Conferences

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, city or country, national or international, find the writing conference you desire. Our selective, searchable list of conferences features many of our published authors.


Format: 09/24/2020
Format: 09/24/2020
Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

MARCH 11—15, 2020
ALGONKIAN PARK, VA
Our ultimate goal is to realistically increase your odds of becoming a published author by showing you how to inhabit that upper percentile of writers who will have their work taken seriously by professionals in the business.
Faculty: Herta Feely, Michael Neff, Alan Orloff, Christine Stewart, Richard Washer, Emily Williamson
Genres Offered: Fiction
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

JUNE 5—7, 2020
WINGHAM, CANADA
The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story (AMFSS) stages an annual literary festival that honors Alice Munro and nurtures emerging writers through workshops and onstage presentations that celebrate the short story.
Faculty (previous): Cherie Dimaline, Marni Jackson, Falen Johnson, Kyo Maclear, Lee Maracle, Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart
Genres Offered: Fiction
Angelo State University Writers’ Conference

Angelo State University Writers’ Conference

MARCH 5—6, 2020
SAN ANGELO, TX
The 24th annual ASU Writers Conference featuring Laila Lalami will bring together old friends and new for a celebration highlighting the achievements of San Angelo’s own Elmer Kelton.
Faculty: Laila Lalami
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Contact: Chris Ellery chris.ellery@angelo.edu

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

MARCH 3—6, 2021
KANSAS CITY, MO
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.
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival

MAY 2—3, 2020
BERKELEY, CA
The Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. The Festival kicked off in 2015 with the mission to create a free, inclusive, world-class literary event in the Bay Area. Since then, the Festival has welcomed more than 800 authors and is approaching 100,000 attendees.
Faculty (previous): Mac Barnett, Khaled Beydoun, Khalida Brohi, Catherine Coulter, Melissa De La Cruz, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lexa Hillyer, Greil Marcus, Dan Santat, Gary Snyder, Rebecca Solnit, Gunnhild Øyehaug
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction, Memoir, History
Book Passage Mystery Writers’ Conference

Book Passage Mystery Writers’ Conference

JULY 30—AUGUST 2, 2020
CORTE MADERA, CA
The four-day Book Passage Mystery Writers’ Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. It covers everything mystery writers need—from developing ideas and writing skills to finding a publisher.
Faculty (previous): Cara Black, David Corbett, Hallie Ephron, Elizabeth George, Rachel Howzell Hall, Tim Maleeny, Amy Rennert
Genres Offered: Fiction, Mystery
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

AUGUST 12—22, 2020
RIPTON, VT
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926 and boasting a rich literary and intellectual tradition, gathers together emerging writers to work closely with a diverse and talented faculty. For ten days in August, conference attendees experience the intensity—and challenge—of working under the guidance of notable writers.
Faculty (previous): Rick Barot, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Jericho Brown, Liam Callanan, Maud Casey, Christopher Castellani, Alexander Chee, Stacey D’Erasmo, John Elder, Aminatta Forna, Vievee Francis, Cristina García, Reyna Grande, Ravi Howard, Ilya Kaminsky, Sally Keith, Yusef Komunyakaa, Don Lee, Ana Menéndez, Matthew Olzmann, Michael Parker, A. E. Stallings, Mary Szybist, Kevin Young
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Free Expressions Seminars: Breakout Novel Intensive

Breakout Novel Intensive

APRIL 6—12, 2020
HOOD RIVER, OR
This workshop is as ideal for those just beginning a new project as it is for those embarking on a revision of a completed work. While writers at all level of craft are welcome, we assume a basic understanding of fiction craft.
Faculty: Donald Maas
Genres Offered: Fiction
Contact: Lorin Oberweger lorin@free-expressions.com
Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

MARCH 19—22, 2020
NEW OREANS, LA
Known for its Spanish and French architecture, live jazz, Cajun food, and street festivals, New Orleans offers an inspirational and one-of-a-kind experience for writers. Our retreat features multi-genre workshops, as well as craft seminars and time to write.
Faculty: Stephen Aubrey, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry
Centrum Writing Studios

Centrum Writing Studios

JULY 12—19, 2020
PORT TOWNSEND, WA
The 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.
Faculty: Kim Addonizio, Jenny Boully, Rebecca Brown, CMarie Fuhrman, Mikhail Iossel, Jourdan Imani Keith, Melissa Kwasny, Samuel Ligon, Gary Copeland Lilley, Robert Lopez, Claudia Castro Luna, Tiffany Midge, Lydia Millet, Bich Minh Nguyen, Jenny Offill, Paisley Rekdal, Shawn Vestal, Maya Jewell Zeller
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Jordan Hartt jhartt@centrum.org
The Colrain Classic

The Colrain Classic

MAY 1—4, 2020
ARLINGTON, VA
A select group of poets will bring their completed or in-progress manuscripts to the The Arlington Inn in Arlington, Vermont, a village estate built in 1847 that was later turned into a summer hotel. In this beautiful setting, poets will work closely with conference faculty.
Faculty: Joan Houlihan, Stephen Motika, Martha Rhodes, Daniel Tobin
Genres Offered: Poetry
Contact: Joan Houlihan conferences@colrainpoetry.org
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Community of Writers

JUNE 20—27, 2020, JULY 6—13, 2020
SQUAW VALLEY, CA
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. In addition to their workshop manuscripts, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in individual conferences.
Faculty: Camille Dungy, Robert Hass, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Matthew Zapruder
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

FEBRUARY 21—22, 2020
TEMPE, AZ
Featuring over 25 award-winning writers, editors, agents, educators, and other internationally recognized creative writing professionals, our faculty are here to do more than expand your skill set or open new ways of thinking about your work. They're here to share their experiences, answer questions, and spend time connecting with conference attendees.
Faculty: Sally Ball, Matt Bell, Sherwin Bitsui, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Vanessa Hua, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Solmaz Sharif
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Dublin Writers’ Conference

Dublin Writers’ Conference

JUNE 19—21, 2020
DUBLIN, IRELAND
This conference will help you to improve your writing craft, self-publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary for any author to achieve success, whether traditionally published or self-published.
Faculty (previous): Ken Atchity, Katherine Cottle, Heather Graham, Wendy H. Jones, Conor Kostick, Laurence O'Bryan, Louise Philips, Orna Ross, Tara Sparling
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise

Eckerd College Writers’ Conference:
Writers in Paradise

JANUARY 18—25, 2020
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants seeking an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.
Faculty: Billy Collins, Ann Hood, Andre Dubus III, Dennis Lehane, Gregory Pardlo, Dani Shapiro
Genres Offered: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Contact: Marina Pruna wip@eckerd.edu
Flathead River Writers’ Conference

Flathead River Writers’ Conference

SEPTEMBER 19—20, 2020
KALISPELL, MT
The Annual Flathead River Writers’ Conference is a nationally acclaimed two-day event giving members and guests the opportunity to learn from and mingle with published authors, agents, editors, and publishers from all over the country.
Faculty (previous): Susan Adrian, Christine Carbo, Kathy Dunnehoff, Larry Martin, Jess Owen, Kate Testerman, Cindy Uh
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting
Haiku North America

Haiku North America

OCTOBER 13—17, 2021
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Haiku North America (HNA) is a biennial conference in celebration of haiku poetry. Every two years we offer five stimulating days of papers, panels, workshops, readings, performances, book sales, cultural outings, and much socialization with fellow poets, translators, scholars, editors, and publishers. Everyone is welcome to attend HNA, the largest and oldest gathering of haiku poets in the United States and Canada.
Faculty (previous): Garry Gay, Deborah P. Kolodji, Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch
Genres Offered: Poetry
Iceland Writers Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat

APRIL 29—MAY 3, 2020
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Join us for a series of workshops and panels led by an esteemed team of international writers. Between intimate workshops and lectures, we’ll offer the chance to tour the spectacular Golden Circle, sit in the cozy cafés of Reykjavík, soak in geothermal hot springs, listen to new Icelandic music, meet contemporary Icelandic writers, and learn about the country’s rich literary tradition.
Faculty: David Chariandy, Will Ferguson, Patrick Gale, Adam Gopnik, Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir, Elnathan John, Dan Kois, Gretchen Rubin, Ivana Sajko, Maria Semple, Kamila Shamsie, Elizabeth Wurtzel
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction
Jackson Hole Writers Conference

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

JUNE 25—27, 2020
JACKSON HOLE, WY
Jackson Hole Writers Conference’s intimate size means writers meet each other and the faculty, share ideas along with a glass of beer or wine, and make new contacts in a workshop.
Faculty: Jonathan Fink, Téa Obreht, Amy Ryan, Tim Sandlin, Scott Schumaker, Jane Ubell
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Anne Marie Wells jhwritersconf@gmail.com
James River Writers

James River Writers

OCTOBER 10—11, 2020
RICHMOND, VA
Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has attracted award-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about the craft and business of writing and publishing.
Faculty (previous): Cherise Fisher, Amy Gary, Sadeqa Johnson, Beth Macy, Booker T. Mattison, Margot Lee Shetterly
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction