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: 10/21/2019
Format: 10/21/2019
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