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.


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San Miguel Writers’ Conference

San Miguel Writers’ Conference

OCTOBER 1, 2020—MARCH 30, 2021
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: Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Richard Blanco, Joseph Boyden, Geraldine Brooks, A’Lelia Bundles, Diana Gabaldon, Yuri Herrera, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Isabel Wilkerson, Simon Winchester, Lawrence Wright
Genres Offered: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Live Storytelling
Sewanee Writers' Conference

Sewanee Writers' Conference

JULY 20—AUGUST 1, 2021
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, Tarfia Faizullah, Adrianne Harun, Vanessa Hua, Mark Jarman, Katie Kitamura, Amitava Kumar, Nate Marshall, Jill McCorkle, Claire Messud, Elena Passarello, Carl Phillips, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, A.E. Stallings, Jess Walter, Stephanie Powell Watts, Monica Youn
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting
Contact: @email
Sirenland Writers Conference

Sirenland Writers Conference

NOVEMBER 7—13, 2021
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, ZZ Packer, Jim Shepard, Hannah Tinti
Genres Offered: Fiction, Memoir
Sleuthfest

Sleuthfest

MARCH 19—21, 2021
BOCA RATON, FL (ONLINE)
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: E.A. Aymar, Terri Bischoff, Tara Lush, Mia P. Manansala, Richie Narvaez, Brad Parks
Genres Offered: Fiction
Contact: @email
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 @email
Southampton Writers’ Conference

Southampton Writers’ Conference

JULY 14—18, 2021
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, Billy Collins, Melissa Febos, Major Jackson, Matthew Klam, Julia Phillips, Roger Rosenblatt, Paul Tremblay, Frederic Tuten, Meg Wolitzer
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: @email
Southern California Writers’ Conference

Southern California Writers’ Conference

FEBRUARY 12—14, 2021
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: Nathan Agin, Wes Albers, Gayle Carline, Dennis. K. Crosby, Michael Steven Gregory, Ara Grigorian, Jasmin Iolani Hakes, Melanie Hooks, Robin Kardon, Cherie Kephart, Joy Lanzendorfer, Bethany Lopez, Isla Morley, Judy Reeves, Michele Scott, Janis Thomas, Mary Vensel White, Claudia Whitsitt, Gwendolyn Womack
Genres Offered: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Contact: Michael Steven Gregory @email
Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

OCTOBER 22—24, 2021
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 (previous): 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: @email