Monthly Archive: November 2016

A Retreat for Writers in Oaxaca, Mexico

What: Writer’s retreat with feedback
When: Dec 6 – 14, 2016
Where: Casa Panchita, Xochimilco barrio, Oaxaca, Mexico

Why: Escape from the world with your writing under the tutelage of teacher and writer Donna Hanelin, who will offer feedback and editing on your work.

You will be able to work independently, but enjoy private consultation every day.  Take part in tours of the beautiful Oaxaca area.

Workshop-retreats in Mexico

How to write an essay like greatest writers did?

What: Essay writing workshop for students
When: November 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Le Bain club, The Standard Hotel, 18th floor, New York City.

Why: Talk, write, and think about great essays by prominent writers from Hemingway and Nabokov to Burroughs and Kerouac.

  • Analyze essays by the greatest writers of all time.
  • Have a look at companies’ case studies that have gone viral.
  • Read papers of unknown authors that were never read before.
  • Produce strategies for making your essay go viral
  • Use technologies for gaining ideas
  • Write essays with power, style, and inspiration

Workshop leader:

Educational coach Natalie Andersen.


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.

Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference

What: Writers’ Conference
When: August 18-21, 2016
Where: Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Why: Touts itself as the leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres and most written about writers’ conference on the web. Killer Nashville, they say, is about the relationships, which distinguishes it from the others. Their website lays out their aims:

  • Assist authors of all writing genres and formats
  • Develop a better understanding of the craft of the mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime fiction and nonfiction genres specifically
  • Portray law enforcement and forensic science in a fair and accurate manner

The conference is designed as an intimate conference with an emphasis on networking, education, and career planning, with attendance capped at 500. Take part in scheduled sessions, manuscript critiques, roundtables & panels, networking parties and direct connections.

They offer nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, Mystery Bingo, the authors’ bar, wine tasting, two cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner, film previews and live music performances.

Get R&R in downtown Nashville over the weekend.

Guests of Honor: Janet Evanovich and Kevin O’Brien.

Tagline: “A place for thriller, suspense, mystery writers and literature lovers”

Antioch Writers’ Workshop

What: Annual week-long summer program
When: July 9-15, 2016
Where: Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, United States

Why: Learn about writing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and memoir from keynote speaker and instructor Roxane Gay, other guest speakers and faculty. Learn about the business of publishing.

Choose your option:

  • The Full Week Experience
  • Saturday Seminar
  • Afternoon Only Seminar

Since: 1986

The Ultimate Writers Weekend

Why: Join Andrew Jobling, author of Eat Chocolate, Drink Alcohol and be Lean & Healthy and other books, and mentor Kelly Myles, also a recently published author,  for a weekend of advice about how to harness your habits, change your attitude and finish your book. Learn about publishing productivity, effectiveness and time management, as well as marketability.

Ultimate Writers Weekend

Andrew Jobling