Writers Conferences to Attend in 2020

Being a published writer is no easy task, as it goes beyond the writing process to so many other stages until your work is officially out there. That cycle can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming, especially for new writers. But fear not, there’s a way to make sense of it all: attending writers conferences.
2020 Writers ConferencesWriters conferences are literary events all around the world that cater to writers from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter what genre you’re writing in or where you are in your writing journey and experience, there’s bound to be an event out there for you. These events are full of workshops, keynote speakers, agent and editor meetings as well as Q&A sessions and more.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list, to help you find the perfect conference for you.

 

Southern California Writers’ Conference

Southern California Writers’ Conference

San Diego, California
Feb 14–16, 2020
$325–$450
Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative feedback to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, facilitating well over $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals. Offering extended one-on-one evaluation of material and dozens of interactive workshops, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to provide comprehensive feedback on your work.

 

A Weekend for Words

A Weekend for Words

Los Angeles, Palm Springs , California
Sep 18–20, 2020
$325–$450
Having facilitated well over $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals since 1986, the SCWC remains devoted to writers of all levels working to become both exceptional authors and entrepreneurial self-advocates. Through our uniquely tailored, inclusive programs the SCWC empowers writers with the vital recognition, encouragement, and understanding to better succeed in today’s ever-changing transmedia marketplace.

 

Writer’s Digest Conference

Writer’s Digest Conference

New York City, Unites States
Aug 13–16, 2020
$349–548
The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally. Gain invaluable tips to improve your craft, explore publishing options and learn how to establish a sustainable career—all while being inspired by successful authors and your fellow attendees.

 

Napa Valley Writers Conference

Napa Valley Writers Conference

California, United States
Jul 26–31, 2020
$1,025
The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided literary fellowship and a craft-focused experience among the foothills and vineyards that have made this region famous. It features a faculty as renowned for the quality of their teaching as for their work. Small workshops foster an unusual rapport between faculty writers and conference participants, who find the Napa Valley experience nurturing and challenging. The conference is suited to experienced writers, but enthusiastic beginners are also encouraged to apply.

 

Milford Writer's Workshop

Milford Writer’s Workshop

North Wales, United Kingdom
Jun 6–13, 2020
£10
Milford is a gathering of authors who write speculative fiction (in its widest sense). It is not a school for beginners; there are no “teachers” or “students”. It is not an elitist in-group. Invitations are extended to any SF author – from relative newcomers to those who may only dimly recall what rejection slips look like. Generally, the workshop includes some writers who have not attended a previous Milford event, and they are particularly welcome. The main language for the conference is English, so all work must be submitted for critique in English.

 

Swanwick writers' summer school

Swanwick Writers’ summer school

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Aug 8–14, 2020
£95–£495
The Writers’ Summer School – known simply as ‘Swanwick’ to writers the world over – is legendary for the warmth of its welcome. ​If you love writing then Swanwick offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, hone existing ones, explore your creativity, make new friends, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh and write.

 

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Vermont, United States
Aug 12–22, 2020
$20
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is a rich literary and intellectual tradition. The conference’s rural and scenic setting amid the Green Mountains on the Middlebury College Bread Loaf campus provides an ideal environment for discussing manuscripts, sharing insights, getting to know agents and editors, and becoming acquainted with the next generation of significant writers. For 10 days, the 220 participants attend 10-person workshops, where their writing is assessed by the faculty and others in the workshop. Numerous readings, craft classes, events, and agent meetings are also included.

 

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference

Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference

Vermont, United States
Jun 10–16, 2020
$20
The 7th annual Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference is a week-long writers’ conference, based on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference model, that’s designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is cosponsored by the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program and the Franklin Environmental Center.

 

 Bread Loaf in Sicily

Bread Loaf in Sicily

Sicily, Italy
Sep 20–26, 2020
$3,365
The 10th annual Bread Loaf in Sicily conference offers intensive, six-person workshops focused on the craft of writing. Held in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily, the seven-day conference offers an inspired community for those who enjoy travel and those living abroad.

 

North Carolina Writers Network Spring Conference

North Carolina Writers Network Spring Conference

North Carolina, United States
April 18, 2020
$10–$20
A full day of instruction and camaraderie on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Small classes, top writing faculty, and intensive Master Classes and breakout sessions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and the business of books. Other features include faculty readings, on-site “lunch with an author,” publisher exhibits, Slush Pile Live!, and an open mic for conference participants

 

North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference

North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference

North Carolina, United States
Nov 3–14, 2020
$10–$20
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. Held every year in a major hotel, the conference rotates annually.

 

The DFW Writers Conference

The DFW Writers Conference

Texas, United States
Jun 13–14, 2020
$15–$379
The DFW Writers Conference, or DFWCon, is a great opportunity for you to meet professionals from the publishing industry and build on your mastery of the craft and business of writing

 

A Rally of Writers Conference

A Rally of Writers Conference

Michigan, United States
4 April 4, 2020
$90–$105
A Rally of Writers features up to 16 sessions of Michigan writers, poets, teachers, editors and publishers discussing every aspect of writing and the publishing business.

 

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

Tepoztlán, Mexico
Jan 9–19, 2020
$1,995
Under the Volcano is an international program of writing master classes that convenes every January. Their award-winning faculty spans the English-speaking and Hispanic worlds. The core writing program is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, investigative journalists, memoirists, essayists and screenwriters, as well as those working on projects that challenge traditional genre forms

 

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Arizona, United States
Feb 21–22, 2020
$150–$300
The conference offers a unique and intimate creative writing experience that meets people wherever they are, creating a warm, welcoming and supportive environment where writers learn from each other as they work towards their goals.

 

The Self-Publishing Conference

The Self-Publishing Conference

Leicester, England
25th April 2020
£65–£75.
The Self-Publishing Conference is the only conference in the UK dedicated to self-published authors. They offer sessions on a variety of topics, including writing, production, marketing, and distribution.

 

Thrillerfest XIV

Thrillerfest XIV

New York, United States
Jul 7–11, 2020
$75–$1,260
A hub for all mystery and thriller authors, Thrillerfest includes sessions on marketing, publishing, and honing your craft. They even have a Master Craftfest – specialized small sessions in which successful, published authors work with you on your manuscript.

 

Indie Romance Convention

Indie Romance Convention

Tennessee, United States
Oct 7–10, 2020
$55–$150
If you are an indie, hybrid, or small press romance author, then this conference is perfect for you. With workshops and panels during the day and fun events at night, participants will be more than happy they took part in it. They also offer a two-hour open to the public book signing on Saturday. Both readers and authors can get to know each other on a more personal note.

 

Penned Con

Penned Con

Missouri, United States
Sep 17–Sep 19, 2020
$10–$325
Penned Con is a three day book convention hosted annually in St. Louis, MO. The organizers invite one hundred and fifty authors together along with industry professionals and over 1,000 readers for a chance to mingle, have fun, and raise money for Autism. Each year they host education day workshops, inspiring keynotes, panels and a two day book signing. Along with this they host VIP Parties, the Red Coat PR Lip Sync Battle and round the event off with a themed awards night.

 

Chanticleer Authors Conference

Chanticleer Authors Conference

Vancouver, Canada
Apr 17–19, 2020
$198–$279
The Chanticleer Authors Conference is a unique and progressive authors conference designed to share insight and knowledge about the marketing and business side of being an author and/or a publisher. It’s dedicated to professional authors, offering them a chance to learn everything about the industry.

 

Killer Nashville Writers Conference

Killer Nashville Writers Conference

Tennessee, United States
Aug 20–23, 2020
$299–$419
The Conference aims to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals. We pride ourselves on our intense, intimate workshops and panels, and on our close-knit community of writers

 

La Jolla Writers Conference

La Jolla Writers Conference

California, United States
Oct 23–25, 2020
$55–$395
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.

 

The Kentucky Writing Workshop

The Kentucky Writing Workshop

Kentucky, United States
April 4, 2020
$189–$376
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop. It’s a day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your work published. You’ll discuss your publishing opportunities, how to write queries and pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

 

Storymakers Conference

Storymakers Conference

Utah, United States
May 7–9, 2020
$125–$245
The Storymakers Conference is full of literary events. From Thursday workshops, to breakout sessions, intensive classes, workshops with agents and editors, the First Chapter contest, social activities, and author signings,

 

Las Vegas Writers Conference

Las Vegas Writers Conference

Nevada, United States
Apr 2–4, 2020
$199–$449
The Las Vegas Writers Conference is dedicated to helping writers of all genres improve their craft, sharpen their business skills, and network with publishing professionals

 

The Muse & the Marketplace

The Muse & the Marketplace

Massachusetts, United States
Apr 3–5, 2020
$415–$559
The Muse & the Marketplace is a three-day literary conference that educates aspiring and emerging writers on the craft of fiction and nonfiction. It prepares them for the ever-changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking.

 

The Leopardi Writing Conference

The Leopardi Writing Conference

Recanati, Italy
Jul 19–25, 2020
$500
The Leopardi Writing conference will consist of writing workshops, as well as lectures, readings, and panel discussions. There will be a free day to explore the City of Recanati and the surrounding Region of Le Marche.

 

Philadelphia Writing Workshop

Philadelphia Writing Workshop

Pennsylvania, United States
November 14, 2020
$189–$350
This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor, get your questions answered, and more.

 

Alaska Writers Conference

Alaska Writers Conference

Alaska, United Sates
Sep 19–20, 2020
$105–$150
Alaska Writers Conference is an all-day event of keynotes and panels, as well as tracks specifically designed for the writing craft, author marketing, traditional publishing, self-publishing, romance, children’s literature, memoir, and nonfiction writing.

 

Algonkian Writers Conference

Algonkian Writers Conference

Virginia , United States
Feb 27–Mar 1, 2020.
$1,095
The goal of this conference is to make your novel as commercially competitive as it needs to be on all levels while avoiding critical missteps, bad advice, and exorbitant prices for classes and mentorship. It doesn’t matter what stage your novel is currently in, or where you are in your writing life. The program steps and methodology, as well as the faculty, enable you to learn and grow as a writer together with your novel, and at your own pace.

 

SleuthFest

SleuthFest

Florida, United States
Mar 26–29, 2020
$360–$450
Sleuthfest features sessions on the craft of writing, marketing, and promoting your work, Social events to mingle with agents, editors and your favorite authors, An auction to purchase great writing stuff from bestselling authors and editors.

 

The Writers' Hotel

The Writers’ Hotel

New York, United States
Jun 3–9, 2020
$3,250
The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a one-of-a-kind conference. It includes workshops, lectures and agent pitch sessions. Each writer will read their own original work at landmark NYC venues. Faculty readings are another wonderful feature. From virtual pre-reading processes through to the NYC writers conference, TWH takes writers and their writing to the next level. Writers bring their work from desk to marketplace at the heart of the publishing industry. It’s an extraordinary opportunity.

 

Atlanta Writers Conference

Atlanta Writers Conference

Georgia, United States
May 8–9, 2020
$50–$650
The goal of the Atlanta Writers Conference is to give you the opportunity to meet eight top publishing acquisitions editors and eight literary agents actively seeking new clients, help you get your work ready for them, and educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors and other industry professionals.

 

Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference

Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference

Maryland, United States
7 March 2020
$60–$154
The Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference offers something for writers at all levels, with special tracks in poetry, beginning fiction, advanced fiction, nonfiction and publishing, marketing and editing.

 

Bear River Writers’ Conference

Bear River Writers’ Conference

Michigan, United States
May 28–Jun 1, 2020
$645–$ 905
For new writers, the Bear River Writers Conference offers workshops, and the conference provides assostant and discussiont in terms of genres and writing ideas. Bear River is dedicated to producing new work at the workshops – work that you can take back home with you and revise for publication.

 

Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference

Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference

Georgia, United States
Apr 3–4, 2020
$350–$600
The Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference’s goal is to educate, inform, and inspire writers. No matter the level of expertise, the conference provides a venue for professional writers, editors and agents to give honest and accurate feedback to the aspiring writer in how to craft that first novel, sell a magazine article, market yourself in the literary world, or finding inspiration for your poetry.

 

Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

Maryland, United States
Jun 21-27, 2020
$170–$1200
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference is a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, translation, songwriting, or creative nonfiction.

 

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Washington, United States
Jun 26–27, 2020
$99–$285
At the Chuckanut Writers Conference, you’ll find the resources and encouragement you need to turn inspiration into action. The conference includes two days of breakout sessions, author panels, keynote addresses and readings, as well as additional options pre and post conference.

 

Colgate Writers Conference

Colgate Writers Conference

Tennessee, United States
Jun 21–27, 2020
$1000–$1800
The CWC nourishes writers at every level, from novice to advanced, with a week of workshops, craft lectures, shop talks, and readings. Colgate’s own creative writing faculty and a slate of special guests lead daily workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. With its reputation for being one of the friendliest conferences around, the CWC welcomes people looking to jump-start a project they’ve been dreaming about as well as writers who’ve finished an entire manuscript.

 

Surrey International Writers Conference

Surrey International Writers Conference

British Colombia, Canada
Oct 23–25, 2020
$75–$649
The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is a workshop-based conference with a focus on the development of skills and industry-based knowledge. From beginner writers to published writers, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about publishing markets and network for future sales.

 

Writers in Paradise Conference

Writers in Paradise Conference

Florida, United States
Jan 18–25, 2020
$25–$875
The Writers in Paradise Conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants seeking an intimate, unhurried climate for learning…in paradise.

 

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Baja, Mexico
Feb 1–8, 2020
$1200–$1500
TSWW offers craft workshops in the art of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and stage and screenwriting for writers at all levels led by noted authors, editors, and publishing professionals.

 

International Writers' Conference & Literary Festival

International Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

Guanajuato, Mexico
Feb 12–16, 2020
$295–$875
As the largest and most prestigious cross-cultural, bilingual literary gathering in the Americas, each February the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

 

Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artist

Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artist

British Colombia, Canada
May 15–17, 2020
$80–$160
The Creative Ink Festival is a three-day event full of inspiring panels, presentations and workshops. Designed to be inclusive for all levels of writing, the festival is a chance to hone your craft while gaining new motivation. You have the opportunity to chat with industry insiders in a relaxed and supportive environment. Readers have the chance to find out about the process authors go through to write some of your favourite stories. The Creative Ink Festival has something for everyone.

 

Word on the Lake Writers' Festival

Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

British Colombia, Canada
May 8 – 10, 2020
$475
Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival’s sessions will include both skill development workshops and open forums with authors based on questions and answers in an intimate setting.

 

Word Smith

Word Smith

Minneapolis, United States
Oct 3–4, 2020
$250–$500
Wordsmith, the Loft’s craft, career, and connection conference for writers. The workshops help writers find their way through the writing process as well as the publishing industry. There’s information on becoming writers, what agents want, and a chance to ask other authors anything you’d like to know.

 

Reclaim Your Curiosity

Reclaim Your Curiosity

Alberta, Canada
May 22–24, 2020
$275–$325
Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Alexandra Writer’s Centre Society for a weekend of inspiration, professional development, and networking opportunities! This year they’ll explore themes of wonder, curiosity, and retrospection. They’ll offer sessions that delve into topics such as discovering truth in an era of fake news, what makes an exceptional memoir, writing suspense, historical fiction, and speculative fiction. We’ll explore digital approaches to modern poetry, magazines, getting published and working with agents. Hints of magic realism sprinkled throughout.

 

Frankfurt Writers Conference

Frankfurt Writers Conference

Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 6–7, 2020
€84,00–€135,00
The Frankfurt Writers Conference offers a diverse line-up in both English and German eager to teach a group of aspiring writers. Overloading them with anecdotes, knowledge, and secrets of the craft, there are workshops on how to find the right literary agent, as well as motivational and inspirational talks. The workshops will be interactive, so you get to ask as many questions as you want, so you’ll be leaving the workshop with all kinds of tips and tricks for literary success.

 

Teen Author Boot Camp

Teen Author Boot Camp

Utah, United States
March 28, 2020
$89–$99
Teen Author Boot Camp is a great opportunity for teens who want to be writers. Nearly a thousand aspiring teen writers come to the conference to work with bestselling authors to amp up their writing skills.

 

American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Conference

American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Conference

New York, United States
Apr 19–20, 2020
$75–$300
ASJA’s 2020 Annual Conference offers writers an extraordinary opportunity to navigate the world of independent journalism. With more than 50 writing workshops, panel discussions, training sessions and other events. You’ll be introduced to editors, learn valuable skills, as well as how to fight back against the threats facing journalists today.

 

WriteOnCon

WriteOnCon

Online
Feb 21–23, 2020
$5
WriteOnCon is a three-day online children’s book conference for writers and illustrators of picture, middle grade, and young adult books.

 

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

Ontario, Canada
Jun 5–7, 2020
$25
The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story stages an annual literary festival that honors Alice Munro and nurtures emerging writers through workshops and onstage presentations that celebrate the short story.

 

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Quebec, Canada
March 26, 2020
$5–$25
This bilingual (English/French) festival features programming for adults and children. Attendees enjoy workshops, readings, and lectures from speakers across genres of writing and art. The festival is free to attend, but you’ll have to pay a fee for select activities

 

Colrain Intensive

Colrain Intensive

Massachusetts, United States
Jan 17–20, 2020
$1,675
The Colrain Manuscript Intensive is a very small (maximum 8), select, highly focused, three-and-a-half-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length (or chapbook-length) manuscripts by editors and publishers. The Intensive is open only to those who have attended a previous Colrain conference and/or those whose manuscript is close to publication (semi-finalist, finalist or publisher feedback). We also consider those with previous book/chapbook publication.

 

Colrain Classic

Colrain Classic

Vermont, United States
May 1–4, 2020
$1,575
Colrain is the original, one-of-a-kind manuscript conference. Faculty includes nationally-renowned poet-editors and publishers. Work with the best for the best results! Their unique, realistic method of manuscript evaluation sets poets with a manuscript-in-progress on a path toward publication. Poets also get a look into the publication world and make important contacts with leading editors, teachers, and publishers.

 

gritLIT

gritLIT

Ontario, Canada
Apr 16–19, 2020
$25
gritLIT brings together diverse voices – the biggest Canadian authors, up and coming talent, and local Hamilton writers – in a series of readings and themed events. The festival’s mandate is one of accessibility for both authors and audiences. gritLIT puts a focus on local authors, giving them the exposure to readers that they richly deserve.

 

Emerald City Writers’ Conference

Emerald City Writers’ Conference

Washington, United States
Oct 16–18, 2020
TBA
The Emerald City Writers’ Conference celebrates the diversity of stories and writers. Whether you’ve published many times over or just starting out, there’s something at ECWC for everyone. From keynote speeches to workshops and agent and editor meet and greets. Join in for the “booktail” party of the year.

 

Flathead River Writers Conference

Flathead River Writers Conference

Montana, United States
Sep 19-20, 2020
TBA
The Annual Flathead Writers Conference brings together inspiring speakers from different genres who’ll provide information on the e-publishing industry, including formatting your manuscript and guidelines for choosing the right cover to represent your book.

 

Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

California, United States
Aug 14–16, 2020
$299–$599
West Coast Writers Conferences (WC2) is committed to providing writers of all genres and levels with information, education, and consultation in the craft and business of writing. Each event features educators, industry professionals, agents, publishers and experts in various disciplines.

 

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

Wyoming, United States
Jun 25–27, 2020
$50–$410
The Jackson Hole Writers Conference takes place in Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts where writers can meet each other, faculty writers, agents, and editors. You can share ideas over a glass of wine or beer; make new contacts while attending the variety of workshops offered.

 

National Undergraduate Literature Conference

National Undergraduate Literature Conference

Utah, United States
Mar 25–28, 2020
$40–$165
Each year, nearly 200 undergraduate writers and poets throughout North America, and sometimes beyond, come to Weber State University to present their work and learn from some of the most important writers in contemporary literature. From student sessions to keynote speeches, readings, open mics, and Q&A sessions with bestselling authors.

 

National Black Writers Conference

National Black Writers Conference

New York, United States
Mar 26–29, 2020
$15–$80
The 15th National Black Writers Conference: “Activism, Identity, and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads,” will continue conversations generated at the 2019 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium. Black playwrights, screenwriters, and filmmakers will examine contemporary trends in theater and film and the ways race, politics, and popular culture shape the plays and films produced. There will be roundtable discussions, author readings, films, workshops, and more.

 

The Ottawa International Writers Festival

The Ottawa International Writers Festival

Ottawa, Canada
Apr 30–May 5, 2020
$15–$85
The Ottawa International Writers Festival celebrates ideas and imagination! From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, the festival celebrates the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide us in our exploration of the world. The program includes a poetry cabaret, town-hall style discussion, and fiction and nonfiction readings. To celebrate writing “outside the pages of books,” the festival often includes staged play readings, feature films, documentaries, CD launches, and songwriter circles.

 

The Ottawa International Writers Festival

The Ottawa International Writers Festival

Ottawa, Canada
Oct 2–28, 2020
$15–$85
The Ottawa International Writers Festival celebrates ideas and imagination! From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, the festival celebrates the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide us in our exploration of the world. The program includes a poetry cabaret, town-hall style discussion, and fiction and nonfiction readings. To celebrate writing “outside the pages of books,” the festival often includes staged play readings, feature films, documentaries, CD launches, and songwriter circles.

 

Dublin Writers’ Conference

Dublin Writers’ Conference

Dublin, Ireland
Jun 19–21, 2020
€42–€132
From open mic readings to illuminating presentations, this conference will help you improve your writing craft, publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary to achieve success whether traditionally published or self-published. This conference provides practical support, valuable training and an opportunity to meet and get to know fellow writers in one of the world’s great literary cities. You’ll have the opportunity to attend training sessions led by renowned authors and industry experts, where you’ll learn about the craft and business of writing,

 

When Words Collide

When Words Collide

Alberta, Canada
Aug 14–16, 2020
$20–$100 CAD
Readers, writers, editors, publishers, agents, and other artists attend the When Words Collide festival, which highlights commercial and literary fiction. When Words Collide welcomes writers of most genre fiction, YA, children’s books, nonfiction, and poetry.

 

The Write Stuff Writer’s Conference

The Write Stuff Writer’s Conference

New York, United States
Mar 12–14, 2020
$119–$369
The Write Stuff Writer’s Conference includes a sterling faculty of twelve writing and publishing professionals offering 30 events to enhance your writing skills and advance your marketing expertise.

 

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference

New Jersey, United States
April 4, 2020
$115–$150
The Liberty States Fiction Writers’ 11th Annual Conference features a line-up of more than a dozen authors and industry professionals who will share their expertise and experience. It’s a full day of education and networking for those who are published or want to be published. Workshops will focus on craft, business, promotion, and indie-publishing.

 

Kingston WritersFest

Kingston WritersFest

Ontario, Canada
Sep 23–27, 2020
$185
Writers and readers in attendance will get to participate in thought-provoking discussions and unique events that champion artistic expression and development. Hosted in a notably literary city, this festival is all about “the power of the written word to create a strong, engaged community.”

 

Listowel Writers’ Week

Listowel Writers’ Week

County Kerry, Ireland
May 27–31, 2020
€45–€150
The annual Listowel Writers’ Week festival includes writing workshops, readings, interviews, forums, book launches, and masterclasses. The festival also includes several writing competitions for novel, short story, humor, and playwriting. Awards even exist for sports journalism, writing for readers with special needs and writing in prisons.

 

Canterbury Arts Conference

Canterbury Arts Conference

Kent, United Kingdom
Jul 9–12, 2020
£32.93
The Canterbury Arts Conference welcomes artists in all disciplines and media, academics and students, historians and other professionals. Participants have the opportunity to share and publish research, and network with peers. The conference includes creative writing and visual art workshops, as well as presentations of art in a variety of media.

 

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury, United Kingdom
Jul 3–12, 2020
TBA
The Ledbury Poetry Festival is known as the world’s most diverse poetry festival. The festival features an array of community events to celebrate the writing and performance of poetry. You can attend readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, musical performances, craft seminars and open mics in the lively and picturesque market town of Ledbury. It also includes programs for new writers and a poetry competition.

 

Geneva Writers Group

Geneva Writers Group

Geneva, Switzerland
May 15–17, 2020
TBA
Welcome to a weekend of workshops and panels led by authors, agents, editors, and publishers from around the world. The Geneva Writers’ Conference’s goal is to bring together English-language writers for high-level instruction, support, and community through workshops, discussions, and readings. Conference instructors are experienced in teaching creative writing and committed to sharing their knowledge, skills, and perspectives on writing as an art and as a profession.
This evolving research network brings writers, readers, publishers, emerging scholars together to discuss investigations on the nature and forms of information and publishing practices as distinctive modes of social knowledge and cultural production. Conference attendees have a range of session types and presentation options that allow opportunities for networking and learning more about key issues in the industry.

Conclusion

There’s so much to being a writer than just writing a book. Learning all you need to know about the writing process as well as the publishing industry is important as well. Take a chance and attend one of these conferences, you’ll surely feel yourself grow in confidence as you wade your way through the publishing world. You’ll also be able to meet up with other writers, find critique partners, and find out what agents and editors are looking for. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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