30 Incredible Author’s Conferences for Authors, Bloggers and Freelancers

Prepared to attach with literary brokers, editors and different writers at a writers convention?

Should you’re uninterested in studying about fascinating alternatives just a bit too late, bookmark this checklist of annual writers conferences for future planning, so you may take part on the mingling, studying and inspiration.

Add these author’s conferences to your calendar

Listed below are 30+ author’s conferences to take a look at this yr.

Common curiosity

1. Author’s Digest Convention

When: Yearly in August

The place: New York Metropolis

The Author’s Digest editors deliver you this annual convention with sources for craft, profession and artistic inspiration. Practically 50 brokers and editors take part within the notorious Pitch Slam, and dozens of business consultants lead instructional classes.

2. San Francisco Writers Convention

When: Yearly in February

The place: San Francisco, CA

Held yearly in February, this convention is a “celebration of craft, commerce and group.” Join with business consultants, bestselling authors, brokers, editors and leaders in each self-publishing and conventional publishing.

three. San Francisco Writing for Change Convention

When: Yearly in September

The place: San Francisco, CA

When: Yearly in September

The place: San Francisco, CA

This annual one-day convention tells nonfiction writers, “Your concepts can change the world.” The convention brings collectively writers and business consultants to show nonfiction writers about writing, publishing, advertising and expertise.

four. Northern Colorado Writers Convention

When: Yearly in April/Might

The place: Fort Collins, CO

The Northern Colorado Writers group supplies assist and encouragement to writers of all genres and ranges by this annual convention, in addition to by month-to-month conferences, lessons and different networking and social occasions.

The occasion sometimes has simply 150 to 175 attendees, so that you’ll get a extra intimate expertise.

5. Affiliation of Writers and Writing Applications

When: Yearly in Spring

The place: Varied North American cities

Annually, the Affiliation of Writers and Writing Applications (AWP) hosts the Annual Convention & Bookfair in a special metropolis. The occasion celebrates authors, lecturers, college students, writing applications, literary facilities and publishers within the area internet hosting the convention. With greater than 12 thousand writers and readers attending every year, AWP is the biggest literary convention in North America.

6. Las Vegas Writers Convention

When: Yearly in spring

The place: Las Vegas, NV

Henderson Writers Group hosts this annual convention for writers. The group additionally hosts three conferences per week in Las Vegas. They’re open to the general public, and members can learn their writing for critique by attendees.

7. Midwest Writers Workshop Tremendous Mini-conference

When: Yearly in July

The place: Muncie, IN

Today-and-half convention is a extra reasonably priced possibility for writers in any respect ranges. The Tremendous Mini affords quite a lot of in-depth small classes in craft taught by revealed authors. You’ll additionally get to mingle with different writers and business consultants.

eight. Writing Day Workshops

When and The place: 12 months-round all through the U.S.

Every of those day-long workshops affords a crash course on methods to get your guide revealed, with lessons and displays on every thing from writing queries to working with an agent to advertising your guide.

9. Missouri Writers Guild Convention

When: Yearly in Spring

The place: St. Louis, MO

The Missouri Writers Guild is a 100+-year-old group for skilled writers in all genres throughout the Midwest. Be part of its annual convention for writers in any respect ranges for breakout classes and masterclasses protecting the craft and enterprise of inventive writing.

10. Author’s Winter Escape Cruise

When: Bi-annually February-March

The place: Departs from Miami, FL for the Bahamas

Be part of this distinctive writers’ convention… at sea.

For 5 days, writers can take pleasure in the great thing about the Caribbean Sea whereas networking and studying concerning the publishing business.

Style fiction

11. Romance Writers of America Annual Convention

When: Yearly in July

The place: Location varies

Romance writers collect at this annual style convention to be taught extra concerning the enterprise of being an writer. Get a chance to fulfill and mingle with budding and profitable romance authors, in addition to workshops and occasions to spice up your writer profession.

12. SleuthFest

When: Yearly in February-March

The place: Boca Raton, Florida

SleuthFest is an annual convention for thriller, suspense and thriller writers sponsored by the Florida chapter of Thriller Writers of America.

This convention consists of writing and advertising workshops, networking occasions, and pitch classes with visitor brokers and editors. It even consists of hands-on forensic workshops!

13. Worldcon and North American Science Fiction Conference

When: Yearly

The place: Varied areas world wide

The World Science Fiction Conference (“Worldcon”) is an annual gathering of the science fiction and fantasy group, held in a special location world wide every year. When Worldcon is held exterior of North America, the corresponding NASFC is held in North America.

This five-day worldwide convention is attended by 1000’s of writers, artists, followers, editors, publishers, teachers and sellers. The occasion embraces science fiction in all of the varieties, together with movie, TV, artwork, comics, anime and manga, and gaming.

14. Killer Nashville

When: Yearly in August

The place: Nashville, TN

Whereas enticing to thriller/thriller authors and screenwriters for its distinctive crime-focused classes, Killer Nashville welcomes writers of all ranges and genres. 

“Think about listening to a CIA Analyst, an FBI agent on terrorism, Dr Invoice Bass on The Physique Farm, bestselling CJ Field on how he juggles his writing and plans his days, Heyward Gould on screenplays, and a lot extra. They even had a criminal offense scene, with awards to those that studied the clues and discovered the thriller,” thriller writer C. Hope Clark mirrored on her 2012 Killer Nashville expertise.

15. Thrillerfest

When: Yearly in July

The place: New York Metropolis

“It’s the solely convention the place I actually really feel at dwelling — and [International Thriller Writers] is actually the tribe I belong to…” says Joanna Penn (thriller writer J.F. Penn) at The Inventive Penn. “I can sit within the bar speaking about methods to homicide individuals and weapons of alternative and never really feel bizarre. I can be taught from a number of the largest names within the enterprise, whose hours of writing expertise quantity within the many 1000’s.

“The schooling program is totally the perfect within the thriller enterprise. I can fangirl like a geek with huge title authors who’re really only a load of bookish geeks too. I can have a drink with individuals I’ve solely beforehand worshipped from afar. I additionally really feel completely accepted as an indie, with no judgement round my enterprise decisions . . . I like ITW and I completely cherished Thrillerfest!”

Running a blog

16. BlogHer Creators Summit

When: Yearly in September

The place: Varied U.S. cities

Beforehand recognized merely as BlogHer, the reimagined Creators Summit in Brooklyn guarantees to deliver all the warmth of thought leaders and influencers that the convention has been recognized for for 15 years. Attend workshops, panels and keynotes for anybody who needs to stage up their on-line enterprise. You’ll even get to have interaction with widespread magnificence and wellness manufacturers.

17. We All Develop Summit

When: Yearly within the spring

The place: Close to Los Angeles, CA

We All Develop is a singular skilled convention for Latinas working within the digital house. Should you’re a web based influencer or inventive entrepreneur, this convention may also help you community with others, be taught methods for private and enterprise progress, and join with manufacturers that need to attain your group.

18. World Domination Summit

When: Yearly in July

The place: Portland, OR

You’ve gotten simply as soon as likelihood left to attend this widespread convention. WDS 2020 shall be its “10-year grand finale,” creator Chris Guillebeau introduced on the 2018 convention. Effectively-known within the blogosphere for pleasant surprises like 2012’s $100 funding, WDS is a gathering of 1000’s of unconventional thinkers — bloggers, entrepreneurs, vacationers and extra.

Be part of classes to learn to stay a superb life, journey world wide or write your first guide — no matter your “huge dream” could also be.

19. South by Southwest

When: Yearly in March

The place: Austin, TX

South by Southwest has develop into the nation’s premier occasion for the music, comedy, movie and digital expertise industries — mainly, any inventive individual or fan! Bloggers ought to regulate the main points for SXSW Interactive, night networking occasions that vary from events to award displays.

“What I like about SXSW — it at all times brings out my spontaneous aspect. I don’t make any plans till 5 minutes beforehand, and I adore it,” says Jenny Blake in a publish on Life After School, The Quantity One Tip for SXSW Beginner.


20. American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Convention

When: Yearly in Fall

The place: Varied U.S. cities

Attend this one-day convention in Washington, D.C., this yr to learn to handle a contract enterprise or publish a guide within the new media surroundings. You can even discover different one-day occasions all year long in different U.S. cities, protecting varied matters related to nonfiction writers, journalists and authors.

21. Society for Skilled Journalists Spring Convention Collection

When: Yearly in Spring

The place: Varied U.S. cities

These day-long skilled improvement conferences happen throughout 12 areas all through the U.S. They draw professionals, college students and educators for networking and coaching in matters starting from writing abilities to utilizing new applied sciences.

22. Society for Advancing Enterprise Enhancing and Writing

When: Yearly in Spring

The place: Varied U.S. cities

Study new media for journalists, writing for varied industries, managing your freelancing enterprise, and extra on this two-day convention for journalists and enterprise writers and editors. Additionally maintain an eye fixed out for centered digital and in-person trainings across the nation.

Kids’s guide writing and illustrating

23. SCBWI Annual Conferences

When: Varied dates

The place: Varied areas

The Society of Kids’s Guide Writers and Illustrators hosts a slew of regional conferences world wide all year long, together with the Annual Summer time Convention in Los Angeles every August, and the Annual Winter Convention in New York every February.

24. WriteOnCon

When: Yearly in February

The place: On-line, WriteOnCon.org

WriteOnCon is an online-only writers’ convention for kids’s writers. You’ll be able to entry keynote occasions and critique boards without cost and the remainder of the convention content material for a payment beginning at $5. You’ll even have a chance to purchase critiques from business professionals. Writer’s Weekly describes the options of this distinctive digital convention expertise:

“With out incurring journey bills, lining up childcare and battling crowds, greater than 11,000 aspiring youngsters’s and younger grownup authors attended WriteOnCon, a free on-line writing convention . . . From the consolation of dwelling, they have been capable of log onto the convention’s Site and examine blogs, vlogs, panel discussions, workshops and stay streaming offered by literary brokers, editors and revealed authors.”

Christian writing

25. Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Convention

When: Yearly in Might

The place: close to Asheville, NC

Held yearly at LifeWay Ridgecrest Convention Middle nestled within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Convention is the premier coaching and networking occasion for each seasoned and aspiring writers and audio system.

Worldwide (Outdoors of U.S.)

26. The London Guide Truthful

When: Yearly in Spring

The place: London, UK

In its personal phrases: “The London Guide Truthful is the worldwide market for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content material.”

LBF brings collectively authors, publishers and readers within the cultural hub of London to discover and perceive the rapidly-changing publishing world.

27. Surrey Worldwide Writers’ Convention

When: Yearly in October

The place: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

The Surrey Worldwide Writers’ Convention is the “most complete skilled improvement convention of its sort in Canada.” Open to writers of all ranges and genres, the convention affords a chance to point out off your work to the worldwide literary market in addition to to hone your craft and enterprise abilities.

28. The Vancouver Worldwide Writers & Readers Pageant

When: Yearly in October

The place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Within the cultural coronary heart of Vancouver, B.C., on Granville Island, this pageant invitations authors, poets, spoken phrase performers and graphic novelists to have fun the artwork of the story. It takes place for six days every October and continues all year long by the Incite studying sequence.

29. Belize Writers’ Convention

When: Yearly in April

The place: Hopkins, Belize

This five-day convention invitations 30 fiction, inventive nonfiction and memoir writers to “trip with literary brokers” and attend workshops designed that will help you increase your profession as an writer. Convention registration consists of meals and lodging at The Lodge at Jaguar Reef resort. Convention contributors are chosen by a juried software course of.

Indie publishing and self-publishing

30. Self Publishing Recommendation Convention (SPACON)

When: Yearly in spring and fall

The place: On-line

This on-line convention for authors keen on self-publishing runs fringe to the London Guide Truthful and Digital Guide World.

The convention is free and runs 24 classes — one an hour for 24 hours. You’ll be able to register to learn to attend the subsequent convention, and you’ll attend classes stay or catch up by yourself time.

31. Indie Bookfest

When: Yearly in Fall

The place: Orlando, FL

This four-day occasion consists of workshops, panels and social occasions for indie, hybrid and traditionally-published authors. It options classes on craft and advertising, in addition to occasions that allow you to mingle with readers and fellow authors.

We up to date this publish in 2019 so it’s extra helpful and related for our readers!

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Concerning the Creator: Dana Sitar

Dana Sitar has been writing and modifying for digital media since 2011, with bylines together with Inc., the New York Instances, Slate and extra. She shares recommendation for writers, editors, college students and educators on methods to write effectively at danasitar.com.

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