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: 11/17/2019
Format: 11/17/2019
Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

NOVEMBER 1—4, 2018
SAG HARBOR, NY
Join award-winning authors, editors, agents, and marketing experts for a three-day intensive writing conference focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Develop both your skills and your creative marketing savvy in this focused and small conference, the only one of its kind in the country.
Faculty: Lilly Dancyger, Jess Flarity, Lauren Hook, Donna Kaz, Suzannah Lessard, Terri Muuss, Matt Pasca, Roger Rosenblatt, Pramila Venkateswaran
Genres Offered: Creative Nonfiction
Contact: Donna Kaz kaz@donnakaz.com
San Miguel Writers’ Conference

San Miguel Writers’ Conference

FEBRUARY 13—17, 2019
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: Jennifer Clement, Cristina Rivera Garza, Adam Gopnik, Sandra Gulland, Susan Orlean, Paul Theroux
Genres Offered: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Live Storytelling
Contact: Susan Page susan@susanpage.com
Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Sanibel Island Writers Conference

NOVEMBER 8—11, 2018
SANIBEL ISLAND, FL
Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; panels on publishing and editing; and readings, keynote addresses, and concerts. The conference welcomes any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.
Faculty: Steve Almond, Andrea Askowitz, Julianna Baggot, Jenny Bent, Jill Bialosky, Emily Black, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Brock Clarke, John Dufresne, Tod Goldberg, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Major Jackson, Steve Kistulentz, Joyce Maynard, Tom McAllister, Alastair Moock, January Gill O'Neil, Jane Roper, Jane Roper Michael Ruhlman, Christopher Schelling, Mark Evan Schwartz, Darin Strauss
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Tom DeMarchi tdemarch@fgcu.edu
Sewanee Writers' Conference

Sewanee Writers' Conference

JULY 16—28, 2019
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: Jeffery Renard Allen, Tony Earley, B. H. Fairchild, Adrianne Harun, Robert Hass, Naomi Iizuka, Mark Jarman, Mark Jarman, Randall Kenan, Randall Kenan, Michael Knight, Michael Knight, Maurice Manning, Charles Martin, Bobbie Ann Mason, Jill McCorkle, Alice McDermott, Marilyn Nelson, Dan O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Wyatt Prunty, Mary Jo Salter, Christine Schutt, A. E. Stallings, N. S. Thompson, Sidney Wade, Michael Wiegers, Steve Yarbrough
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting
Sig Writing

Sig Writing

AUGUST 29—31, 2018
ANTWERP, NETHERLANDS
Creativity is a concept that is intrinsic to both writing and research. It is necessary for problem-solving, innovation and self-expression. In the complex cognitive processes of text production, creativity is fundamental to tackle challenges that cannot be solved by standard problem-solving techniques.
Faculty: Sarah Bernolet, Brenda Van den Broek, Mariëlle Leijten, Catherine Meulemans, Lise Paesen, Iris Schrivjer, Nina Vandermeulen, Luuk Van Waes
Genres Offered: Nonfiction
Sirenland Writers Conference

Sirenland Writers Conference

MARCH 31—APRIL 6, 2019
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: Alexander Chee, Michael Maren, Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Hannah Tinti
Genres Offered: Fiction, Memoir
Sleuthfest

Sleuthfest

MARCH 4—17, 2019
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: Alexia Gordon, T. Jefferson Parker, Alex Segura, Tom Straw, Elaine Viets
Genres Offered: Fiction
Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

SEPTEMBER 7—8, 2019
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: 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, 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 10—21, 2019
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: Melissa Bank, Karen E. Bender, Jericho Brown, Alexander Chee, Billy Collins, Ursula Hegi, Alan Kingsberg, Matthew Klam, Dawn Lundy Martin, Roger Rosenblatt, Frederic Tuten
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Southern California Writers’ Conference

Southern California Writers’ Conference

FEBRUARY 15—17, 2019
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: Huda Al-Marashi, Wes Albers, Teresa Burrell, Gayle Carline, Mark Clement, Michael Steven Gregory, Ara Grigorian, Martin Roy Hill, Melanie Hooks, Joe Ide, Cherie Kephart, Reina Menasche, Julie Moss, Matthew J. Pallamary, Laura Perkins, Darlene Quinn, Judy Reeves, Janis Thomas, Dr. Seth Wagerman, Mary Vensel White, Claudia Whitsitt, Gwendolyn Womack
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Michael Steven Gregory msg@WritersConference.com
Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

OCTOBER 25—27, 2019
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: Elizabeth Boyle, Larry Brooks, Jennifer Browne, Alyssa Cole, Karen Connelly, Eileen Cook, Meeru Dhalwala, Robert Dugoni, Margaret Dunlap, kc dyer, Hallie Ephron, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerristen, Rachael Herron, Nalo Hopkins, Crystal Hunt, Daniel Heath Justice, Michelle Kim, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Owen Laukkanen, JJ Lee, Catherine McKenzie, J.H. Moncrieff, Mahtab Narismhan, Cami Ostman, Liza Palmer, Anne Perry, Alisha Rai, Cat Rambo, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Renée Saklikar, Michael Slade, Rachel Swirsky, John Zada
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction