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: 04/22/2019
Format: 04/22/2019
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Alaska Writers Guild is an organization supporting published and unpublished writers in Alaska.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

MARCH 13—17, 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, 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

MAY 24—26, 2019
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: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, 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: Ellen Bass, Natalie Diaz, Tess Gallagher, Dorothea Lasky, Solmaz Sharif, Colson Whitehead, Javier Zamora
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival

MAY 4—5, 2019
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: 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
Blue Metropolis Festival

Blue Metropolis Festival

MAY 2—5, 2019
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
Book Passage Mystery Writers’ Conference

Book Passage Mystery Writers’ Conference

SEPTEMBER 22—25, 2019
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: Cara Black, David Corbett, Hallie Ephron, Elizabeth George, Rachel Howzell Hall, Tim Maleeny, Amy Rennert
Genres Offered: Fiction, Mystery
Bookbaby Independent Authors Conference

Bookbaby Independent Authors Conference

NOVEMBER 2—4, 2018
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 (previous): 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 14—24, 2019
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: 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

SEPTEMBER 23—29, 2019
SAN ANTONIO, TX
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

MAY 14—17, 2019
NEW OREANS, LA
All genres welcome. Genres include playwriting, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. This year, we will also be exploring writing for live action roleplay (LARP) theater with an expert. Due to limited seats, early applications are encouraged. Applications are due February 5, 2019.
Faculty: Stephen Aubrey, Rita Banerjee, Carly Dwyer, Diana Norma Szokolyai
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry
Centrum Writing Studios

Centrum Writing Studios

JULY 14—21, 2019
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 Barnes, Erin Belieu, Rebecca Brown, Jonathan Evison, Melissa Febos, Debra Gwartney, Jourdan Imani Keith, Susan Landgraf, Kate Lebo, Samuel Ligon, Gary Copeland Lilley, Priscilla Long, Claudia Castro Luna, Phong Nguyen, Daniel Orozco, Carl Phillips, Paisley Rekdal, Elissa Washuta, Robert Wrigley, Kristen Millares Young
Genres Offered:Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Jordan Hartt jhartt@centrum.org
Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

SEPTEMBER 28—29, 2018
COLUMBUS, GA
The 12th Annual Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference kicks off with a wine-and-cheese party at the Rothschild-Pound House Inn on Friday, September 28 at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the public to introduce the conference faculty. Literary types and enthusiasts of all stripes are invited
Faculty (previous): 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

APRIL 5—8, 2019
ARLINGTON, VT
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: Gabriel Fried, Joan Houlihan, Jennifer Militello, Martha Rhodes
Genres Offered: Poetry
Contact: Joan Houlihan conferences@colrainpoetry.org
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Community of Writers

JUNE 22—29, 2019, JULY 8—15, 2019
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: Katharine Dion, Diana Fuller, Forrest Gander, Daniel Halpern, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Michelle Latiolais, David Tomas Martinez, Jane Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Beth Ruyak, Amy Tan
Genres Offered: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry
Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

MAY 23—25, 2019
PITTSBURGH, PA
Make connections that can energize and change your writing life at the 2019 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 (previous): 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—23, 2019
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: Hanif Abdurraqib, Ramona Ausubel, Sally Ball, Matt Bell, Kristin Chen, Jennine Capó Crucet, Natashia Deón, Terry Galloway, Tara Ison, Yvette Johnson, Kirby Kim, Bill Konigsberg, Erin Jade Lange, Bojan Louis, Douglas Manuel, Deborah Miranda, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Achy Obejas, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Matthew Salesses, James Sallis, Fernanda Santos, Nicole Sealey, Carmen Giménez Smith, TC Tolbert
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Dublin Writers’ Conference

Dublin Writers’ Conference

JUNE 21—23, 2019
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