Wednesday, January 29, 2020

WRITERS' CONFERENCES & BOOK FESTIVALS, 2020


List compiled by Jodie Renner, editor and award-winning author of writing guides; JodieRenner.com

If you know of any events anywhere in North America that should be added to this list, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

JANUARY 2020:

Jan. 17-20, 2020 - Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Seaview Resort, New Jersey Shore (near Atlantic City). www.wintergetaway.com

Jan. 18, 2020 - Golden Ears Writers and Readers Festival, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada.

Jan. 18-25, 2020: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. http://writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/

FEBRUARY 2020:

Feb. 8-9, 2020 - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference, Los Angeles. https://www.scbwi.org/ny20-info/

Feb. 12-16, 2020 – San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

Feb. 13-16, 2020 - San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco. www.SFWriters.org

Feb. 13-16, 2020 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/

MARCH 2020:

March 12-15, 2020 - Left Coast Crime's annual mystery convention. This year it's in San Diego, California. http://leftcoastcrime.org/

March 14-15, 2020 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent! http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

March 26-29, 2020 - Sleuthfest, an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/

March 26-29, 2020 - Pathway to Publication, Writer's Institute, Madison, Wisconsin. https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/

APRIL 2020:

April 2-4, 2020 - The Las Vegas Writers Conference, Henderson Writers Group, Las Vegas, NV. https://lasvegaswritersconference.com/

April 3-5, 2020 – Grub Street’s “Muse and the Marketplace” Conference, Boston, MA.
Clickable e-resource
https://www.grubstreet.org/muse/

April 4, 2020 - "Create Something Magical" - Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ. http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/conference/

April 17-19, 2020 - Pikes Peak Writers' Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/

April 17-19, 2020, Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, WN.  https://www.chantireviews.com/chanticleer-conference/

April 24-26, 2020 - The Next Bestseller Workshop, Los Angeles. www.TheNextBestseller.com

April 25, 2020 - Michigan Writing Workshop, Livonia, MI. http://michiganwritingworkshop.com/

Apr. 30-May 5 - Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. https://writersfestival.org/

MAY 2020:

May 1-2, 2020 - Oklahoma Writers Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. www.owfi.org

May 1-3, 2020 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD. www.malicedomestic.org
May 2, 2020 - The Writing Conference of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA http://writingconferenceoflosangeles.com/

May 8-9, 2020, Lakefly Writers Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. www.lakeflylit.org

May 9, 2020 - San Diego Writing Workshop, San Diego, CA http://sandiegowritingworkshop.com/

May 8-10, 2020 - Word on the Lake Writers' Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. http://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/

May 15-17, 2020 - Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists; Burnaby, BC, Canada. http://www.creativeinkfestival.com/

May 15-17, 2020 – Pennwriters Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. https://pennwriters.org/conferences/

May 28 - June 1, 2020 - Bear River Writers' Conference, Walloon Lake, Michigan. www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

JUNE 2020:

June 8-12, 2020 - West Texas Writers' Academy, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas. www.wtamu.edu/wtwa

June 12-16, 2020 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska. http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu/

June 13-14, 2020 - Dallas - Fort Worth Writers Conference, Hurst Conference Center, DFW Metroplex, Texas. http://www.dfwcon.org. Twitter: @dfwcon. 

June 15-19, 2020 - Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin. http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/write-by-the-lake/

June 17-20, 2020 - Western Writers of America convention, Rapid City, SD.   http://www.westernwriters.org/

Clickable e-resource on Amazon
June 25-27, 2020 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. www.JacksonHoleWritersConference.com

June 25-28, 2020 - Ochre Fest, Ochre Pit Cove, NL, Canada. A festival of books, music, art, food and culture. https://ochrefest.ca

JULY 2020:

July 7-11, 2020 – Master Craftfest, Craftfest, and Thrillerfest – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY. http://www.thrillerfest.com/


July 10-12, 2020 - Imaginarium Convention, Louisville, Kentucky. http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

July 16-19, 2020 - West Virginia Writers' Workshop, West Virginia. http://english.wvu.edu/centers-projects/west-virginia-writers-workshop/s

July 29-Aug. 1, 2020 – Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, San Francisco. http://www.rwa.org/conference

July 31-Aug. 2, 2020 - Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon. http://willamettewriters.com/wwcon/

July 30-Aug. 2, 2020 – Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA. https://www.bookpassage.com/mystery

AUGUST 2020:

August 1-4, 2019Writers’ Police Academy, Appleton, Raleigh, North Carolina. http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

Aug. 2-4, 2019 - FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Assoc.) Annual Conference, Orlando Florida. https://myfapa.org/programs/

Aug. 6-9, 2020 - Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, Hyannis, Mass. https://capecodwriterscenter.org/conference-2/

Aug. 13-16, 2020 - Writer's Digest Annual Conference, NYC. www.writersdigestconference.com/

Aug. 14-16, 2020 - When Words Collide - A Festival for Readers and Writers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. https://www.whenwordscollide.org/

Aug. 20-23, 2020 - Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN. http://www.killernashville.com/conference/

SEPTEMBER 2020:

Sept. 4-6, 2020 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia.   
http://www.decaturbookfestival.com

Sept. 5, 2020 - White County Creative Writers' Conference, Searcy, AR - http://whitecountycreativewriters.org

Sept. 15, 21, & 22, 2019 - Telling Tales Festival, 3 locations in Ontario, Canada. https://www.tellingtales.org/explore-the-festival/

Sept. 17-20, 2020 – The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.acfw.com/conference

Sept. 17-27, 2020 - Thin Air 2019 - Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. https://thinairwinnipeg.ca/

Sept. 19-20, 2020 - Flathead River Writers Conference, Kalispall, MT. https://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference

Sept. 20-22, 2019 - Words Alive Kamloops, Kamloops, BC, Canada. www.wordsalivekamloops.com

Sept. 18-20, 2020 – Southern California Writers’ Conference, A Weekend for Words, Newport Beach, Calif. http://www.writersconference.com/la

Sept. 21-22, 2019 - Word on the Street, Toronto, Ontario,      
Canada. https://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/

Sept 25-26, 2020 – Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference, Anchorage, Alaska. https://www.alaskawritersguild.com/writers-conference

Sept. 23-27, 2020 - NINC Conference (Novelists, Inc.), St. Petersburg, FL. http://ninc.com/conferences

Sept. 23-27, 2020 - Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. https://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/

Sept. 24-27, 2020 - Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc. annual conference, Seattle, Wash. https://www.pnwa.org/default.aspx

Sept. 25-26, 2020 - Wine Country Writer's Festival, Penticton, BC, Canada. www.winecountrywritersfestival.ca

Sept. 27, 2020 – WORD Vancouver: Inspiring Words, Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.wordvancouver.ca

OCTOBER 2020:

Oct. 1-4, 2020 - Moonlight and Magnolias romance writers’ conference in Peachtree Corners, Georgia; http://www.georgiaromancewriters.org/mm-conference/

Oct. 3, 2020 - Boston Writing Conference, Boston, MA      https://thebostonwritingworkshop.wordpress.com/

Oct. 2-4, 2020 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington. www.writeonthesound.com.

Oct. 2-4, 2020  - South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD http://www.sdbookfestival.com/

Oct. 8-10, 2020 - InD'Scribe Write Like a Pro Conference, Peoria, Illinois. www.indscribe.com

Oct. 8-10, 2020 - Ozark Creative Writers' Conference, Eureka Springs, AR - http://ozarkcreativewriters.com

Oct. 15-18, 2020 – Women Writing the West Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. https://www.womenwritingthewest.org/conference/

Oct. 10-13, 2019 - Historical Writers of America Conference, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  http://historicalwritersofamerica.org


Oct. 15-18, 2020 – 19th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Altamonte

Oct. 16-18, 2020 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington. http://gsrwa.org/ecwc/conference/
Oct. 15-18, 2020 – Whistler Writers Festival, Whistler, BC, Canada. http://www.whistler.com/whistler_readers_writers_festival/

Oct. 15-18, 2020 - Bouchercon 2020, World Mystery Convention, Sacramento, CA. https://www.bouchercon2019.com/

Oct. 19-20, 2019Boston Book Festival. http://www.bostonbookfest.org/

Oct. 19-25, 2020 – The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC, Canada. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

Oct. 22-28, 2020 - Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. https://writersfestival.org/

Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, 2020 - Toronto International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. hhttps://festivalofauthors.ca/festival

Oct. 23-25, 2020 – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada. http://www.siwc.ca/

Oct. 25-27, 2019 -- Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival, Indianapolis IN http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/EBBall/MagnaCumMurder.aspx

Oct. 23-25, 2020 – The La Jolla Writers Conference, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, CA http://www.lajollawritersconference.com/

Oct. 26, 2019 - Books by the Banks Book Festival, Cincinnati, OH http://booksbythebanks.org/

NOVEMBER 2020:

Nov. 6-8, 2020 - The Next Bestseller Workshop, New York City. www.TheNextBestseller.com

Nov. 2, 2019 - Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

Nov. 2, 2019 - Rochester Children's Book Festival (authors and illustrators), www.rcbfestival.com/authors-illustrators

Nov. 9-15, 2020 - Kauai Writers Conference, Kapaa, Hawaii. www.kauaiwritersconference.com

Nov. 7-8, 2020 - Texas Book Festival, on the State Capital grounds, Austin, Texas. https://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Nov. 2020 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, Florida. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

Nov. 8-10, 2019The New England Crime Bake Conference, Woburn, Mass. http://www.crimebake.org/ 

Nov. 8-9, 2019 - Charleston YA Book Festival – YallFest: http://yallfest.org/

Nov. 16, 2019 - Baltimore Writers' Conference, Towson, Md. www.baltimorewritersconference.org.

Nov. 15-22, 2020 - Miami Book Fair International, Miami, Florida.    
http://www.miamibookfair.com/

DECEMBER 2020:       

(Not usually any conferences in December)


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