Monthly Archive: September 2016

Surrey International Writers Conference

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America President Cat Rambo.

What: Writer’s conference
When: Oct. 20-23, 2016
Where: Surrey, BC, Canada

Why: Here, beginner and expert writers sharpen their craft and find a market. Attend pitch sessions, “Blue Pencil Cafe” appointments, and the trade show. You can also see presentations by many writers and agents. Bills itself as “most comprehensive professional development conference of its kind in Canada.”

Keynotes: Angie Abdou,  Jael Richardson, Larry Brooks, Cat Rambo


Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

What: Book Festival
When: October 14th-16th
Where:  War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee

Why: Listen to the words of over two hundred authors from throughout the USA, representing  every genre. Free and open to the public.

 Sample sessions:

  • Sisters in Crime presents Crimes, Cons, and Capers: The Many Faces of Crime Fiction
    Jessie Powell
    Erica Wright
  • Old Wounds and New Rituals: Three Poets
  • Mysteries of Southern Girlhood: Two Novels
    Carrie Mullins
  • The Future of Nashville Media
    Ken Paulson
  • Mosaics of Myth and Mischief: Two Poets
    David Olney
    Jeanie Thompson
  • World Small and Large: Two Poetry Collections
    Darnell Arnoult
    J. Scott Brownlee
    Sarah Freligh
    Tina Barr
  • Chris James
  • On the Pleasures of Owning Persons: The Hidden Face of American Slavery
    Volney P. Gay
  • Field of Graves: A Taylor Jackson Novel; No one Knows
    J.T. Ellison
  • Homefront Survivors: Three Historical Novels
    June Hall McCash
  • Portrayals: Finding Voice and Vision
    Carole Brown Knuth
    Jean MacArthur Tyson
    Shirley Hall
  • Reluctant Heroines: YA Fantasy Novels on Twisted Sisterhood and Precarious Humanity
    Lauren Oliver

War Memorial Plaza

Southern Festival of Books

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”

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

Baltimore Book Festival

Thomas Dolby will discuss his memoir

What: Book festival
When: Sept 23-25, 2016
Where: Baltimore Inner Harbor

Why: Attend discussions of writing and the lives of writers, readings, hundreds of author appearances and panel discussions While taking part in entertainment and dining.

Some events of interest include: The Story Behind the Story: Adventures with Baltimore Writers, in which local authors talk about researching, reporting, and writing, and  a solo book talk with Thomas Dolby, who leads a discussion on his memoir, “The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology.”

Tagline: “Where readers and authors connect.”

2016 Great Valley Bookfest

What: Book festival
When: Oct 8th 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Where: Manteca, CA 

Why: Learn about writing from a long list of presenting authors and enjoy the festivities for young an old. Catch up on what authors of children’s books, tales of suspense, poetry, fiction, fantasy, history, westerns, mystery, cookbooks, romance, adult romance, and self-help have to say about their craft. A fun book festival for writers and readers.

Presenting authors:

  • Robin Burcell
  • Jay/J.K. Norry
  • Michele Drier
  • Jennifer Laam
  • June Gillam
  • William Kent Krueger
  • Lisa McGuiness
  • R.M. Gilmore
  • J. Daniel Batt
  • John Byrne Barry
  • Allison Brennan
  • Bonnie Phelps
  • Anne Biggs
  • Britt Nunes
  • Daniel Babka
  • Getty Ambau
  • Joe Compton
  • Kristin Miller
  • Marilyn Meredith
  • Paula Treick DeBoard
  • Robert Pacholik
  • Roh Morgon
  • Sydney Avey
  • Melinda Curtis
  • Steve Hammond
  • Margie Vieira
  • Tony Hawthorne
  • Robert O’Hanneson

2016 Colorado Gold Conference

What: Fiction Writers’ Conference
When: September 9-11, 2016
Where: Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
3801 Quebec Street Denver CO 80207

Why: Join hundreds of your fellow writers, whether aspiring or veteran, traditionally or self published, for networking and companionship, programs and pitch opportunities. Focus on craft improvement, genre knowledge, career management, industry savvy, and continuing education and professional development for published authors.

Keynote speakers:

Robert J. Sawyer

Highly lauded winner of the science fiction Triple Crown – the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards for his novels Hominids, The Terminal Experiment, and Mindscan.

Ann Hood

Winner of two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, the Best American Spiritual Writing and Travel Writing Awards, and a Boston Public Library Literary Light Award, and author of Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Paris Review, O, Bon Appetit, Tin House, The Atlantic Monthly and Real Simple.

Also meet 17 agents, editors, mentors and special guests.