publishing-industry advice and writing inspiration from successful authors at Writer’s Digest Conference West.
Location: Los Angeles
September 27-29

Be a Better Freelancer – Marketing Magic and More for Your Business
Sponsored by: Communication Central
Register today! Be a Better Freelancer: Marketing Magic and More for Your Business,” the eighth annual Communication Central conference for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, graphic artists, photographers and other communicators.
Location: Rochester Plaza Hotel, Rochester, NY
September 27-29
NAIWE members receive a discount.  Register by Aug. 30 for best rates.





Don’t Let Book Marketing Fears Keep You From Achieving Success by Brian Feinblum

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Not everyone can write a book. Not everyone can sell a product. As an entrepreneurial writer, you will need to do both – or outsource your book marketing.   Do you have any of these fears that hold you back from executing a book marketing campaign?
1, I don’t think I have enough resources – time and money.
2. I am not sure my book is better than others.
3. I don’t like to sound like I am begging.
4. I don’t want to appear to be too pushy.
5. I fear rejection.
6. I am afraid I will be asked questions that I don’t know the answers to.
7. I am not sure what to do to be convincing.
8. I don’t like to talk to others.
9. I am not confident about my appearance.
10. I don’t know what to say.
11. What if they don’t like me?
12. What if they laugh or yell at me?
The key to conquering any fear is to acknowledge it, seek solutions, and to get help. Or admit defeat and hire others to help you. Or to be content with the negative consequences that your fears tend to bring about. To overcome your book marketing fears simply jump in the water and start selling. You may just learn to swim.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©


Battle for Book Sales Beyond Amazon by Brian Feinblum

                                      Market Share
The marketplace for books – whether print, digital, or audio – is clearly owned by Amazon. They account for 27% of total units sold, as of October 1, 2012, according to RR Bowker. They improved from 21% a year earlier. Barnes & Noble declined to 16%, down from 17%. But after these two retailers, no single company scored in the double digits. In fact, no single category of sales channel hit double digits. Here’s how the rest of the book marketplace breaks down:
·         All independent bookstores, combined, account for only 6% of units sold:
·         Other e-book and audio download sites equal 6%
·         Other ecommerce sites account for 6%
·         All book clubs account for 5%
·         Discount, closeout and thrift stores equal 5%
·         Walmart – 4%
·         Non-traditional bookstores – 3%
·         Warehouse clubs – 3%
·         Christian bookstores – 2%
·         Target – 2%
·         Books-A-Million – 2%
·         Supermarkets – 1%
·         All other means = 12%
The book marketing battlefield runs beyond bookstores or e-commerce sites. Books are everywhere and nowhere. But however they are sold, there is no doubt that sales will always be driven by savvy book marketing and the garnering of news media coverage. Word of mouth makes a big difference but only once there is a critical mass of interest that builds up form marketing exposure. Publishers and authors will continue to identify their target readers, sell their books everywhere in every form, and market to their core readers. Promote – or perish!

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©


What’s In Your Book Marketing Tool Kit? by Brian Feinblum

Your best resource to market your book is you. Reach out to the people you know and those that they know.  Your book will get discovered if you market your book utilizing these 31 tools:
1.     Facebook
2.     Linked In
3.     Google +
4.     Twitter
5.     Pinterest
6.     Web site
7.     E-mail
8.     Business card and Name
9.     Logo
10.   Directories and lists to sell to
11.   Your blog
12.  Other bloggers
13.  Skype
14.  FreeConferenceCall.com
15.  Texting
16.  YouTube
17.  Fring, QikVideo, Facetime
18.  Webinars
19.  Podcasts
20.  Apps
21.  FourSquare
22.  Spoke.com
23.  AroundMeApp.com
24.  TimeTrade.com
25.  EmailFinder.com
26.  Focus.com
27.  SalesForce.,com
28.  Data.com
29.  Spokeo.com
30.  GoToMeeting.com, Webex.com, FreeScreenSharing.com
31.  FreeOnlineSurveys.com, SurveyMonkey.com, Zoomerang.com, KwikSurveys.com
Good luck!

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2013 ©