Literary Events - USA

Book Festivals, Writers Conferences and other literary events - United States

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Alaska

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 community....

When: May

    Where: Homer, AK

Alabama

Mobile Literary Festival

Brought to you by the Mobile Public Library, Mobile Writers’ Guild, and the Metro Mobile Reading Council, join Mobile’s top literary talent for FREE creative writing workshops, The Haunted Book Shop Pop-up Shop, the Mobile Writers’ Guild Pitch War, poetry readings, storytelling, youth ...

When: March

    Where: Mobile, AL

Monroeville Literary Festival

Meet renowned writers, enjoy delicious food, discuss thought-provoking literary works and more--all in the courtroom made famous in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. ...

When: March

    Where: Monroeville, AL

Montgomery Book Festival and Writing Expo

This Alabama book event is an annual event to celebrate local authors. The morning book festival is open to the public, with the afternoon focusing on the craft of writing open only to registered participants....

When: March

    Where: Montgomery, AL

Southern Christian Writers Conference

The Southern Christian Writers Conference is an annual workshop held each June in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The conference--in partnership with TAB Media Group--is designed to help both aspiring and successful writers learn more about the writing and publishing process. Nationally recognized experts--wri...

When: June

    Where: Birmingham, AL

Southern Voices Festival

Southern Voices is a five-day festival celebrating art, music and writing. Sponsored by the Hoover Public Library, the first conference was held in 1993. The authors conference is a one-day part of the festival celebrating the written word. ...

When: February

    Where: Hoover, AL

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: July

    Where: Birmingham, AL

Arkansas

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

Six Bridges Book Festival

The Festival features more than 70 award-winning and bestselling authors representing genres from history to graphic novels, from fantasy to romance, from children’s books to thrillers. Most events are free and virtual, accessible via Zoom. ...

When: September

    Where: Little Rock, AR

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: August

    Where: Searcy, AR

Arizona

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

Desert Foothills Book Festival

The Desert Foothills Book Festival is a celebration of the importance of reading in our community. Offered free to the public, the festival exists to promote literacy and a love of reading among adults and children by creating an interactive and inclusive venue for readers and authors to connect. Ne...

When: October

    Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Mesa Book Festival

An annual book festival produced by the Mesa-based literary non-profit Anthology, Inc. in partnership with the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts. This new exciting event will feature local authors, 100 booths of great reading opportunities and programming for readers of all ages. All events are fre...

When: December

    Where: Mesa, AZ

NOAZ Book Festival

A festival of literary art, culture, and community on the colorado plateau w/ readings, panels, workshops, contests & more...

When: April

    Where: Flagstaff, AZ

Payson Book Festival

The mission of the Payson Book Festival is to enhance the love of reading by providing an environment that encourages personal interaction between readers and Arizona authors. Its goal is to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors....

When: July

    Where: Payson, AZ

Tombstone Western Book Festival

The Tombstone Western Book Festival includes more than a dozen authors, musicians, and filmmakers, some who will be giving presentations about their work ...

When: March

    Where: Tombstone, AZ

Tuscon 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 for the Festival support local literacy programs. ...

When: March

    Where: Tuscon, AZ

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

California

AWP Conference & 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: Los Angeles, CA

Bay Area Book Festival

We’re a world-class literary extravaganza taking place each year over two days in Downtown Berkeley. All our programming—250-300 authors on 15 stages—is accessible with one $15 pass, and our Outdoor Fair, a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and family fun, is totally free. ...

When: June

    Where: Berkeley, CA

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: July

    Where: Corte Madera, CA

Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival

Each year, the festival brings together educators, librarians, parents, students, authors, illustrators, editors, and those interested in children’s literature for a unique combination of full conference and small group sessions. ...

When: March

    Where: Redlands, CA

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.

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When: June

    Where: San Diego, CA

Gold Rush Writers Conference

An intimate writing conference where writing professionals will guide you to a publishing bonanza through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops, and celebrity lectures. The conference includes a picnic supper, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch. ...

When: September

    Where: Mokelumne Hll, CA

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

Latino Book & Family Festival

Since 1997 actor Edward James Olmos & Kirk Whisler have presented the Latino Book Family Festival in many US cities. The event features more than 100 exhibitors, bilingual activities and workshops, keynote speakers, entertainment, and book signings....

When: November

    Where: Sacramento, CA

Literary Women Long Beach Festival of Authors

Started in 1982 the Literary Women Festival of Authors is dedicated to helping balance the field of writers. They seek to share work that may not have the stage to do so. Proceeds go to the Long Beach Public Library to purchase books that will be featured at upcoming festivals. Any bookworm will lik...

When: March

    Where: Long Beach, CA

LitFest in the Dena

Founded in 2012, LitFest Pasadena is the free, community literary festival with over 200 authors, publishers, editors, agents, and poets participating in over 60 panel discussions, readings, and workshops at venues throughout Playhouse Village. ...

When: May

    Where: Pasadena, CA

LitHop

Free, all day annual literary festival in Fresno's Tower District. The festival features over 100 writers across over 30 literary events, all taking place on one day....

When: October

    Where: Fresno, CA

Litquake

Litquake is San Francisco’s nine-day literary festival for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. ...

When: October

    Where: San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles Kids Book Festival

The LA Kids Book Festival aims to celebrate children’s literature, foster a love for reading, and provide a platform for both young readers and aspiring authors to engage with the magical world of books....

When: September

    Where: Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists ...

When: April

    Where: Los Angeles, CA

Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference

The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference is a vibrant gathering that offers Morning Workshops in a wide range of genres. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; and every evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that m...

When: August

    Where: Mendocino, CA

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

Orange County Children’s Book Festival

There really is something for children of all ages to experience at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. We know you’ll find our numerous book and educational vendors offering the latest in services and new ideas. You will also be able to buy books too! Newest selections and per...

When: September

    Where: Costa Mesa, CA

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

Rooted & Written Conference

Forty-six Rooted & Written Fellows will be selected to attend nine days of classes, workshops, and mentoring, plus the opportunity to participate in lunchtime Conversations with featured literary luminaries. All Rooted & Written Fellows are awarded full scholarships to the entire nine day-...

When: November

    Where: San Francisco, CA

San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books brings together readers, authors, booksellers, and businesses from the San Diego area who share a passion for literature. Now in its seventh year, the event welcomes book enthusiasts of all ages. ...

When: August

    Where: San Diego, CA

San Diego Writers Festival

The San Diego Writers Festival is a free, community based event designed to celebrate the power of writing and storytelling. ...

When: April

    Where: Coronado, CA

San Diego Writing Workshop

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

When: April

    Where: San Diego, CA

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

Santa Barbara Writers conference

Since 1973, writers from around the world have gathered at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference to rub elbows with fellow writers, well-known authors, and publishing professionals. The Santa Barbara Writers Conference is known for its supportive environment where fellow writers help one another hone...

When: June

    Where: Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Clarita Valley Book Festival

Co-sponsored by College of the Canyons, CalArts, and The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, we embark on a literary journey celebrating the joy of reading and community. ...

When: June

    Where: Santa Clarita, CA

Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival brings people together to hear authors from a variety of liter­ary genres, and speakers who discuss advances being made in science, technology, and medicine. At a time when the art of listening seems to be disappearing, the need for civil discourse has never been ...

When: April

    Where: Sonoma, CA

StokerCon

StokerCon has been a long-celebrated convention for authors of the horror genre. It is an all-inclusive event where writers of the horror world’s many subgenres may convene to share ideas, pitch their new projects, and revel in their weirdness. ...

When: May

    Where: San Diego, CA

Tahoe Literary Festival

Tahoe is home to dozens of literary artists, from New York Times-bestselling authors to popular, regional authors to freelance writers and poets. The creative energy in Tahoe has inspired writers in many genres—fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essay, historical, environmental, outdoors, children’s l...

When: October

    Where: Tahoe City, CA

Twentynine Palms Book Festival

Discover an array of literary treasures with renowned authors, engage in enriching book signings, immerse yourself in live sessions, and connect at networking functions....

When: October

    Where: Twentynine Palms, CA

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

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: November

    Where: Brentwood, CA

Write On, Oceanside!

Write On, Oceanside! is an annual literary festival to celebrate and inspire local authors. Since its inception, Write On, Oceanside has become popular with the community’s talented authors. Over the past few years, it has grown into one of the largest literary fairs in the county. ...

When: November

    Where: Oceanside, CA

YALLWEST Book Festival

Over 60 authors and presenters including New York Times Bestsellers along with local and acclaimed young adult and middle grade writers, plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators.

A day of panels, book signings, food trucks, bad jokes, rock ’n’ roll, killer photo ops & general g...

When: May

    Where: Santa Monica, CA

Colorado

Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

Antiquarian book fair featuring rare books, ephemera, maps, posters, art prints, post cards, first editions, signed prints and more....

When: August

    Where: Castle Rock, CO

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

Denver Lit Fest

Lit Fest is an eight-day celebration of writers and readers, an extravaganza of weeklong and weekend advanced workshops, craft seminars, readings, salons, business panels, agent meetings, and parties. ...

When: June

    Where: Denver, CO

Fort Collins Book Festival

The Fort Collins Book Fest is a free event that combines in-person, live-streamed, and virtual sessions, including writing workshops, book talks, panel presentations, author readings, family activities, and more....

When: February

    Where: Fort Collins, CO

Left Coast Crime

Left Coast Crime is a convention of fans and authors who gather during the first quarter of the calendar year in Western North America (as defined by the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii) to celebrate crime fiction. Happens annually in different cities....

When: March

    Where: Denver, CO

Mesa Verde Writers Conference

Immerse yourself in natural beauty in this wild place as you work with award-winning writers. Listen to your inner voice, take risks, and break from routine. This is a generative conference and work you create may become a finished story, personal essay, novel, or poem....

When: July

    Where: Mancos, CO

Mountain Words Festival

Mountain Words is Crested Butte’s most beloved celebration of literature, stories and ideas. The festival has something for everyone, including panels, readings, theater, kids’ events, gallery receptions, workshops, films, parties and other delights. Held at the Center for the Arts, the ...

When: May

    Where: Crested Butte, CO

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

PPWC is a 3-day fiction-writing conference for writers of all levels, indie and traditionally published, featuring a variety of craft and business workshops, acquiring editors/agents and well-known authors across a variety of genres. ...

When: April

    Where: Colorado Springs, CO

Rocky Mountain Literary Festival

The Rocky Mountain Literary Festival is an annual gathering of authors and readers to provide scholarships for local high school seniors in pursuit of their educational dreams....

When: October

    Where: Golden, CO

ScienceWriters Conference

The annual ScienceWriters conference is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. A mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trip...

When: September

    Where: Boulder, CO

Connecticut

Elm City Lit Fest

Elm City LIT Fest is an annual celebration of books, LITerature, LITerary Arts, and LITerary Artists with the purpose of enhancing LITeracy while promoting awareness of local, regional, and global artists of the African Diaspora. Created in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance for the Greater New Ha...

When: September

    Where: New Haven, CT

Storyfest

This multi-day, genre-spanning literary festival is the largest literary festival in Connecticut and one of the largest in New England....

When: October

    Where: Westport, CT

Washington DC

Imaginarium Book Festival

The Imaginarium Book Festival is a two-day book fest for all kinds of readers, where incredible worlds can be discovered and explored. Our goal is to bring together authors and readers who share a love for the fantastical. Whether you are a newcomer to the fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal ge...

When: June

    Where: Washington, DC

National Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors, poets and illustrators with thousands of readers for book talks, panel discussions, book signings and other engaging activities. Over the course of its 20-year history, the Festival ...

When: August

    Where: Washington, DC

OutWrite

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

When: August

    Where: Washington, DC

Delaware

History Book Festival

The History Book Festival in Delaware is an annual event that celebrates history and books. It features authors and historians who discuss their work and engage with the audience through various panels, lectures, and book signings....

When: September

    Where: Lewes, DE

Sussex County Children's Book Festival

The Sussex County Children’s Book Festival is a delightful event that celebrates literacy and creativity. Held annually, it brings together authors, readers, and book enthusiasts for a day of fun and adventure. ...

When: May

    Where: Georgetown, DE

Florida

Amelia Island Book Festival

The annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF)has something for everyone! Whether you are a child, a teenager, a millennial or a boomer, whether you enjoy thrillers, romance, paranormal, crime, sci-fi, mysteries, biographies, fiction or non-fiction, or all of the above, there is something for you at ...

When: February

    Where: Fernandina Beach, FL

BAM Festival

BAM Festival, a books, art, and music convention for authors, illustrators, and performers who write for children and young adults, provides a county-wide literary experience bringing together authors, teachers, students, families and the community to share their love of books....

When: April

    Where: West Palm Beach, FL

Books By The Bay Festival

Books By The Bay is a free, family-friendly festival for all ages, featuring best-selling and notable authors, industry speakers, literary exhibitors, author signings, stage performances, poetry and children’s book readings, costumed characters, a scavenger hunt, and local guided literary walks, p...

When: March

    Where: Pensacola, FL

Charlotte Harbor Book Festival

Free and open to the public, literature lovers are encouraged to participate in local author panels and discussions, writing workshops for adults and children, booksellers row, and a keynote presentation....

When: February

    Where: Punta Gorda, FL

F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival

The F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival is an engaging weekend of entertainment in the forms of film, books, author presentations, focus groups, and of course, good music....

When: February

    Where: Daytona Beach, FL

FAPACon

Two days of round-table discussions, speakers, networking opportunities, and the annual FAPA membership meeting. ...

When: August

    Where: Orlando, FL

Florida Storytelling Festival

The Florida Storytelling Festival is a premier storytelling event, known nationally for its unique combination of workshops, concerts, youthful voices, and sense of community. People come from across the state of Florida and beyond to explore and savor the art of storytelling. We celebrate stories i...

When: January

    Where: Mount Dora, FL

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival

The Jewish Book Festival brings a showcase of Jewish authors and books to our community. We strive to enrich and engage the members of our community and provide opportunities to come together for education and social experiences....

When: December

    Where: Naples, FL

Indie Book Fair

The Indie Book Fair is an event created to help independent authors and publishers to showcase their work. Come explore new independent authors that create the stories that readers love. Peruse different author booths from genres like Sci-fi, fantasy, urban fiction, contemporary, true to life, vampi...

When: February

    Where: Orlando, FL

Interracial Romance Authors’ Expo

A three-day weekend bringing together and celebrating readers and authors of interracial romance. ...

When: April

    Where: Daytona Beach, FL

Life To Paper Book Festival

For the month of November, we transform the Historic Buena Vista East Historic Neighborhood into a book lovers dream. Join us at the Book Festival and browse the market, gather, connect, meet authors, listen and tell stories, enjoy live music, and more. ...

When: November

    Where: Miami, FL

Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair and Sosyete Koukouy present the Little Haiti Book Festival featuring authors from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, workshops for writers, storytelling and hands-on activities for children, dance and music performances, Haitian comedy, a community meet and greet with some of Little Hai...

When: May

    Where: Miami, FL

Miami Bookfair International

The Miami Book Fair International Presented by The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest literary event. ...

When: November

    Where: Miami, FL

Orlando Book Festival

The Orlando Book Festival is a day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for panels and talks from bestselling authors from all over the state....

When: April

    Where: Orlando, FL

Palm Beach Book Festival

The Palm Beach Book Festival is an annual gathering of NY Times, best-selling award-winning, celebrity authors, taking place in the Palm Beaches....

When: March

    Where: Boca Raton, FL

ReadOut Festival of Lesbian Literature

ReadOut Festival of Lesbian Literature is a free, nonprofit event hosted by the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library celebrating literature written by, for, and about lesbians....

When: February

    Where: Gulfport, FL

Sleuthfest

Sleuthfest is all about writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers. Sessions will be held on the craft of writing, marketing and promoting your work, and practicing your pitch with experienced authors....

When: September

    Where: St. Petersburg, FL

South Florida Book Festival

Founded in 2012, the South Florida Book Festival is one of the fastest-growing events of its kind in the southeast, presenting celebrity authors and respected thought leaders in contemporary culture. ...

When: July

    Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

There is something for all ages to experience at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Everyone enjoys the multiple stages with the celebrity authors who share ‘inside scoop’ about their latest books or what makes a story idea click for them. You will be able to buy books and have the authors ...

When: March

    Where: Fort Myers, FL

Sunshine State Book Festival

Florida has an amazing literary history dating back to William Bartram nearly 250 years ago. Today, Gainesville is a leading center of literary culture and home to hundreds of writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets, many of whom you can meet at the Sunshine State Book Festival....

When: January

    Where: Gainesville, FL

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

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When: October

    Where: St Petersburg, FL

Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival

An event for book lovers. Authors selling and signing their latest books in Centennial Park. Proceeds benefit the Venice Heritage Inc. ...

When: March

    Where: Venice, FL

Word of South Festival

Word of [South], a festival of literature and music, is a unique blend of writers and musicians and an exploration of the relationship between the two disciplines. Beginning with our first festival in 2015, the festival showcases authors who write about music, musicians who also are authors, authors...

When: April

    Where: Tallahassee, FL

Writers in Paradise

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 craft of wri...

When: January

    Where: St. Petersburg, FL

Georgia

CAW Writers Conference

The CAW Writers Conference is an exciting event for writers, providing a platform for learning, networking, and inspiration. The lineup includes notable authors and industry professionals speaking on such topics as book launches, in-person sales, and Kickstarter campaigns. ...

When: May

    Where: Cartersville, GA

Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival

Agnes Scott College Annual Writers’ Festival has been inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach and talk with students since 1972. The Festival includes a writing contest in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing and visiting writers reading and ho...

When: April

    Where: Decatur, GA

Book Festival of the MJCCA

Mark your calendars for the annual Book Festival of the MJCCA—featuring more than 40 renowned authors in November each year. Whether you’re a book lover or simply interested in hearing from names synonymous with pop culture and bestsellers, there’s an event for everyone. The Book Festival of t...

When: October

    Where: Dunwoody, GA

Broadleaf Writers Conference

A two-day conference including panels and workshops, pitch sessions, mentoring, speakers, open storytelling hour, and networking opportunities. ...

When: September

    Where: Decatur, GA

Carrollton BookFest

The Carrollton Writers Guild is excited to announce its inaugural BookFest on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Carrollton Center for the Arts to promote and advance literature in Georgia. Keynote speaker will be Bren McClain, acclaimed author of “One Good Mama Bone” and winner of the Willie Morri...

When: April

    Where: Carrollton, GA

Dahlonega Literary Festival

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, it is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment....

When: March

    Where: Dahlonega, GA

Decatur Book Festival

The Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author re...

When: October

    Where: Decatur, GA

Decatur Children's Book Festival

This Event Will Feature Authors and Illustrators of Children’s Picture Books, Middle Grade Literature, and Graphic Novels — As Well as a Dedicated Young Adult Stage...

When: May

    Where: Decatur, GA

Love Y'All Book Festival

Atlanta's first romance-only book festival featuring romance author panels, signings, keynotes, and even exclusive meet-and-greets. This is a ticketed event, not free to the public....

When: February

    Where: Atlanta, GA

Plunkett Poetry Festival

The Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, held in April each year, was established in 2002 to honor the memory and accomplishments of Terry Plunkett, an English professor at the University of Maine at Augusta for nearly thirty years. ...

When: April

    Where: Augusta, GA

Red Clay Writers Conference

The annual Red Clay Writers Conference encourages & inspires writers through literary events that focus on the art & craft of writing....

When: April

    Where: Kennesaw, GA

Revival: Lost Southern Voices

Revival: Lost Southern Voices, a festival for readers, is a celebration of lost or underappreciated Southern writers’ work....

When: March

    Where: Atlanta, GA

Savannah Book Festival

The Savannah Book Festival is an independent, nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. SBF hosts best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend event that features talks by dozens of authors. ...

When: February

    Where: Savannah, GA

Hawaii

Hawai’i Book and Music Festival

The Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates the rich heritage and cultures of Hawaii through literature and music. The festival features a variety of activities, including thought-provoking panel discussions, lively readings, and colorful performances. It aims to promote t...

When: October

    Where: Honolulu, HI

Iowa

Cedar Falls Christian Writers Conference

The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Conference welcomes both new and established writers, as well as anyone interested in the writer’s craft. Their purpose is to glorify God and His Son Jesus Christ through all their endeavors while encouraging others in the art of writing. The conference, held in C...

When: June

    Where: Cedar Falls, IA

DSM Book Festival

The DSM Book Festival connects people who love books with people who create them and features nationally acclaimed authors, hands-on workshops, children's activities, and more. ...

When: October

    Where: Des Moines, IA

Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City is a City of Literature for many reasons: The wonderful writing programs at the University of Iowa, our small presses and magazines, our wonderful libraries, our bookstores, and amenities like the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk. The Iowa City Book Festival is organized by the Iowa City UNESC...

When: October

    Where: Iowa City, IA

One Book Two Book Festival

The One Book Two Book Festival in Iowa City is a delightful celebration of children’s literature, hosted by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. ...

When: February

    Where: Iowa City, IA

Idaho

Palouse Writers Festival

The annual one-day writers’ festival hosted by the Palouse Writers Guild offers workshops and panel discussions to registered guests during the day. In the evening, the event will open its doors to the public for Books and Brews. In this free, family-friendly event, authors participating can ...

When: June

    Where: Moscow, ID

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference strives to bring together readers, writers, and artists of diverse age, background, and experience to be informed, enlightened, challenged, and inspired by a world-class literary program in the great outdoors....

When: July

    Where: Ketchum, ID

Illinois

American Writers Festival

The Festival will feature in depth conversations with diverse writers including sci-fi authors, game writers and designers, journalists and poets. From labor history to true crime thrillers to jazz music, the Festival will celebrate the past, promote the present and inspire the future of American wr...

When: May

    Where: Chicago, IL

Bishop Hill Book Fair

Guests can meet local authors in their natural habitat and hear them roar and talk about their work. Aspiring authors can visit with local authors writing a variety of genres. Books will be available for purchase, so people can collect autographs from their favorite local wordsmiths....

When: April

    Where: Bishop Hill, IL

Catholic Writers Conference

The conference, held in conjunction with the Association of Catholic Publishers, offers two days of speakers on various writing and publishing topics, followed by a third day of pitch sessions by appointment....

When: May

    Where: Chicago, IL

David R. Collins Writers Conference

In 1973 David R. Collins founded the Mississippi Valley Writers’ Conference and continued as its chair until his death in 2001. In 2006 the Board of Directors of the Midwest Writing Center brought this three-day national writing conference back to the Quad-City area. The conference features fi...

When: June

    Where: Rock Island, IL

Edwardsville Book Festival

The Edwardsville Public Library hosts its annual book festival, featuring local authors, new and used book sales, entertainment, fun activities for kids, crafts for sale, and food and beverages. All ages are welcome!...

When: September

    Where: Edwardsville, IL

Lions in Winter Literary Festival

Lions in Winter is an annual literary festival that has included author readings, craft talks by featured writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, editors panels, book fairs, and more....

When: January

    Where: Charleston, IL

Printers Row Lit Fest

Every year, Printers Row Lit Fest, one of the three largest and oldest literary festivals in the United States, promises to be a vibrant gathering of authors, readers, book sellers, publishers and literary enthusiasts as well as young adults and children. The Fest, which annually attracts more than...

When: September

    Where: Chicago, IL

Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival

The Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival (R&R) is an annual event that hosts more than 500 youth poets throughout four weeks of showcases, workshops, and special events....

When: February

    Where: Chicago, IL

Spring Fling Writers Conference

Three day hybrid writing conference hosted by Chicago-North Romance Writers featuring masterclasses, workshops and webinars for published and unpublished writers, keynote speeches, pitch appointments with editors and agents, networking, a silent auction, open to the public book signing and a gala ba...

When: April

    Where: Chicago, IL

University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium

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

When: August

    Where: Champaign, IL

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

Indiana

Catholic Writers’ Conference Online

A professional, faith-focused writers conference attended in the convenience of your own home! This affordably priced, online conference eliminates the need for costly travel, without sacrificing professionalism. Not only will you receive excellent instruction from some of the top Catholic name...

When: February

    Where: Online, IN

Dunes Lit Fest

Valparaiso University and Porter County Public Library invite you to join us at the inaugural Dunes Lit Fest! This community event will celebrate reading, writing, and creativity by highlighting national award winning and local children’s authors on our main stage. Families of all ages are welcome...

When: May

    Where: Valparaiso, IN

Kansas

Kansas Book Festival

This event, designed to celebrate the best of Kansas literature, arts and history, will offer a variety of activities for Kansans of all ages, including meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions, book signings and sales, and a special tent with projects for children. This event is free and open to...

When: September

    Where: Topeka, KS

Kentucky

Appalachian Writers Conference

This year’s conference will dive into genre writing, with faculty who are established authors of cozy mysteries, crime, romance, dystopian, and fantasy novels. Award-winning, nationally and regionally recognized literary writers and those who are nationally acclaimed for their influence in histori...

When: September

    Where: Berea, KY

Bluegrass Writers Coalition Conference of Writers

The Bluegrass Writers Coalition is sponsoring a multi-genre annual Conference of Writers at the Frankfort Country Club which is open to all. There will be workshops, readings, guests, and books. Ticket price includes access to general sessions, breakout sessions, a conference bookstore, and lunch ca...

When: April

    Where: Frankfort, KY

Bluegrass Writers Coalition Festival of Books

The Bluegrass Writers Coalition is a group of local authors from Central Kentucky with the aim of promoting different genres of literature throughout the state. Each year, they hold an annual Festival of Books which gives visitors the opportunity to meet authors, talk about their books, and buy auto...

When: November

    Where: Frankfort, KY

Kentucky Book Festival

A program of Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Festival (formerly Kentucky Book Fair) is the first and largest book festival in the Commonwealth. Festival events seek to connect book-lovers and authors, spark engaging conversations, and empower readers by providing access to new books as well a...

When: November

    Where: Lexington, KY

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events. Held in Bowling Green, Kentucky each April, Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books. ...

When: September

    Where: Bowling Green, KY

Louisiana

Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

A celebration of Southern writing and culture, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival takes place in and around the charming town of New Iberia, and features authors, social events, panel discussions, and more. The popular annual gathering draws bibliophiles, arts enthusiasts, lovers of Louisia...

When: April

    Where: New Iberia, LA

Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Book Festival is a free, nationally recognized literary event that typically takes place live and in-person around Capitol Park in Baton Rouge. The festival offers you a chance to see exceptional writers, find new books to read, and enjoy some thought-provoking presentations....

When: November

    Where: Baton Rouge, LA

Medical Writing & Communication Conference

AMWA’s annual conference offers an innovative and dynamic approach to learning and connects you with colleagues in the medical communication industry. The conference offers : Unlimited access to education sessions by subject matter experts in a variety of content areas; Engaging roun...

When: October

    Where: New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Book Festival At Tulane

The New Orleans Book Festival will bring the world’s leading authors to Tulane University for a multi-day celebration of their works. The festival is free and open to the public. ...

When: March

    Where: New Orleans, LA

Saints + Sinners Literary Festival

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBTQ+ community. It was also forme...

When: March

    Where: New Orleans, LA

Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is a five-day New Orleans affair for writers, readers, and theater lovers. ...

When: March

    Where: New Orleans, LA

Massachusetts

Boskone

Boskone is an annual science fiction convention run by the New England Science Fiction Association in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. ...

When: February

    Where: Boston, MA

Boston Book Festival

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city. ...

When: October

    Where: Boston, MA

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

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: August

    Where: Acton, MA

Juniper Literary Festival

Inaugurated in 2001, the Juniper Literary Festival showcases exciting new writing and explores issues vital to the literary arts, helping to ensure their vitality, plurality and accessibility. ...

When: March

    Where: Amherst, MA

Martha's Vinyard Book Festival

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival is an annual event that takes place on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It brings together some of the country’s leading authors for discussions on the major issues of the day. ...

When: July

    Where: Martha's Vinyard, MA

Mass Kids Lit Fest

In 2024, the Massachusetts Center for the Book is piloting Mass Kids Lit Fest in the Pioneer Valley, with plans to expand statewide in future years. Help us build excitement around books and reading! This geographically dispersed festival will take place from May 6–12 across Hampshire, Hampden, an...

When: May

    Where: Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties, MA

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

During the first weekend of May, Salem becomes the epicenter of contemporary American poetry, offering rare opportunities to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums. The Massachusetts Poetry Festival showcases nearly 100 poetry readings and workshop...

When: May

    Where: Salem, MA

Nantucket Book Festival

The Nantucket Book Festival has established itself as a major summer destination for booklovers with impressive and eclectic line-ups of award-winning authors. The multi-day festival offers author readings, panel discussions and social events in an informal atmosphere that encourages conversations ...

When: June

    Where: Nantucket, MA

Newburyport Literary Festival

The Newburyport Literary Association, Inc., was founded in 2005 and hosts an annual Festival that brings together readers and writers for a weekend of readings, panel discussions, and other book-related events. ...

When: April

    Where: Newburyport, MA

Provincetown Book Festival

The Provincetown Book Festival is an annual event in September of each year featuring three days of free events, including readings, interviews, conversations, and the 2023 Rose Dorothea Award presentation. ...

When: September

    Where: Provincetown, MA

Salem Literary Festival

The Salem Literary Festival aims to inspire and promote literacy and a love of books and reading by creating connections through sharing stories. Held over one weekend each fall, the Salem Literary Festival hosts readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, and artistic expression in music, theat...

When: September

    Where: Salem, MA

Maryland

Annapolis Book Festival

The Annapolis Book Festival is one of the premier community events in the region. Join the Key School for activities, music, refreshments, and more. Every year thousands of people enjoy this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. The F...

When: May

    Where: Annapolis, MD

Baltimore Book Festival

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids...

When: September

    Where: Baltimore, MD

Books in Bloom

An event rooted in the spirit and of Columbia’s diverse and forward-thinking community, Books in Bloom is an annual celebration of the joy of books and reading. Since 2017, the festival has brought together the country’s best and brightest minds for an interactive day of family fun and meaningfu...

When: May

    Where: Columbia, MD

Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival (CCBF)

Enjoy a bevy of fun activities for the whole family including music, balloon animals and even petting snakes and chicks. Author readings and book signings fill out the event, with over 300 book vouchers being distributed to families signing up for the TCFL’s Summer Reading Program. For the pa...

When: June

    Where: Easton, MD

CityLit Festival

The CityLit Festival is a free, day-long celebration of literature, offering panels, readings, informational sessions, craft intensives, one-on-one critiques, and keynote speeches. Over 80 poets and writers are featured, including established and emerging authors, who cover challenging and diverse t...

When: April

    Where: Baltimore, MD

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival is an annual event that celebrates the life and works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of America’s most celebrated authors. The festival was established in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of Fitzgerald’s birth in Rockville, Maryland, where he is buried alo...

When: October

    Where: Rockville, MD

Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual all-day celebration of books, writers and literary excellence. ...

When: May

    Where: Gaithersburg, MD

Malice Domestic

Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention that takes place each year in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Malice celebrates the Traditional Mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explici...

When: April

    Where: Bethseda, MD

Maryland Writers' Association Annual Conference

Join aspiring, emerging, and established writers at the Maryland Writers’ Association’s (MWA) Annual Brain to Bookshelf Conference. At MWA, we’re dedicated to the art, business and craft of writing, and this exciting in-person conference has it all....

When: October

    Where: Baltimore, MD

Write Women Book Fest

The Write Women Book Fest is a woman-focused event for publishing professionals and book lovers with 100+ authors tabling, selling and signing books, panel discussions, and live poetry readings. ...

When: July

    Where: Bowie, MD

Maine

Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival

The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival is an annual event that celebrates children’s literature created by and featuring Black people. It aims to support professional and emerging artists of African descent. The festival includes live events across Maine, such as book readings, interac...

When: September

    Where: Portland, ME

Maine Romance Writers Retreat

Maine Romance Writers strongly supports our members through education, advocacy, networking, support and recognition of the romance genre. The MRW annual retreat weekend features speakers on a variety of topics related to researching, writing, and self-promotion....

When: May

    Where: Portland, ME

Word: Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival

Word was started in 2017 by a group of community members to celebrate the rich literary culture of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Not only is Blue Hill home to many fine writers in all genres, it is a community of passionate readers who support the creative work of authors, poets, artists, musicians and c...

When: October

    Where: Blue Hill, ME

Michigan

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

A2 Community Bookfest

The A2 Community Bookfest (previously the Kerrytown BookFest) is held in late summer and celebrates books, those who create them, and those who read them. Our primary goal is to highlight our area’s rich heritage in the book and printing arts and showcase local individuals, businesses, and organiz...

When: September

    Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival

Hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, the annual celebration of literary talent includes author talks and cultural demonstrations....

When: November

    Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Detroit Book City Annual African-American Family Book Expo

Founded in 2017, Detroit Book City Annual A-A Family Book Expo event is Michigan’s largest independent Black book fair. We attracts hundreds of authors across the country and an extraordinary crowd of book attendees during the third week of February in Detroit. It’s an exciting one-day even...

When: February

    Where: Southfield, MI

Detroit Festival of Books

The Detroit Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the State of Michigan. We have vendors from all over the USA and Canada. The Bookfest is dedicated to promoting the joy of reading and the rich culture surrounding it. Held the third Sunday in July....

When: July

    Where: Detroid, MI

Festival of Faith and Writing

The biennial writing festival at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, celebrating matters of faith. The Festival of Faith and Writing gathers poets, novelists, publishers, musicians, academics, poets, playwrights, editors, screenwriters, agents, journalists, students, and readers to explore the...

When: April

    Where: Grand Rapids, MI

Great Lakes Comic-Con

The Great Lakes Comic Convention, or GLCC, is a comic book, toy, and collectible event that runs annually in the Metro-Detroit Area (Michigan). The goals of GLCC are to provide not only a venue for collectors, dealers, and fans to get together, but also an opportunity for people to meet/greet indust...

When: February

    Where: Warren, MI

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

For 2021, the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a two-day gathering of nationally known presenters with Festival attendees for a celebration of books, and the stories that make them great. ...

When: September

    Where: Harbor Springs, MI

Midwest Literary Walk

For more than a decade this unique literary event has showcased more than 60 award-winning authors and poets at historic venues throughout downtown Chelsea. It includes author talks, book signings, and is free and open to the public. ...

When: April

    Where: Chelsea, MI

Scriptoria

Imagine a boot camp for your writing: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Scriptoria is a collaboration between three Christian traditions with Aquinas College, Calvin University, and Cornerstone University professors. Morning workshops, afternoon writing instruction, and evening readings will be held...

When: June

    Where: Grand Rapids, MI

Southwest Michigan Writers' Conference

The Southwest Michigan Writers’ Conference provides instruction and information to aspiring authors in the areas of writing skills, publishing, and marketing. ...

When: April

    Where: Niles, MI

UPPAA Spring Conference

The conference provides networking opportunities for anyone wishing to learn more about writing, publishing, and book marketing. Informal networking is programmed into the schedule around the lunch break period. An exhibition area will showcase the works of authors around the U.P. and all books disp...

When: May

    Where: Marquette, MI

Minnesota

Deep Valley Book Festival

The largest literary festival in Southern Minnesota, DVBF provides readers the chance to interact with their favorite authors and meet new ones. This FREE family event features authors and illustrators, book sales and signings, a full day of programs, panel discussions, book readings, and childrens...

When: October

    Where: Mankato, MN

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival

Taking place at the Anderson Center’s beautiful, historic Tower View campus, the Children’s Book Festival is an ideal opportunity for families to connect, learn and play. Emphasizing the joy of learning through reading and arts activities, the festival has received national acclaim for its effor...

When: September

    Where: Red Wing, MN

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: April

    Where: St. Paul, MN

Northwoods Art and Book Festival

The Northwoods Art and Book Festival hosts over 60 artists and over 35 authors, with free admission for everyone, including designated seating for seniors and people with disabilities. Authors from a variety of genres will be in attendance with book signings and sales....

When: August

    Where: Hackensack, MN

Rosemount Writers Festival

A day-long celebration of the literary arts including: Writing and Publishing Workshops; a Book Fair featuring local authors, publishers, and vendors; Book Signings; and a chance to receive critiques of your work from publishing professionals ...

When: March

    Where: Rosemount, MN

Twin Cities Book Festival

Twin Cities Book Festival, one of the biggest gatherings of book lovers in the state, celebrates its 20th anniversary with everyone returning in person to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Presented by Rain Taxi Review, the festival is free, and there is plent...

When: October

    Where: St Paul, MN

Missouri

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference

Each year, hundreds of veteran authors and those just learning the craft of Christian fiction gather in a setting like this to hear skilled instructors, inspiring keynoters…to gain from the insights of industry professionals…to interact with other writers…and to present their ideas to agents a...

When: September

    Where: St. Louis, MO

Cat Writers Association Virtual Conference

A fun, educational virtual conference for cat communicators, with various speakers over two days on everything from writing cats into fiction to self-publishing and media relations. ...

When: October

    Where: St Louis, MO

Heartland Book Festival

The Heartland Book Festival is a partnership with Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Humanities, and the Missouri Center for the Book held in downtown Kansas City, MO....

When: October

    Where: Kansas City, MO

Macau Literary Festival

The Script Road – Macau Literary Festival was founded in 2012 by Ponto Final, a local newspaper. Nowadays Ponto Final, Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau and Macau Foundation are joint organizers of the festival. The third edition, schedule for the first quarter of 2014, is now being prepared. The...

When: March

    Where: Macau, MO

Missouri Book Festival

The Missouri Book Festival celebrates the best of regional life, culture, and history with an array of dynamic programming meant to promote literacy and encourage reading. ...

When: September

    Where: Washington, MO

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas during early November, with additional author events year-round. The range of author topics is vast: business, cooking, economics, family, fiction, history, music, religion, sports, and more. The Festival is nat...

When: November

    Where: St. Louis, MO

Unbound Book Festival

Unbound is a book festival in Columbia, Missouri bringing together readers and writers to inspire a lifelong love of books and reading. ...

When: April

    Where: Columbia, MO

Mississippi

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

Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

The Children’s Book Festival annually draws approximately 400 visitors to USM and Hattiesburg annually, including librarians, educators and fans of the genre who enjoy and benefit from the event’s programing that includes lectures and workshops featuring renowned authors and illustrators and oth...

When: April

    Where: Hattiesburg, MS

Mississippi Book Festival

The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration. Visit our Replay festival pages for highlights, pictures and videos o...

When: September

    Where: Jackson, MS

Oxford Conference for the Book

Founded by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books, the Oxford Conference for the Book brings together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, artists, poets, publishers, teachers, students, and literacy advocates for three days of conversation in the literary town of Oxf...

When: April

    Where: Oxford, MS

Southern Literary Fesival

The Southern Literary Festival is an organization of southern colleges and schools founded in 1937 to promote southern literature....

When: April

    Where: Oxford, MS

Montana

Flathead River Writers Conference

The Flathead River Writers Conference is an exclusive conference with limited attendance. For three decades, the conference has played host to high-profile authors, editors, agents, publishers, and other literary figures....

When: October

    Where: Kalispell, MT

Montana Book Festival

For the past three decades, the Montana Book Festival has supported the best literary minds in the Mountain West and brought numerous authors from around the world to our little corner of it. We exist to promote the book as an object, an idea, and a uniting force....

When: September

    Where: Missoula, MT

Norman Maclean Literary Festival

The Norman Maclean Literary Festival is a celebration that honors the legacy of Norman Maclean, an esteemed author known for his work, including the iconic book “A River Runs Through It.” This literary festival brings together writers, thinkers, and nature enthusiasts to explore the intersection...

When: September

    Where: Missoula, MT

North Carolina

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

Black Ink

Black Ink Book Festival’s goal is to promote public awareness of the importance of African American contributions to American literature and public conversation. Authors will present fiction, poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, self-help, and spiritual offerings. ...

When: January

    Where: Charleston, NC

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

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

Bookmarks began as an annual book festival in 2004. The Festival of Books & Authors has since grown to be the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, reaching 20,000 readers each year. The Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors is celebrating its 19th festival in September 2024. Lead ...

When: September

    Where: Winston-Salem, NC

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

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

When: September

    Where: Burnsville, NC

Greensboro Bound Literary Festival

Each year in May, thousands of book lovers, readers, writers, publishers, academics, and scholars converge on downtown Greensboro for the annual Greensboro Bound Literary Festival. We create a space for readers and writers to come together and share stories and experiences. We hope that by providing...

When: May

    Where: Greensboro, NC

Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference

The Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference (LGRWC) is a unique creative experience for writers which aspires to foster reading, writing, creativity, and a sense of place in Transylvania County. The conference features nationally renowned writers who give public readings of their work and lead work...

When: May

    Where: Brevard, NC

WCU Spring Literary Festival

Western Carolina University’s annual Spring Literary Festival has a long tradition of bringing established and emerging literary talent to our campus and region. It reflects WCU’s commitment to providing the best humanities education possible to its students and to bringing the best of the arts ...

When: April

    Where: Cullowhee, NC

North Dakota

UND Writers Conference

Founded in 1970 and held every year since, the UND Writers Conference is a three-day event featuring six to eight authors annually ranging from Gwendolyn Brooks and August Wilson to Tommy Orange and Colson Whitehead. The UND Writers Conference is committed to community outreach, engagement, and find...

When: March

    Where: Grand Forks, ND

Nebraska

Plum Creek Literacy Festival

The award-winning Plum Creek Literacy Festival, founded in 1996, seeks to encourage a love of reading, writing and books by bringing nationally renowned authors and illustrators to Nebraska who host interactive workshops and keynotes for school children and adults....

When: October

    Where: Seward, NE

New Hampshire

New England Independent Booksellers Association Spring Forum

NEIBA’s Spring Forum is a two-day event full of author presentations, education, and community building....

When: May

    Where: Manchester, NH

New Jersey

Boonton Bookfest

Boonton Books and Beyond Festival highlights the amazing talent of creators from the state of NJ. ...

When: November

    Where: Boonton, NJ

Collingswood Book Festival

Every autumn, the thrill of reading blooms when bibliophiles converge in this historic South Jersey town. The Collingswood Book Festival is a big literary event that exudes small-town, friendly ambience. In a typical year, festival-goers have an opportunity to stroll more than six blocks of the main...

When: October

    Where: Collingswood, NJ

Flemington Summer Book Fest

Flemington Summer Book Fest is the largest Memorial Day Book Festival on the East Coast. The annual festival is presented by the borough’s Act 2 Books, 24 Central Station in Turntable Junction. The fest is anchored by the Colossal Tent Event, a sale of more than 10,000 books from Ac...

When: May

    Where: Flemington, NJ

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: May

    Where: Hamilton, NJ

Maplewood—South Orange (MAPSO) Book Festival

New Jersey's premier book festival, held in the diverse and creative towns of Maplewood and South Orange brings together readers and authors in celebration of the joy and diversity of the written word. Our informative adult author events highlight the major artistic, social and political issues...

When: October

    Where: Maplewood, NJ

Montclair Literary Festival

Montclair Literary Festival is a community-wide event that aims to exchange ideas, inspire future literary works and engage with different points of view. Working closely with the Montclair Public Library, Montclair Art Museum, Watchung Booksellers and a team of local volunteers, the festival will a...

When: May

    Where: Montclair, NJ

Morristown Festival of Books

MFOB is an annual book festival with 300+ authors, including many prestigious award winners and bestselling authors. It offers talks by authors, engagement opportunities between readers and writers, and special events for all ages. It is one of the top book festivals in the nation, drawing thousands...

When: October

    Where: Morristown, NJ

Princeton Children’s Book Festival

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is a town tradition held outside at the Princeton Public Library on Albert E. Hinds Community Plaza. This autumn event promises something for everyone. Young readers can meet their favorite author or illustrator, listen to them discuss their work, have a...

When: October

    Where: Princeton, NJ

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

New Mexico

Albuquerque Comicon

Albuquerque Comic Con is New Mexico’s premiere pop culture event. If its January, Its Albuquerque Comic Con. We combine the brightest Comic and Media talent for one amazing weekend!~...

When: January

    Where: Albuquerque, NM

Latinx Kidlit Book Festival

The Latinx Kidlit Book Festival is a virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators and book lovers everywhere. The festival will present two free days of panels, craft sessions and illustrator draw-offs with your favorite Latinx authors and illustr...

When: September

    Where: , NM

Santa Fe Literary Festival

The Santa Fe Literary Festival is a three-day event taking place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. It features big-stage presentations and intimate conversations with authors from near and far, exploring topics such as politics, race, immigration, the environment, sustainability, and more...

When: May

    Where: Santa Fe, NM

Nevada

Las Vegas Book Festival

The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada. Our annual celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word is free and open to the public....

When: October

    Where: Las Vegas, NV

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

New York

AAPI Children's Literary Festival

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are an integral part of the American cultural mosaic and the group encompasses a wide range of traditions, identities, and cultures. We will celebrate AAPI heritage month with an exciting event featuring readings, meet-and-greet sessions with authors and ...

When: May

    Where: New York, NY

Adirondack Family Book Festival

A free, day-long community event presented by John Brown Lives!, Lake Placid Public Library, the Bookstore Plus, and numerous other partners, the festival features award winning authors and illustrators for children, young adults, and community members sharing their craft....

When: August

    Where: Lake Placid, NY

Albany Book Festival

The Albany Book Festival is an annual event held in September that celebrates literature and writing. It is presented by the New York State Writers Institute and is held at the University at Albany. The festival features panel discussions, literary vendors, book signings, writing workshops, and more...

When: September

    Where: Albany, NY

All Write, Columbia, Fiction Writers Conference

This four-day intensive writing conference will focus on both the craft and the business of writing fiction. It will include writing workshops, craft and creativity talks by esteemed guest authors and a publishing/PR panel. The conference is open to all levels of fiction writers -- from beginners w...

When: November

    Where: Spencertown, NY

Beacon LitFest

A three-day celebration of the literary arts, including readings, performances, workshops, and much more....

When: June

    Where: Beacon, NY

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: New York, NY

Black Comic Book Festival

The Black Comic Book Festival brings together animators, Blerds, bloggers, cosplay lovers, fans, families, illustrators, independent publishers, and writers to celebrate Black comic books and graphic novels and provides a platform to get the works directly to readers. This annual event features pane...

When: April

    Where: New York, NY

Book Fest @ Bank Street

BookFest is an event devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens. This event, designed for adults, features luminaries from the children’s literature community. Authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars will take part in panel discussions an...

When: November

    Where: New York, NY

Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy a...

When: September

    Where: Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival

The BCLF is a celebration of culture as expressed through the pen of the storyteller and the voice of the poet. It is a platform designed to support and facilitate vibrant conversations about Caribbean identity via a series of readings of classic and contemporary stories, workshops, events and talks...

When: September

    Where: Brooklyn, NY

Canalside Children's Book Festival

Games, crafts, activities and more at this fun day for children on the Buffalo Waterfront....

When: June

    Where: Buffalo, NY

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is the largest annual children’s book festival in the tristate region. A free outdoor festival with authors, food trucks, entertainment and more. ...

When: September

    Where: Chappaqua, NY

City College Poetry Festival

Initiated in 1972 and known as New York City’s "Woodstock of the Spoken Word," the Spring Poetry Festival brings to the stage New York City public school students, college students, CCNY faculty and alumni, and guest artists of every poetic stripe, all reading their own work. The Fe...

When: May

    Where: New York, NY

Deep Water Literary Festival

Readings, performances, panels, music, art installations, and pop-up happenings are all inspired by a central theme, with events unfolding across Narrowsburg for one immersive summer weekend. ...

When: June

    Where: Narrowsburg, NY

Hudson Children's Book Festival

The Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, is held each year in the historic city of Hudson, NY, and strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and gr...

When: May

    Where: Hudson, NY

Kickass Writers Festival

The Kickass Writers Festival, featuring writers, poets, comedians, and other kickass creatives, celebrates how writing and storytelling — in all of their forms — are essential to art, entertainment and social change. It takes place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and includes read...

When: June

    Where: Saranac Lake, NY

National Black Writers Conference

The NBWC is dedicated to the exploration of emerging themes, trends and issues in Black American literature. It attracts writers, scholars, editors, agents, faculty, students, and the general public. It seeks to address the themes of stereotypes in Black literature, the direction of Black literatur...

When: March

    Where: Brooklyn, NY

New Voices Festival

Ithaca’s annual literary festival, the New Voices Festival, features panel discussions, and evening readings. All events are free and open to the public. ...

When: April

    Where: Ithaca, NY

New York City Poetry Festival

Every summer, The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, gre...

When: July

    Where: New York, NY

Oneonta Literary Festiva

The Oneonta Literary Festival is a vibrant celebration of literature hosted by Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. This four-day event features renowned authors, engaging workshops, and captivating readings....

When: October

    Where: Oneonta, NY

PEN World Voices Festival

The World Voices Festival, founded in 2004 by Salman Rushdie, Michael Roberts, and Esther Allen, is PEN America’s celebration of international literature and writers. Honoring our organization’s hundred-year history of uniting writers and readers to celebrate creative expression and the freedom...

When: May

    Where: New York City, NY

Printed Matter Art Book Fair

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. ...

When: April

    Where: New York, NY

Saratoga Book Festival

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to a festival filled with fascinating book talks, author readings, panel discussions, family fun, and performances, all designed to encourage and celebrate a love of reading....

When: October

    Where: Saratoga Springs, NY

Schomburg Center Literary Festival

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora expands the center’s long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. We bring together a community of book lovers and their favorite au...

When: June

    Where: New York, NY

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

Join in a vibrant digital environment that will uplift, inspire, and support you in creating impactful stories for children. Pitch your book to acquiring agents and editors. Get your art in front of industry pros. Explore all aspects of children’s book creation: writing, illustrating, translating,...

When: August

    Where: New York City, NY

Spring Writes Literary Festival

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is a free, open to the public, literary event featuring over 100 local and regional writers n over 40 literary-themed events, both live and Zoom: panels, readings, workshops, performances and happenings....

When: May

    Where: Ithaca, NY

ThrillerFest

ThrillerFest is the annual conference of International Thriller Writers and the premier event of the year for thriller fans, authors, and publishing professionals. This unique, popular, and rapidly expanding gathering was created in 2005 by several bestselling authors to bring thousands of writers, ...

When: May

    Where: New York, NY

U.S. Book Show

Open to librarians and booksellers, book media, the book publishing community and allied vendors and publishing professionals, attendees will enjoy a wide array of book and author panels; programming geared to publishing professionals; and sponsor PubHubs where attendees can gather and download reso...

When: May

    Where: New York City, NY

Ohio

Canal Town Book Festival

The Canal Town Book Festival is the largest author fair in the Tuscarawas Valley region. It is held annually and features a wide range of talented authors from various genres1. The festival provides an opportunity for book lovers to meet over 30 authors, purchase signed copies of their books, and en...

When: October

    Where: Dover, OH

Cleveland Jewish Book Festival

This annual festival celebrates Jewish authors, books and ideas. Featuring books written by nationally and internationally acclaimed authors, participants will hear the stories behind a broad range of topics including Jewish life, historical fiction, Israeli literature, cooking, memoirs and more. ...

When: January

    Where: Beachwood, OH

Columbus Book Festival

The Columbus Book Festival features a lineup of 200+ national and Columbus-based authors, panel discussions, author talks, book signings and more! The Festival Marketplace is filled with dozens of bookish retailers, community exhibitors, an entertainment lineup, local food court and the popular...

When: July

    Where: Columbus, OH

Fall Literary Festival

A festival for both writers and readers, offering dozens of creative readings, craft talks, interviews, roundtables and writing workshops. Nearly 150 presenters from throughout the U.S. will present on a wide array of literary topics of interest to readers, writers, translators, educators, editors a...

When: October

    Where: Youngstown, OH

Inkubator Writing Conference

Literary Cleveland’s Inkubator Writing Conference is one of the largest free writing festivals in the country. The purpose of the Inkubator Writing Conference is to provide a platform for writers to learn about the craft of writing, network with other writers, and connect with industry professiona...

When: September

    Where: Cleveland, OH

Newark Book Fest

A lively celebration of books and reading in Newark Ohio, third Saturday in May....

When: May

    Where: Newark, OH

Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival

Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival is a new teen book festival focused on teens and tweens of Northwest Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival is a volunteer organization made up of lovers of literature, who have come together to create a fantastic opportunity for teens from Northwest Ohio and t...

When: March

    Where: Rossford, OH

Ohioana Book Festival

Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 140 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year....

When: April

    Where: Columbus, OH

Youngstown State University English Festival

An annual 3-day program that promotes and cultivates reading and writing, reaching out to about 3,000 students in grades 7-12 from Northeast OH and Western PA....

When: April

    Where: Youngstown, OH

Oklahoma

Annual WWA Convention

Each year WWA holds its annual convention somewhere in the American West. Members, agents, publishers, editors, and more gather together to talk shop, learn, teach, make connections, renew friendships, and listen to music....

When: June

    Where: Tulsa, OK

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

RomanceLahoma

The Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild RomanceLahoma Conference is a conference for romance writers about all things romance writing, publishing, & marketing. ...

When: August

    Where: Oklahoma City, OK

Tulsa Lit Fest

writers to collaborate and inspire, enriching the Tulsa community. The free festival includes events ranging from open mic nights and live readings to a small press book fair and a jazz show, presented in a variety of bookstores, taprooms and museums near downtown. ...

When: April

    Where: Tulsa, OK

Oregon

Freadom Festival

The Freadom Festival, Portland’s first Black book festival, takes place on Juneteenth weekend, is dedicated to the belief that reading and books should be inclusive and accessible. The event is free and open to all to come learn the importance of Juneteenth, fellowship with a community of fellow b...

When: June

    Where: Portland, OR

Portland Book Festival

Launched in 2005 under the name Wordstock, the Portland Book Festival came under the Literary Arts umbrella in 2014 and relaunched in 2015 with more than 80 authors in attendance. Since then, the number of presenters, venues, and pop-ups has continued to grow to accommodate its increasing popularity...

When: November

    Where: Portland, OR

Raymond Carver Writing Festival

The festival is a free celebration of the art of writing and one of its greatest practitioners. RCWF participants can enjoy a reception, presentations and informational displays, and an outdoor poetry reading. Attendees are invited to attend workshops offered by Pacific Northwest writers on writing...

When: May

    Where: Clatskanie, OR

Pennsylvania

African American Children’s Book Fair

Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project, the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children’s books in the country....

When: February

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

Bucks County Book Fest

The Bucks County Book Festival celebrates literacy, sparks imagination, and inspires people of all ages by connecting authors and readers. ...

When: September

    Where: Doylestown, PA

Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is a FREE festival for families of children in preschool through grade 6. ...

When: April

    Where: Johnstown, PA

Drexel Writing Festival

Since 2011, the Drexel Writing Festival has explored rock music, ritual, play, hunger and empowerment. Guests represent esteemed authors and editors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, news media and comic books. The event has also spotlighted Young Adult (YA) novels, screenwriting, music, food and essa...

When: April

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

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 people ...

When: April

    Where: Lancaster, PA

Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books

The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books (GPFB) showcases Pittsburgh’s historic, vital role on the national and international literary stage. Readers, writers, booksellers, publishers, critics, educators, and neighbors will connect with, learn from, and support each other. With free, diverse pro...

When: May

    Where: Pittsburgh, PA

Harrisburg Book Festival

The Harrisburg Book Festival is proudly hosted by the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Celebrating the power of storytelling, the festival aims to amplify and promote literature for all ages, and to build a community of readers, writers, and life-long learners in our city. ...

When: October

    Where: Harrisburg, PA

Lehigh Valley Book Festival

The Lehigh Valley Book Festival is a celebration of books and the strong connections they forge – bringing published authors, illustrators, and readers together, through thoughtful, approachable, and inclusive programming....

When: March

    Where: Lehigh Valley, PA

Milford Readers and Writers Festival

The Milford Readers and Writers Festival aims to inspire and ignite conversations between people who love to read books and people who write them....

When: September

    Where: Milford, PA

Northampton Book & Arts Fair

Readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers, as well as book arts demonstrations ...

When: November

    Where: Northampton, PA

Pittsburgh International Lit Fest

Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, LitFest features two full weeks of free programs that highlight global voices and perspectives, celebrate literature from around the world, and encourage cross-cultural exchange. ...

When: September

    Where: Pittsburgh, PA

WCU Poetry Center Poetry and Creative Arts Festival

Working with a shared respect and understanding of craft, The Poetry and Creative Arts Festival gives poets and critics, musicians, as well as visual and performing artists opportunities to forge connections across disciplines, to delve into innovative approaches to artmaking, to engage new media an...

When: April

    Where: West Chester, PA

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors

The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors, brings writers and illustrators from around the country to Lincoln School. Authors give talks throughout the day, sign their books and mingle with fans....

When: October

    Where: Providence, RI

South Carolina

Bluffton Book Festival

Raising literacy levels in the Southeast Region. Bringing awareness to literary talent while raising money for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation & The Literacy Center. ...

When: November

    Where: Bluffton, SC

Charleston Literary Festival

Since its founding in 2017, the Charleston Literary Festival has become an integral part of the cultural landscape in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. In just a few short years, the festival has gained a reputation for including a diverse range of distinguished speakers, some of wh...

When: November

    Where: Charleston, SC

Clemson Literary Festival

Each morning of the three-day event will begin with a Book Fair at the Cooper Library Bridge from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by readings and presentations across campus. All events are free and open to the public. ...

When: March

    Where: Clemson, SC

Pat Conroy Literary Festival

Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center the annual festival will be held as a series of author presentations and panel discussions, writing workshops, exhibits, and virtual tours. Join us as we honor Pat Conroy’s legacy as student, teacher, and mentor....

When: October

    Where: Beaufort, SC

YALLFest Charleston Young Adult Book Festival

YALLFest is a Young Adult book festival hosted by Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, South Carolina. YALLFest signings, panels, and other events take place at the bookstore as well as at other venues throughout Downtown Charleston, including the Music Hall, the Museum, the Charleston Library Society,...

When: November

    Where: Charleston, SC

South Dakota

South Dakota Festival of Books

The South Dakota Festival of Books is an annual event that celebrates reading, writing, and the power of stories. The state’s premier literary event, the Festival celebrates literature in South Dakota and beyond by connecting the very best regional and national writers with our state’s readers f...

When: September

    Where: Deadwood, SD

Tennessee

Bill Peach Franklin Book Festival

The Bill Peach Franklin Book Festival is an annual two-day literary event in Franklin, TN. Presented by the Authors Circle of Middle Tennessee and the WCPL, the fourth annual festival includes instructional presentations on writing, publishing, and marketing; featured speakers; panel discussions; an...

When: June

    Where: Franklin, TN

BookMARCon

Calling all authors, editors, publishers, and marketers – imagine being part of a conference where you learn from real life marketing success stories. This three-day event will empower you with personal stories, real world applications and fresh techniques on how to run the busines...

When: April

    Where: Crossville, TN

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. Bouchercon is our annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, edito...

When: August

    Where: Nashville, TN

Clarksville Writers Conference

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Council partners with the Austin Peay State University (APSU) Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission to bring acclaimed authors to town for the Annual Clarksville Writers Conference. Join us for this fun, affordable and ta...

When: June

    Where: Clarksville, TN

James Baldwin Festival of Words

Named after the legendary novelist, essayist, playwright, and activist James Baldwin, the festival is intended to showcase emerging and established local artists of African descent who are creating, innovating, and producing work in the literary arts....

When: August

    Where: Chattanooga, TN

Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference

The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference is a four-day event bringing together some of the world’s best authors, aspiring writers, agents, editors, and other industry professionals. ...

When: August

    Where: Franklin, TN

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival

We are thrilled to offer fiction, poetry, nonfiction, YA book writing, screen writing, and visual storytelling workshops from an award-winning, highly published faculty. In addition, we’ll have speakers, book signings, and readings from attendees and teachers. MHLF is a supportive, inclusive ...

When: June

    Where: Harrogate, TN

Rose Glen Literary Festival

The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce initially created the festival in 2010 to help local authors, giving them a chance to sell books, meet readers and network. The event will feature presentations, book signings and workshops....

When: March

    Where: Sevierville, TN

Southern Festival of Books

A three-day literary event, welcoming more than 20,000 visitors and over 200 guest authors. Festival goers enjoy book signings and panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, exhibitors from across the nation, and more. I ...

When: October

    Where: Nashville, TN

Tennessee Mountain Writers Annual Conference

Tennessee Mountain Writers is a non-profit organization that promotes literary arts and supports the work of Tennessee writers and others, regardless of geographic location. The Annual Conference held each April includes workshops on writing for young people, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, editing, in...

When: April

    Where: Oak Ridge, TN

Tremont Writers Conference

Join renowned authors and professional park educators for a writers conference like no other set on a lush, secluded campus nestled within America’s most-visited national park. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont partners with Great Smoky Mountains Association to bring this five-day intensi...

When: October

    Where: Townsend, TN

Society of American Travel Writers Annual Convention

The SATW annual convention alternates domestic and international destinations with opportunities for networking, professional development and exploring the location. ...

When: November

    Where: Istanbul, TR

Texas

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

ArmadilloCon

ArmadilloCon is a science fiction convention held annually in Austin, Texas, USA, since 1979. As the second longest running science fiction convention in Texas, it is sponsored by the Fandom Association of Central Texas and is known for its emphasis on literary science fiction, Fantasy & Horror....

When: September

    Where: Austin, TX

Austin African American Book Festival

The Austin African American Book Festival is a much anticipated event for the community to gain greater exposure to literature by and about African Americans. AABF seeks to construct space for collaboration, dialogue, and creativity. Through dynamic keynote speakers, meaningful literary and p...

When: June

    Where: Austin, TX

Beall Poetry Festival

A three-day celebration of some of the finest contemporary poets, with readings, a panel discussion, and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry. ...

When: April

    Where: Waco, TX

BIPOC Book Fest

The annual BIPOC Book Fest is a two-day festival centered on writers of color and a showcase of literary works that feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color and members of other marginalized communities. Curated by notable writers and readers of color, the festival combines the nostalgia of book f...

When: May

    Where: Houston, TX

Boerne Book Festival

Located on Boerne’s beautiful Hill Country Mile we celebrate all things literary including author discussion panels, children’s activities and more. As always, the festival focuses on Texas and its rich history. Held on the first Saturday in October....

When: October

    Where: Boerne, TX

Bookworm Book Festival

This free bilingual festival featurs author panels and book signings celebrating literature for young readers in Spanish and English. ...

When: February

    Where: Houston, TX

Children's Art + Literacy Festival

The Abilene Children's Art + Literacy Festival (CALF) is a three-day family experience held in the Abilene Cultural District. It was started in 2012 by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and other community leaders to emphasize the importance of families, art, and literacy in Abilene, Texas, ...

When: June

    Where: Abilene, TX

Dallas is Lit!

Featuring readings, performances, workshops and a book fair, the Dallas Is Lit! lineup shines a light on all the ways we’re a literary city, from rom-com lit fans to collage poets, from bookbinding to drag queen storytime. Anchored in the heart of the city — in Dallas’ beautiful Oak Cliff ...

When: May

    Where: Dallas, TX

Dallas Literary Festival

SMU presents the Dallas Literary Festival as a way to showcase and encourage conversations about contemporary literature, both on campus and in the larger community. The festival aims to bring leading literary voices to the Dallas-Fort Worth area....

When: March

    Where: Dallas, TX

Greater Austin Book Festival

GAB Fest provides a valuable opportunity for authors, illustrators, and readers from Hays, Williamson, and Travis Counties to establish meaningful connections and engage with their community. This event fosters an environment of inclusivity, encouraging individuals to come together and celebrat...

When: May

    Where: Austin, TX

Lubbock Book Festival

This free, two-day long Lubbock Book Festival connects authors and readers through an exciting event to celebrate literacy, creativity, and the written word. We will have book sales, author signings, engaging panels, creative workshops, family-fun activities, and so much more. ...

When: August

    Where: Lubbock, TX

North Texas Teen Book Festival

The NTTBF is a free book festival created to celebrate teen literature, from both Middle Grade and YA authors. Authors and readers come together for a full day of conversation, book signings, panels and readings....

When: April

    Where: Irving, TX

Peoples Poetry Fest

The Peoples Poetry Festival began in 2015, through the collaboration of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College. This annual poetry festival brings together poets from the local area, regionally, state-wide, and beyond. ...

When: February

    Where: Corpus Christi, TX

Romance Slam Jam Book Lovers’ Convention

A 3-day romance novel con celebrating diversity in publishing. Authors and Readers wanting the VIP publishing industry experience where workshop sessions are LIVE for Q&A and engagement with fellow authors, readers, and industry experts will not want to miss this romance book conference....

When: July

    Where: Dallas, TX

San Antonio Book Festival

The free, daylong event is a gift to visitors and the citizens of San Antonio, bringing books to life through author presentations, innovative panel discussions, and book sales and signings. Also included in this fun day of literary entertainment are family activities such as children’s theater pe...

When: April

    Where: San Antonio, TX

South Texas Book Festival

STBF combines literacy (regional and national authors) and children’s entertainment in a festive atmosphere that promotes a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. The festival is free and open to the public! ...

When: October

    Where: McAllen, TX

Teen Bookfest by the Bay

Teen Bookfest by the Bay is a non-profit organization formed by a group of Corpus Christi Bay area school and public librarians for the express purpose of planning and providing an annual book festival for area teens. Librarians from school and public libraries in Corpus Christi, Orange Grove, Bisho...

When: February

    Where: Corpus Christi, TX

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival is honored to be one of the largest and most prestigious literary events in the nation, typically welcoming 50,000 people from around the state, spread throughout the grounds of the State Capitol and along Austin’s iconic Congress Avenue. ...

When: November

    Where: Austin, TX

Texas Storytelling Festival

Join the masters of storytelling at the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, Texas. Held over four days, this festival brings together the best in storytelling for an oral tradition that can be enjoyed by all ages. Tales of all genres are shared, and various bands perform throughout the event....

When: March

    Where: Denton, TX

Trinity River Book Festival

Join us at the Trinity River Book Festival and celebrate the power of reading. The book festival is a multicultural event during National Literacy Month. The mission of Trinity River Book Festival is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature! ...

When: September

    Where: Fort Worth, TX

Virginia

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: September

    Where: Algonkian Park, VA

Fall for the Book Festival

Based at George Mason University, the Fall for the Book festival will be held October 12-15. All events and activities are free and open to the public. Our past events have included headlining authors such as Colson Whitehead, Delia Owens, Tim O’Brien, & Rainbow Rowell. Fall for the Book conne...

When: October

    Where: Fairfax, VA

John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival

A free annual literary festival celebrating Appalachian authors hosted by Mountain Empire Community College. The Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest and Lonesome Pine Poetry Contest are also awarded during the festival. ...

When: March

    Where: Big Stone Gap, VA

Old Dominion University Literary Festival

This annual festival is built around a different theme each year, and celebrate poets, novelists, memoirists, actors, directors and all those who tell the stories that link us together and change the way we understand ourselves and our world. ...

When: October

    Where: Norfolk, VA

Rappahannock Writers Conference

Join us for a day celebrating writers with informational workshops and panel discussions. Topics include freelance writing, building tension, writing for teens and kids, magical realism, receiving feedback, creating characters, settings, and poetry....

When: November

    Where: Fredericksburg, VA

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Whether you are an avid or casual reader, aspiring writer or published author, you will find something entertaining and intriguing at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival, a FREE day-long event that showcases 50+ best-selling mystery, suspense/thriller, horror, paranormal, science fiction, historica...

When: March

    Where: Suffolk, VA

Virginia Children’s Book Festival

The Virginia Children’s Book Festival is free, three-day festival held each year on the campus of Longwood University. Come meet your favorite authors and illustrators in person, participate in amazing activities, and and experience the magic of reading. The VCBF was created to inspire kids to...

When: October

    Where: Farmville, VA

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. Featuring the annual Festival in March plus the year-round Shelf Life virtual event series, our programming offers something for readers of all levels and in...

When: March

    Where: Charlottesville, VA

Washington Romance Writers Retreat and Conference

More than 20 hours of continuing education masterclasses and workshops covering craft, business, and writing life topics that can help you become a more successful author. ...

When: April

    Where: Arlington, VA

Williamsburg Book Festival

The festival hosts a book fair featuring nationally and regionally renowned authors; a “Publisher Alley” featuring Virginia publishing companies along with some of their books and the authors that wrote them; and a variety of scheduled presentations and writers....

When: February

    Where: Williamsburg, VA

Vermont

Brattleboro Literary Festival

The Festival is a three-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are free and o...

When: October

    Where: Brattleboro, VT

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

Non-Fiction Comics Festival

The annual Non-Fiction Comics Festival will feature panel discussions, workshops, and exhibiting cartoonists creating non-fiction and autobiographical work....

When: November

    Where: Burlington, VT

Washington

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival

Whether we love to read, write, perform, create or simply listen, the arts inspire, challenge and entertain. Connect with others, nourish your inner self and celebrate with a thoroughly engaging line-up of West Australian and Midwest talent....

When: August

    Where: Greater Geraldton, WA

Bumbershoot

The Seattle Arts Festival always has active coffee houses and a book fair spotlighting literary artists....

When: August

    Where: Seattle, WA

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

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Engage in workshops designed to encourage and support your craft. Led by industry experts, our classes will fuel your creativity and transform your writing....

When: June

    Where: Bellingham, WA

Get Lit! Literary Arts Festival

The Get Lit! Festival began in 1998 as a one-day marathon of literary readings sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press and EWU’s Department of Creative Writing. Then The Spokesman-Review lovingly called it the little literary festival that could, and they were right. By 2004, the audience...

When: April

    Where: Spokane, WA

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival

The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is the flagship annual literature event of Arts Margaret River. It is the biggest regional literary event in Western Australia and aims to foster a love of literature and the arts within the community.

Each year, the festival brings an array of thoug...

When: May

    Where: Margaret River, WA

Norwescon

Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention, and one of the largest entirely volunteer-operated regional conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspect...

When: April

    Where: SeaTac, WA

Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) is an annual celebration of literature and community held in an inspiringly beautiful place. With the San Juan Islands as our backdrop, we bring together renowned authors and avid readers, visitors and locals, for three days of panels, readings and events that highli...

When: June

    Where: Eastsound, WA

Perth Festival

Perth Festival is a not-for-profit multi-arts festival that brings world class performance, music, film, visual arts and literary events to Perth, Western Australia, every summer....

When: February

    Where: Perth, WA

Seattle Art Book Fair

Seattle Art Book Fair is a FREE public event that celebrates independent publishing, book design, and artist books. The nonprofit festival features a wide range of books and publications by artists/designers, collectives, small presses, booksellers, and distributors, hailing from the Pacific Northwe...

When: May

    Where: Seattle, WA

Southwest Washington Writers Conference

The Southwest Washington Writers Conference is an annual event that brings together writers, authors, industry professionals, and literary enthusiasts to network, learn, and grow in their craft....

When: September

    Where: Centralia, WA

SwanCon

The longest continuously running science fiction convention in Australia, Swancon celebrates all genres of speculative fiction with panels, discussions, and activities....

When: April

    Where: Perth, WA

Write in the Harbor

Write in the Harbor is a regional writers’ conference held each November at Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus. The annual event provides a space for writers of all levels to come together and participate in workshops, panels, and other writing-related activities. Beginners and more s...

When: November

    Where: Gig Harbor, WA

York Festival

The York Festival hosts a two-week arts festival in the spring, and a weekend writers festival in the fall. Catering to all ages, the festival attracts lovers of literature, young adventurers, and families looking to entertain the kids with fun, unique activities. Just a pleasant 90-minute drive fro...

When: April

    Where: York, WA

Wisconsin

Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)

The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is a celebration of the written word in all its many forms, with a schedule full of writer talks, workshops and interactive events. The festival events are held at various locations throughout Marathon, Portage and Wood counties...

When: September

    Where: Wausau, WI

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival is an annual celebration of the written word and its impact on the human experience. Our mission is to encourage reading, writing, and engagement. The Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin, and the Midwest have an abundance of great authors, and the Chippewa Valley Book Festiv...

When: October

    Where: Eau Claire, WI

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

Great Midwest Book Fest

Great Midwest Book Fest is an annual book event hosted by UrbanReviewsOnline.com in Milwaukee, WI. The event features 10 to 12 African-American authors representing various genres.The event features door prizes, book vendor, and an RSVP Gift Basket....

When: June

    Where: Milwaukee, WI

Ridges & Rivers Book Festival

Celebrate reading, writing, creativity, and community in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Brought to you by the Driftless Writing Center and the McIntosh Memorial Library, we have something fun planned for everyone. If you love reading or writing, you won’t want to miss this event. All of the festival events e...

When: April

    Where: Viroqua, WI

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

The annual Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books includes many authors and artists under one roof with panelists, keynote addresses, presentations, signings, music and food. The festival takes place on the first weekend of November. ...

When: November

    Where: Waukesha, WI

Washington Island Literary Festival

The Washington Island Literary Festival is a moveable feast of writing, reading, discussion, and thought about the written word. Writers’ workshops, author panels and presentations, readings and parties are scheduled at various quaint, historic and beautiful venues around the Island.

Participant...

When: September

    Where: Washington Island, WI

Whitewater Storytelling Festival

The Whitewater Storytelling Festival promises entertainment for attendees of all ages, with talented storytellers and musicians for the young and young-at-heart. From children’s stories and interactive activities that will spark the creativity of the little ones, to all-ages storytelling sessions ...

When: May

    Where: Whitewater, WI

Wisconsin Book Festival

The Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, presents free, public author events that celebrate books and spark conversations. Each year, the festival creates a robust schedule of accomplished and new writers whose fiction, n...

When: October

    Where: Madison, WI

West Virginia

HopeWords

HopeWords Writers’ Conference is an annual event at Bluefield College bringing in top Christian authors, world-class thinkers and writers. HopeWords is committed to that decidedly Christian work of imagination, believing that life breaks forth in unexpected places in unexpected ways....

When: April

    Where: Bluefield, WV

Lewisburg Literary Festival

Since 2012 the festival has been celebrating literature and promoting reading in the Greenbrier Valley by featuring bestselling authors speaking about their works, offering writing workshops, providing booksellers with a venue and presenting ancillary events ranging from movies and plays to hands-on...

When: August

    Where: Lewisburg, WV

Shepherdstown Book Festival

Author panel, book talks, a regional author fair, and signings, with the festival's final day dedicated to children's events. The Regional Author Fair allows writers from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., to rent a table, meet festival attendees and sell...

When: September

    Where: Shepherdstown, WV

West Virginia Book Festival

The West Virginia Book Festival is a gathering of authors, vendors, publicists and readers who are enthusiastic about the power of the written word. ...

When: October

    Where: Charleston, WV

Wyoming

Bookmarked Literary Festival

Bookmarked serves as an event that connects local writers to local readers through readings and book fairs, and encourages neighbors to discover their new favorite writers and authors right here in Fremont County. It introduces the county’s numerous writers to each other. And it celebrates the art...

When: September

    Where: Lander, WY

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: November

    Where: Jackson Hole, WY

Wyoming Writers Conference

Wyoming Writers, Inc., hosts an annual conference that brings together authors, aspiring writers, and industry professionals. The conference features workshops, faculty sessions (including attending agents and publishers), and networking opportunities. ...

When: May

    Where: Casper, WY