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
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