One of the best places for writers to go for professional guidance, connections, and networking, and emotional support is a writer’s conference. Many are still done virtually and some failed to meet at all this past year. But that is quickly changing and things are gearing up for the writer’s conferences to make a huge comeback. Authors, you should be a part of that.
Here’s why writers should attend one or more writer’s conferences:
1. If your goal is to become a better writer, you will learn some helpful tricks of the trade.
2. If your goal is to find a literary agent or publisher, they may be in attendance or on a panel of speakers.
3. If you want to hear the struggles and victories of fellow authors, come and see what you can learn from their mistakes or successes.
4. Want to network with those who can help you – with an idea, resource, hug, or piece of advice – or even a testimonial? Come and befriend others.
Wow. I sound like a shill for writer’s conferences! Trust me, I am not on the take for any conference. I just think they are a great idea.
Okay, so now that you are jazzed about going to a writer’s conference, which ones should you go to?
Most conferences are local, such as the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, and are geared towards serving writers of a specific geographic area. Many other conferences are based no format and genre, such as Romance Writers of America Annual Conference. Some are broad in scope, such as Writer’s Digest Conference.
It’s easy for you to just go online and search for things like:
· Writers conferences
· Writers workshops
· Author conferences
· Author workshops
Throw in a location or genre with that and book, you are in business. You can also go overseas for conferences – or participate virtually.
Below is a sampling – and by no means a comprehensive list – of writer’s conferences:
Southern California Writers’ Conference
Society of Children’s Book Writers Conference
Spring Writers Retreat
San Francisco Writers Conference
Midwest Writers Workshop
New York State Summer Writers Institute
Missouri Writers Guild conference
Annual Winter Poetry Conference
Northwestern Christian Writers conference
Agents & Editors Conference, Writers League of Texas
Catholic Writers Conference
Creative nonfiction Collective Society Conference
Alabama Writers’ Enclave
Cape Cod Writers Center Conference
Writer’s Digital Conference
Worldcom and North American Science Fiction Convention
Kawai Writers Conference
Independent Book Publishers Association Conference
South By Southwest
Virtual Winter Thrills
California Crime Writers Conference
Self Pub Con
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Atlanta Writers Conference
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
ASJA Writers Conference
Western Writers of America Convention
Unicorn Writers’ Conference
Yale Writer’s Conference
Textbook & Academic Authors Conference
Historical Novel Society Conference
Tennessee Mountain Writers Annual Conference
Chicago Writers Conference
Florida Writers Conference
Digital Author and Indie Publishing Conference
Southern Christina Writers Conference
Creative Non-Fiction Writers Conference
Outdoor Writing Association of America Conference
San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival
Jackson Hole Writers Conference
National Association For Poetry Therapy Conference
Southampton Writers conference
Pet Writing Conference
Kentucky Women Writing Conference
Nonfiction Writers Conference
The Las Vegas Writers Conference
National Black Writers Conference
La Jolla Writers Conference
National Writers’ Union Annual Conference
Pike Peak Writers Conference
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