Arkansas Literary Festival
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 14-17, 2016
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Alabama Writers Symposium
Favorite writers and scholars lead lively, interactive sessions. Our 2016 guests will be announced soon!
Every spring Alabama’s literary community gathers in Monroeville, Alabama to celebrate the state’s rich literary heritage at the Alabama Writers Symposium. Some of Alabama’s most celebrated writers and scholars lead discussion sessions, readings and workshops on themes ranging from Literary Gumbo to Murder, Mystery and Mayhem and everything in between. Since the inaugural event in 1998, writers and scholars participating in the event have included Fannie Flagg, Rick Bragg, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Mark Childress, Cynthia Tucker, Carolyn Haines, Winston Groom, Sena Jeter Naslund, Brad Watson, Wayne Flynt, Trudier Harris, Mike Stewart, Daniel Wallace, Jeanie Thompson, Kirk Curnutt, Don Noble, Mary Ward Brown, Warren St. John, Sue Brannan Walker, Wayne Greenhaw, George Plimpton, Sonia Sanchez, Tom Franklin, Sonny Brewer, Gin Phillips, Michelle Richmond, John Hafner, Watt Key and Ace Atkins and dozens more.
Date: Marcdh 31-April 1, 2016
Location: Monroeville, AL
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Check site for more details.Date: May 20-21
Location: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
AWP Conference & Bookfair
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Los Angeles in 2016 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
Date: March 30-April 2
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
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 16
Location: Lockhart-Taylor Center in 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 7-10
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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: March 31-Apr. 2, 2016
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: 2016 information not available
Location: Ojai, CA
Pikes Peak Writers Conference has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where you can dive into the topics that interest you the most, surrounded by industry professionals and other writers who are eager to learn, connect and network. The three-day conference is full of topical, in-depth workshops, dynamic keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique, plus time to socialize with fellow writers. Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2015 Brochure
Date: April 15-17
Location: Marriott in Colorado Springs, CO
Enjoy the best of Science Fiction & Fantasy this year in Williamsburg with RavenCon 2016, a weekend celebrating the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
Date: April 29-May 1
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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.
Date: April 11-14
Location: Greenfield, Mass.
*Updated January 2016