Ann Arbor Book Summit
Coming in October 2018

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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
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
San Francisco Writers Conference2/15/20185San FranciscoCAU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Savannah Book Festival2/15/20184SavannahGAU.S.Festival
PubWest2/15/20183PasadenaCAU.S.Publishing
Amelia Island Book Festival2/15/20183Amelia IsalndFLU.S.Festival
Southern California Writers' Conference2/16/20184San DiegoCAU.S.WritersAgents
SleuthFest3/1/20184Boca RatonFLU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsMystery
StokerCon Horror Writers Conference3/1/20184ProvidenceRIU.S.WritersHorror
PubTechConnect3/6/20181New YorkNYU.S.Publishing
AWP Writers' Conference and Bookfair3/7/20184TampaFLU.S.Writers
The Tucson Festival of Books3/10/20182TucsonAZU.S.Festival
Tennessee Williams - New Orleans Literary Festival3/21/20185New OrleansLAU.S.Festival
UND Writers Conference3/21/20183Grand ForksNDU.S.Writers
Virginia Festival of the Book3/21/20185CharlottesvilleVAU.S.Festival
New York Pitch Conference3/22/20184New YorkNYU.S.WritersAgents
Write Stuff Writers Conference 3/22/20183BethlehemPAU.S.Writers
Left Coast Crime's Annual Mystery Convention3/22/20184RenoNVU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsCrime
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
Norwescon3/29/20184SeaTacWAU.S.WritersFestivalScience Fiction
IBPA Publishing University4/6/20182AustinTXU.S.WritersPublishing
Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace Conference4/6/20183BostonMAU.S.WritersPublishing
Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival4/6/20183PentictonBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgents
Writing by Writers Manuscript Boot Camp4/6/20184Tahoe CityCAU.S.Writers
North Texas Book Festival4/7/20181DentonTXU.S.Festival
San Antonio Book Festival4/7/20181San AntonioTXU.S.Festival
bookexpo3London Book Fair4/10/20183LondonU.K.PublishingFestival
International Book Fair of Quebec4/11/20185Quebec CityQCCanadaFestivalFrench
UW-Madison's Writer's Institute4/12/20184MadisonWIU.S.WritersPublishing
Michigan Christian Writers Conference4/12/20183LansingMIU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
Word of South Festival of Literature and Music4/13/20183TallahasseeFLU.S.Festival
Palm Beach Book Festival4/14/20181Palm BeachFLU.S.Festival
PEN World Voices Festival 4/16/20187New YorkNYU.S.Festival
Las Vegas Writers Conference4/19/20183Las VegasNVU.S.WritersPublishing
Unbound Book Festival 4/19/20183ColumbiaMOU.S.Festival
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
Bay Area Book Festival4/28/20182BerkeleyCAU.S.Festival
North East Texas Writers' Organization Writers Conference4/30/2018Not SetPittsburghTXU.S.WritersPublishing
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
Gaithersburg Book Festival5/19/20181GaithersburgMDU.S.Festival
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
Missouri Writers' Guild Annual Conference5/31/2018Not SetKansas CityMOU.S.Writers
Pennwriters Conference5/31/2018Not SetPittsburghPAU.S.WritersAgents
Northwest Georgia Writers Conference5/31/2018Not SetCalhounGAU.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
West Texas Writers' Academy6/4/20185CanyonTXU.S.Writers
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
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
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
Jackson Hole Writers Conference6/28/20183Jackson HoleWYU.S.Writers
Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference6/29/20183AustinTXU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
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
Printers Row Lit Fest6/30/2018Not SetChicagoILU.S.Festival
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
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
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
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
Montana Book Festival9/27/20184MissoulaMTU.S.Festival
Baltimore Book Festival9/28/20183BaltimoreMDU.S.Festival
bookexpo3Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association9/28/20183TacomaWAU.S.Regional ABA
Florida Heritage Book Festival9/30/2018Not SetSt. AugustineFLU.S.WritersPublishingAgentsFestival
Toronto Book & Magazine Festival9/30/2018Not SetTorontoONCanadaFestival
WORD Vancouver9/30/2018Not SetVancouverBCCanadaFestival
American Christian Fiction Writers Annual Conference9/30/2018Not SetGrapevineTXU.S.WritersChristian
Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference (SCBWI & RWA)9/30/2018Not SetAnchorageAKU.S.WritersAgents
Brooklyn Book Festival9/30/2018Not SetBrooklynNYU.S.Festival
South Dakota Festival of Books9/30/2018Not SetRapid CitySDU.S.WritersFestival
Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival9/30/2018Not SetVictoriaBCCanadaFestival
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
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
The Southern Festival of Books10/12/20183NashvilleTNU.S.Festival
Great Valley Bookfest10/13/20181MantecaCAU.S.Festival
International Festival of Authors10/18/201811TorontoONCanadaFestival
Florida Writers Assoc. Annual Conference10/18/20184Altamonte SpringsFLU.S.WritersAgents
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
Books by the Banks Book Festival10/31/2018Not SetCincinnatiOHU.S.Festival
New England Romance Reader-Writer Conference10/31/2018Not SetManchesterNHU.S.Writers
Emerald City Writers' Conference 10/31/2018Not SetBellevueWAU.S.WritersRomance
Read Up, Greenville10/31/2018Not SetGreenvilleSCU.S.Festival
Whistler Writers Festival10/31/2018Not SetWhistlerBCCanadaWritersPublishingAgents
Wordfest10/31/2018Not SetCalgaryABCanadaFestival
 Louisiana Book Festival 10/31/2018Not SetBaton RougeLAU.S.Festival
Twin cities Book Festival10/31/2018Not SetMinneapolisMNU.S.Festival
bookexpo3Southern California Independent Booksellers Association10/31/2018Not SetPomonaCAU.S.Regional ABA
Writing by Writers Tomales Bay Workshop10/31/2018Not SetMarshallCAU.S.Writers
Boston Book Festival10/31/2018Not SetBostonMAU.S.Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest10/31/2018Not SetVancouverBCCanadaFestival
Ohio Christian Writers Conference11/1/20183MasonOHU.S.WritersAgentsChristian
ECPA PUBu11/6/20182NashvilleTNU.S.PublishingCBA - Christian
Kauai Writers Conference11/9/20183KauaiHIU.S.WritersPublishingAgents
Miami Book Fair11/16/20183MiamiFLU.S.Festival
New England Crime Bake11/30/2018Not SetWoburnMAU.S.WritersAgentsMystery
Chattahoochee Valley Writers Authorpreneurship11/30/2018Not SetColumbusGAU.S.Writers
Sanibel Island Writers Conference11/30/2018Not SetSanibel IslandFLU.S.Writers
Wordstock 11/30/2018Not SetPortlandORU.S.Festival
Texas Book Festival 11/30/2018Not SetAustinTXU.S.Festival
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
Word Play5/11/20192MinneapolisMNU.S.Festival
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.