Friday, December 26, 2014

Writers' Conferences & Book Festivals, 2015 & 2016

by Jodie Renner, editor, author, speaker @JodieRennerEd

FOR AN UPDATED LIST OF WRITERS' CONFERENCES & BOOK FESTIVALS FOR 2016, CLICK HERE:
http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.ca/2015/12/writers-conferences-book-festivals-2016.html

JANUARY 2015:

Jan. 16-19, 2015 - 22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore. www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 17, 2015 - Troubleshooting Your Novel, Nashville, TN. Faculty: Steven James, Jodie Renner, and Eric Wilson. http://www.troubleshootingyournovel.com/

Jan. 17-25, 2015: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

Jan. 23-25, 2015 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley. http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc

January 26-31, 2015 - 2015 Todos Santos Writers Workshop, Todos Santos, Baja Mexico. www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com

FEBRUARY 2015:

Feb. 5-9, 2015 – Florida Romance Writers Cruise with Your Muse Fun in the Sun conference. http://www.frwriters.org/fun-in-the-sun-conference/ 

Feb. 6-8, 2015 - Love Is Murder Mystery Conference, Chicago, IL. http://www.loveismurder.net/

Feb. 14, 2015 - MWA-U 2.0, Mystery Writers of America, Boston, Mass. http://mysterywriters.org/mwauboston/

Feb. 11-15, 2015 - San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 12-15, 2015 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 12-15, 2015 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

Feb. 20-22, 2015 – Digital Authors 2.0 and Self-Publishing Conference, sponsored by West Coast Writers Conferences. Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California. www.wcwriters.com/da

Feb. 20-22, 2015 - The Big Story Writers Conference, Los Angeles, Ca. www.wcwriters.com/bigstory

Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2015 - Sleuthfest - an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

Feb. 27, 2015 - Write On! Authors Conference and Book Fair, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL. Email lauren.redick@southflorida.edu

Feb. 28, 2015 – Book ‘Em North Carolina (book festival), Lumberton, NC. http://www.bookemnc.org/

MARCH 2015:

March 7, 2015 – The Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA. http://www.augustaliteraryfestival.org/

March 12-15, 2015 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it’s called "Crimelandia" and is in Portland, Oregon. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org

March 14, 2015 - Unicorn Writer's Conference, Purchase, NY. www.unicornwritersconference.com 

March 14-15, 2015 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 18-22, 2015 – Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia, http://www.vabook.org/index.html/

March 20-22, 2015 – Wordcrafters in Eugene Writers’ Conference, Eugene, Oregon. “The focus is on fiction.” http://wordcraftersineugene.org/conference/

March 22-24, 2015 - The 2015 PubSense Summit, in Charleston, South Carolina. www.PubSenseSummit.com

March 25-29, 2015 - The Algonkian Novel Retreat, Sterling, Virginia, NW of Washington, D.C.

March 26-28, 2015 - The Write Stuff, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. www.glvwg.org

Mar. 27-28, 2015 - Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO. http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/ 


March 28-29, 2015 - The Dahlonega Book Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia 
http://dahlonegaliteraryfestival.wordpress.com/

March 27-31, 2015 - The Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference, http://www.mounthermon.org/event/212

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APRIL 2015:

April 8-11, 2015: AWP Writers’ Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis, Minn., Assoc. of Writers and Writing Programs. http://awpwriter.org/conference/

April 10-11, 2015 – IBPA Publishing University, Austin, Texas. http://ibpapublishinguniversity.com/index.html 

April 10-11, 2015 - Faith and Culture Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. www.faithandculturewriters.com

April 11, 2015 – Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery. Free. http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/

April 11, 2015 - North Texas Book Festival, Denton, Texas. www.ntbf.org

April 11-12, 2015 - Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, Tallahassee, Florida. http://www.wordofsouthfestival.com/about/

April 16-18, 2015 - Indie ReCon, online conference for independent authors & publishers. http://www.indierecon.org/

April 17-18, 2015 – Southern Kentucky Writers’ Conference and Bookfest http://www.sokybookfest.org/ 

April 17-19, 2015 - Writing by Writers Workshop at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado. www.writingxwriters.org.

April 23-25, 2015 - Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. www.lasvegaswritersconference.com

April 24-25, 2015 – NETWO (North East Texas Writers' Organization) writers conference, Sowing Seeds of Success, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. http://www.netwo.org/

April 24-26, 2015, Tallahassee Writers Conference, Tallahassee, Florida. http://twaonline.org/

April 24-26, 2015 - WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers of America) Write Touch Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  http://www.wisrwa.org/conference.html

April 24-26, 2015 – Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/


April 24-25, 2015 - Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, Canada.
http://thewritersconference.com/

April 23-26, 2015 - Arkansas Literary Festival. Little Rock, AR     http://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/

April 30 - May 2, 2015 - ASJA's 44th Annual Writers Conference: Connect for Success (Am. Society of Journalists & Authors). www.asjaconferences.org.

April 30 - May 2, 2015 - OWFI Writing Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. www.owfi.org

MAY 2015:

May 1-3, 2015 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org

May 1-3, 2015 – Grub Street’s “Muse and the Marketplace” Conference, Boston, MA. https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

May 1 -3, 2015, Kauai Writers Conference, Kapaa, Hawaii. www.kauaiwritersconference.com.

May 6-8, 2015 - Nonfiction Writers Conference, virtual. http://nonfictionwritersconference.com/2015-nonfiction-writers-conference/

May 8-9, 2015, Lakefly Writers Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. www.lakeflylit.org

May 9, 2015 - 12th Annual Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc. University - Conference on Writing, Publishing & Marketing - Hartford, Connecticut http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/

May 13-17, 2015 – Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention, Dallas, Texas http://www.rtconvention.com

May 15-16, 2015 - LDStorymakers Writers Conference, Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, Utah. http://ldstorymakers.com/conferences/2015-conference/

May 15-17, 2015 - Word on the Lake Writers Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://shuswapassociationofwriters.ca/word-on-the-lake-writers-festival/

May 15-17, 2015 – Pennwriters, Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.pennwriters.org

May 15-17, 2015 - SC Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina. http://www.scbookfestival.org/

May 28 - June 1, 2015 - Bear River Writers' Conference, Walloon Lake, Michigan. www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

JUNE 2015:

June 5-6, 2015 - Arkansas Writers' Conference, North Little Rock, AR http://www.arkansaswritersconference.org

June 5-7, 2015 - New Orleans Genre Writer's Conference
http://darkoakwritercon.com/

June 6-7, 2015 – California Crime Writers Conference, Culver City, Cal. http://www.ccwconference.org/ 

June 8-12, 2015 - West Texas Writers' Academy, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas. www.wtamu.edu/wtwa

June10-16, 2015 -  TheWriter's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, New York City. www.newguardreview.com/

June 12-14, 2015 - Philadelphia Writers' Conference, Philadelphia, PA. http://pwcwriters.org/about-us/, http://www.cvent.com/events/2015-philadelphia-writers-conference/

June 12-16, 2015 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska. http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu/

June 15-19, 2015 - Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin. http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/write-by-the-lake/

June 19-23, 2015 - Southeastern Writers Workshop, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
http://southeasternwriters.org/Writers_Workshop.html    

June 23-27, 2015 - Western Writers of America convention, Sacramento, Calif.   http://www.westernwriters.org/

June 25-28, 2015 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. www.JacksonHoleWritersConference.com

June 24-28, 2015 – Romance Novel Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada. http://romancenovelconvention.com/

June-July 2015 - Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa City, IA.

JULY 2015:

July 7-11, 2015 – Master Craftfest, Craftfest, and THRILLERFEST – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY. http://www.thrillerfest.com/

July 8-19, 2015 – Southampton Writers Conference, Southampton, NY. www.stonybrook.edu/mfa/summer

July 16-19, 2015 - West Virginia Writers' Workshop, West Virginia. http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop/s

July 16-19, 2015 - Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc. annual conference, Seattle, Wash. https://pnwa.site-ym.com/?page=conference

July 17-19, 2015, The LexiCon Writers Conference, Denton, TX - http://www.lexi-conwritersconference.com

July 22-25, 2015 – Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, New York City. http://www.rwa.org/conference

July 23-26, 2015 – Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA. http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

July 24-26, 2015 - Dallas - Fort WorthWriters Conference, Hurst Conference Center, DFW Metroplex, Texas. http://www.dfwcon.org. Twitter: @dfwcon. 

July 31-Aug. 2, 2015 - Writer's Digest Annual Conference, NYC. www.writersdigestconference.com/

July 31-Aug. 2, 2015 - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference, Los Angeles. http://www.scbwi.org/2015-summer-conference-in-los-angeles/

AUGUST 2015:

Aug. 6-9, 2015: Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, Hyannis, Mass. Cost varies depending on number of courses you register for. www.capecodwriterscenter.org

Aug. 7-8, 2015 - FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Assoc.) Annual Conference, Orlando Florida. www.myfapa.org

Aug. 7-9, 2015, Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/

Aug. 7-9, 2015 - HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, Lancaster, PA.   http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com

Aug. 7-9, 2015 - Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI), formerly The Nora Roberts Writing Institute, Maryland. www.mafwi.org
 
Aug. 14-16, 2015 – When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. http://www.whenwordscollide.org/

Aug. 15, 2015 - Unicorn Writers' Conference, Purchase, NY. www.unicornwritersconference.com

August 20-23, 2015 – Writers’ Police Academy, Appleton, Wisconsin (new location). http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

SEPTEMBER 2015:

Sept. 4-6, 2015 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia. http://www.decaturbookfestival.com

Sept. 5, 2015 - White County Creative Writers' Conference, Searcy, AR - http://whitecountycreativewriters.org

Sept. 11-13, 2015 – Imaginarinum Writing & Film Festival, Louisville, KY http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

Sept. 11-15, 2015 – Colorado Gold Writers Conference, hosted by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. http://www.rmfw.org/conference/

Sept. 12, 2015 - Michigan Writing Workshop, Detroit, MI. http://michiganwritingworkshop.com/

Sept. 17-20, 2015 - InD'Scribe Author & Reader Conference, Palm Springs, CA. www.indscribe.com  

Sept. 17-20, 2015 – The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, Dallas, TX. http://www.acfw.com/conference

Sept. 18-20, 2015 - The Power of Story - Central Coast Writer's Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA. www.CentralCoastWritersConference.com.

Sept 19-20, 2015 – Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference, Anchorage Alaska. http://www.alaskawritersguild.com/

Sept. 23-26, 2015 – WORD Vancouver: Inspiring Words, Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.wordvancouver.ca

Sept. 24-26, 2015 – Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers’ Conference, St. Augustine, Florida. www.fhbookfest.com

Sept. 24-27, 2015  - South Dakota Festival of Books, Deadwood, SD http://www.sdbookfestival.com/

Sept. 25-27, 2015 – Southern California Writers’ Conference, A Weekend for Words, Newport Beach, Calif. http://www.writersconference.com/la

Sept. 25-27, 2015 - Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago. http://www.chicagowritersconference.org/

Sept. 25-27, 2015 - SF: SE 2015, a Speculative Fiction Convention.  http://sfse2015.com

Sat., Sept. 26, 2015 - Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference, Columbus, GA. http://www.chattwriters.org/ email: chattwriter@gmail.com

Sept. 26-29, 2015 - Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, Washington. www.chantireviews.com

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2015 - NINC Conference (Novelists, Inc.), St. Pete, FL. http://ninc.com/conferences

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OCTOBER 2015:

Oct. 1-4, 2015 - Moonlight and Magnolias romance writers’ conference in Norcross, Georgia; http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/

Oct. 2-4, 2015 - Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival in beautiful seaside Sidney, located on the Saanich Peninsula just 40 km (24 miles) north of Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. www.sidneyliteraryfestival.ca

Oct. 2-4, 2015 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington. www.writeonthesound.com.

Oct. 2-4, 2015 - Write Your Memoir Retreat, Westbrook, Conn. www.writeyourmemoirretreat.com

Oct. 8-10, 2015 - Ozark Creative Writers' Conference, Eureka Springs, AR - http://ozarkcreativewriters.com

Oct. 8-11, 2015 – Bouchercon Crime Fiction Convention, Raleigh, NC. http://www.bouchercon2015.org/

October 8-11, 2015 – Women Writing the West conference, Eagle Truest Resort, Redmond, OR. www.womenwritingthewest.org.

Oct. 9, 2015 - San Diego Writers' Conference, San Diego, CA http://sandiegowritingworkshop.com/

October 9-11, 2015 - The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN. http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

Oct. 10, 2015 - Great Lakes Book Bash, Kalamazoo, Michigan.    http://greatlakesbookbash.weebly.com/

Oct. 10, 2015 - The Writing Conference of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA http://writingconferenceoflosangeles.com/

October 15-18, 2015 – Florida Writers Assoc. Annual Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL https://floridawriters.net/conferences/florida-writers-conference/

Oct. 16-17, 2015 – Put Your Heart in a Book, New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, Iselin, N.J. http://www.njromancewriters.org/conference.html

Oct. 17, 2015 - Books by the Banks Book Festival, Cincinnati, OH http://booksbythebanks.org/
Oct. 16-18, 2015 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington. http://www.gsrwa.org/conference.php

Oct. 16-18, 2015 – Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, Whistler, BC. http://www.whistler.com/whistler_readers_writers_festival/

Oct. 17-18, 2015 - Texas Book Festival, on the State Capital grounds, Austin, Texas. https://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Oct. 22-25, 2015 - Elk River Writer's Workshop, Chico Hot Springs Resort, Paradise Valley, Mont. www.ElkRiverWriters.org

Oct. 23-25, 2015 – Genre-LA writers’ conference, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA. http://www.wcwriters.com/genrela/index.html

Oct. 23-24, 2015 – Boston Book Festival. http://www.bostonbookfest.org/

Oct. 24, 2015 - Indiana Writers' Conference, Indianapolis, IN http://indianawritingworkshop.com/

Oct. 20-25, 2015 – The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Oct. 22-25, 2015 – The Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Convention for Readers and Authors, Minneapolis, MN. http://midwesternbookloversunite.wordpress.com/
Oct. 23-25, 2015 – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada. http://www.siwc.ca/
October 23-25, 2015 - Memoir Writers Conference - “Memories are Made of This” - GENRE-LA™ 2015, produced by West Coast Writers Conferences, Los Angeles, CA. http://www.wcwriters.com/genrela/

Oct. 24-26, 2014 - South Carolina Writers Workshop annual conference, Myrtle Beach, SC http://myscww.org/conference/
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015 - Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN. http://www.killernashville.com/conference/
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2015, Magna cum Murder in association with Crimefest, Indianapolis IN http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/EBBall/MagnaCumMurder.aspx

Oct. 30-31, 2015 - Indiana Faith and Writing Conference, Anderson, Ind. www.faithandwriting.com

Oct. 31, 2015 - Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

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NOVEMBER 2015:

Nov. 5-7, 2015 – Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, Santa Fe, NM. www.wordharvest.com/

Nov. 5-8, 2015 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, Florida. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

Nov. 6-8, 2015 – The La Jolla Writers Conference, Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA http://www.lajollawritersconference.com/

Nov. 7, 2015 - LERA Enchanting The Page conference, Albuquerque, NM.
http://www.leranm.com/2015-enchanting-the-conference-schedule/

Nov. 6-8, 2015 – The New England Crime Bake Conference, Dedham, Mass. http://www.crimebake.org/ 

Nov. 6-8, 2015 - The Next Bestseller Workshop, New York City. www.TheNextBestseller.com

Nov. 13, 2015 - Connecticut Writing Conference, Hartford, CT  http://connecticutwritingworkshop.com/

Nov. 13-14, 2015 - Charleston YA Book Festival – YallFest: http://yallfest.org/

Nov. 14, 2015 - Boston Writing Conference, Boston, MA  https://thebostonwritingworkshop.wordpress.com/

Nov. 14, 2015 - Baltimore Writers' Conference, Towson, Md. www.baltimorewritersconference.org.

Nov. 15-22, 2015 - Miami Book Fair International, Miami, Florida. http://www.miamibookfair.com/ 

DECEMBER 2015:

(Not usually any conferences in December)   

2016:

JANUARY 2016:


Jan. 15-18, 2016 - 22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore (near Atlantic City). www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 16-23, 2016: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

Jan. 22-24, 2016 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley. http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc

FEBRUARY 2016:

Feb. 10-14, 2016 – San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 11-15, 2016 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 11-14, 2016 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

Feb. 19, 2016 - Alabama Writing Workshop, Birmingham, AL  http://alabamawritingworkshop.com/

Feb. 20, 2016 - Atlanta Writing Workshop, Birmingham, AL  http://atlantawritingworkshop.com/

Feb. 25-28, 2016 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it’s called "The Great Cactus Caper" and is in Phoenix, Arizona. http://www.leftcoastcrime2016.com/

Feb. 25-28, 2016 - Sleuthfest, an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

MARCH 2016:

March 11-13, 2016 - Love is Murder Conference, mainly for mystery and romance writers, Chicago, Ill. http://www.loveismurder.net/

March 12-16, 2016 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 18-20, 2016 - Temecula Valley Indie Christian Writers Conference, Temecula, CA www.inkandkeys.org

March 25, 2016 - Tampa Writers Conference, Tampa, FL  http://floridawritingworkshops.com/

March 26, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale Conference for Writers, Ft. Lauderdale, FL http://floridawritingworkshops.com/

APRIL 2016:

April 8-10 - Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival, Penticton, BC, Canada. http://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com/

April 15-17, 2016 - Pikes Peak Writers' Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

April 15-17, 2016 - Story Circle Network Women's Writing Conference, Austin, TX. http://www.storycircle.org/Conference/

April 15-17, 2016 - Writer's Institute, Madison, Wisconsin. https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/

April 28-30, 2016 - Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. www.lasvegaswritersconference.com

April 29–May, 2016 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org
 
MAY 2016:

May 6, 2016 - Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists; Burnaby, BC, Canada. http://www.creativeinkfestival.com/

May 12-14, 2016 - Oklahoma Writers Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. www.owfi.org

May 20-22, 2016 - Word on the Lake Writers' Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/

May 22-28, 2016 - Salt Cay Writers’ Retreat, Salt Cay, Bahamas. www.saltcaywritersretreat.com

JUNE 2016:

June 19-20, 2016 - "Create Something Magical" - Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ. http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/conference/

JULY 2016:

July 16, 2016 - All Write Now! Conference, Southeast Missouri State University Center, Cape Girardeau, MO Center.

July 2016 - LexiCon Writers Conference, Denton, Texas http://lexi-conwritersconference.com/

AUGUST 2016:

Aug. 12-14, 2016 - Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. http://willamettewriters.com/

Aug. 19-21, 2016 - Historical Writers of America Conference, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  http://historicalwritersofamerica.org

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74 comments:

  1. Dear Jodie,

    Pleased add the conference listed below.

    May 9, 2015 - 12th Annual Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc. University - Conference on Writing, Publishing & Marketing - Hartford, Connecticut http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/

    Keynote speaker: Hank Phillippi Ryan

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Peggy. I just added it! :-)

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  2. I think the 2014 WWA convention is in Lubbock, not Sacramento. http://westernwriters.org/wpa_slides/convention-2012/

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  3. The Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA. http://www.augustaliteraryfestival.org/
    Saturday March 7, 2015

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    1. http://www.iowasummerwritingfestival.org/

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  4. Hi Jodie - this is an amazing resource, thanks! Just found it while googling for conferences to sign up for in 2015. You might also want to add the very popular Grub Street Muse & The Marketplace conference every year in early May. Here's the link: https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

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    1. I don't know how I missed that one this year, Sharon. I've been to it and it was great! Thanks for the reminder - I just added it. :-)

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  5. Here's another for readers
    Great Lakes Book Bash
    http://greatlakesbookbash.weebly.com/

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  6. I saw this one advertised in Poets and Writers.

    http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop/s

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Michard. I added it.

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  7. What a great list! I am glad I came across you site. Now the hard part......to figure out which one(s) to attend.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Excellent resource! You may want to add:

    WisRWA Write Touch Conference
    Friday, April 24 26 -, 2015 http://www.wisrwa.org/conference.html

    NINC Conference, Wednesday, September 30 until noon, Sunday, October 4. http://ninc.com/conferences

    I'm in the process of making my selections. lol

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. I added those two. :-)

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    1. Can you give me some more info about BookCon, Austen? Dates, location, & website? Thanks!

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  10. And SF:SE 2015, a Speculative Fiction Convention. September 25-27, 2015. http://sfse2015.com

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  11. This has been an amazing resource and I shared it everywhere! Thanks for putting this list together!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing the list, Nicole! :-)

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  12. HI Jodie,

    This is a fabulous resource. Thanks! You might consider adding the Kauai Writers Conference, May 1 -3, 2015. www.kauaiwritersconference.com. Incredible faculty in an amazing location.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Dave. I just added it.

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  13. Hi, Jodie,

    This is a great list. Would you consider adding HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers? Happening Aug. 7-9, 2015. Details here: http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com. Thanks for what you do for writers!

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I just added it. You didn't mention a location and I'm really busy today so I didn't go search for it. If you tell me the location I can add it.

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    2. Jodie! Thanks so much and sorry about the location. Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pa.

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  14. Please add North Texas Book Festival, April 11, in Denton, Texas, ntbf.org

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  15. Hello Jodie. Great source of information! Could I have your opinion on the ideal writer conference for someone looking to hook up with agents? I plan to attend the Dallas conference while on a business trip and would like to take advantage of my travelling to visit others. Any ideas? I don't know whether Writer's Digest is too much of a zoo given its size?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Bernardo, Thrillerfest in NYC in July has a half-day called Agentfest. That can be a bit of a zoo, too. Go with sheets with a synopsis of your book, the first page, and a cover, if you have one, plus how to contact you. Good luck with that!

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  16. Do you have a mailing list you send out if you find new ones? And when you post each year? Or do we just check your blog?

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    1. Hi E.L., You can sign up for my newsletter at the end of the post above or in the sidebar to the right. I update the list constantly, whenever I hear about new conferences, and I publish a new list for the new year in December or January.

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  17. Thanks for putting together this list. My wife and I will be at The Algonkian Novel Retreat later this month.

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  18. The 9th Annual Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference
    will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015
    at the Columbus Public Library
    3000 Macon Road, Columbus GA 31906
    http://www.chattwriters.org/

    For information mail: chattwriter@gmail.com.
    Submitted by Barbara Lipe, Chattahoochee Valley Writers Assn.

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  19. Thanks for the great post. You have a well written and informative blog especially for us. More Info Festivals Book

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  20. Many thanks for this extremely informative list, much appreciated. I just registered for a workshop and am really looking forward to it. Thanks again.

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  21. Great resource! We're planning our first conference and I'm scouting interesting names. But now I have some intriguing conferences to look into myself. Never too many venues to encourage writing.

    Could you add the South Dakota Festival of Books? Sept 24-27, 2015, Deadwood, SD. in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Friendly and lots of contact with authors. The entire state reads the same book and that author is the keynote speaker.

    http://www.sdbookfestival.com/

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Kathryn. I added it.

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  22. Hi Jodie, really appreciate your time and effort in putting this list together! I have a couple that I'm looking at going to that I didn't see on your list:
    Writers Digest Annual Conference July 31 - August 2 in NYC www.writersdigestconference.com/ and
    Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference July 31 - August 2 in Los Angeles http://www.scbwi.org/2015-summer-conference-in-los-angeles/

    Thanks again!

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  23. Hi Jodie, this is such a helpful page. Thanks for these listings. Question--what do I do with my extra author copies? They need a good home and I'd love to send them to conferences for goodie bags.

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    1. Susan, you can contact the organizers of contests re donating your books for goodie bags or silent auctions or door prizes.

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  24. Jodie, please add:

    June 5-7, 2015 - New Orleans Genre Writer's Conference
    http://darkoakwritercon.com/

    Only 60 attendees will be invited, so don't delay!

    Thank you!

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  25. Would love if you could add InD'Scribe Author & Reader Conference Sept 17-20, 2015 in Palm Springs, CA. www.indscribe.com Thank you!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mags. I added your conference.

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  26. This is a great resource! Thank you! I have another suggestion for a fabulous conference. It is the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc Writers' Conference. It will be held on May 12- 14, 2016 in the OKC Embassy Suites in OKC, OK. Their website is www.owfi.org. Information about the conference should be up sometime late summer. Thanks again!

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  27. Don't forget the Southern California Writers' Conferences in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sunriver (OR) http://writersconference.com/la/#

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    1. That one was already on the list, Paula.

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  28. NEW CONFERENCE!
    Temecula Valley Indie Christian Writers Conference
    Temecula, CA
    March 18-20, 2016
    inkandkeys.org

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  29. Some of these have already happened, but you might post them for folks to watch for next year's events:

    June 5-6, 2015, ARKANSAS WRITERS' CONFERENCE, North Little Rock, AR - http://www.arkansaswritersconference.org

    July 17-19, 2015, The LexiCon Writers Conference, Denton, TX - http://www.lexi-conwritersconference.com

    Sept. 5, 2015, White County Creative Writers' Conference, Searcy, AR - http://whitecountycreativewriters.org

    Oct. 8-10, 2015, Ozark Creative Writers' Conference, Eureka Springs, AR - http://ozarkcreativewriters.com

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    1. Thanks so much for all of those, Renee! I added all of them! :-)

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  30. The LexiCon Writers Conference will be held again in Denton, Texas, July 2016, but I'm not sure of the dates yet. It's a small but "big bang for the bucks" coference.

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  31. Writer's Institute Madison Wisconsin April 15 - 17, 2016

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  32. Thank you Jodie for this great list of conferences. As social media manager for the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, I have been looking for more content that I know our members will value for our website. I've added a link to your list and pulled out a few of the West Coast entries for a page that is still under development. Thanks again for helping me get started!

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    1. You're welcome, Sandra. I hope you'll also head to the top article in this blog right now, which has links to many of my most popular blog posts, both here and on the award-wining Kill Zone blog. I'm sure a lot of your writers and editors will find many of my tips very useful!

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  33. Hi, Jodie!

    I would appreciate you listing our 2016 All Write Now! Conference to be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Southeast Missouri State University Center in Cape Girardeau, MO Center.

    Thank you!
    Donna
    Co-chair

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  34. Thanks, Donna. I've added it. Will search for the website when I find time.

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  35. Jodie, what a fantastic resource. Thank you for making it available!

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    1. My pleasure, Steve! I hope you find some interesting, worthwhile conferences through my list!

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  36. Great resource! Thanks! I've bookmarked your page! :) How about the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. It's an annual event. This year is their 20th year. October 17-18 on the State Capital grounds. https://www.texasbookfestival.org/

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    1. Thanks, Annette. I can't believe I didn't have that one, as I've certainly listed it other years. I've just added it. - Jodie :-)

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  37. Please add Historical Writers of America Conference, August 19-21, 2016. http://historicalwritersofamerica.org. Thanks for posting such a great resource!

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  38. This is a great list. Thank you Jodie. I have two to add but I may have missed them in the comments. Pikes Peak Fiction Writers Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 15-17 and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold in Denver Colorado September 9-11 2016. I apologize I couldn't get the links to work.

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  39. http://www.writersretreatworkshop.com/events.html and
    WRW 2016 May 12 - 19
    Oblate Retreat and Conference Center
    Heart of San Antonio, TX

    and

    West Texas Writers' Academy 2016 June 6-10!

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  40. There is also Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas, NV June 1-5, 2016 www.romancenovelconvention.com

    Thanks!

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  41. Hi Jodie!

    Thank you for posting your comprehensive conference list! It helped me decide to attend the Atlanta Writers Conference (info below). The list showed me that writers conferences are rare in my area, Atlanta, GA, and so upped the value of the AWCon for me.

    Please add this conference to your list:

    November 6-7, 2015 - Atlanta Writers Conference, Atlanta. http://atlantawritersconference.com/

    Thanks so much!

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  42. Hi Jodie -

    Please list the following two conferences that I direct:

    May 11-14, 2016 - Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Estes Park, http://colorado.writehianswer.com

    August 3-6, 2016 - Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference, Langhorne, PA, http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com

    Marlene Bagnull, mbagnull@aol.com

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  43. Hi Jodie,
    Thank you. This is a super list. There is also a new Romance/Reader Conference in New Hampshire.

    October 14th & 15th, 2016 Ashlyn Chase welcomes you to Fall in Love with New England, Manchester, NH, http://fallinlovewithnewengland.blogspot.com/

    Many thanks!!
    Nora LeDuc, nkleduc@gmail.com

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  44. Jodie,

    Will you list this upcoming conference?

    July 27th-29th 2016- 2016 Business Writers Conference which will take place at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Young Harris, GA. I am the main point of contact for this conference so if there is any questions, find my email below and I would love to help!

    www.business-writers-exchange.com


    Thank you very much,
    Heather Stanford, info@business-writers-exchange.com


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