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 co...

When: May

    Where: Homer, AK

Alabama

Alabama Book Festival

The Alabama Book Festival is an annual event to promote literacy around the state and celebrate local authors.

The annual book festival is a family-friendly, free event that includes book-related activities for all ages. Among the 60-plus exhibitors will be publishers, authors, schools, libraries ...

When: April

    Where: Montgomery, AL

Alabama Writers' Cooperative Annual Conference

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

When: August

    Where: Birmingham, AL

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: August

    Where: Birmingham, AL

Arkansas

Hot Springs Book Festival

The Hot Springs Book Festival is an annual event produced by the Garland County Library, with the Literacy Council of Garland County and National Park College Adult Education. The festival gathers authors from near and far for three days of book talks, sellings, signings, and more at various venues....

When: April

    Where: Hot Springs , 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: October

    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: September

    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

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: Tucson, 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

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

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: May

    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: August

    Where: Corte Madera, CA

Catamaran Writing Conference

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

When: July

    Where: Pebble Beach, CA

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

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 Pasadena

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: April

    Where: Pasadena, 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 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

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 personally auto...

When: October

    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

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: July

    Where: San Francisco, 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: February

    Where: Brentwood, 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 &...

When: April

    Where: Santa Monica, CA

Colorado

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

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: October

    Where: Fort Collins, CO

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

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: Washington, DC

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

Book Lovers Con

Book Lovers Con is an event full of fun and laughter where readers will meet their all-time favorite authors and find new-to-you authors you never knew were missing from your collection! ...

When: August

    Where: Orlando, 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: January

    Where: Daytona Beach, 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: November

    Where: Naples, 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

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

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: July

    Where: Boca Raton, FL

South Florida Book Festival

South Florida Book Festival presented virtually by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) features a fantastic line-up of authors, speakers, renowned chefs, presenters and more. Enjoy book discussions, cooking demonstrations and much more....

When: July

    Where: Ft 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: April

    Where: Gainesville, 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

Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College

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

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

When: January

    Where: St. Petersburg, FL

Zora! Festival

The Zora! Festival is an annual tribute to the life and outsized influence of writer Zora Neale Hurston and Eatonville, the hometown she made famous as representative of the dignity and beauty of rural Southern, African-American life and culture....

When: June

    Where: Eatonville, FL

Georgia

AJC Decatur Book Festival

The AJC 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, autho...

When: October

    Where: Decatur, 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

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

Iowa

DSM Book Festival

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

When: March

    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

Illinois

American Writers Festival

The free literary festival will be held at four stages inside the Chicago Cultural Center and one stage at the American Writers Museum, and feature more than 75 beloved contemporary authors, artists and playwrights. Participating writers will address their perspectives on many of today’s most time...

When: May

    Where: Chicago, IL

Little Grassy Literary Festival

Hosted by graduate students from SIU’s MFA creative writing program, the festival provides an opportunity for students and community members to hear from renowned literary authors....

When: April

    Where: Carbondale, 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: May

    Where: Champaign, IL

Kentucky

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: October

    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: March

    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: October

    Where: Baton Rouge, 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. ...

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

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...

When: June

    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: April

    Where: Amherst, 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 wor...

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

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: April

    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: November

    Where: Baltimore, 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

Short Story Fest

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

When: May

    Where: Baltimore, MD

Maine

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

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

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: September

    Where: Minneapolis, 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 ...

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....

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: March

    Where: Grand Rapids, 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

Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates their 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, "Searching for Peace!" Storytellers from across the United States will come together to explore unity, equality, diversity, and inclusion for all. ...

When: October

    Where: Kalamazoo, 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

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: March

    Where: Oxford, 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 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: October

    Where: St. Paul, 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

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 other e...

When: April

    Where: Hattiesburg, MS

Glitterary Festival

Glitterary Festival is a queer literary festival with a broad definition of what is literature and what is queer....

When: April

    Where: Oxford, 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: August

    Where: Jackson, MS

Montana

High Plains BookFest

Over the last twelve years, the High Plains BookFest has served to praise and define the literary output of a vast and diverse region of the country, growing steadily in the number of books nominated and awards presented to regional authors. The theme of this year’s festival, ’Border Cro...

When: September

    Where: Billings, 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

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

New Jersey

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference

The Deadly Ink Mystery Conference is held annually each August in New Brunswick, NJ, for writers and fans of mystery fiction....

When: August

    Where: New Brunswick, NJ

Dodge Poetry Festival

The Dodge Poetry Festival is widely acknowledged as the largest poetry event in North America, representing the most eminent poets from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These four-day celebrations of poetry have been called "poetry heaven" by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, &...

When: October

    Where: Newark, 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: November

    Where: Metuchen, 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

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

Biographers International Organization (BIO) Conference

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

When: May

    Where: Santa Fe, NM

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: October

    Where: , NM

Santa Fe Literary Festival

Bringing together some of the world's best authors to participate in an exchange of ideas about writing and societal issues....

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

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: January

    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

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 Blac...

When: March

    Where: Brooklyn, 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: October

    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

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

Fifty authors and illustrators in children’s books will join a bevy of agents, art directors, and editors for the biggest celebration in SCBWI’s history! ...

When: July

    Where: New York City, NY

Ohio

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: April

    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

Oklahoma

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

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

Pennsylvania

215 Festival

215 Fest is a literary festival showcasing a wide array of writers, musicians, poets and more from the Philly area and beyond. Previous big-name featured authors include Zadie Smith, George Saunders, and Jeffrey Eugenides. ...

When: May

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

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

AWP Conference and Bookfair

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

When: March

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

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

Emerging Writers Festival

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

When: April

    Where: Lancaster, PA

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

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: December

    Where: Northampton, PA

West Chester University Poetry and Creative Arts Virtual 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

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

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

Tennessee

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

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: February

    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

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

Austin International Poetry Festival

Poets from around the world, country, and all of Texas gather for four days of live performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival in April of every year. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audienc...

When: April

    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: March

    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: April

    Where: Houston, 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: October

    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: March

    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: May

    Where: San Antonio, 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

Virginia

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

NoVa Teen Book Festival

NoVa TEEN is the first and largest book festival of its kind celebrating Young Adult literature in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Area. NoVa TEEN is held annually in March at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA....

When: March

    Where: Falls Church, 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

Vermont

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: Middlebury, VT

Washington

Bumbershoot

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

When: September

    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: 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 20...

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.<p> Each year, the festival brings an arra...

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

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

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

Wisconsin

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

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. ...

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.<p>Parti...

When: September

    Where: Washington Island, 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

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

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

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

When: June

    Where: Jackson Hole, WY