Writer’s Conferences in February

MC900435237Updated January 2016

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: No update yet for 2016
Location:  Villa Rosa Inn

San Francisco Writers Conference
What will be happening at the SFWC?  The event spans four days and is packed with 80+ sessions for writers–from the craft of writing to the business of publishing. There is copious networking with the very people who can advance your writing career; a glorious opening gala; two keynote luncheons and breakfasts; lots of social interaction with other writers; and evening Open Mic readings and pitch sessions.  There will be exhibitors with services and tools for writers, too.
Dates: February 11-14
Location: Mark Hopkins Hotel
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Writing Contests, Festivals and Awards for Writers

Here’s NAIWE’s list of contests and festivals that offer a chance for you to have your  work reviewed and evaluated by qualified and skilled professionals and you also have a chance to win recognition and prizes. The list is in order by deadline dates
and will be updated and more events added as information becomes available.  If you have an event you would like to see added please let us know. editor@naiwe.com

This list is in month order by deadline entry dates (mostly) and the last update was
March 25, 2016.

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.
Entry Deadline: Closed, the 17th Annual competition will open in June 2016

Discovery/Boston Review 2016 Poetry Contest
The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

For over 60 years 92’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Mark Strand, Lucille Clifton, Mary Jo Bang and Eduardo C. Corral, to name but a few.
Will you be next? Winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in Boston Review and $500 each. Read selections by last year’s winners.

The deadline for receipt of manuscripts is 5 pm on Entry Deadline: Fri, Jan 25, 2016 Contests Continued

Writer’s Conferences in August

 

MC900435237Berkshire 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
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Writer’s Conferences in July

MC900435237Alabama 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
Location: Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birminghan, Alabama.

Annual Writing in Place Conference
Published novelists, poets, essayists, and literary critics lead a series of workshops over three days that include intense instruction, challenging exercises, and an opportunity for feedback. Registrants must sign up for one genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Our instructors will expect you to write during this conference, and we have planned a weekend with “downtime” for that purpose. We also want you to have time for networking with faculty and new friends. This conference is open to 48 adult writers and sells out every year, so register early. This conference is geared toward starting a new piece of work rather than workshopping something you have already written.

Our conference is held in the Michael S. Brown Village Center on the north side of campus. Overnight guests are housed in the Village apartment housing.

Date: July
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 program and fall retreat in October
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 9-15; July 27 – August 9
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: June
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
The Creativity Workshop in Florence
The Creativity Workshop in New York 
Creative Writing for Social Workers
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Social Work
23rd Annual Creative Writing Seminar for Helping Professionals
Date: July 15-18
Location: Room 256 Lucas Dodge Rm. Iowa Memorial Union, Madison St, Iowa City, IA

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry 
Spend 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
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 week long 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
Location: Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont

Green River Writer’s Workshop
Begins on the evening of Thursday, July 16 and ends on the afternoon of Sunday, July 19. 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
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, PA

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 available
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 22-24
Location: Grapevine, 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:  August
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 21-23
Location: L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 2000 W. University Ave, Ball State University, 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 28-31
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 24-29
Location: Napa Valley College, CA

Northwestern Summer 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 28-30
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 -July
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
Location:
Brooklyn, 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 17-24
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 15-17, 2016 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
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: July
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
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
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.

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: July 31-Aug 2
Location: Sheraton New York Hotel

 If you have a conference we can add please email editor@naiwe.com with
“Attn: Ann–Conference to add” in the subject line.

This page has not yet been updated for 2015 events. We are still waiting for updated information at this time Jan 27, 2015.

 

 

 

Writer’s Conferences in June

MC900435237The 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

Jackson Hole Writers Conference 2015
Each summer, writers with a passion for the word come to Wyoming and to Grand Teton National Park’s backyard for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Writers drive in from the neighborhood, states like Utah, Idaho and Montana, and fly in from as far away as Florida and Alaska. Writers come to Jackson Hole for the spectacular mountains and amazing wildlife, but we like to think that writers come to our conference because they know they are going to get something special. Continued …
Date: June 2-27
Location: Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, Wyoming

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.

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

 If you have a conference we can add please email editor@naiwe.com with
“Attn: Ann–Conference to add” in the subject line.

*This page has not yet been updated for 2015 events. We are still waiting for updated information at this time.

 

Writer’s Conferences in May

MC900435237Colorado 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 13-16
Location: YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park

Malice Domestic 27
Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual Fan Convention in metropolitan Washington, D.C. area that salutes the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.  Malice Domestic Ltd., a nonprofit corporation (501)(C)(3) with tax-exempt status, was incorporated in 1992 and is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. The logo and name are trademarked.
Date: May 1-3
Location: Hyatt Regency, Bethesda MD
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Writer’s Conferences in April

MC900435237 Updated January 2016

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


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Writer’s Conferences in March

MC900435237Updated January 2016

Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival  44th 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:
April 7-8
Location:
Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

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 4-6
Location: Big Sur Lodge in the lovely Pfeiffer State Park 

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Writer’s Conferences in January

MC900435237Blue 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 Campus
Date:
Location: New Smyrna 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 (no updates as of Dec. 2014)
Location: International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Writer’s Conferences in November

MC9004352372016 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.
Date:  November 15
Location: Towson University, CLA Building

The Colrain Mauscript 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 is open only to those who have attended a previous Colrain conference and/or those whose manuscript is close to publication (semi-finalist, finalist or publisher feedback).
Date: No information for 2016
Location: Brandt House, Greenfield, Mass.

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