Writers Conferences, Workshops and Festivals

Writers conferences, workshops, festivals and other events from around the English-speaking world

A Rally of Writers

Held every spring for the past 35 years (except for the two Covid years) in Lansing, Michigan, A Rally of Writers features 16 sessions of Michigan writers, poets, teachers, editors and publishers discussing every aspect of writing and the publishing business. Choose among four sessions that run simu...

When: April

    Where: Lansing, MI US

Abergavenny Writing Festival

Readings, talks, workshops, and writing activities for all at the Abergavenny Writing Festival. The aim of the event is to get people together to find inspiration, have fun and get writing. There’s always an eclectic line-up of local talent including poets, songwriters, journalists, storytellers, ...

When: April

    Where: Abergavenny, Wales UK

Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week, known locally as Writers’ Week or WW, is a large and mostly free literary festival held annually in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Considered one of the world’s pre-eminent literary events, it forms part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, where att...

When: March

    Where: Adelaide, SA AU

Agents & Editors Conference

The conference features presentations, panels, authors in conversation, a keynote address (including a complimentary book), and one-on-one consultations with editors and agents for fiction and creative nonfiction writers. ...

When: June

    Where: Austin, TX US

Alabama Writers' Cooperative Annual Conference

The Alabama Writers' Cooperative presents this year's conference as a virtual opportunity on Zoom; it is free to all humans who register to participate. Our focus is to nurture and engage a diverse community of Alabama writers with this year's conference, and we're pleased with how the backgrounds a...

When: August

    Where: Birmingham, AL US

Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop

In keeping with the spirit of this place and the goals of this unique workshop retreat, you can be as goal-oriented or as hesitant in approach as you wish. You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, have your work read by our writer mentors, attend our workshops, pitch a literary agent or...

When: March

    Where: Algonkian Park, VA US

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is an annual three-day festival that features workshops, readings, onstage presentations, and community events that celebrate emerging writers and short fiction....

When: June

    Where: Wingham, ON CA

ANWA Writers Conference

The American Night Writers Association (ANWA) is a network for writers who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The annual ANWA Time Out for Writers Conference is a 2 1/2 day professional conference for writers of all levels, from beginner to best-selling author. Whether you...

When: September

    Where: Mesa, AZ US

Asheville Christian Writers Conference

Join us in person or virtually at the Billy Graham Conference Center for the Asheville Christian Writers Conference at The Cove. Space is limited on campus, so sign up soon. Conference prices start at $135. ...

When: February

    Where: Asheville, NC US

Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference

The conference features workshops, including a workshop with a focus on revision, for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; panels; and readings; as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. ...

When: June

    Where: Aspen, CO US

Auckland Writers Festival

Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o T?maki is the largest annual literary festival in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1999. It has about 200 public events each year featuring local and international writers as guests. ...

When: May

    Where: Auckland, NZ

AWP Conference and Bookfair

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is the annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers of contemporary creative writing. It includes thousands of attendees, hundreds of events and bookfair exhibitors, and four days of essential literary conversation and celebration. ...

When: March

    Where: Philadelphia, PA US

Bendigo Writers Festival

Bendigo Writers Festival gives you time out to tune in to the important things in life. Five different venues will be running hour-long sessions simultaneously throughout the day. Between sessions, you can catch up with a favourite author in the Festival Hub and browse the bookshop!...

When: May

    Where: Bendigo, VIC AU

Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference

The conference features panels on current issues in biography and the craft of biography, including discussions on building suspense, getting into print, Black women’s biography, and more....

When: May

    Where: Santa Fe, NM US

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference began nearly four decades ago as a spirit-filled environment where writers could move forward in their writing journey and publishing dreams. The legacy event is focused on God’s path for each writer, and the conference is dedicated to meeting ...

When: May

    Where: Ridgecrest, NC US

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference covers everything mystery writers need, from developing ideas and writing skills to finding an agent and publisher....

When: August

    Where: Corte Madera, CA US

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, founded in 1926, is one of the oldest and finest of its kind in the country. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures; craft classes; meetings with editors, agents, and publishers; and readings by faculty...

When: August

    Where: Ripton, VT US

Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane in September each year, as well as a year-round program of exciting events. ...

When: May

    Where: Brisbane, QLD AU

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference focuses on women writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors, and beyond. Our goal is to provide a space for camaraderie, connection-making, and inspiration, and while women writers are the onl...

When: November

    Where: Conway, AR US

Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as mentoring sessions with faculty and a talk on trends in publishing. ...

When: August

    Where: Cape Cod, MA US

Catamaran Writing Conference

We invite you to transform your creative writing in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers. The conference will be held on the campus of the Robert Louis Stevenson School, and attendees will meet in the elegant Stevenson...

When: July

    Where: Pebble Beach, CA US

Chanticleer Authors Conference

The Chanticleer Authors Conference is an event unlike any other. We host a wide variety of guest speakers and experts that wow experienced authors and help new authors take their publishing game to the next level. ...

When: April

    Where: Bellingham, WA US

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop

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. Applications are judged by a student selection committee.<br&g...

When: June

    Where: San Diego, CA US

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference

The only writers conference focused entirely on book-length & chapbook-length poetry manuscripts. Founded by poet Joan Houlihan, the conference is held 9-10 times a year in locations around the United States and consists of book-length and chapbook-length poetry manuscript reviews by editors and pub...

When: January

    Where: Acton, MA US

Disquiet International Literary Program

The DISQUIET International Literary Program is a two-week program that brings writers from North America and from around the world together with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon for intensive workshops in the art and craft of writing....

When: June

    Where: Lisbon, PT

Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

Founded in 1989, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community. Our mandate is to inspire, enlighten and enchant by presenting a literary festival that provides stimulating, tho...

When: September

    Where: Eden Mills, ON CA

Emerging Writers Festival

Each spring, the English Department at Franklin & Marshall College hosts its annual Emerging Writers Festival, dedicated to championing the work of writers early in their careers. Since its inception in 2002, the Festival has been a collaborative effort between students and faculty, bringing peo...

When: April

    Where: Lancaster, PA US

Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. We exist to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences. Through the flagship festiva...

When: June

    Where: Melbourne, VIC AU

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars are invited to present their work. A highlight of the symposium is the announcement of the Eudora Welty Prize. ...

When: October

    Where: Columbus, MS US

GenreCon

GenreCon is the leading conference for genre writers, featuring an impressive line-up of leading names in Australian and international genre fiction across a spectacular weekend of panels, workshops and special events....

When: February

    Where: South Brisbane, QLD AU

Great Lakes Writers Festival

The two-day long festival features two renowned writers who will be reading their works, conducting workshops, Q&A sessions, meetings, and so much more. This festival is a great opportunity for Muskies to explore creative writing and discover their hidden passions....

When: November

    Where: Sheboygan, WI US

Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

Attendees to this conference benefit from a full spectrum of educational lectures, panels, interactive workshops and special events, featuring veteran educators, industry professionals, agents and publishers focused on the craft and business of writing. Speakers are selected based on who is best sui...

When: March

    Where: Los Angeles, CA US

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

The annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference brings top agents, editors and authors together each June for a celebration of the craft of writing....

When: June

    Where: Jackson Hole, WY US

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Since 2002, the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has been at the heart of Alaska’s growing literary co...

When: May

    Where: Homer, AK US

Las Vegas Writers Conference

Held each spring, 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. ...

When: April

    Where: Las Vegas, NV US

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference

The Liberty States Fiction Writers presents two full days of activities to develop and promote writers of all levels of experience and every genre, as well as the opportunity to pitch works to prominent editors and literary agents. A separate Reader Track will offer those who love a good read the ch...

When: April

    Where: Hamilton, NJ US

Listowel Writers’ Week

Listowel Writers’ Week is an international acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. At the heart of this annual celebration is a commitment to developing a...

When: May

    Where: Listowel, Co Kerry IE

Manuscript To Marketplace Writers Conference

Manuscript to Marketplace Writers Conference at Shepherd University is a unique opportunity for writers at any stage to learn how to write and sell their books....

When: September

    Where: Shepherdstown, WV US

Mildura Writers Festival

Held in July, the Mildura Writers Festival presents three days of words, food and wine featuring Australian and international writers. Throughout the weekend invited guests and audience members intermingle freely sharing an experience that provides thoughtful and challenging ideas about writing an...

When: July

    Where: Mildura, VIC AU

Minnesota Writing Workshop

The Minnesota Writing Workshop is a two-day “How to Get Published” writing event in typically in St. Paul, MN. It recurs each year. All writers are welcome....

When: March

    Where: St. Paul, MN US

Mountain Writers Festival

The Mountain Writers Festival is a weekend writers festival, produced by the Macedon Ranges Literary Association (MRLA). We are excited to be bringing a world-class literary event to this spectacular region. It will include author panels and in-conversation events showcasing novels with regional ...

When: November

    Where: Macedon Ranges, VIC AU

Newcastle Writers Festival

The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013 and was a resounding success. More than 70 writers participated in 38 sessions - half of which were free. In 2014, the festival was enhanced by the addition of a popular children’s program. More than 100 writers participated in the exte...

When: March

    Where: Newcastle, NSW AU

Nonfiction Writers Conference

Since the Nonfiction Writers Conference began in 2010, our mission has always been to take the traditional writers’ conference experience and deliver it online. This allows more people to attend from around the world, saving valuable time and travel expenses. It also delivers powerful access to sp...

When: May

    Where: Gold River, CA US

North Shore Writers Festival

The North Shore Writers Festival is a celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by Vancouver's North Shore public libraries - North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District and West Vancouver Memorial - as well as by the North Shore News. Admission is free....

When: April

    Where: Vancouver, BC CA

NT Writers Festival (NTWF)

The NT Writers Festival (NTWF) is a four-day festival that emphasises Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, bringing people together to share story, language and culture. Held annually, the festival’s location alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. Events range from pitch sessions...

When: June

    Where: Darwin/Alice Springs, NT AU

Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference

Enjoy sessions with publishing experts who can provide career-advancing knowledge. Speakers on legal issues, short stories, writing for film, editing, literary agents and publicists. Space is also provided for attendees to sell their books....

When: May

    Where: Oklahoma City, OK US

Ottawa International Writers Festival

Ottawa’s Festival of Ideas since 1997. We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy is a birthright. Whether offering writing workshops to the homeless, hosting a Nobel Laureate, organizing our biannual literary celebrations or bringi...

When: October

    Where: Ottawa, ON CA

Ottawa International Writers Festival

Ottawa’s Festival of Ideas since 1997. We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy is a birthright. Whether offering writing workshops to the homeless, hosting a Nobel Laureate, organizing our biannual literary celebrations or bringing a...

When: October

    Where: Ottawa, ON CA

OutWrite

OutWrite is Washington, D.C.’s annual LGBTQ literary festival. Events are free and open to the public....

When: August

    Where: Washington, DC US

Rancho Mirage Writers Fest

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a world-class gathering of the finest writers who contribute to the intellectual vitality of our time....

When: February

    Where: Rancho Mirage, CA US

Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival

The Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival was established in 2013 as an annual flagship event for The Women's Club. Named after Rose Scott, one of the founders of The Women's Club, it seeks to honour the memory of this influential woman who used her own writing -- speeches, pamphlets and letters -- t...

When: September

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

San Diego Writing Workshop

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of two days, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. ...

When: November

    Where: San Diego, CA US

San Francisco Writers Conference

The SFWC helps writers become published authors and build professional writing careers. The SFWC presenters list includes bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses. There will be experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social m...

When: February

    Where: San Francisco, CA US

San Miguel Writers' Conference

As the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, the San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival (SMWC) attracts prominent authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers primarily from the Un...

When: February

    Where: San Miguel de Allende, GTO MX

Short Story Fest

Short Story Fest is an annual literary celebration held each year in May, coinciding with National Short Story Month. The purpose of the festival is to bring together readers and writers who enjoy great storytelling, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to discover for themselves the transfo...

When: May

    Where: Baltimore, MD US

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Summer Conference

At our first in-person conference in over two years, we’re launching a brand-new format: Creative Labs. The conference is now built around an intensive workshop model, which will allow attendees to learn so much more and form lasting community connections....

When: February

    Where: New York City, NY US

Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival

The Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival features a stellar lineup of Australia’s best writers of books, poetry, TV and plays....

When: November

    Where: Bowral, NSW AU

SPARK Writing Festival

SPARK is a community based creative writing initiative by the UAB Department of English designed to spark inspiration and bring writers together. This SPARK takes on a virtual format again and features two different experiences....

When: August

    Where: Birmingham, AL US

Surrey International Writers' Conference

The Surrey International Writers' Conference is the most comprehensive professional development conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres - from beginners to experts- the opportunity to hone their craft....

When: October

    Where: Surrey, BC CA

Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival

The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival celebrates the richness and diversity of Jewish writing. It showcases the talents of writers from around Australia and overseas who identify as Jewish or who write on Jewish themes. The SJWF was the first of its kind in Australia and is steadily becoming a ma...

When: June

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Australia’s largest celebration of literature, stories, and ideas. Many events take place at Pier 4/5 and Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay. We also use other city venues including Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, Sydney Opera House and The Mint. Our regional and suburban program may include events ...

When: May

    Where: Sydney, NSW AU

Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Since the first event in 2014, the biennial festival has welcomed some of Australia’s most famed writers, thinkers and speakers to share their unique insights into the written word. No genre is off limits. Romance, politics, crime, biography, comedy, songwriting, poetry, film and television are al...

When: October

    Where: Grindelwald, TAS AU

The Working Class Writers Festival

The Working-Class Writers Festival will enhance, encourage and increase representation of working class writers across the country, whilst connecting audiences, authors, readers, agents and editors. The artistic director is Natasha Carthew, herself an award-winning working-class writer, poet and pas...

When: October

    Where: Bristol, England UK

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop, a center for creative writing, is a writer’s retreat based in the historic pueblo magico of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Todos Santos Writers Workshop offers craft workshops in the art of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Memoir for writers a...

When: January

    Where: Baja California Sur, MX

UC Riverside Writers Week

UCR’s Writers Week is the longest-running free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. The week of events is open to the public and includes readings, conversations, panels, and social activities focused on t...

When: February

    Where: Riverside, CA US

University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium

Join us for a day of interactive workshops, round tables, and conversations about publishing....

When: May

    Where: Champaign, IL US

Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations. All of the Festival venues are located on Granville Island. ...

When: October

    Where: Vancouver, BC CA

Wakefield Writers Festival

Writers Fete is one of the most anticipated cultural and literary events in the region. We work purposefully to build a linguistically diverse program that showcases local and national francophone, anglophone, ethnic and indigenous literary talent....

When: May

    Where: Wakefield, PQ CA

West Coast Christian Writers Conference

West Coast Christian Writers Conference is an online conference, with keynote sessions, workshops, coaching groups, and appointments for writers at all levels...

When: October

    Where: Brentwood, CA US

Whistler Writers Festival

This is an annual event in Whistler, which WWS started in 2002. It is a multi-venue, multi-artist, multi-day event. The program includes short seminars on various topics, a Masters workshop series for new and emerging writers on various topics of craft (e.g., writing the young adult novel, travel wr...

When: October

    Where: Whistler, BC CA

White County Creative Writers’ Conference

Attend workshops about writing, editing and getting published. Also featured are several writing contests, with contest awards presented during the luncheon. Tables can be booked for book sales....

When: September

    Where: Searcy, AR US

Wine Country Writers’ Festival

The Wine Country Writer’s Festival, located in Penticton, B.C. combines your love of the written word with the beauty, inspiration, and stunning backdrop that is the South Okanagan....

When: September

    Where: Penticton, BC CA

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 23rd Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. Join us January 15-18, 2016 at the historic Seaview Resort near Atlantic City. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from workshops in poetry,...

When: January

    Where: Galloway, NJ US

Word on the Lake Writers Festival

A major literary event bringing together writers, readers, editors and publishers in an exciting & stimulating three day festival....

When: May

    Where: Salmon Arm, BC CA

Words on the Waves Writers Festival

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas set on the scenic Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Please join us for conversations, book signings with your favourite authors, workshops, a kids’ program and more....

When: May

    Where: Umina Beach, NSW AU

WOWFest

Throughout the entire month of May, our annual literature festival, WoWFEST, offers a programme of local, national and international writers, performers, commentators and artists. ...

When: May

    Where: Liverpool, England UK

Write Around the Murray

Write around the Murray has grown considerably since its beginning in 2007. With its heart in regional Australia, the festival is an annual testament to the motivation of writers and artists in the area. A mix of established and emerging writers, both from the Albury region and further afield have t...

When: September

    Where: Albury City, NSW AU

Write-to-Publish Conference

Since 1971, Write-to-Publish has been training, inspiring and encouraging Christian writers, connecting them with editors to help them improve their craft, with publishers who are looking for good books to publish, and with literary agents who can represent them....

When: June

    Where: Wheaton, IL US

WriteNow! Conference

Renowned experts will take the mystery out of getting published and becoming a best-selling author, in any genre. This extraordinary event is open to authors, aspiring writers, and fans alike....

When: September

    Where: Phoenix, AZ US

Writers at Woody Point

The Writers at Woody Point literary festival in Woody Point, Bonne Bay, Newfoundland had its inaugural season in 2004. The festival is organized and presented by Friends of Writers at Woody Point and, each year, has played to sold-out audiences. ...

When: August

    Where: Woody Point, Bonne Bay, NL CA

Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College

For over a decade, Writers in Paradise has helped talented writers better their craft.

The intimate size and secluded location of Eckerd College allow you the time and opportunity to share your manuscripts, critique one another’s work with our award-winning faculty, and discuss the craf...

When: January

    Where: St. Petersburg, FL US

Writers Unleashed - Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival

The Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival, known as Writers’ Unleashed, is a growing community and literary event. With a strong focus on the promotion and support of Australian writers and publishers, the festival also aims to educate and encourage aspiring writers and illustrators. This writers&r...

When: September

    Where: Gymea, NSW AU

Yarra Valley Writers Festival

Celebrating all things writing, reading and great literature, the Yarra Valley Writers Festival showcases a wide variety of events showcasing local, national and internationally recognised writers, thinkers and speakers....

When: July

    Where: Yarra Valley, VIC AU