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Dec 13

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

What: Writer’s retreat
When: January 13-16, 2017
Where: Stockton Seaview Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ area

Why: Write and attend lots of prose and poetry workshops. Special guests, and Pulitzer Prize winners, Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds lead feedback sessions of Advanced Poetry Writing.

Poetry Workshops:

  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Feedback session with Stephen Dunn
  • Feedback session with Sharon Olds
  • Creative Writing Sampler (Fiction, Poetry, Memoir)

Additional Writing Workshops:

  • Fiction workshops
  • Nonfiction and memoir workshops
  • Song writing and other writing workshops

Tagline: Supportive. Energizing. Inspiring.

Dec 03

Advanced Horror Fiction Writing

What: Advanced Horror Fiction Writing Seminar
When: January 3-27, 2017
Where: Historic Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park CO 

Why: Learn about writing horror fiction part online, part on site in groups of 20. Colorado University faculty member Stephen Graham Jones, author of twenty-three published books, will lead students through writing workshops and discussions on building suspense, scaring readers, and incorporating gore, disgust and revulsion into their plots.

The Historic Stanley Hotel

Nov 22

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

Nov 19

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.


Oct 26

Attend New England’s top Crime Writer’s Conference

William Kent Krueger

What: Crime Writer’s Conference
When: November 11-13, 2016
Where: Hilton Boston/Dedham, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026

Why:  Network with agents, editors, and authors at the premier crime writer’s conference in New England, the New England Crime Bake.

Guest of honor:

William Kent Krueger, multiple award-winning author of fifteen books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in rural Minnesota, where the lives and cultures of the local residents and Ojibwe people intertwine.


  • “Practice Your Manuscript” Pitch Seminar
  • Agents and Editors Roundtables
  • One-on-One Pitch Sessions

Oct 12

New York Pitch Conference and Novel Writing Workshop

New York Pitch Conference What: New York Pitch Conference and Novel Writing Workshop
When: Mar 16 – 19, 2017

Where: Ripley Grier Studios, 580 8th Avenue, New York NY

Why: Hone your pitch, and in so doing, gain insight in to the marketability of your work. The New York Pitch Conference bills itself as “The Premier Career Launcher for Commercial Authors.” They claim to focus on almost everything: 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.

Tagline: “An Intensive Novel Workshop and Retreat”

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.

Visit New York Pitch Conference

Oct 06

The Vancouver Writers Fest

What: Writer’s Festival
When: October 17 – 23, 2016
Where: Vancouver, Canada

Why: Authors connect with readers as they share thoughts, explore ideas, and take part in  brilliant conversations. Selected events and a short video below.

  • City Dwellers: First Nations and the Urban Experience
    Lisa Charleyboy
  • Between the Pages
  • Illustrated Imaginations
    Faith Erin Hicks
    Frank Viva
    Studio 1398
  • Creatures, Kids and Community
    Alice Kuipers
    Vikki VanSickle
    Roy Henry Vickers
  • Nowhere to Grow But Up
    Ann Y.K. Choi
    Ivan Coyote
    Ashley Little
    Lisa Moore
    Paving the Way
    Monica Kulling
    Margriet Ruurs
  • Worlds Upside Down
    Ellen Schwartz
    Roy Henry Vickers
  • An Intimate Evening with Emma Donoghue
  • Searching for the Source
    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Ashley Little
    Francesca Melandri
  • The Poetry Bash
    Roberto Ascalon
    Liz Howard
    Christopher Merrill
    Sharon Olds
    Soraya Peerbaye
    Billy Ramsell
  • Grand Openings
    Andre Alexis
    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
    Ann Y.K. Choi
    Emma Donoghue
    Francesca Melandri
    Peter Robinson
  • Dystopian Dreams
    Michael Helm
    M.G. Vassanji
    Charlotte Wood
  • Lit Up
    David Denby
  • Word!
    Roberto Ascalon
    Emilee Nimetz
    Aaron Simm
  • Dispatches from the Danger Zone
    Sarah Glidden
    Kevin Patterson
  • Wit Craft
    Marni Jackson
    Amy Jones
    Lisa Moore
    Maria Semple
  • The Best of Writers & Company
    Eleanor Wachtel
  • Resistance is Fertile
    Anna Smaill
    Madeleine Thien
    Xue Yiwei
  • Modern Day Bards
    Deanna Rodger and special guests
  • This Really Happened
  • Live and Learn
    Gordon Korman
    Frank Viva
  • Mythical Modern Worlds
    Erin Bow
    C.C. Humphreys
  • Setting the Hook for Suspense
    Eileen Cook
    Alice Kuipers
  • Into the Future with Erin Bow
  • Read It Again, Please!
    Monica Kulling
    Olive Senior
    Vikki VanSickle
  • New Face of Fiction
    Gail Anderson-Dargatz
    Lynne Kutsukake
    Yann Martel
  • A Good Way to Get Yourself Killed
    Michael Koryta
    Peter Robinson
    Sam Wiebe
  • Chimes of Freedom
    Yaa Gyasi
    Colson Whitehead

Sep 30

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


Sep 17

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

Sep 11

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

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