Writer’s Conferences in August

Berkshire Writing Workshop invites published and aspiring adult writers to join in our annual summer gathering from August 4 to August 8, 2014. The program features five days of intensive writing workshops with a focus on creating new work. Under the guidance of a dedicated instructor, writers should expect one of the most productive writing weeks of their lives.
Date: Aug 4-8
Location: Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA

Catamaran Writing Conference at Pebble Beach
At Catamaran Literary Reader, our artistic themes tap into the rich literary history and beautiful setting of the California Central Coast.  We invite you to transform your own creative work in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers.
Date: August 13-17
Location: Pebble Beach, CA

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar
You’re invited to join a select community of poets for 5-1/2 days this August to refresh your artistic inspiration in a setting of great natural beauty. Join us to have your poems-in-progress given generous and focused attention in this small group setting. Our goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work.
Date: August 3-9
Location: White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH,

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
The Premier Conference in the World for Travel Writers and Photographers has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 22nd year, this four-day Conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.
Date: August 14-17
Location: Corte Madera, CA

The Bread Loaf Writers Conference will be held from August 13 to August 23 in the Green Mountains of Ripton, Vermont. The conference includes workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft classes, meetings with editors and agents, and readings by faculty and guests.
Date: August 13-23
Location: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Cape Cod Writers Center Conference
The annual conference now draws hundreds of participants from around the country and the world, and CCWC hosts a variety of literary events around the year and around the region. With the help and participation of our members, we plan to keep growing and nourishing the writing community on Cape Cod and beyond.
Date: August 7-10
Location: Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA

The Creativity Workshop in New York
The Creativity Workshop in New York City will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life; the creativity classes we provide use the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, and guided visualization.
Date: August 15-18
Location: New York

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference & Academy
“Up close and personal with your favorite authors—and the inside scoop about crime fiction! Writers and readers alike will be thrilled with Deadly Ink—it’s a backstage pass to the secrets of the mystery world—a chance to perfect your craft, meet new friends, and be inspired. See you there…!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winner, author of The Other Woman.
Date:
August 1-3
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Gen Con Writer’s Symposium
Join us for one of the largest genre fiction writing conferences in the world! Over 160 hours of events, more than 60 authors and experts, and all hosted by Gen Con, the Best Four Days In Gaming! The Gen Con Writer’s Symposium features a fantastic group of authors, including 2014 Author Guest of Honor, Jim Butcher. It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.
Date: August 14-17
Location: Indian Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference was founded in 2006 by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford as a trademarked charitable production of American Blackguard, Inc.  Since then, it has developed a reputation as a leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres.  Media analysis conducted by a third party in the fall of 2012 found that Killer Nashville was the most written about writers conference on the web. What makes Killer Nashville different from other writers conferences is that it’s about the relationships.
Date: August 21-24
Location: Nashville, TN

Mississippi Writers Guild Writers’ Conference
MWG assists in strengthening the skills of writers by sponsoring writer workshops, conferences, and writer retreats. The MWG website provides pertinent information on all facets of the writing life, including publishing, agents, markets, scams, and the craft.
Date:
August 1-2
Location: Ocean Springs, MS

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference
Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided an opportunity for fellowship and serious work with a focus on craft amidst the hills and vineyards that have made the region famous. The conference is sponsored and hosted by Napa Valley College.
Date: July 27-Aug 1
Location: St. Helena, CA

Willamette Writers Conference
So you want to write YA fiction? Mysteries? Children’s? For businesses? Don’t know how to get started? Can’t quite get your foot in the door? Not sure what the market is looking for? We’ve got the solution. Or at least a lot of insight, and answers for your questions.
Date: August 1-3
Location: Doubletree, Portland, OR

 

 

 

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Writer’s Conferences in July

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Alabama Writer’s Conclave 
The Alabama Writers’ Conclave was organized in 1923 and has been in continuing existence since. Through the years, the Conclave has moved its conferences around the state to provide writers everywhere better access to its resources.
The Conclave is today one of the oldest continuing writers’ organization in the United States. Writers, aspiring writers and supporters of the writing arts may join. Sharing information, developing ideas, honing skills, and receiving practical advice are hallmarks of the annual meeting.
Date: July 11-13
Location: University of South Alabama, Fairhope Campus at Fairhope, Alabama.

Annual Writing in Place Conference
Hub City will host the 14th annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 11-13, 2014. This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by South Carolina novelist Michel Stone, lots of new workshops, happy hour at the Hub City Bookshop, faculty readings, and more! Registration is now open.

Date: July 11-13
Location: Spartanburg, SC

Antioch Writers’ Workshop
We welcome all writers of fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir, and poetry.  Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer, Antioch Writers’ Workshop programs offer the tools and inspiration you need to take the next steps on your writing path. We offer instruction in the creative writing craft and in the professional skills creative writers need to succeed in the publishing world, as well as opportunities for connecting to a vibrant, supportive creative writing community.
Date: July 12-18
Location: Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, OH

Art Workshop International
Art Workshop International celebrates its 34nd year in Italy. Under the direction of Edith Isaac-Rose, Bea Kreloff, Lynn Gernert, and Charles Kreloff artists and writers are invited to join committed adults in an atmosphere of serious study and enjoyable play.
Date: July 12-25; July 26 – August 8
Location: Assisi, Italy

Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2014. Join a community of writers on Maryland’s beautiful Western Shore for a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction led by prize-winning faculty. And explore southern Maryland’s beaches, bays, wineries and restaurants in your free time.
Date: July 6-12
Location: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City

Creativity Workshops Around the World 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.

The Creativity Workshop in Amsterdam
Date: July 14-20

The Creativity Workshop in Florence
Date: July 7-13

The Creativity Workshop in New York 
Date: July 26-29

Creative Writing for Social Workers
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Social Work
23rd Annual Creative Writing Seminar for Helping Professionals
Date: July 18-21
Location: Room 256 Lucas Dodge Rm. Iowa Memorial Union, Madison St, Iowa City, IA

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry 
pend a week at “intensive poetry camp” with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Poetry Conference offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment.
Date: July 13-19
Location:  Robert Frost’s old homestead, which is owned by the town of Franconia, New Hampshire

Green Mountain Writer’s Conference
The Green Mountain Writers Conference is a weeklong gathering of developing writers who practice the art and craft of writing in a variety of activities that include readings, workshops, exercises and discussions. Intentionally kept small, the conference has for eighteen years provided emerging and developing writers, along with published authors, an opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s best authors and teachers of writing and from one another.
Date: July 28 – August 1
Location: Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont

Green River Writer’s Workshop
Seventh Annual Memoir Writing Workshop Turning Memory into Story” Begins on the evening of Thursday, July 17 and ends on the afternoon of Sunday, July 20. In addition to the core workshop full day Friday and Saturday sessions, there are optional individual manuscript evaluations with workshop leaders for $30. Sunday’s afternoon session is devoted to the process of publication in the digital age, including eBook, POD, Kindle, in-print and varieties of self-publishing.
Date:  July 17-20
Location: Las Vegas, New Mexico

Highlights Foundation Workshops for Children’s Authors & Illustrators
We’d like to invite you to join us for a workshop or retreat at our conference center in the beautiful Pocono Mountains.This property is the former home of the Founders of Highlights for Children, and is located near the Highlights office in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Each year, we offer more than three dozen workshops covering a wide range of topics. The workshops are led by children’s publishing professionals: editors, writers, art directors, publishers, agents, academics and others who are there to help you realize your creative goals.
Date: Year-Round workshops
Location: Pocono Mountains

Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Courses in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival are primarily based on the workshop method. Although your workshop leader may include study of published material, in most cases the main text is your own creative work. Some workshops are devoted to critiquing work you’ve brought from home, some to generating new work through guided exercises and assignments, and some incorporate a combination of the two. Please read the descriptions carefully.

Dates: June and July, workshops throughout each month
Location: The University of Iowa

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference
The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. The Conference was created to enhance the quality of nonfiction writing, encourage innovation, and create a community of factual storytellers who maintain an unflinching faith in the narrative craft.
Date: July 18-20
Location: Denton, TX

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.
Date:  July 31-Aug 2
Location: Campus of College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast

Midwest Writers Workshop
We have arranged for informal contact with those key faculty members who can provide insight into the world of publishing as it exists today. These networking experiences, the manuscript evaluation scheme, the agent pitch sessions, the query letter critiques, the hands-on tutoring with social media, AND the class sessions will make the 2014 Midwest Writers Workshop a must for all writers.
Date:July 24-26
Location: Ball State University Alumni Center, 2800 Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN.

Mystery Writers Conference
This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.
Date: July 24-27
Location: Corte Madera, CA

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference 
Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided an opportunity for fellowship and serious work with a focus on craft amidst the hills and vineyards that have made the region famous. The conference is sponsored and hosted by Napa Valley College.
Date: July 27-Aug 1
Location: Napa Valley College, CA

Northwestern Writers Conference
The Northwestern University Summer Session is pleased to announce the 10th annual Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference, a three-day summer institute dedicated to the creation and revision of novels, short-stories, nonfiction and poetry. The program is tailored to writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience, and welcomes anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the craft — and business — of writing. Participants may choose from a diverse array of panels and workshops, all designed to give participants valuable perspectives on their work in the supportive company of other writers.
Date: July 31-Aug 2
Location: Chicago Campus

Odyssey Writing Workshop
Our intensive, six-week, in-person workshop is held each summer in Manchester, NH, and is widely considered one of the best workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It is intended for writers whose work is nearing publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work.
Date: June 8 – July 17, 2015
Location: Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire

One Story Workshop for Writers
This summer One Story will be offering its annual intimate week-long writing workshop for emerging writers hosted by the Center For Fiction.
Date: July 13-18
Location:
Manhattan, New York City

Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been since 1974 at the wild heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series presented by vital, contemporary writers.
Date: July 10-20
Location: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend WA

Public Safety Writers Association Conference
PSWA’s (Public Safety Writers Association) annual conference will be held in Las Vegas, July 10-13, 2014 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. The conference is open to anyone writing crime and mystery fiction or non-fiction, technical writing for public safety magazines in print or online, or anyone interested in writing. Check back here for registration forms, rates and deadlines, and the conference program.
Date: July 10-13
Location: Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Rutgers-Camden Summer Writers’ Conference
The Rutgers-Camden Summer Writers’ Conference is an intensive, inspiring and informative ten-day conference of writing workshops, craft classes, agent and editor presentations, and readings by our nationally-known faculty of poets and writers.
Date: June 23-July 2
Location: Rutgers University, Camden, NJ”Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Sewanee Writers’ Conference
The University of the South will host the 25th session of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Conference will gather a distinguished faculty to provide instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting.
Date: July 22 – August 3
Location: Sewanee, TN

Southampton Writers Conference  Imagine….an opportunity to immerse yourself in your work while in the company of other serious writers. Then imagine this taking place on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Southampton, Long Island. Imagine intimate, intensive workshop sessions led by a distinguished author, with a rich schedule of readings, lectures, panels and discussions given by world-class novelists, essayists, editors, poets and children’s book authors. And then there’s the beach….
Come on in. The water’s fine.
Date: July 9-20
Location: Southampton, Long Island, NY

Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference
These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences. The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscript, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in an individual conference. Nonfiction or memoir submissions should be in a narrative form; travel, self-help, how-to, and scholarly works will not be considered.
Screenwriting Program July 7-14
Location: Squaw Valley, located in the California Sierra Nevada, close to the north shore of Lake Tahoe

Squire Summer Writing Residency

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.
Date: July 10-13, 2014
Location: Raleigh, NC


Stonecoast Writers’ Conference
Each summer a community of peers gathers on the coast of Maine to challenge themselves, to improve their writing, and to forge new friendships. If you’re reading this, chances are you’d fit right in.
Date: July 20-26, 2014
Location: Portland ME

Summer Advanced Writers Workshops
The Writers Workshop at Susquehanna University provides some of the nation’s most talented high school writers with the opportunity to work in intensive, small-group workshops headed by nationally recognized authors. The Writers Workshop features workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Class sizes are limited to 15 students to ensure personal attention and individual conferencing.
Date: July 6-12, 2014
Location: Susquehanna University,  Selinsgrove, PA

Summer Writers Institute at Washington University in St. Louis 
The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, flash fiction, literary journalism, modern humor, personal narrative, and poetry, as well as readings and individual conferences with instructors. Writers of all levels of experience work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.
Date: July 11-25
Location:  Washington University in St. Louis MO

Sun Valley Writers Conference 
The mission of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is to invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction, readers and writers come together as a community to be educated, enlightened, challenged and inspired.
Date: July 19-20
Location: Sun Valley, Idaho

Taos Summer Writers’ Conference
The Taos Summer Writers’ Conference is proud and honored to feature a local artist every year. In past years Ed Samuels, Sylvia Ernestina Vergara, Ed Sandoval, Carson Bennett, Jennifer Cavan, Ann Huston, Peggy McGivern, Tom Darrah, and Ouida Touchón have generously contributed works which have been used for our featured winter postcards and poster images.

Date: July 13-20, 2014
Location:
Taos, New Mexico

 

The Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop is a weeklong intensive (July 13-20) of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books. and their guests—prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program combines morning workshops with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry.
Date: July 13-20
Location: Portland, OR

Wildacres Writers Workshop
For over 25 years, our residential summer writing workshop has ranked among the finest in the country. Almost half of our attendees have been to Wildacres before. Published, unpublished and talented beginning writers are welcome at Wildacres Writing Workshop, but you must be a serious writer to attend.

These are residential “working” workshops where your manuscript is critiqued and given the attention it deserves. Class sizes are ten or less and leadership is at the Master Class level. All faculty members must meet strict requirements in terms of their education and teaching experience.
Dates: Retreat June 29 – July 5 and Writing Workshop July 5-12  2014
Location: 
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC


Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat
Tired of the “star system” at writers’ workshops? Looking for a place offering time to write as well as fellowship and critique from other professionals? The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat, formerly The Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Retreat, may be for you! Designed for the “mid-career” literary writer, the retreat took place at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In 2012, we moved to the Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY, a historic arts colony and former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. However, our format remains the same.

Date: July 22-28, 2014
Location: Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY.

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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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