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

This page is currently under revision. The admin will be separating out the busy conference months by areas of the US and by country, as well as by month. This will hopefully make the page more readable.

Please note: due to COVID-19, many events have been postponed, or have gone virtual. Some have rescheduled and gone online. Look for *ONLINE* options. Some of them are even free.
Also, some venues are still making decisions. 


Paris Cafe Writing - Workshops
Ireland Writer Tours - Conferences
Himalayan Writing Retreats & Weekends - India *ONLINE OPTIONS*

Liberty States Fiction Writers - New Jersey - Conference / Workshops
Murphy Writing - Workshops / Retreats
Algonkian - Writers Conference / Events / Retreats

Storytelling Arts of Indiana - Programs / Events

Florida Writers Association - Conferences / Workshops / Webinars *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Page Lambert - Workshops / Seminars / Writing retreats

Ike's Canyon Ranch- Nevada- Workshops / Retreats / Residencies *ADJUSTED*
Moxie Road Productions - California *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Pacific Northwest Writer's Association - Washington, workshops / annual conference / contests *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Hugo House - Seattle, WA - workshops *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Write 253 - Pierce County, Washington - workshops for teens / poetry slam for teens *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Creative Colloquy - Tacoma, WA - workshops / open mic / yearly "crawl" / publication *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Willamette Writers - Oregon - workshops / conference *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Cascade Writers - Washington - workshops *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Clarion West - Washington - SF, speculative workshops *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Write on the River - Washington (East Side) - workshops *ONLINE OPTIONS*
Get Writing Again - Workshops *ONLINE OPTION LISTED
Paula Marie Coomer - Retreats / Workshops
Book Passages - Conferences
The Village Writing School - Workshops *ONLINE EVENTS LISTED*

Anne Wylie’s Master Classes - Workshops
Writeaways - Retreats
Break Into Fiction - Workshops *ONLINE OPTION LISTED*
Storymaking - Workshops / Seminars
Writing Day Workshops - Touring the United States year-round *ONLINE OPTIONS*
[SCBWI] Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - Conference / Events *ONLINE OPTIONS*


Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway - New Jersey *ONLINE*
Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise - Florida (Decisions being made still)
Palm Beach Poetry Festival - Florida *ONLINE*


Savannah Book Festival - Georgia *ONLINE*

Havana Book Fair - Cuba

Todos Santos Writers Workshop - Mexico *ONLINE*
Florida Romance Writers - Cruise








Ohioana Book Festival - Virtual Festival, April 22-25, 2021
Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend - Wisconsin
Write Touch Conference - Wisconsin (returns 2021)


WordSpring - California
Get Lit! Festival - Washington

Under the Volcano - Mexico 

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 –

Great Writing - London (Postponed until 2021)
Stony Brook Southampton Children's Lit Conference - New York *ONLINE*
Readercon - Massachusetts (Postponed until 2021)
IWWG Summer Writer's Conference - Pennsylvania *ONLINE*
Sewanee Writers Conference - Tennessee
Public Safety Writers Association Annual Conference - Las Vegas (Postponed until 2021)
Sun Valley Writers Conference - Idaho *ONLINE*
The Leopardi Writers Conference - Italy (Postponed until 2021)
Napa Valley Writers Conference - California *ONLINE*
Midwest Writers Workshop Super Mini Conference - Indiana *ONLINE OPTION*
Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference - Texas (Rescheduled for October)
The Frost Place Conference on Poetry - New Hampshire *ONLINE*
Green Mountain Writers Conference - Vermont (Postponed until 2021)
One Story Summer Writers Conference - New York (Postponed until 2021)
Cat Writers Association Conference - New Jersey *2020 Virtual Contest*
North Carolina Writers Network Spring Summer Writing Workshops *ONLINE*
Southampton Writers Conference - New York *ONLINE*
Thrillerfest - New York *ONLINE*
Romance Writers of America Annual Conference - Florida *ONLINE*
Hong Kong Book Fair (Will be rescheduled, waiting for update as of July 2020)
West Virginia Writers’ Workshop (Postponed until 2021)
Realm Makers Conference - Nevada *ONLINE*
Once Upon A Book - Michigan

Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival - Massachusetts *ONLINE* Starts July 30
Mendocino Coast Writers Conference - California *ONLINE) Starts July 30.
Willamette Writers Conference - Oregon *ONLINE* Starts July 31.
[SCBWI] Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Summer Conference - Los Angeles *ONLINE* STARTS JULY 31.

August –

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference - New Jersey (Postponed until 2021)
Travel Writers & Photographers Conference - California (Postponed until 2021)
[PWAC] Professional Writers Association of Canada Conference - Calgary
Swanwick Writer's Summer School - Derbyshire, England (Postponed until 2021)
Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference *ONLINE*
Middlebury Bread Loaf Writer's Conference - Vermont
Catamaran Writing Conference - California *ONLINE*
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference *ONLINE*
The Colrain Intensive - Massachusetts
Book Passage -Mystery Writers Conference - California (Postponed until 2021)
Greater Philly Christian Writers' Conference (Postponed until 2021)
When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers  - Calgary, Alberta Canada *ONLINE AND FREE*
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference - Massachusetts
Beijing International Book Fair - China
Writers’ Police Academy - Wisconsin *ONLINE*
FloridaAuthors and Publishers Association Annual Conference - Orlando (Postponed until 2021)
Melbourne Writers Festival - Australia *ONLINE*
HippoCamp: A Conferencefor Creative Nonfiction Writers - Pennsylvania (Postponed until 2021)
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts - British Columbia, Canada
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Scotland *ONLINE*
Writer’s Digest AnnualConference - New York *ONLINE*
Killer Nashville International Writers Conference – Tennessee *ONLINE*

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

September –

Library of Congress Book Festival Washington, DC *ONLINE*
Colorado Gold Conference *ONLINE*
Slice Literary Writers Conference - New York
Milford SF Writers - North Wales 
9th Annual Bread Loaf in Sicily
Central Coast Writers Conference - California *ONLINE*
San Francisco Writing for Change Conference *ONLINE*
Conference for Writers & Illustrators - Alaska
Broadleaf Writers Conference - Georgia
Ridgefield Writers Conference - Connecticut *ONLINE*
Kentucky Women Writers Conference *ONLINE*
North Coast Redwoods Writers Conference - California (returns 2020)
Algonkian Writer Retreat & Novel Workshop - Virginia
The New York Pitch Conference
Melbourne Writers Festival - Australia *ONLINE*
PNWA [Pacific Northwest Writers Association] Conference - Washington *ONLINE*
New Jersey Storytelling Network
Baltimore Book Festival - Maryland
American Christian Fiction Writers Conference - Tennessee *ONLINE*
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Conference - Colorado *ONLINE*
Southern California Writers’ Conference - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
Brisbane Writers' Festival - Australia *ONLINE*
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival - Utah *ONLINE*
Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Kentucky POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
NINC World Conference - Florida POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
Bloody Scotland POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
Noirwich Crime Writing Festival - England *ONLINE* AND #FREE
Boston Teen Author Festival - Massachusetts (returns in 2020)
Penned Con - Missouri POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
Montana Book Festival *ONLINE*
Midwest WritersConference - Missouri POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
ANWA Writers Conference - Arizona *ONLINE*
Pacific Coast Children's Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat - Santa Cruz, CA *ONLINE*
National Young Writers’ Festival - Australia

HRW / Hampton Roads Writers Conference - Virginia Beach, VA *ONLINE*
Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival - Virginia
Pacific Coast Children's Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat *ONLINE*

October –
TLA Power of Words Conference - Arizona - Postponed until October 2021.

 November –

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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