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January 27 - 29
Genre-LA Speculative Fiction Creative Writing Conference

Take your writing to the next level at the the 2017 Genre-LA™ Creative Writers Conference, where more than 30 published masters of the genre, literary agents, editors, publishers, best-selling authors, industry experts, Hollywood veterans, educators, and publishing professionals will share their experiences and secrets to help take your writing to the next level and guide your career on the path to success.

February 16 - 18
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is an annual creative writing conference at Arizona State University that brings together writers, readers, and lovers of literature for three days of instruction, inspiration, and community.

Feb. 16-19
San Francisco Writers Conference

The event spans four days and is packed with 100+ sessions for writers--from the craft of writing to the business of publishing. There is copious networking with the very people who can advance your writing career; a glorious opening gala; two keynote luncheons and breakfasts; lots of social interaction with other writers; and evening readings and pitch sessions.

Feb. 24
The 2017 Alabama Writing Workshop

After a successful even in 2017, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Alabama Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Birmingham, AL on February 24, 2017. This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more.

March 6 - 12
Writefest: A Festival for Emerging Writers

Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Friday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.

March 11 - 12
The Tuscan Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the Festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. All proceeds from the Festival are used to sustain the event and support local literacy programs.

April 6 - 7
Agnes Scott College Writers' Festival

Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach, and talk with students, the Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. Today, the festival maintains its founding traditions along with some new features: creative nonfiction and dramatic writing were added to the contest in the 1990s, an alumna writer is on the program almost every year, and one of the visiting writers gives a one-credit workshop for ASC student writers.

April 7 - 11
Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference

If you’re called to write, then write as an act of obedience, write as an act of worship. Come explore these themes of writing with the main keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson. Mount Hermon offers a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for writers at every skill level, from not-yet-published to multi-published, and offers help to writers in a wide span of genres and in every phase of a writer's career.

April 21 - 22
Kentucky Writers Conference

The Kentucky Writers Conference is made possible through the generous support of Dollar General. Authors who will be participating in the Book Fest on Saturday, April 22, 2017 will give attendees at the Writers Conference the benefit of their wisdom on Friday, April 21, 2017. Free workshops on a variety of writing topics will be presented during this day-long event. Sessions run for 75 minutes and the day begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm. The conference is open to anyone who would like to attend. Space is limited. Registration will be open by February.

April 21 - 23
Bethesda Literary Festival

The 18th annual Bethesda Literary Festival will host an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests. In a weekend that will include more than 20 entertaining events, the Bethesda Literary Festival presents fascinating literary personalities who will read their work, talk about their craft and take part in discussions with other writers and audience members. All of the events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda.

May 5 - 6
Northern Colorado Writers Conference

Since 2007, Northern Colorado Writers has provided support and encouragement to writers of all levels and genres in Northern Colorado and beyond. Through monthly meetings, classes, networking & social events, the annual conference, the monthly newsletter and annual retreat, NCW helps writers navigate their way to success. We are excited to welcome several new presenters, including keynote speaker, Chuck Wendig.

May 7 – 12
The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat

The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat is an annual gathering that brings three dozen writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and coaching. The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. We foster an exchange in two directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing.

May 14 - 20th
Seaside Writers Conference

The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events. This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft.

June 7-13
The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

TWH operates on a mini-MFA format, with pre-conference editing services in three genres. On site, we hold intense writing workshops and present craft lectures, agent speed dating, one-on-one meetings with mentors, literary walking tours, and a gala game of Wink, Murder at The Algonquin. Each participant also gets to read their own original work in NYC at KGB Bar Lit or Book Culture (prose) or The Bowery (poetry).

June 22-24
Jackson Hole Writers Conference

It might just be easier to write in a beautiful place. Try it. Join us in Jackson Hole and be inspired to new heights. Join us for three days of craft, conversation and renewed commitment to your writing.

June 25 - Aug 5
Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego

Established in 1968, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

July 14-18
Fairfield University Summer Writers Conference

Looking to inspire the writer within? Come write with us at our second annual Fairfield University Summer Conference for Writers on the scenic, inspirational, and serene Enders Island, off the coast of Mystic, Connecticut. Join award-winning faculty from Fairfield University's low-residency MFA for this four-day event.

July 19 - July 23
Writing the Rockies Conference

Now in its 18th year, Writing the Rockies is one of the region's preeminent writers' conferences. It takes place each year during the last long weekend of July as part of Western's low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing, and like that program offers events in poetry, genre fiction, screenwriting for film & TV, publishing and creative nonfiction.

August 24-27
Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference

The premiere forum for all genres incorporating elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense, Killer Nashville features intense, intimate workshops/panels in five conference tracks: genre-specific writing, general writing, business, marketing/publicity, and forensics.

August 10 - 13
Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

Every summer some magic happens at Book Passage. For four days in August, some of the best travel writers, editors, photographers, publishers, and agents in the world convene in Corte Madera to share the art and heart of the work they love at the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. Through workshops, panels, and evening events, the conference offers participants a rich mix of information and inspiration; we cover how to shape a compelling travel story, how to shoot a transporting travel photo, how to successfully pitch an editor, how to maximize social media, how to jumpstart your writing and photography, how to leap to the next level, and much, much more.

September 7 - 10
Mystery Writers Conference

We’d love to invite you to lift your craft to the next level and expand your opportunities—whether you are thinking of writing a mystery and whirling with ideas, in the process of writing one, or polishing and honing one you’ve written. The weekend is chock full of workshops featuring award-winning, best-selling authors offering invaluable guidance on craft, from plot to character to dialogue to setting and more; while agents and editors share their insights into the world of publishing and how to find a readership for your book.

September 7 - 9
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Our mission is to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. We are a festival of readers who appreciate discussing the ideas in literature.

Sep 29-30
Central Coast Writers Conference

Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Whether you are a new writer or an established author, the Central Coast Writers Conference will elevate your writing and scribing passion to the next level. Cited as one of the best writers conferences in the US, this destination conference offers workshops in all genres presented by an inspiring faculty. Come join us!

October 6 - 8
Write on the Sound Writers' Conference

Write on the Sound writers' conference (WOTS), presented the first full weekend in October in Edmonds WA, is a high quality, affordable conference focused on the craft of writing. Over 30 workshops and panel discussions are available for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today's writing and publishing industry. A limited admission of approximately 275 attendees makes WOTS the perfect place to spark your creativity, share ideas and network with other writers.

October 21-22
Prairie Gate Literary Festival

During the sixth annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival, aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts will experience free public readings from nationally and internationally-recognized authors. The mission of the festival is to provide unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts through such activities as readings, workshops, and panel discussions. Invited authors are chosen partly for the diversity of their backgrounds and styles, and are meant to appeal to a wide variety of audience members.

November 3 – 5
North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference

The Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Conference faculty include professional writers from North Carolina and beyond.

November 10-12
New England Crime Bake

Crime Bake is the premier conference for crime-fiction writers and readers in New England. Offering numerous opportunities to meet and network with agents, editors, and authors in a small, friendly environment, Crime Bake is a must-attend for mystery fans and writers. Don’t wait to sign up – registration sells out fast! This year's guest of honor is Lisa Gardner.