October 19-20, 2018

Ann Arbor, MI

 

The Midwest's premier conference for independent publishers sponsored by the
Center for Book Publishing
.

 

  • Book Marketing
  • New Technology
  • How to Best Use Amazon
  • Increase Publishing Profits
  • Much more . . .

 

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
Writefest4/30/20187HoustonTXU.S.Writers
Nonfiction Writers Conference5/2/20183onlineU.S.WritersPublishingNonfiction
LDStorymakers Writers Conference5/3/20183ProvoUTU.S.WritersPublishingLDS
Northern Colorado Writers Conference 5/4/20182Fort CollinsCOU.S.WritersAgents
Oklahoma Writers Conference5/4/20182Oklahoma CityOKU.S.Writers
Hawai'i Book & Music Festival5/5/20182HonoluluHIU.S.Festival
Literary Hill Bookfest5/6/20181WashingtonDCU.S.Festival
Word on the Lake Writers' Festival5/11/20183Salmon ArmBCCanadaWriters
Lakefly Writers Conference5/11/20182OshkoshWIU.S.WritersAgents
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention5/15/20186RenoNVU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsFestivalRomance
Colorado Christian Writers Conference5/16/20184Estes ParkCOU.S.WritersChristian
Writing by Writers Methow Valley Workshop5/16/20185WinthropWAU.S.Writers
ASJA's Annual Writers Conference5/18/20182New YorkNYU.S.WritersNonfiction
Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artist5/18/20183BurnabyBCCanadaWritersPublishing
Pennwriters Conference5/18/20183LancasterPAU.S.WritersAgents
Gaithersburg Book Festival5/19/20181GaithersburgMDU.S.Festival
Missouri Writers' Guild Annual Conference5/19/20181Kansas CityMOU.S.Writers
Northwest Georgia Writers Conference5/19/20181CalhounGAU.S.Writers
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
Bear River Writers' Conference5/31/20185Walloon LakeMIU.S.Writers
Maine Crime Wave6/1/20182PortlandMEU.S.WritersCrime
Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference6/1/20187RiptonVTU.S.WritersEnvironment
Iowa Summer Writing Festival6/1/201861Iowa CityIAU.S.WritersFestival
BookCon At BEA6/2/20182New YorkNYU.S.Festival
Arkansas Writers' Conference6/2/20181Little RockARU.S.WritersAgents
West Texas Writers' Academy6/4/20185CanyonTXU.S.Writers
New York Pitch Conference6/6/20184New YorkNYU.S.WritersAgents
The Writer's Hotel Master Class6/6/20187New YorkNYU.S.Writers
Historical Writers of America Conference6/7/20184ProvidenceRIU.S.WritersHistory
Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference6/8/20185HomerAKU.S.WritersAgents
Southeastern Writers Workshop6/8/20185St. Simons IslandGAU.S.Writers
DFW Writers Conference6/9/20182HurstTXU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Queens Book Festival6/9/20182New YorkNYU.S.Festival
Printers Row Lit Fest6/9/20182ChicagoILU.S.Festival
Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat6/11/20185MadisonWIU.S.Writers
Write-to-Publish Conference6/13/20184WheatonILU.S.WritersChristian
Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Conference6/15/20183Corte MaderaCAU.S.WritersChildren
Nantucket Book Festival6/15/20183NantucketMAU.S.Festival
Memphis Literary Arts Festival6/16/20181MemphisTNU.S.Festival
Santa Barbara Writers Conference6/17/20186Santa BarbaraCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference6/18/20187BemidjiMNU.S.Writers
bookexpo3ABA Children’s Institute6/19/20183New OrleansLAU.S.Children
Chautauqua Writers' Festival6/20/20184ChautauquaNYU.S.Writers
Western Writers of America Convention6/20/20184BillingsMTU.S.WritersAgentsWesterns
bookexpo3American Library Association Annual Conference6/21/20186New OrleansLAU.S.ALA
SoCal Christian Writers' Conference6/21/20183La MiradaCAU.S.WritersChristian
Chuckanut Writers Conference6/22/20182BellinghamWAU.S.Writers
Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference6/22/20183Los AngelesCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Campbell Conference6/22/20183Kansas CityMOU.S.WritersScience Fiction
Jackson Hole Writers Conference6/28/20183Jackson HoleWYU.S.Writers
Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference6/29/20183AustinTXU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
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
Southampton Writers Conference7/11/201812SouthamptonNYU.S.WritersMFA
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
Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival7/19/201814Denman IslandBCCanadaWritersFestival
West Virginia Writers' Workshop7/19/20184MorgantownWVU.S.Writers
Saskatchewan Festival of Words7/19/20184Moose JawSKCanadaWritersFestival
Midwest Writers Workshop7/19/20183MuncieINU.S.WritersAgents
Sun Valley Writers' Conference7/21/20184Sun ValleyIDU.S.Writers
She Speaks Conference7/26/20183ConcordNCU.S.WritersChristian
Pennsylvania Writers Conference7/29/20187Wilkes-BarrePAU.S.Writers
All Write Now! Writers' Conference7/31/2018Not SetCape GirardeauMOU.S.Writers
NW Book Festival7/31/2018Not SetPortlandORU.S.Festival
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference8/2/20184HyannisMAU.S.Writers
Willamette Writers Conference8/3/20183PortlandORU.S.WritersAgents
SCBWI Summer Conference8/3/20184Los AngelesCAU.S.WritersPublishingChildren
Florida Authors & Publishers Annual Conference8/3/20182OrlandoFLU.S.WritersPublishing
Book Passages Travel Writers & Photographers Conference8/9/20184Corte MaderaCAU.S.WritersTravel
Writers' Police Academy8/9/20184Green BayWIU.S.Writers
10 Min Con - Small Things Brought Together8/9/20183CincinnatiOHU.S.Writers
When Words Collide8/10/20183CalgaryABCanadaWritersFestival
Writer's Digest Annual Conference8/10/20183New YorkNYU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Writers at Woody Point8/14/20186Norris PointNLCanadaWritersFestival
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference8/15/201811RiptonVTU.S.Writers
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts8/16/20184SecheltBCCanadaWritersFestival
Mississippi Book Festival8/18/20181JacksonMSU.S.Festival
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
Bouchercon World Mystery Convention9/6/20184St. PetersburgFLU.S.WritersMystery
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Colorado Gold Conf.9/6/20184DenverCOU.S.WritersAgentsFiction
North Carolina Christian Writers Conference9/6/20183LibertyNCU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Kerrytown Book Festival9/9/20181Ann ArborMIU.S.Festival
Brooklyn Book Festival9/10/20188BrooklynNYU.S.Festival
bookexpo3Southern Independent Booksellers Association9/13/20183TampaFLU.S.Regional ABA
Kentucky Women Writers Conference9/13/20184LexingtonKYU.S.Writers
PNWA Summer Conference9/13/20184SeattleWAU.S.WritersAgents
Unicorn Writers' Conference9/15/20181PurchaseNYU.S.WritersAgents
Unicorn Writers' Conference9/15/20181PurchaseNYU.S.Writers
Penned Con9/20/20183St. LouisMOU.S.WritersFestival
American Christian Fiction Writers Annual Conference9/20/20184NashvilleTNU.S.WritersChristian
South Dakota Festival of Books9/20/20184Rapid CitySDU.S.WritersFestival
Southern California Writers' Conference9/21/20183IrvineCAU.S.WritersAgents
Florida Heritage Book Festival9/22/20181St. AugustineFLU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsFestival
Bread Loaf in Sicily9/23/20187EriceSicilyItalyWriters
Toronto Book & Magazine Festival9/23/20181TorontoONCanadaFestival
WORD Vancouver9/24/20187VancouverBCCanadaFestival
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
Montana Book Festival9/27/20184MissoulaMTU.S.Festival
Baltimore Book Festival9/28/20183BaltimoreMDU.S.Festival
bookexpo3Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association9/28/20183TacomaWAU.S.Regional ABA
Chattahoochee Valley Writers Authorpreneurship9/29/20181ColumbusGAU.S.Writers
Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference (SCBWI & RWA)9/30/2018Not SetAnchorageAKU.S.WritersAgents
Digital Book World10/2/20183NashvilleTNU.S.Publishing
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
Creatures, Crimes & Creativity10/5/20183ColumbiaMDU.S.FestivalGenre Fiction
Write on the Sound Writers' Conference10/5/20183EdmondsWAU.S.Writers
bookexpo3New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association10/6/20183BaltimoreMDU.S.Regional ABA
Wordfest10/8/20187CalgaryABCanadaFestival
bookexpo3Frankfurt Book Fair10/10/20185FranfortGermanyPublishing
Ozark Creative Writers' Conference10/11/20183Eureka SpringsARU.S.WritersPublishing
Litquake10/11/201810San FranciscoCAU.S.Festival
bookexpo3Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association10/11/20183DenverCOU.S.Regional ABA
Whistler Writers Festival10/11/20184WhistlerBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgents
Brattleboro Literary Festival10/11/20184BrattleboroVTU.S.Festival
The Southern Festival of Books10/12/20183NashvilleTNU.S.Festival
Great Valley Bookfest10/13/20181MantecaCAU.S.Festival
Twin cities Book Festival10/13/20181MinneapolisMNU.S.Festival
Boston Book Festival10/13/20181BostonMAU.S.Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest10/15/20188VancouverBCCanadaFestival
Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop10/17/20185MarshallCAU.S.Writers
International Festival of Authors10/18/201811TorontoONCanadaFestival
Florida Writers Assoc. Annual Conference10/18/20184Altamonte SpringsFLU.S.WritersAgents
Publishing Disrupt10/19/20182Ann ArborMIU.S.Publishing
New Jersey Romance Writers Conference10/19/20182IselinNJU.S.WritersRomance
Surrey International Writers Conference10/19/20183SurreyBCCanadaWritersAgents
Books by the Banks Book Festival10/20/20181CincinnatiOHU.S.Festival
Read Up, Greenville10/20/20181GreenvilleSCU.S.Festival
bookexpo3Southern California Independent Booksellers Association10/20/20182San GabrielCAU.S.Regional ABA
Women Writing the West Conference10/25/20184Walla WallaWAU.S.WritersAgents
Emerald City Writers' Conference 10/26/20183BellevueWAU.S.WritersRomance
Texas Book Festival 10/27/20182AustinTXU.S.Festival
Ohio Christian Writers Conference11/1/20183MasonOHU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Kauai Writers Conference11/5/20187KauaiHIU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
ECPA PUBu11/6/20182NashvilleTNU.S.PublishingCBA - Christian
Sanibel Island Writers Conference11/8/20184Sanibel IslandFLU.S.Writers
New England Crime Bake11/9/20183WoburnMAU.S.WritersAgentsMystery
 Louisiana Book Festival 11/10/20181Baton RougeLAU.S.Festival
Wordstock 11/10/20181PortlandORU.S.Festival
Miami Book Fair11/16/20183MiamiFLU.S.Festival
Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway1/18/20194Atlantic CityNJU.S.Writers
Writers in Paradise Conference1/19/20198St. PetersburgFLU.S.Writers
Tin House Winter Workshop (Nonfiction)1/25/20195NewportORU.S.Writers
bookexpo3American Library Association Midwinter Meeting1/25/20195SeattleWAU.S.ALA
Todos Santos Writers Workshop1/31/2019Not SetTodos SantosBajaMexicoWriters
bookexpo3ABA Winter Institute1/31/2019Not SetMemphisTNU.S.ALA
SDSU Writers' Conference1/31/20193San DiegoCAU.S.Writers
PubWest2/7/20193Santa FeNMU.S.Publishing
Tin House Winter Workshop (Novel)2/8/20195NewportORU.S.Writers
International Writers' Conference & Literary Festival2/13/20195San Miguel de AllendeGTOMexicoWriters
San Francisco Writers Conference2/14/20195San FranciscoCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Savannah Book Festival2/14/20194SavannahGAU.S.Festival
Amelia Island Book Festival2/14/20193Amelia IsalndFLU.S.Festival
Southern California Writers' Conference2/16/20193San DiegoCAU.S.WritersAgents
SCBWI Winter Conference2/28/2019Not SetNew YorkNYU.S.WritersPublishingChildren
The Augusta Literary Festival3/2/20191AugustaGAU.S.Festival
bookexpo3London Book Fair3/12/20193LondonU.K.PublishingFestival
SleuthFest3/14/20194Boca RatonFLU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsMystery
Writing by Writers Workshop at Boulder3/15/20193BoulderCOU.S.Writers
UND Writers Conference3/20/20193Grand ForksNDU.S.Writers
AWP Writers' Conference and Bookfair3/27/20194PortlandORU.S.Writers
Tennessee Williams - New Orleans Literary Festival3/27/20195New OrleansLAU.S.Festival
Left Coast Crime's Annual Mystery Convention3/28/20194VancouverBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgentsCrime
Virginia Festival of the Book3/31/2019Not SetCharlottesvilleVAU.S.Festival
Write Stuff Writers Conference 3/31/2019Not SetBethlehemPAU.S.Writers
Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference3/31/2019Not SetIselinNJU.S.Writers
The Dahlonega Book Festival3/31/2019Not SetDahlonegaGAU.S.Festival
PubTechConnect3/31/2019Not SetNew YorkNYU.S.Publishing
The Tucson Festival of Books3/31/2019Not SetTucsonAZU.S.Festival
UW-Madison's Writer's Institute4/4/20194MadisonWIU.S.WritersPublishing
IBPA Publishing University4/5/20192T/B/DU.S.WritersPublishing
International Book Fair of Quebec4/10/20195Quebec CityQCCanadaFestivalFrench
Word of South Festival of Literature and Music4/12/20193TallahasseeFLU.S.Festival
Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference4/12/20195Mount HermonCAU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Los Angeles Festival of Books4/13/20192Los AngelesCAU.S.Festival
Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival4/15/20193VictoriaBCCanadaFestival
Norwescon4/18/20194SeaTacWAU.S.WritersFestivalScience Fiction
Michigan Christian Writers Conference4/30/2019Not SetLansingMIU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Palm Beach Book Festival4/30/2019Not SetPalm BeachFLU.S.Festival
PEN World Voices Festival 4/30/2019Not SetNew YorkNYU.S.Festival
Las Vegas Writers Conference4/30/2019Not SetLas VegasNVU.S.WritersPublishing
Unbound Book Festival 4/30/2019Not SetColumbiaMOU.S.Festival
Chanticleer Authors Conference4/30/2019Not SetBellinghamWAU.S.WritersPublishingFestival
Southern Kentucky Writers' Conference and Bookfest4/30/2019Not SetBowling GreenKYU.S.WritersFestival
Alabama Book Festival4/30/2019Not SetMontgomeryALU.S.Festival
Arkansas Literary Festival4/30/2019Not SetLittle RockARU.S.Festival
Bay Area Book Festival4/30/2019Not SetBerkeleyCAU.S.Festival
North East Texas Writers' Organization Writers Conference4/30/2019Not SetPittsburghTXU.S.WritersPublishing
Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace Conference4/30/2019Not SetBostonMAU.S.WritersPublishing
Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival4/30/2019Not SetPentictonBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgents
Writing by Writers Manuscript Boot Camp4/30/2019Not SetTahoe CityCAU.S.Writers
North Texas Book Festival4/30/2019Not SetDentonTXU.S.Festival
San Antonio Book Festival4/30/2019Not SetSan AntonioTXU.S.Festival
Pikes Peak Writers' Conference5/3/20193Colorado SpringsCOU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
StokerCon Horror Writers Conference5/9/20194Grand RapidsMIU.S.WritersHorror
Word Play5/11/20192MinneapolisMNU.S.Festival
bookexpo3American Library Association Annual Conference6/20/20196WashingtonDCU.S.ALA
New England Romance Reader-Writer Conference10/18/20192ManchesterNHU.S.Writers
Left Coast Crime's Annual Mystery Convention3/11/20206San DiegoCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsCrime

*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.