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: 07/11/2020
Format: 07/11/2020
San Miguel Writers’ Conference

San Miguel Writers’ Conference

FEBRUARY 12—16, 2020
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO
As the largest and most prestigious cocultural, bilingual literary gathering in the Americas, each February the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Faculty: Rosa Beltrán, Juan F. Herrera, Tommy Orange, Tommy Orange, Delia Owens, Madeleine Thien
Genres Offered: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Live Storytelling
Sewanee Writers' Conference

Sewanee Writers' Conference

JULY 21—AUGUST 2, 2020
SEWANEE, TN
Workshop sessions combine lectures and informal exchanges in a group meeting with the aim of encouraging members to discuss their work and the craft of writing. Each participant is assigned to a workshop led by two faculty members. Workshops meet five times, on alternating days, to form the core of the 12-day program.
Faculty: Chris Bachelder, Jamel Brinkley, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Alexander Chee, Erica Dawson, Adrianne Harun, Naomi Iizuka, Mark Jarman, Randall Kenan, Katie Kitamura, Amitava Kumar, Jill McCorkle, Claire Messud, Marilyn Nelson, Dan O’Brien, Liliana Padilla, Elena Passarello, Carl Phillips, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, A.E. Stallings, Lloyd Suh, Jess Walter, Stephanie Powell Watts, Monica Youn
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting
Sirenland Writers Conference

Sirenland Writers Conference

MARCH 29—APRIL 4, 2020
POSITANO, ITALY
Each day features intensive, small-group workshops with writers Dani Shapiro, Jess Walter, and Jim Shepard, private writing time, and talks about living the writer’s life. Evenings will include student and instructor readings, visits from guest writers, and fantastic meals overlooking the beauty of the Tirreno Sea.
Faculty: Jennifer Boylan, Michael Maren, ZZ Packer, Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Hannah Tinti
Genres Offered: Fiction, Memoir
Sleuthfest

Sleuthfest

MARCH 26—29, 2020
BOCA RATON, FL
Join us for writing workshops, social events, pitch sessions, agent appointments to pitch your finished work; critiques of your ten-page manuscript submission; forensic track with current forensic techniques and hands-on workshops; and social events to mingle with agents, editors, and your favorite authors.
Faculty: Frankie Y. Bailey, Terri Bischoff, Amanda Jain, Jill Marr, Catriona McPherson, Richie Narvaez, Neil S. Nyren, Chantelle Aimée Osman, Alex Segura, Dr. Lawrence J. Simon, Nikki Terpilowski
Genres Offered: Fiction
Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

SEPTEMBER 12—13, 2020
BROOKLYN, NY
Slice’s annual writers’ conference will draw more than 160 agents, authors, editors, and publishing pros. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, poetry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career.
Faculty (previous): Gabrielle Bellot, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Joshua Bodwell, Kheryn Callender, Dhonielle Clayton, Jaquira Diaz, Mira Jacob, Kristopher Jansma, Lin King, Matthew Lansburgh, Sarah Lapolla, Kiese Laymon, T Kira Madden, Thomas Page McBee, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Alanna Okun, Patricia Park, Anna Qu, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Elissa Schappell, Saba Sulaiman, Kelly Sundberg, Kitty Zeldis
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry
Contact: Maria Gagliano info@slicemagazine.org
Southampton Writers’ Conference

Southampton Writers’ Conference

JULY 8—19, 2020
SOUTHAMPTON, NY
Since 1976, writers have gathered every July in Southampton to take workshops with some of the country’s most distinguished authors of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Southampton Writers Conference, as it has long been known, began with just a few offerings but has gradually grown to include dozens of creative writing workshops and hundreds of participants.
Faculty: Jami Attenberg, Melissa Bank, Billy Collins, Paul Harding, Alan Kingsberg, Matthew Klam, T Kira Madden, Camille Rankine, Roger Rosenblatt, Frederic Tuten, Karen Thompson Walker
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Southern California Writers’ Conference

Southern California Writers’ Conference

FEBRUARY 14—16, 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA
Founded and run by professional writers, the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, having facilitated some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals.
Faculty: Anita Hughes Abriel, Nathan Agin, Wes Albers, Gayle Carline, Matt Coyle, Melissa Fischer, Adalyn Grace, Michael Steven Gregory, Ara Grigorian, Melanie Hooks, Lacey Impellizeri, Tom Jordan, Cherie Kephart, Bethany Lopez, Nathan Makaryk, Reina Menasche, Matthew J. Pallamary, Judy Reeves, Janis Thomas, Carl Vonderau, Nicholas Wells, Mary Vensel White, Claudia Whitsitt
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Michael Steven Gregory msg@WritersConference.com
Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

OCTOBER 23—25, 2020
SURREY, CANADA
The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is a workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge. Whether you are a beginning writer or widely published, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about markets, and network future sales. SiWC runs annually the third weekend in October, Friday through Sunday.
Faculty: Cathy Ace, Carleigh Baker, Nicole Blades, Elizabeth Boyle, Jason Brick, Dani Collins, Eileen Cook, Delilah S Dawson, Sonali Dev, Piper J. Drake, kc dyer, Hallie Ephron, Debbi Michiko Florence, Lee Edward Födi, Diana Gabaldon, Kevin Hearne, C.C Humphreys, Crystal Hunt, Susanna Kearsley, Rukhsana Khan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Doretta Lau, Owen Laukkanen, John Mavin, Denise Mina, Liza Palmer, Anne Perry, Cat Rambo, Renée Saklikar, Michael Slade, Monique Gray Smith, Sam Wiebe, Ian Williams, Jan Wong
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: info@siwc.ca