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: 11/14/2019
Format: 11/14/2019
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
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

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