Conferences, Workshops, etc. / Publications

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

Ongoing –

Paris Cafe Writing - Workshops
Murphy Writing - Workshops / Retreats
Get Writing Again - Email workshops
Page Lambert - Workshops / Seminars / Writing retreats
Cary Tennis - Workshops
Anne Wylie’s Master Classes - Workshops
Paula Marie Coomer - Retreats / Workshops
Break Into Fiction - Workshops
Millay Colony For the Arts -Workshops / Courses
Book Passages - Conferences
Storymaking - Workshops / Seminars
Ireland Writer Tours - Conferences
Writeaways - Retreats
Storytelling Arts of Indiana - Programs / Events
Algonkian - Writers Conference / Events / Retreats
The Village Writing School - Workshops
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conferences and Retreats
Jewish Book Festival - Connecticut - Author Events
Florida Writers Association - Conferences / Workshops / Webinars
Harrogate International Festivals
Himalayan Writing Retreats & Weekends - India
Write Away Europe
Anam Cara's Workshop Retreats - Ireland
West Coast Writers Conferences (WC2) - Los Angeles
Writing Day Workshops - Touring the United States year-round
[SCBWI] Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - Conference / Events
Highlights Foundation Workshops 
Liberty States Fiction Writers - New Jersey - Conference / Workshops
Writer's Digest University Online Writing Workshops 
Ike's Canyon Ranch- Nevada- Workshops / Retreats / Residencies
Moxie Road Productions - California

January –

February –

March –

May –

June –

Dublin Writers Conference
Chuckanut Writers Conference - Washington
Historical Novel Society North American Conference - Maryland
Colgate University Writers Conference - New York
Frost Farm Poetry Conference - New Hampshire
Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference - Philadelphia
Sozopol Seminars on Creative Writing - Bulgaria
Martha's Vineyard Summer Writers Conference
Wesleyan Writers Conference - Connecticut
West Virginia Writers Conference
The Writer's Hotel - New York
Indiana University Writers Conference
Surprise Valley Writers Conference - California
Annual Bread Loaf Environmental Writer's Conference - Vermont
The Colrain Classic - Massachusetts
Pacific University Residency Writer's Conference - Forest Grove, Oregon
Texas Storytelling Festival (returns June 2020)
California Crime Writers Conference
Write-to-Publish Conference -Illinois
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
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Jackson Hole Writers Conference - Wyoming
Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop - Greece
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
CCWWP Canada's Writing Conference
The Emerging Writers’ Festival - Australia
Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference - New Jersey
St. David's Christian Writers Conference - Pennsylvania
[Dallas Fort Worth] DFW Writers Conference - Dallas
Writers' League of Texas - The Agents and Editors Conference – Texas

WV Writer's Conference , West Virginia 
July –

August –

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference - New Jersey
Haiku North America Conference - North Carolina
Travel Writers & Photographers Conference - California
[PWAC] Professional Writers Association of Canada Conference - Calgary
Swanwick Writer's Summer School - Derbyshire, England
Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference
Middlebury Bread Loaf Writer's Conference - Vermont
Iota Short Prose Conference - Maine
Catamaran Writing Conference - California
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference
[SCBWI] Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Summer Conference - Los Angeles
The Colrain Intensive - Massachusetts
Book Passage -Mystery Writers Conference - California 
Greater Philly Christian Writers' Conference
When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers  - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Willamette Writers Conference - Oregon
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference - Massachusetts
Beijing International Book Fair - China
Writers’ Police Academy - Wisconsin
Florida Authors and Publishers Association Annual Conference - Orlando
Melbourne Writers Festival - Australia
HippoCamp: A Conferencefor 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
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference - New York
Killer Nashville International Writers Conference – Tennessee

Library of Congress National Book Festival - Washington, DC
AJC Decatur Book Festival - Georgia
Elk River Writer's Workshop - Montana (returns 2020)
League of Utah Writers - The Quills Conference

September –

Colorado Gold Conference
Slice Literary Writers Conference - New York
Milford SF Writers - North Wales
9th Annual Bread Loaf in Sicily
Central Coast Writers Conference - California
TLA Power of Words Conference - Arizona
San Francisco Writing for Change Conference
Conference for Writers & Illustrators - Alaska
Broadleaf Writers Conference - Georgia
Ridgefield Writers Conference - Connecticut
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
North Coast Redwoods Writers Conference - California (returns 2020)
Algonkian Writer Retreat & Novel Workshop - Virginia
The New York Pitch Conference
Melbourne Writers Festival - Australia
PNWA [Pacific Northwest Writers Association] Conference - Washington
New Jersey Storytelling Network
Baltimore Book Festival - Maryland
American Christian Fiction Writers Conference - Tennessee
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Conference - Colorado
Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference
Southern California Writers’ Conference
Brisbane Writers' Festival - Australia
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival - Utah
Southern California Writers’ Conference - A Weekend For Words
Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Kentucky
NINC World Conference - Florida
Bloody Scotland
Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - England
Kansas Book Festival
Boston Teen Author Festival - Massachusetts (returns in 2020)
Penned Con - Missouri
Montana Book Festival
Midwest Writers Conference - Missouri
ANWA Writers Conference - Arizona
Unicorn Writers’ Conference - New York
Pacific Coast Children's Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat - Santa Cruz, CA
National Young Writers’ Festival - Australia

Starfish Houston Bay Area RWA Writer's Conference - Texas 
HRW / Hampton Roads Writers Conference - Virginia Beach, VA 
Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival - Virginia
Pacific Coast Children's Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat 

October –

Kanab Writers Conference - Utah
Medical Writing & Communication Conference - San Diego
Sanibel Island Writers Conference - Florida (returns 2020)
North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference
Monterey Writer Retreat - California
Bouchercon World Mystery Convention - 2019 Texas / 2020 California 
Cruising Writers - 7 Day Western Caribbean Writing Retreat / Cruise
ICON - Iowa

December –

There are very few conferences held in December

/ 2020 California 
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There are dozens of publications geared toward writers. Almost all publications have a digital presence and some still produce physical magazines and newsletters. The admins are providing this list as a service to writers but not as an endorsement of any group or organization. Some of the publications require a subscription or membership in the sponsoring organization. Nearly all online writing groups have links to articles and information useful to writers of all levels.

Magazines for Writers
Many magazines offer great discounts for new
subscriptions and include online access to additional
resources. Check out their online sites before spending
money for a print publication to see if it's a good fit.

Publishers Weekly
Reedsy - Best Literary Magazines of 2019

Online Writing Groups Providing Writing Resources
and Links to Markets and Craft Articles

The Burry Man Writers Center
The Purdue Owl Writing Lab
FreeLance Writing

Professional Organizations That Publish Journals or Bulletins
Many of these groups require membership fees before
you can receive their publications.

Writers Organizations and Groups
These links provide more links to online writing groups,
many of whom are free compared to expensive
print magazines or professional organizations.

Sqidoo Writers Groups
Absolute Write

Links to Lists of Literary Magazines
Many publications on this list are markets for writing,
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
Most of these books are available in digital or book format

Writer's Market
Novel and Short Story Writer's Market
Guide to Literary Agents

Books That Help You Get Found Online

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