Category Archive: Conference

22nd Annual South Coast Writers Conference

Keynote Speaker Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

What: Writers Conference
When: Feb 17 – 18, 2017
Where: Gold Beach Center, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Gold Beach, Oregon


Meet from top writers of the Northwest and learn about a variety of genres:

  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Young Adult

Organizers of the South Coast Writers Conference recommend the program for both novice and published authors. They promise inspiration, renewal, new insights and new skills. Connect with  fellow writers and resources.


  • C. Lill Ahrens
  • Jennifer Burns Bright
  • Bill Cameron
  • Jamie Duclos-Yourdon
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Rita Hosking
  • Janet Sumner Johnson
  • Vinnie Kinsella
  • Michael Lamanna
  • Bruce Holland Rogers.

Workshop size limit:




Other local opportunities:

The South Coast Writers Conference takes place on Presidents Day weekend, so you have the opportunity to explore if you decide to stay for an additional day.  Local sites of interest:

  • Wild Rivers Coast
  • Miles of spectacular beaches
  • Many hiking trails
  • Sports on the Rogue River.

Phone: 541.247.2741.

Imaginarium Writer’s Convention

What: Writer’s convention
When: Oct 7-9 2016
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville, KY

Why: Learn about writing and publishing in the worlds of books, movies, gaming, music, and graphic novels. Also participate in panels and workshop with 150+ professional guests, along with fun and games, too.

A few selected workshops:

  • Props & Modeling – William Fink
  • Interviewing your Characters – Lynn Tincher
  • Audiobooks – Jack Wallen
  • The Music and How it Can Enhance your Writing– Dave Simms
  • How to do a Book Trailer! – Rebekah McCauliffe
  • Hydra Publications Pitch Session
  • Book Marketing Basics – Eric Beebe
  • Social Media 101 – Violet Patterson
  • The Author/Editor Relationship
  • Big or Small
  • New Author Boot Camp
  • The Business of Being a Writer
  • Submission Etiquette

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Word Vancouver: Inspiring Words

Bif Naked

What: Book Festival
When: September 21 – 25
Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Why: Attend readings, workshops, panels and writing consultations. A sampling:

  • Get It Out: A Writer’s Guide to the Submissions of Literary Works for Publication with Jami Macarty
  • Family as Inspiration: A Fiction Workshop with Simon Choa-Johnston.
  • Taking Control of Your Own Marketing with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman
  • Starting Your Story with Marion Crook
  • Writing From Within: Memoir and Identity. Presented by Hapa-palooza. With Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Betsy Warland, Naomi Wakan, and Brandy Lien-Worrall. Moderated by Anna Ling Kaye.
  • Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers and Publishers. Presented by the Magazine Association of BC. With Jónína Kirton, Chelene Knight, and Elee Kraljii Gardiner. Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

Lynn Johnston

With: Bif Naked, Ujjal Dosanjh, Lynn Johnston, Garry Gottfriedson, Anosh Irani

In the words of the organizers: This is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held during the last week of September at various venues throughout the city, our festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Central Coast Writer’s Conference

What: Writing Conference
When: September 30 – October 1
Where: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Why: New and established writers can attend over 50 different writing, publishing, and marketing workshops in all genres as well as private critique sessions, writer’s bootcamps, a teen writing program, writing workshops, marketing and private writer critique sessions (including lunch with authors).

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