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Jan 15-18
22nd Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway
 

Head over the the Seaview Resort near Atlantic City to join award-winning poets Stephen Dunn and Thomas Lux for a weekend of writing workshops. The getaway offers you a chance to hone your skills while surrounded by an encouraging community.

Jan 16-23
Writers in Paradise Conference
 

Care for a more immersive writing conference complete with a series of readings by award-winning authors? If you’re up for an 8-day spree of non-stop workshops and networking with fellow writers, then this conference is for you.

Jan 22-24
San Diego State University Writers’ Conference
 

As they’ve done for over 30 years, SDSU is offering sessions discussing the craft and business of writing, paired with a host of activities to help you gain the right connections in the field, including a mixer and a networking lunch.

Jan 24-30
Todos Santos Writers Workshop
 

How many people can say they’ve been to a writing workshop in a place called Casa Dracula? Well, you can, if you sign up for this event featuring authors such as Christopher Merrill, Lucille Penner, and more.

 
Feb 11-15
San Francisco Writers Conference
 

Jane Friedman, Annie Barrows, Katharine Sands. These are but a few of the authors you could meet while going through the 80+ sessions this conference has to offer. You’ll also have the opportunity to speed pitch your writing ideas to agents. :

Feb 19
Alabama Writing Workshop
 

“How do I get published?” Head on over to Birmingham and hopefully you’ll find the answer. Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest is doling out invaluable nuggets of wisdom about the writing craft and industry—something any writer shouldn’t miss.

Feb 20
Atlanta Writing Workshop
 

If you can’t make the Alabama workshop, then maybe you can catch it as it swings by Atlanta, with the same offerings on the table.

Feb 25-28
Left Coast Crime’s annual mystery convention
 

Phoenix, Arizona will host what’s being called the “Great Cactus Caper”. Celebrate the mystery genre with a host of eager peers, while also indulging in a writing workshop and networking events. As a bonus, you can also sign up to read your works to a small audience.

Feb 26-28
Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference
 

This conference is special in that it’s specifically catered to those looking to self-publish and leverage the latest avenues in getting your work published. Now in its 14th year, you’ll once again have the chance to pitch your book to editors and agents at the event, and maybe even receive some constructive criticism. More Info

 
March 5
Be Writing: One Day Festival for Writers of All Levels
 

Enjoy all the essentials of a conference packed into one fast-paced day of writing, learning and inspiration. New York Times best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard will also be there to deliver a presentation and a keynote speech.

March 5
The Augusta Literary Festival
 

New York Times best-selling author CJ Lyons headlines the diverse roster of authors that have been slated to take part at the Augusta Literary Festival. Author panel discussions, book signings, and writing workshops are on the schedule of activities and are free to the public.

March 12
Florida Authors and Publishers Spring Conference
 

Head over to the Sunshine State and discover new strategies and meet face-to-face with active up-and-coming business professionals in the publishing industry.

March 12-13
The Dahlonega Book Festival
 

Take in the sights and soak in the knowledge from a slate of carefully-selected authors representing different genres sharing their ideas and experiences in various programs in historic downtown Dahlonega.

March 16-20
The Algonkian Novel Retreat
 

Looking for space to get away to help you grow and develop your vision as a writer? Head over to Virginia for the Algonkian Novel Retreat where you also get to have one-on-one sessions with professional editors and author mentors.

March 18-22
The Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference
 

Mount Hermon offers a unique atmosphere for writers at every skill level—from aspiring authors to experienced ones—and offers help to writers in a wide span of genres and in every phase of their careers.

April 8
Writing by Writers Workshop
 

Held in Boulder, Colorado, the multiday writing workshop is for people interested in writing fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry. The workshops are taught by nationally known, published authors who are adept at teaching the craft to participants of varying skill levels.

April 8-9
IBPA Publishing University
 

In the business of publishing, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. The Publishing University in Salt Lake City offers a professional, community-oriented environment where would-be authors will be exposed to new ideas and creative thinking that will support individualized publishing goals.

April 8-9
Maine Crime Wave
 

The daylong conference held in Portland will include panel discussions, theme-specific workshops, editor and agent critiques, book signings, and more.

April 12-17
Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention
 

The Sin City will play host to the book industry event where more than 200 workshops as well as numerous parties and reader events will keep aspiring and published authors alike informed about industry developments and trends.

April 15-17
Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference
 

The three-day conference is full of in-depth workshops, best-selling keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, and the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique.

April 22-23
Southern Kentucky Writers’ Conference and Bookfest
 

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state's largest literary events. Held annually, the bookfest draws thousands of readers of all ages and authors of all genres who welcome the occasion to meet book lovers and expand their literary network.

April 28-30
Las Vegas Writers Conference
 

Meet and socialize with the faculty, pitch to agents and publishers, and learn from experts in fields connected to writing and publishing led by keynote speaker, Larry Brooks.

May 15
Andrews Forest Writers' Residency
 

The H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest offers one- to two-week residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in October, November, and December in the Oregon Cascades, 40 miles east of Eugene. The residency is open to writers whose work “reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing.”

May 20
Anne LaBastille Memorial Writer Residency
 

The Adirondack Center for Writing offers six two-week residencies from October 8 to October 24 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at a lodge on Twitchell Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.

May 31
Chautauqua Writers’ Festival
 

The 13th annual Chautauqua Writers’ Festival will be held from June 2 to June 5 at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, panel discussions, individual conferences with faculty members, open mics, and time to write.

May 31 - Sept 13
Art Kibbutz Summer Residency
 

Art Kibbutz offers two-week to monthlong summer residencies from May 31 to September 13 in a former army officer’s mansion in Governor’s Island in New York City for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers, as well as other artists who “explore important conversations about economic, environmental, and social conditions in a twenty-first century Jewish context.”

 
July 4 - 29
Summer Writers Institute
 

The New York State Writers Institute, established in 1984 by award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the University at Albany, SUNY, announces its 30th annual summer program to be held July 4 – 29, 2016. The summer program is held on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and will feature creative writing workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The event’s faculty staff consists of distinguished writers, including them winners of such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

August 17 - 21
Campbell Conference and Awards 2016 - "Tomorrow Is Now"
 

This year's Campbell Conference is proud to serve as the academic-programming track for MidAmeriCon II: The 74th World Science Fiction Convention on August 17-21, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri. All of this year's activities will take place at the MidAmeriCon facilities. Connect with SF authors, scholars, editors, and fans while celebrating the best SF of the year.

August 20 - 21
16th Annual Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop
 

Led by Perie Longo with David Starkey and Chryss Yost, this workshop is an opportunity for you to grow your poems with thoughtful attention from three poets laureate who combine their approaches for you to hone your skills and go deeper into your own creative process.

September 9 - 11
Tutka Bay Writers Retreat
 

Your weekend of instruction and inspiration will take place at Tutka Bay Lodge. In addition to the daily instructional sessions with our retreat leader, there will be the opportunity to pursue assignments in the natural setting. The schedule allows time for reflection and recreation in the form of beach walks and forest hikes, and time to work on your writing outside the classroom.

September 23-24
The Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference
 

The conference kicks off with a FREE poetry event on Friday, Sept. 23 showcasing award winning poets Michael Diebert and Dan Veach. On Saturday, we offer keynote speaker Billy Winn, plus seminars in Memoir Writing by Brenda Sutton Rose, Fiction Writing by Michael Bishop, Student Communications by Rob St. Clair, Screenwriting by Ty Mann, and poetry workshops by Michael Diebert and Dan Veach.

Sept 23-25
Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop and Retreat
 

Writers, published and aspiring, looking for something ‘different’ are invited to partake in the Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop and Retreat. The Workshop offers intensive seminars with editor or agent feedback on whole-novel manuscripts. Also offered are editor and agent critiques on opening chapters.

Sep. 24
Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference
 

Join us on Saturday, September 24 at the BP Energy + Conference Center in Anchorage, Alaska for an all-day event of keynotes and panels, as well as tracks specifically designed for writing craft, author marketing, traditional publishing, self publishing, and children's literature. Illustrators have the opportunity to get their picture book dummy, portfolio, or individual illustrations reviewed!

October 20 – 23
Florida Writers Conference
 

Florida Writers Association (FWA) members all over the globe look forward to the Florida Writers Conference year after year. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or a seasoned professional, you’ll benefit from all the conference has to offer you this year. Rub elbows with acquisition editors, publishers, editors, designers, book marketers and writers, into the wee hours. Connect with old friends and make new ones.

October 21 - 23rd
Tahoe WordWave, a Festival of Story
 

The second annual WordWave is a free festival that will be held on October 21-23 on the shore of South Lake Tahoe at the Tallac Historic Site. We have gathered some of the most creative and inspiring writers, storytellers, and performers from around the country to share their talents at this three-day event. Whether you’re a reader, writer, or performer, WordWave will inspire and delight. Join us!

October 29
Southwest Valley Writers Conference
 

This one-day conference in Avondale, just southwest of Phoenix, is designed to allow you to connect with industry professionals and other writers who have gathered to share their knowledge and love of writing. Each fall, writers of all genres come together to hear accomplished speakers and participate in workshops in order to hone their current skills and learn some new ones.

Nov. 4 – 6
The Kauai Writers Conference
 

The Kauai Writers Conference was created to help writers develop their skills in an environment characterized by the aloha spirit of sharing, unity, respect, and community. The organizers are all writers who work on the conference on a volunteer basis. We aim to provide a conference that truly serves writers and helps them access the information and resources they need most.

Nov. 11 – 13
La Jolla Writers Conference
 

Whether you are an aspiring author who has yet to put pen to paper, someone intent on writing a book to augment your business, a writer on the cusp of submitting to agents, or someone who wants to know more about the different and ever-evolving methods of publication, the La Jolla Writer’s Conference is the place for you.

Nov. 13 – 20
Miami Book Fair
 

During eight days each November hundreds of authors and thousands of readers converge on Downtown Miami for the nation's premier literary festival. And when that's over, During eight days each November hundreds of authors and thousands of readers we keep it going, month in, month out.

December 4 – 6
VONA Voices Workshop
 

Join Vona/VOices in Southern California at our first Regional Workshop in collaboration with Literature for Life. Held in Pasadena on December 4-6! This workshop is open to people of color who are writers or who dream of writing. No workshop experience necessary. The workshop is generative, which means we will write together and share our work.