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Conferences, Conventions, Workshops, Festivals, Retreats, and Seminars

Ongoing -

Page Lambert - Workshops, seminars, and writing retreats
Cary Tennis - Workshops
Anne Wylie’s Master Classes - Workshops
Write, Create, Communicate - Classes, workshops, and retreats
Paula Marie Coomer Retreats & workshops
Break Into Fiction - Workshops
Irv Bauer Screenwriting Classes and courses
Millay Colony For the Arts Workshops and courses
Book Passages - Conferences
Storymaking - Workshops and seminars
Ireland Writer Tours West Hollywood WEHO Reads - Events
Writeaways - Retreats
Storytelling Arts of Indiana - Programs and events
Algonkian - Conferences and events
The Village Writing School - Workshops
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference - Conferences
Writing Immersion - Retreats
Jewish Book Festival - Connecticut - Author Events
Florida Writers Association - Conferences and workshops
Harrogate International Festivals
Yosemite Writing Retreats - California
The Lost Art of Personal Writing - Minnesota
Himalayan Writing Retreats & Weekends - India
Write Away Greece - Spring / Summer sessions
Anam Cara's Workshop Retreats - Ireland
West Coast Writers Conferences (WC2) - Los Angeles

January -

Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway - New Jersey
US Poets in Mexico Oaxaca Poetry Conference
San Diego State University Writers’ Conference
Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise - Florida
Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Todos Santos Writers Workshop - Mexico
Florida Romance Writers
Under the Volcano - Mexico

February -

Savannah Book Festival
Havana Book Fair - Cuba
Asheville Christian Writers’ Conference - N. Carolina
Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music - Sierra Vista, AZ
Perth Writers Festival - Australia
San Miquel Writers Conference
Granite Noir - Aberdeen
Deckle Edge Literary Festival - South Carolina
Wild Wicked Weekend - Texas
Mystery Thriller Week - ONLINE
Moravian Writers' Conference  - Pennsylvania
Centauri Arts Creative Writing Retreat - Costa Rica 
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference - New York, NY

March -

Texas Storytelling Festival
Virginia Festival of the Book
Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Azalea Storytelling Festival - Georgia
Dahlonega Literary Festival - Georgia
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Oxford Conference for the Book - Mississippi
Adelaide Festival - Australia
New Jersey Storytelling Network
Deal Noir
Liberty States Fictions Writers - New Jersey
California Dreamin’ Conference for Writers
Ontario Teen Book Fest  - California
YA Fest - Pennsylvania
NoVa Teen Book Festival - Virginia
Madison Print & Resist - Wisconsin
Indie Author Fringe - London Book Fair - ONLINE
NYC Teen Author Festival 
University of North Dakota Writers Conference
AWP Writers’ Conference & Bookfair - 2018 Florida 
OWC - Festival of Authors - Canada
Taos Summer Writers Conference - New Mexico
[RMFW] Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat - Colorado

April -

Arkansas Literary Festival
Word of South Festival of Literature and Music - Florida
Newburyport Literary Festival - Massachusetts
Tallahassee Writers Conference
Pikes Peak Writers Conference - Colorado
Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Italy
Las Vegas Writers Conference
The London Book Affair
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Get Lit! Festival - Washington
Alabama Book Festival
Southern Kentucky Book Fest / Kentucky Writers Conference / Teen Writers Conference
OWFI Writing Conference - Oklahoma City
NETWO Writers Roundup Conference - Texas
Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival - Florida
Newcastle Noir  - UK
LA Times / Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair
Woodstock Bookfest - New York
Dayton Book Expo - Ohio
Chocolate Fest and Book Faire - West Virginia
Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend - Wisconsin
Malice Domestic - Maryland
Iceland Writers Retreat

May -

Book Expo America -New York City
Norsk Literary Festival - Norway
Lakefly Writers Conference - Wisconsin
Salone International Book Festival - Italy
Word on the Lake Writers' Festival - British Columbia, Canada
Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference
Books in Bloom Literary Festival - Arkansas
Muse and Marketplace - Boston
LA / Los Angeles Writers Group Workshops
LDStorymakers Writers Conference - Utah
Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp - Wisconsin
Writers Retreat Workshop - Texas
Book World Prague - International Book Fair and Literary Festival
North Words Writers Symposium Conference - Alaska
Nonfiction Writers Conference - ONLINE
Hawai'i Book and Music Festival
Idaho Writers Conference
Sydney Writers' Festival
CrimeFest - Bristol, UK
RT / Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention - Atlanta
Louisville Authors Event
Gaithersburg Book Festival - Maryland
Bronx Book Fair - New York
ASJA's Writers Conference - New York City
Write Touch Conference - Wisconsin 
PENCON - Atlanta, Georgia
DFW Writers Conference - Dallas
Write, Travel, Transform -GreeceSeaside Writers Conference - Florida
BALTICON - Maryland
Gaithersburg Book Festival - Maryland

June -

California Crime Writers Conference
Write-to-Publish Conference - Chicago
Odyssey Writing Workshop - New Hampshire
West Texas Writers' Academy
Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference - Alaska
Santa Barbara Writers Conference - California
Western Writers of America Convention -Missouri
Southern Christian Writers Conference - Alabama
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Jackson Hole Writers Conference - Wyoming
Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop - Greece
Ann Arbor Book Festival - Michigan
Bear River Writers’ Conference - Michigan
Yale Writers' Conference - Connecticut
Wyoming Writers, Inc. Annual Conference
Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival - Nebraska
Books in Progress- Carnegie Center For Literacy and Learning - Kentucky
Nantucket Book Festival - Massachusetts
4th Street Fantasy - Minnesota
UTOPIAcon - Tennessee
Indie Author Fringe - Book Expo America - ONLINE
CCWWP Canada's Writing Conference
The Emerging Writers’ Festival - Australia
BookCon - New York City

July -

Southampton Writers Conference - New York
Thrillerfest - New York, NY
Romance Writers of America Annual Conference - Florida
Hong Kong Book Fair
West Virginia Writers’ Workshop
Book Passage - Mystery Writers Conference - California
Get Away to Write - Spain
Writing the Rockies Annual Conference - Colorado
Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference - Pennsylvania
PNWA [Pacific Northwest Writer's Association] Conference - Washington
Stonecoast Writers’ Conference - Maine
All Write Now! Writers’ Conference - Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Voices on the Coast, a Youth Literature Festival - Australia
Nebraska Book Festival
Catholic Writers Conference - Illinois

August -

When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers Calgary, Alberta Canada
Willamette Writers Conference - Portland, Oregon
Realm Makers Conference - Reno, Nevada
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference - Massachusetts
Chapter One Young Writers Conference - Illinois
Beijing International Book Fair - China
Writers’ Police Academy - Wisconsin
Florida Authors and Publishers Association Annual Conference - Orlando
Byron Bay Writers Festival - Australia
Melbourne Writers Festival - Australia
HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers - Pennsylvania
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference - California
Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival  - Massachusetts
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts - British Columbia, Canada
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Scotland
Once Upon A Book - Michigan
The Lost Art of Personal Writing Workshop - Minnesota
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference - New York, NY
Killer Nashville International Writers Conference  - Tennessee

September -

Baltimore Book Festival
Jerusalem Book Fair
American Christian Fiction Writers Conference - Dallas
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Conference - Westminster, Colorado
Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference - Anchorage Alaska
Southern California Writers’ Conference - Los Angeles
Brisbane Writers' Festival - Australia
The Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference - St. Augustine
Chanticleer Authors Conference & Awards Banquet - Bellingham, WA
Imaginarinum Writing & Film Festival - Louisville, KY
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival - Utah
Southern California Writers’ Conference - A Weekend For Words - Los Angeles
Library of Congress National Book Festival
ORACon Ozarks Romance Authors Annual Conference - Springfield, Missouri
Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Kentucky
NINC World Conference - Florida
Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Orange County Children's Books Festival
Bloody Scotland
Norwich the Crime Writing Festival
Boise Book Fest - Idaho
ICON - Iowa
Kansas Book Festival
Boston Teen Author Festival
Penned Con - Missouri
Montana Book Festival
The Great American Book Festival - South Dakota 
AJC Decatur Book Festival - Georgia
Unicorn Writers’ Conference - New York
Cruising Writers - 7 Day Western Caribbean Writing Retreat / Cruise
Georgia Romance Writers presents Moonlight and Magnolias
Pacific Coast Children's Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat - Santa Cruz, CA
National Young Writers’ Festival - Australia

October -

Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference - Washington
Orange Country Children’s Book Festival - California
NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book Conference - New Jersey
Surrey International Writer’s Conference - British Columbia, Canada
The Vancouver Writers Fest
Women Writing the West Conference - Arizona
Frankfurter Book Fair - Germany
Florida Writers Annual Conference - Altamonte Springs, FL
Collingswood Book Festival - New Jersey
Emerald City Writers’ Conference - Washington
Whistler Writers Festival - British Columbia, Canada
Elk River Writer's Workshop - Montana
Magna cum Murder Crimefest - Indiana
Bouchercon - Canada
ConStellation - Alabama
InD'Scribe Author Reader Conference - California
Sirens - Colorado 
League of Utah Writers Fall Conference - Salt Lake City, UT
Texas Teen Book Festival

La Jolla Writers Conference - San Diego

November -

Wordstock Book Festival - Portland, OR
International Book Fair of Guadalajara - Mexico
New England Crime Bake Conference - Massachusetts
Charleston Young Adult Book Festival
Boston Book Fair
Miami Book Fair - Florida
Rochester Children's Book Festival - New York
Buckeye Book Fair - Ohio
Wisconsin Book Festival
Texas Book Festival


There are very few conferences held in December

Coming Soon:
Kauai Writers Conference - Spring 2018

For more links to writer's conferences, workshops, and festivals check out these links:

Shaw Guides: Guide to Writers Conferences & Writing Workshops

International Directory of Writing Workshops, Conferences & Book Festivals

Association of Writers & Writing Programs 


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Magazines for Writers
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Online Writing Groups Providing Writing Resources
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The Writer's Dock
The Burry Man Writers Center
The Purdue Owl Writing Lab
FreeLance Writing

Professional Organizations That Publish Journals or Bulletins
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you can receive their publications.

Writers Organizations and Groups
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many of whom are free compared to expensive
print magazines or professional organizations.

Yahoo Writer Groups
Sqidoo Writers Groups
Absolute Write

Links to Lists of Literary Magazines
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but some also offer instruction.

Every Writer's Resource
EWR Big List
Sarah Allen: Paying Gigs for Writers

Books for Writers That are Published Annually
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Writer's Market
Novel and Short Story Writer's Market
Guide to Literary Agents

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