Category Archive: Conferences:

Mar 18

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2017 and 3-day Book Fair

What: Chanticleer Authors Conference and book fair
When: Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017
Where: Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham WA

Why: Get the tools you need to make yourself known, cultivate readership and increase sales. Get the marketing skills you need and sell more books.

Chanticleer Authors Conference Faculty:

Margie Lawson, Robert Dugoni, Shari Stauch, Chris Humphries, Eileen Cook, Kathy L. Murphy, Diane Isaacs, Kiffer Brown, Pamela Beason, Sara Stamey, and others.


Organizers claim to focus on a wide variety of categories: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Travel and Young Adult.

Pretty Venue


Attend sessions on the topics below.

  • Book Marketing Tips & Tools
  • Engaging Readers and Building a Fan-base using Leadership Communication
  • Understanding Distribution and Sales Channel
  • Book Distribution and Trade Show Representation
  • WattPad – Book Discovery and Building a Fan Base
  • Publishing Avenues – the latest options
  • How to Design a Cover that Sells Your Book
  • Promotions Checklist and Promotional Strategies for Your Books
  • How to Access Book Clubs and Reading Groups
  • Secrets to Increasing Your Readership
  • The Best Services for Selling Your E-Pubs
  • Reviews – How to make yours work harder for you
  • Libraries – an insider shares her tips
  • Author Branding & Internet Identity
  • Social Media Strategies & Savvy
  • E-pub Avenues & Tactics
  • Discoverability Tools & Strategic Planning for Heightened Visibility
  • Audio Books – Perfect for Today’s Busy “Readers”
  • The Business of Being a Writer
  • Collaboration & Networking to Expand Web Presence
  • Branding & Platform Building
  • Pricing Strategies

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Mar 01

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference 2017: Changing the World with Words

MidSouth Christian Writers Conference keynote speaker James Watkins

What: Christian Writers Conference
When: Mar 18, 2017
Where: Collierville First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Rd, Collierville TN

Develop your writing skills with other Christians at the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference. Both advanced and beginner participants are welcome at the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference. Reap the rewards of one-on-one appointments with industry professionals and receive practical advice.

Program Focus:

Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Publishing, Religion, Romance

Take part in the following activities:

  • Keynote Session  – James Watkins
  • Three Workshop Session 1
  • Bookstore
  • Networking with other Christians inspired to write
  • Panel Discussions
  • Evaluations

Christian Writers Conference workshops:

  • John Burgette – Organizing Research Notes: Keep It Simple
  • Ramona Richards – Shoot the Deputy: How Secondary Characters Can Make or Break a Novel
  • Nancy Kay Grace – Toes in the Water: Getting Your Feet Wet in Blogging
  • Deborah MaloneMystery Writing 101
  • Andrew Breeden – Writing Devotionals for The Upper Room Magazine
  • Hallee Bridgeman – Seven Steps to Successful Self-Publishing
  • Johnnie Alexander & Patricia Bradley – Telling the Story: I Wrote It My Way
  • Jim Watkins – Writing with Banana Peels
  • Sandra Robbins – How to Combine Riveting Suspense with Heartwarming Romance

Keynote speaker: James Watkins

Feb 05 2017

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes

What: Well-established conference
When: February 16-19, 2017
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Fransisco


Meet over one hundred literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors. Explore the best ways to publish and promote your work. Hear about new trends in the industry. Boost your social media reach. Build your writing career.

Selected presenters:

  • Heather Graham, Flawless
  • John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • William Bernhardt, The Game Master
  • Jon Agee, Terrific
  • Rusty Shelton
  • Steven Spatz, president of BookBaby


  • “A-Pro session”
  • consult with an editor
  • pitch & open mic sessions
  • one-on-one networking with presenters
  • talk to representatives of both self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • Speed Dating with Agents (extra)

Topics covered:               

  • Autobiography/Memoir
  • Business/Technical
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Religion
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Travel
  • Young Adult

SFWC also offers Pre and Post Event classes on February 16th and 20th open to all writers. You will also find free sessions during the conference. See the website for details.

Feb 02

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference – Writers Bootcamp

What: 3-day retreat / conference
When: Feb 17 – 19, 2017
Where: The Cove – The Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Rd, Asheville NC

Why: Take part in classes and small discussion groups about editors, agents and publishers. Also explore workshops led by award-winning authors.


  • Best selling and award winning authors Vonda Skelton and Michelle Medlock Adams
  • Author and writing coach – Larry Leech
  • Award winning authors Yvonne Lehman, Cindy Sproles and Edie Melson
  • Christian Communicator and Editor Lin Johnson
  • Linda Gilden, author
  • Denise Loock, author and editor
  • Eddie Jones, Publisher Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Christian
  • Communicator, Magazine publishers and Radio Host
  • Scott McCausey and worship leader, LaTan Murphy

From the organizers:

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference offers attendees the experience of a large writers conference but on a more personal and intimate level. Consider this your “Writers Bootcamp” and an intense weekend of fun and work.

Jan 28

31st Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference

What: Writers Conference run by professional writers
Where: Crowne Plaza Hanalei, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego CA 
When: Feb 17-19 2017


Attend your choice of 11 workshops from a selection of 31 in 4 categories:

  • Read & Critique
  • Rogue Read & Critique(s)
  • Craft & Execution
  • Business & Copywriting

The organizers report that they have “facilitated some $4 million worth of 1st time authors’ deals.”

Manuscript critique & one-on-one consultation also available.


Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Publishing, Religion, Romance, Screenwriting, Young Adult

Group Size:


Year Established:


Tagline: “A writer is a writer before, as well as after, publication”



Jan 16 2017

Content Creation Camp

Content Creation Camp - Gina Hogan Edwards

Gina Hogan Edwards

What: Women’s writing retreat
When: January 25 – 29, 2017
Where: St. George Island, Florida


Get time to escape and achieve clarity about your book idea, finally start writing your blog, or start/finish any other writing project. Attend short workshops limited to ten per group, and learn writing tools and techniques, surrounded by plenty of time to write, in a beautiful and hopefully inspiring environment.


Gina Hogan Edwards, Creativity Coach, Editor, and Founder of Around the Writer’s Table will lead short morning/afternoon workshops.

Jan 16

The 2017 Moravian College Writers’ Conference: Writing and Sustainability

What: Writers conference
When: February 3 – 4, 2017
Where: Main Street Campus, Haupert Union Building., 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem PA

Why:  Energize your writing, work with professional faculty, and connect with other writers with workshops of 15 members or fewer and craft talks on the theme of writing & sustainability. At this writers conference, also  take part in the faculty roundtable, faculty readings and book signings. Writers of all genres and career stages are welcome.

Improve your work in the following areas: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Journalism, Mystery, Nature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Religion, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult and documentary studies.

Faculty Keynote speaker: Alison Hawthorne Deming

Guest faculty:

  • Julia Kasdorf
  • Paul Acampora
  • Mary Heather Noble
  • Chuck Wendig.
Moravian College Writer's Conference

Alison Hawthorne Deming

About keynote speaker Alison Hawthorne Deming:

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent nonfiction book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has authored three additional nonfiction books and five poetry books with Stairway to Heaven and Death Valley: Painted Light, in collaboration with astronomer/ photographer Stephen Strom.

Her first book Science and Other Poems won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has received a number of other accolades, as well.

Dec 22

35th Key West Literary Seminar: Revealing Power – The Literature of Politics

What: Seminar
When: January 12 – 15, 2017
Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West FL

Why: Take part in 4-day seminar includes readings, conversations, lectures, panel discussions. Learn about autobiography/memoir, children’s, fiction, humor, journalism, mystery, nature, non-fiction, playwriting, poetry, publishing, science fiction/fantasy, screenwriting, travel and young adult.

In the words of the organizers:

“Revealing Power” will be a singular literary exploration of power—of those who wield it, those who suffer under it, and those who seek to attain it—and of what power reveals about the human condition. Confirmed speakers are listed below.

Speakers include:

  • Ann Beattie
  • Robert Caro
  • Stephen L. Carter
  • Teju Cole
  • Gail Collins
  • Billy Collins
  • Deborah Eisenberg
  • Garrett Epps
  • Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Joe Klein
  • Rachel Kushner
  • Thomas Mallon
  • Jane Mayer
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Peter S. Onuf
  • George Saunders
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Brenda Wineapple

Nov 18

Break into a Pro Market at the New York Pitch Conference

Why: Hone your pitch, and in so doing, gain insight in to the marketability of your work. Bills itself as “The Premier Career Launcher for Commercial Authors.”  Focus on Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy or Young Adult.

Learn with authors, agents and editors, including Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff and Paula Munier.

Algonkian – the sponsor – bills itself as one of “the most successful and pragmatic events for writers and authors who desire to break into major commercial markets.” Learn how pitch a professional and get your work taken seriously industry professionals. All advice is provided by professionals, not peer critique.

Sep 12

Women Writing the West Conference

What: 22nd annual writer’s conference
When: October 13 – 16, 2016
Where: Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM

Why: Improve your writing and celebrate the lives of forgotten women of the past in the city where Willa Cather wrote Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Some planned events:

  • The New Frontier: Writing for an Ever- changing Movie and Television Landscape
  • Roundtable Advance Critique – with a guest agent or editor
  • Pitch Sessions
  • The Right to Write
  • People Do Judge a Book by its Cover!
  • Wrangling Your Taxes
  • Making the Most of Your Library Market
  • Q&A with guest editors and agents 
  • Writing Across Borders & Cultures
  • Just Whose Story is This?
  • Ghosties in Fiction
  • Live in the Story or Die on the Page
  • And more…

Theme: “Enduring Spirits, Untold Stories”

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