Here is an excerpt from a very long list of popular writer’s conferences, writing retreats, and literary group meetings that are taking place in the United States in 2017.
You might ask: “Why should I attend a writer’s conference? You will learn and gain so much in these events that you should not postpone it to the later stages of your writing career. The main benefit of attending a writers retreat or conference is the opportunity to meet editors, agents, publishers and other writers. Widening your circle of connections in the literary world can help you mark your own presence as an author. You will learn about the publishing industry, and how to get your book published / author-published.
Chanticleer Authors Conference began in 2013 with an Awards Ceremony, a Book Fair, and a Vision. The goal is to give authors the tools they need to drive discoverability, cultivate readership and increase sales. Set on beautiful Bellingham Bay, in the Pacific Northwest, the conference is weekend of learning, cooperation & fun – a three day book fair, and networking!
Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017
The Henderson Writers’ Group, proud host of The Las Vegas Writers Conference, would like to welcome all writers, authors and anyone who would like to workshop and pitch their work to Agents in fabulous Las Vegas. Join several Writing Professionals, Agents, Publishers and Marketing Experts for a weekend of workshops and discussions about the publishing industry. Quaint setting limited to 150 attendees, which gives EVERYONE a chance to pitch to top professional agents. Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall.
April 20 – 22, 2017.
An all-inclusive writing workshop near Yosemite National Park. Start (or perfect) your novel in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
The Yosemite Writing Retreats are fiction writing workshops for both new and established writers, located just 10 minutes from Yosemite National Park. The writing workshop covers the technical craft of writing fiction along with exercises and peer critique.
May 5 – 7, 2017
Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals. The conference has hosted a legacy of America’s best writers during the last 45 years.
June 18 – 23, 2017!
Join authors, editors and agents who have a passion for the art and craft of writing. Jackson Hole Writers Conference attendees are young and old, veterans and novices who do it “for the love of the writing.” Fifty percent of our registrants return year after year.
Workshops from novelists, creative non-fiction writers, poets, agents, and editors. Whatever your interest, you will learn more than the nuts and bolts of the writing profession, from cultivating ideas to making the sale. Our goal is to help our writers get published.
Attendees enjoy access to agents, editors, and writing faculty.
Jun 22 – 24, 2017
Writer’s Retreat Workshop: Create one-on-one with brilliant instruction oriented authors, agents and editors, with plenty of quiet time to focus on your work. The WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP is an intensive learning experience for small groups of serious-minded writers who are committed to improving and completing their novels for submission. For those who consider their writing a vital part of their lives, one they wish to develop as fully as possible, WRW provides the ideal experience.
All work focuses on your novel, so while you work on your story’s structure, our dedicated staff will be available to brainstorm with you and meet 1-1 throughout the week. In small group sessions, while learning how to diagnose your own and others’ style strengths and weaknesses, you’ll also boost your editing skills. Private rooms, three meals daily, course materials: everything included. You’ll attend class each morning and be taught WRW’s in-depth course for crafting your novel, of any genre, for publication.
May 6 – 13, 2017
The Catamaran Writing conference will be held at the Robert Louis Stevenson School located on the 17 Mile Dr in Pebble Beach, California, from August 6th to the 10th, 2017. Registration includes four nights lodging at the Robert Louis Stevenson campus on 17-Mile Drive, 12 meals, 4 morning sessions of literary workshops in a small group of 7-12 participants, daily literary themed excursions, as well as daily craft lectures, and nightly receptions and presentations.
August 6 – 10, 2017
Big Sur on Cape Cod: ABLA brings top tier professionals together with both beginner and seasoned writers on the east coast in picturesque Cape Cod. Space is limited. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer, don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Program Focus: Children’s, Young Adult
Sep 22 – 24, 2017
Each year, the Florida Writer’s Circuit puts four writers on tour through the state of Florida over two weeks, visiting nine schools on the east and west coasts of Florida. One Circuit week is held in the spring and one week in the fall for each writer.
The Florida Literary Arts Coalition’s Florida Writers Circuit hosts literary readings by published authors across several cities in Florida, pairing these readings with discussions and Q&A sessions. This allows time for writers to meet, share ideas, develop their craft and celebrate their successes, additionally allowing the public to experience new and creative literature while gaining insight to the creative process.
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Manuscript critiques are an important part of writer conferences, providing a way for authors, to discuss their work one-on-one with experienced writers, editors and agents. Learn even more about the craft of writing and gain an understanding of book business realities. Recharge your Batteries! Return from the event motivated, relaxed and eager to sit down and write more!
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