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Writers Conferences and Book Festivals

There are many excellent conferences for writers seeking to expand their writing skills, learn more about the business of publishing, connect with an agent or publisher, or just get inspiration and encouragement from published authors. These vary from large writers conferences with thousands of attendees to small, intimate writing retreats. The conferences and retreats offer a variety of training and opportunities for the attendees.  You can click on the name of the conference to go to their website for more detailed information, but we have indicated some of the key types of content.

Writers - Conferences and retreats that provided training on the art of writing. Conferences which only have this indicator will have the strongest focus on helping you to be a better writer.

Publishing - These conferences will have classes in the business of publishing, especially on self-publishing. These classes often focus on ways to market your book.

Agents - Agents and acquisition editors from traditional publishers attend some conferences looking for excellent manuscripts. If it is indicated that there are agents at the conference, there will usually be some structured way for an author to pitch their manuscript to the agents and editors. These sessions fill up quickly so apply early. The quality of the agents and editors that attend the conferences will vary.

Festivals - A book festival is more of a celebration of books, but some may have writing conferences associated with them. Often there are opportunities for authors to do readings and/or sell their books at festivals.

Specialty - Unless otherwise indicated, the conferences and festivals listed here are for all genres of books. We do not list conferences that specialize in poetry.

Top Conferences - Conferences that we know to provide excellent curriculum and exceptional faculty are noted by the Thumbs up 50 symbol.

Special Trade Shows - We have included some large book industry trade shows bookexpo3 that may be useful to some authors and independent publishers. The primary purpose of these shows is to facilitate introducing new books to book retailers and libraries. These shows are becoming more open to small, independent publishers, including self-publishing authors.

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So which one is correct?

Is it Writers, Writer's or Writers'?

We follow the AWP and use Writers, but we leave each conference's listing as they use it.

TopNameStart Date*DaysCityStateCountryWritersPublishingAgentsFestivalSpecialty
New York Pitch Conference12/14/20174New YorkNYU.S.WritersAgents
Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway1/12/20184Atlantic CityNJU.S.Writers
Writers in Paradise Conference1/13/20188St. PetersburgFLU.S.Writers
Tin House Winter Workshop1/19/20185PortlandORU.S.Writers
Todos Santos Writers Workshop1/27/20188Todos SantosBajaMexicoWriters
SCBWI Winter Conference2/2/20183New YorkNYU.S.WritersPublishingChildren
bookexpo3American Library Association Midwinter Meeting2/9/20185DenverCOU.S.ALA
International Writers' Conference & Literary Festival2/14/20185San Miguel de AllendeGTOMexicoWriters
Savannah Book Festival2/15/20184SavannahGAU.S.Festival
San Francisco Writers Conference2/15/20185San FranciscoCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Southern California Writers' Conference2/16/20184San DiegoCAU.S.WritersAgents
StokerCon Horror Writers Conference3/1/20184ProvidenceRIU.S.WritersHorror
Sleuthfest3/1/20184Boca RatonFLU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsMystery
AWP Writers' Conference and Bookfair3/7/20184TampaFLU.S.Writers
The Tucson Festival of Books3/10/20182TucsonAZU.S.Festival
UND Writers Conference3/21/20183Grand ForksNDU.S.Writers
Left Coast Crime's Annual Mystery Convention3/22/20184RenoNVU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsCrime
Write Stuff Writers Conference 3/22/20183BethlehemPAU.S.Writers
Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference3/23/20185Mount HermonCAU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference3/24/20182IselinNJU.S.Writers
The Dahlonega Book Festival3/24/20182DahlonegaGAU.S.Festival
Ontario Writers Conference - Festival of Authors3/31/2018Not SetAjaxONCanadaWritersPublishing
Writing by Writers Manuscript Boot Camp4/6/20184Tahoe CityCAU.S.Writers
IBPA Publishing University4/6/20182AustinTXU.S.WritersPublishing
Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival4/6/20183PentictonBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgents
Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace Conference4/6/20183BostonMAU.S.WritersPublishing
North Texas Book Festival4/7/20181DentonTXU.S.Festival
Michigan Christian Writers Conference4/12/20183LansingMIU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
UW-Madison's Writer's Institute4/12/20184MadisonWIU.S.WritersPublishing
Word of South Festival of Literature and Music4/13/20183TallahasseeFLU.S.Festival
Las Vegas Writers Conference4/19/20183Las VegasNVU.S.WritersPublishing
Chanticleer Authors Conference4/20/20183BellinghamWAU.S.WritersPublishingFestival
Southern Kentucky Writers' Conference and Bookfest4/20/20182Bowling GreenKYU.S.WritersFestival
Writing by Writers Workshop at Boulder4/20/20183BoulderCOU.S.Writers
Los Angeles Festival of Books4/21/20182Los AngelesCAU.S.Festival
Alabama Book Festival4/21/20181MontgomeryALU.S.Festival
Arkansas Literary Festival4/26/20184Little RockARU.S.Festival
Pikes Peak Writers' Conference4/27/20183Colorado SpringsCOU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Writefest4/30/20187HoustonTXU.S.Writers
North East Texas Writers' Organization Writers Conference4/30/2018Not SetPittsburghTXU.S.WritersPublishing
Nonfiction Writers Conference5/2/20183onlineU.S.WritersPublishingNonfiction
LDStorymakers Writers Conference5/3/20183ProvoUTU.S.WritersPublishingLDS
Oklahoma Writers Conference5/4/20182Oklahoma CityOKU.S.Writers
Northern Colorado Writers Conference 5/4/20182Fort CollinsCOU.S.WritersAgents
Lakefly Writers Conference5/11/20182OshkoshWIU.S.WritersAgents
Word on the Lake Writers' Festival5/11/20183Salmon ArmBCCanadaWriters
Romantic Times Book Lovers' Convention5/15/20186RenoNVU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsFestivalRomance
Writing by Writers Methow Valley Workshop5/16/20185WinthropWAU.S.Writers
Colorado Christian Writers Conference5/16/20184Estes ParkCOU.S.WritersChristian
ASJA's Annual Writers Conference5/18/20182New YorkNYU.S.WritersNonfiction
Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artist5/18/20183BurnabyBCCanadaWritersPublishing
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference5/20/20185AshevilleNCU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsChristian
Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference5/24/20183PittsburghPAU.S.WritersAgentsNonfiction
bookexpo3BEA - BookExpo America5/30/20183New YorkNYU.S.Publishing
Northwest Georgia Writers Conference5/31/2018Not SetCalhounGAU.S.Writers
Missouri Writers' Guild Annual Conference5/31/2018Not SetKansas CityMOU.S.Writers
Pennwriters Conference5/31/2018Not SetPittsburghPAU.S.WritersAgents
Maine Crime Wave6/1/20182PortlandMEU.S.WritersCrime
Iowa Summer Writing Festival6/1/201861Iowa CityIAU.S.WritersFestival
Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference6/1/20187RiptonVTU.S.WritersEnvironment
BookCon At BEA6/2/20182New YorkNYU.S.Festival
West Texas Writers' Academy6/4/20185CanyonTXU.S.Writers
The Writer's Hotel Master Class6/6/20187New YorkNYU.S.Writers
Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference6/8/20185HomerAKU.S.WritersAgents
Southeastern Writers Workshop6/8/20185St. Simons IslandGAU.S.Writers
DFW Writers Conference6/9/20182HurstTXU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat6/11/20185MadisonWIU.S.Writers
Write-to-Publish Conference6/13/20184WheatonILU.S.WritersChristian
Book Passages Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Weekend6/15/20183Corte MaderaCAU.S.WritersYA
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference6/18/20187BemidjiMNU.S.Writers
Western Writers of America Convention6/20/20184BillingsMTU.S.WritersAgentsWesterns
Chautauqua Writers' Festival6/20/20184ChautauquaNYU.S.Writers
SoCal Christian Writers' Conference6/21/20183La MiradaCAU.S.WritersChristian
bookexpo3American Library Association Annual Conference6/21/20186New OrleansLAU.S.ALA
Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference6/22/20183Los AngelesCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Jackson Hole Writers Conference6/28/20183Jackson HoleWYU.S.Writers
Bear River Writers' Conference6/30/2018Not SetWalloon LakeMIU.S.Writers
Arkansas Writers' Conference6/30/2018Not SetLittle RockARU.S.WritersAgents
Campbell Conference6/30/2018Not SetKansas CityMOU.S.WritersScience Fiction
bookexpo3CBA's International Christian Retail Show7/8/20184NashvilleTNU.S.CBA - Christian
Tin House Summer Workshop7/8/20188PortlandORU.S.Writers
Antioch Writers' Summer Workshop7/8/20187Yellow SpringsOHU.S.Writers
Thrillerfest7/10/20185New YorkNYU.S.WritersAgentsFestivalThrillers
Elephant Mountain Literary Festival7/11/20185NelsonBCCanadaWritersFestival
Northwestern Christian Writers Conference7/13/20182Saint PaulMNU.S.WritersChristian
Detroit Festival of Books7/15/20181DetroitMIU.S.Festival
Romance Writers of America Annual Conference7/18/20184DenverCOU.S.WritersAgentsRomance
Saskatchewan Festival of Words7/19/20184Moose JawSKCanadaWritersFestival
Midwest Writers Workshop7/19/20183MuncieINU.S.WritersAgents
West Virginia Writers' Workshop7/19/20184MorgantownWVU.S.Writers
Sun Valley Writers' Conference7/21/20184Sun ValleyIDU.S.Writers
Southampton Writers Conference7/31/2018Not SetSouthamptonNYU.S.WritersMFA
Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival7/31/2018Not SetDenman IslandBCCanadaWritersFestival
All Write Now! Writers' Conference7/31/2018Not SetCape GirardeauMOU.S.Writers
SCBWI Summer Conference8/3/20184Los AngelesCAU.S.WritersPublishingChildren
Florida Authors & Publishers Annual Conference8/3/20182OrlandoFLU.S.WritersPublishing
Willamette Writers Conference8/3/20183PortlandORU.S.WritersAgents
Book Passages Travel Writers & Photographers Conference8/9/20184Corte MaderaCAU.S.WritersTravel
When Words Collide8/10/20183CalgaryABCanadaWritersFestival
Writer's Digest Annual Conference8/10/20183New YorkNYU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference8/15/201811RiptonVTU.S.Writers
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts8/16/20184SecheltBCCanadaWritersFestival
Oregon Christian Writers Conference8/20/20184Jantzen BeachORU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Killer Nashville Writers' Conference8/23/20184NashvilleTNU.S.WritersAgentsMystery
HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers8/24/20183LancasterPAU.S.WritersNonfiction
Decatur Book Festival8/31/20183DecaturGAU.S.WritersFestival
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference8/31/2018Not SetHyannisMAU.S.Writers
Writers' Police Academy8/31/2018Not SetGreen BayWIU.S.Writers
North Carolina Christian Writers Conference9/6/20183LibertyNCU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Bouchercon World Mystery Convention9/6/20184St. PetersburgFLU.S.WritersMystery
Kerrytown Book Festival9/9/20181Ann ArborMIU.S.Festival
PNWA Summer Conference9/13/20184SeattleWAU.S.WritersAgents
bookexpo3Southern Independent Booksellers Association9/13/20183TampaFLU.S.Regional ABA
Unicorn Writers' Conference9/15/20181PurchaseNYU.S.WritersAgents
Penned Con9/20/20183St. LouisMOU.S.WritersFestival
Southern California Writers' Conference9/21/20183IrvineCAU.S.WritersAgents
Bread Loaf in Sicily9/23/20187EriceSicilyItalyWriters
bookexpo3New England Independent Booksellers Association9/25/20183ProvidenceRIU.S.Regional ABA
Novelists Inc. (NINC) Conference9/26/20185St. PetersburgFLU.S.WritersAgentsFiction
Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference9/27/20184Corte MaderaCAU.S.WritersMystery
bookexpo3Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association9/28/20183TacomaWAU.S.Regional ABA
Baltimore Book Festival9/28/20183BaltimoreMDU.S.Festival
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Colorado Gold Conf.9/30/2018Not SetDenverCOU.S.WritersAgentsFiction
Kentucky Women Writers Conference9/30/2018Not SetLexingtonKYU.S.Writers
Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference (SCBWI & RWA)9/30/2018Not SetAnchorageAKU.S.WritersAgents
Brooklyn Book Festival9/30/2018Not SetBrooklynNYU.S.Festival
WORD Vancouver9/30/2018Not SetVancouverBCCanadaFestival
Historical Writers of America Conference9/30/2018Not SetSanta Ana PuebloNMU.S.WritersHistory
American Christian Fiction Writers Annual Conference9/30/2018Not SetGrapevineTXU.S.WritersChristian
South Dakota Festival of Books9/30/2018Not SetRapid CitySDU.S.WritersFestival
Florida Heritage Book Festival9/30/2018Not SetSt. AugustineFLU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsFestival
Toronto Book & Magazine Festival9/30/2018Not SetTorontoONCanadaFestival
Montana Book Festival9/30/2018Not SetMissoulaMTU.S.Festival
Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival9/30/2018Not SetVictoriaBCCanadaFestival
Chicago Writers Conference9/30/2018Not SetChicagoILU.S.WritersAgents
bookexpo3Heartland Fall Forum10/3/20183MinneapolisMNU.S.Regional ABA
bookexpo3Northern California Independent Booksellers Association10/3/20183OaklandCAU.S.Regional ABA
Declare Conference10/4/20183DallasTXU.S.WritersChristian
Moonlight & Magnolias Writers' Conference10/4/20184AtlantaGAU.S.WritersAgentsRomance
InD'Scribe Indie Author and Reader Conference10/4/20184BurbankCAU.S.WritersPublishingRomance
Write on the Sound Writers' Conference10/5/20183EdmondsWAU.S.Writers
Creatures, Crimes & Creativity10/5/20183ColumbiaMDU.S.FestivalGenre Fiction
bookexpo3New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association10/6/20183BaltimoreMDU.S.Regional ABA
bookexpo3Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association10/11/20183DenverCOU.S.Regional ABA
Ozark Creative Writers' Conference10/11/20183Eureka SpringsARU.S.WritersPublishing
The Southern Festival of Books10/12/20183NashvilleTNU.S.Festival
Great Valley Bookfest10/13/20181MantecaCAU.S.Festival
International Festival of Authors10/18/201811TorontoONCanadaFestival
New Jersey Romance Writers Conference10/19/20182IselinNJU.S.WritersRomance
Surrey International Writers Conference10/19/20183SurreyBCCanadaWritersAgents
Women Writing the West Conference10/25/20184Walla WallaWAU.S.WritersAgents
Whistler Writers Festival10/31/2018Not SetWhistlerBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgents
New England Romance Reader-Writer Conference10/31/2018Not SetManchesterNHU.S.Writers
Emerald City Writers' Conference 10/31/2018Not SetBellevueWAU.S.WritersRomance
The Vancouver Writers Fest10/31/2018Not SetVancouverBCCanadaFestival
Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop10/31/2018Not SetMarshallCAU.S.Writers
Florida Writers Assoc. Annual Conference10/31/2018Not SetAltamonte SpringsFLU.S.WritersAgents
bookexpo3Southern California Independent Booksellers Association10/31/2018Not SetPomonaCAU.S.Regional ABA
Books by the Banks Book Festival10/31/2018Not SetCincinnatiOHU.S.Festival
 Louisiana Book Festival 10/31/2018Not SetBaton RougeLAU.S.Festival
Ohio Christian Writers Conference11/1/20183MasonOHU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Kauai Writers Conference11/9/20183KauaiHIU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Miami Book Fair11/16/20183MiamiFLU.S.Festival
Sanibel Island Writers Conference11/30/2018Not SetSanibel IslandFLU.S.Writers
ECPA PUBu11/30/2018Not SetNashvilleTNU.S.PublishingCBA - Christian
New England Crime Bake11/30/2018Not SetWoburnMAU.S.WritersAgentsMystery
Chattahoochee Valley Writers Authorpreneurship11/30/2018Not SetColumbusGAU.S.Writers
bookexpo3American Library Association Midwinter Meeting1/25/20195SeattleWAU.S.ALA
SDSU Writers' Conference1/31/20193San DiegoCAU.S.Writers
The Augusta Literary Festival3/2/20191AugustaGAU.S.Festival
Left Coast Crime's Annual Mystery Convention3/28/20194VancouverBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgentsCrime
bookexpo3American Library Association Annual Conference6/20/20196WashingtonDCU.S.ALA

*Always check the conference website for the latest information and to confirm the dates. Some of the dates we have listed are placeholders (indicated by "Not Set") if the conference has not announced the dates for next year's sessions. This list is updated monthly.