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: 12/15/2018
Format: 12/15/2018
Alaska Writers’ Guild Annual Conference

Alaska Writers’ Guild Annual Conference

SEPTEMBER 21—22, 2018
ANCHORAGE, AK
Alaska Writers Guild is an organization supporting published and unpublished writers in Alaska. If you have written, are writing, or are thinking of writing, you want to be a part of this dynamic group, which meets monthly for fun, fellowship, and programs of interest to writers at all skill levels.
Faculty: Cherry Adair, Jena Benton, Kris Farmen, Jane Friedman, Karen Kiely, Tam Linsey, Lynn Lovegreen, Paul Lucas, Lizbeth Meredith, Jim Misko, Colleen Offelein, Stephanie Pitts, Nicole Rescinti
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Illustration
Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

SEPTEMBER 20—24, 2019
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: Kathryn Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Michael Neff, Alan Orloff, Christine Stewart, Don Thompson, Richard Washer
Genres Offered: Fiction
Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

JUNE 2—4, 2018
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

FEBRUARY 21—22, 2019
SAN ANGELO, TX
The 22nd annual ASU Writers Conference, featuring Tony Hoagland, will bring together old friends and new for a celebration highlighting the achievements of San Angelo’s own Elmer Kelton.
Faculty: Tony Hoagland
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Contact: Chris Ellery chris.ellery@angelo.edu
Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

MARCH 27—30, 2019
PORTLAND, OR
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.
Faculty: George Saunders, TBA
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival

MAY 4—5, 2019
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
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: Lexa Hillyer, Michael Imperiori, Gunnhild Øyehaug, Dan Santat, Gary Snyder
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Blue Metropolis Festival

Blue Metropolis Festival

APRIL 20—30, 2018
MONTREAL, CANADA
Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing and encourages creativity and intercultural understanding. The foundation produces an Annual Literary Festival of international caliber and offers a wide range of educational and social programs year-round, both in classrooms and online.
Faculty (previous): Tom Abray, Douglas Babington, Peter Behrens, Jason Camlot, Laura Dunbar, Francisco Goldman, Keith Henderson, Steve Luxton, Shelley Pomerance, Ken Radu, David Treuer, David Treuer, John Emile Vincent
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Bookbaby Independent Authors Conference

Bookbaby Independent Authors Conference

NOVEMBER 3—5, 2017
PHILADELPHIA, PA
Over three exciting days in historic Philadelphia, you’ll engage in workshops concentrated on learning and improving the skills you need to succeed, including effective writing techniques and strengthening your book marketing and promotion tactics.
Faculty: Lucy Briggs, Rochelle Carter, Nancy Erickson, Grant Faulkner, Sandra Poirier Smith, Steven Spatz
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction
Contact: jessika@rockpaperscissors.biz (Event Planner)
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

AUGUST 16—26, 2017
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: Julia Alvarez, Rick Barot, Charles Baxter, Eavan Boland, Maud Casey, Christopher Castellani, John Elder, Edward Hirsch, Ann Hood, David Shields, Luis Alberto Urrea
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction
Centrum Writing Studios

Centrum Writing Studios

SEPTEMBER 3—9, 2017
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: Erin Belieu, Dan Chaon, Sayantani Dasgupta, Mark Doty, Melissa Feebos, Dana Levin, Sam Ligon, Priscilla Long, Alexandra Teague, Katherine Trueblood
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Jordan Hartt jhartt@centrum.org
Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
COLUMBUS, GA
The 11th annual writers’ conference returns with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Rick Bragg. There will be master classes on writing a memoir, mystery, thriller, first novel, children’s story, poem, play, and film script; plus others on writing characters, incorporating humor, getting a book on Amazon, and what publishers are looking for today.
Faculty: Rick Bragg, Rob St. Clair, Stacy Cunningham, Chad Davidson, Danielle Hanson, Anderson Harp, Matt Henderson, John Holman, Mark Jolley, Deborah Mallone, Steve McCondichie, Steve Scott, Natalia Naman Temesgen, Mike Venable
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference

OCTOBER 6—9, 2017
GREENFIELD, MA AND WHIDBEY ISLAND
Our unique, realistic method of manuscript evaluation sets poets with a manuscript-in-progress on a path toward publication. Poets also get a look into the publication world and make important contacts with leading editors, teachers, and publishers.
Faculty: Joan Houlihan, Fred Marchant, Rusty Morrison, Martha Rhodes
Genres Offered: Poetry
Contact: Joan Houlihan conferences@colrainpoetry.org
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Community of Writers

JUNE 23—30, JULY 8—15, 2018
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.
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry
Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

MAY 24—26, 2018
PITTSBURGH, PA
Make connections that can energize and change your writing life at the 2018 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference. It’s the only creative nonfiction conference where you can spend three days surrounded by 150+ other memoirists, lyrical essayists, and longform journalists who are all eager to connect with and motivate one another.
Faculty: Jenn Baker, Robyn Coggins, Andrew Conte, Hattie Fletcher, Lise Funderburg, Chris Girman, Lee Gutkind, Jessica Handler, Stephen Knezovich, Steven Kurutz, Dinty W. Moore, Virginia Morell, Meghan O’Gieblyn, Mike Rosenwald, Anjali Sachdeva, Aadam Soorma, Barrett Swanson, Peter Trachtenberg, Becky Tuch.
Genres Offered: Creative Nonfiction
Contact: Lauren Boehm boehm@creativenonfiction.org.
Cuenca International Writers’ Conference

Cuenca International Writers’ Conference

MAY 28—June 1, 2018
CUENCA, ECUADOR
Join us from May 28 to June 1, 2018, in beautiful Cuenca, Ecuador, for the first bilingual writing conference in South America. The conference will feature hands-on workshops and training sessions in all genres of writing and in all areas of expertise . . . from novice to expert. For the first time, our hand-picked presenters will offer classes in both English and Spanish.
Faculty (previous): Paul Anlee, Dan Austin, Scarlett Braden, Susan Brushaber, Jeanne McCafferty, George Wier
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

FEBRUARY 22—24, 2018
TEMPE, AZ
With more than fifty sessions from over twenty-five faculty members in multiple genres and fields, our goal is to provide writers with opportunities to make personal and professional connections, advance their craft, and deepen their engagement with the literary field.
Faculty (previous): Carolyn Forché, Lee Gutkind, Tony Hoaglund, Cynthia Hogue, T. Geronimo Johnson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Dublin Writers’ Conference

Dublin Writers’ Conference

JUNE 23—25, 2018
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: 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 13—20, 2018
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: Lan Samantha Chang, Ann Hood, Andre Dubus III, Major Jackson, Laura Lippman, Laura McCaffrey, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, and Sterling Watson
Genres Offered: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Contact: Marina Pruna wip@eckerd.edu
Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

APRIL 5—7, 2018
DAYTON, OH
The workshop draws approximately 350 writers from around the country and typically sells out very quickly, so don’t wait once registration opens. The 2016 workshop sold out in less than six hours.
Faculty (previous): Amy Ephron, Roy Blount Jr., Kathy Kinney, Leighann Lord, Cindy Ratzlaff
Genres Offered: Humor
Flathead River Writers’ Conference

Flathead River Writers’ Conference

SEPTEMBER 23—24, 2017
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: Susan Adrian, Christine Carbo, Kathy Dunnehoff, Larry Martin, Jess Owen, Kate Testerman, Cindy Uh
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting
Free Expressions Seminars: The Emotional Craft of Fiction & Writing the Breakout Novel

Free Expressions Seminars: The Emotional Craft of Fiction & Writing the Breakout Novel

SEPTEMBER 25—OCTOBER 1, 2017
TAMPA, FL
In this workshop based on psychological research and extensive study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, participants will discover how to go beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.
Faculty: Donald Maas
Genres Offered: Fiction
Contact: Lorin Oberweger lorin@free-expressions.com
Free Expressions Seminars: The Emotional Craft of Fiction & Writing the Breakout Novel

Free Expressions Seminars: The Emotional Craft of Fiction & Writing the Breakout Novel

SEPTEMBER 15—17, 2017
SEATTLE, WA
In this workshop based on psychological research and extensive study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, participants will discover how to go beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.
Faculty: Donald Maas
Genres Offered: Fiction
Contact: Lorin Oberweger lorin@free-expressions.com
Haiku North America

Haiku North America

SEPTEMBER 13—17, 2017
SANTA FE, NM
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.
Faculty: Garry Gay, Deborah P. Kolodji, Paul Miller, Michael Dylan Welch
Genres Offered: Poetry
Contact: Cynthia Henderson HaikuNorthAmerica17@gmail.com
Hampton Roads Writers Ninth Annual Writers’ Conference

Hampton Roads Writers Ninth Annual Writers’ Conference

SEPTEMBER 14—16, 2017
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
The Hampton Roads Writers is your connection to reader/writer events, including prose open mics, 2.5-hour writers’ workshops, and an annual multiday writers’ conference in Virginia Beach
Faculty: Charity Ayres, Erin Beaty, Shonda Buchanan, Denise Camacho, Dr. Meriah L. Crawford, Amanda Gomez, Irene Goodman, Keg Eden Kuyatt, Frank Milligan, Valerie Noble, Dr. Lisa Roney
Genres Offered: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Children’s Literature
Harvest Creative Writing Retreat

Harvest Creative Writing Retreat

OCTOBER 12—15, 2017
ROCKPORT, MA
Our Harvest Retreat offers the opportunity for writers of all genres and levels to work alongside award-winning writers to hone their craft and expand their writing skills on the shores of a luxurious ocean-side beach house.
Faculty: Megan Fernandes, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Janaka Stucky, Diana Norma Szokolyai
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry
HippoCamp

HippoCamp

SEPTEMBER 8—10, 2017
LANCASTER, PA
This three-day creative writing conference event features fifty-plus notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate preconference workshops in Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts, and culture. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate.
Faculty: Beverly Donofrio, Dinty W. Moore, Tobias Wolff
Genres Offered: Creative Nonfiction
Contact: Donna Talarico info@hippocampusmagazine.com
Historical Writers of America Conference

Historical Writers of America Conference

SEPTEMBER 21—24, 2017
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NM
The conference programming will focus on supporting quality historical writing—fiction and nonfiction, research, the submission process, the road to publication, and the life of a historical writer. There will be a mix of sessions on the craft of writing and genre and era-specific knowledge (food, clothing, language) as well as the business side of publishing, including self/indie publishing, marketing and publicity, and social media techniques.
Faculty: Parris Afton Bonds, Larry Brooks, Jodi Daynard, Chris C.C. Humphreys, Jeff Kleinman, Melissa Snodgrass
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction
Iceland Writers Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat

APRIL 11—15, 2018
REYKJAVÍK, 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: Hilton Als, Priya Basil, Terry Fallis, Halgrímur Helgason, Alice Hoffman, Rory MacLean, Andri Snaer Magnason, Pamela Paul, Gwendoline Riley, Susan Shreve
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction
International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries

International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries

JULY 7, 2018
PHILADELPHIA, PA
The International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries attendees include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives.
Faculty (previous): Nicole Allen, Marguerite Avery, Michele Cloonan, Bill Cope, John Frohnmayer, Brad King, Angus Phillips
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry