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Picture Book Summit in writing
Picture Book Summit
Experience a dream lineup of picture book stars -- all without leaving the comfort of your home! World class speakers, world class workshops, world class submission opportunities and world class FUN.
Internet

Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru in writing
Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru
Join 7-time author Laura Davis for a transformative 15 day writing and yoga retreat to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of Peru.
Peru

Wake Up and Write Writer's Retreat Workshop in writing
Wake Up and Write Writer's Retreat Workshop
Join STORY GENIUS author Lisa Cron for a curriculum tailored to bring the best out of you and your work-in-progress. Oct 16-23, 2017 Haverford, PA.
Haverford, Philadelphia, PA

Writing As a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change in writing
Writing As a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change
A week living & writing with a supportive community at a gorgeous retreat center, using writing practice as a tool for growth, healing, transformation.
Bolinas, CA

2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing
2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference
Las Vegas Writer's Conference has sessions and workshops for all levels of writers from beginners to ready to publish whether traditional or self publishing Apr 19-21, 2018.
Las Vegas, NV

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing
Flathead River Writers Conference
Presenter expertise: Suspense, Western, Middle-grade & Young adult sci-fi & fantasy, Romantic comedy, Social media, Crowdfunding 101, Children’s writing trends, Writing craft, Agents. Near Glacier Park, MT Sep 23-24.
Kalispell, MT

Bali: Write, Travel, Transform on the Back Roads of Bali in writing
Bali: Write, Travel, Transform on the Back Roads of Bali
Come to Bali with 7-time Author Laura Davis for a transformative journey filled with adventure, writing, & community. These 15 days will change your life.
Candi Dasa, Ubud, Munduk, Bali : Candi Dasa, Ubud, Munduk, Indonesia

Algonkian Novel Writing Courses and Program in writing
Algonkian Novel Writing Courses and Program
The first truly competitive novel writing program. No time wasting or gimmicks. Professional consults and literary agent pitch forums. We tell it straight.
CA : CO : CT : DC : DC : FL : IL : IL : MA : NC : NY : OR : PA : VA : WA : England : Internet

The Asheville Christian Writers Conference - Writers Bootcamp in writing
The Asheville Christian Writers Conference - Writers Bootcamp
3-day Smoky Mountain retreat conference features small editor/agent/publisher classes & discussion groups, intense writing workshops taught by award-winning authors. Feb 16-18, 2018 Asheville, NC.
Asheville, NC

The Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference in writing
The Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference
Join us for a celebration of writing and reading with noted authors in the nation's oldest city, Sep 15-17, 2016 St. Augustine, Florida.
St. Augustine, FL

Sanibel Island Writers Conference in writing
Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Four-day conference for writers of all levels, features workshops, panels, and consultations with our faculty of celebrated authors and teachers. Sanibel, FL, Nov 2-5, 2017
Sanibel Island, FL

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing
San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2017 San Francisco Writing for Change (Sept. 9th) features STEPHEN DINAN. 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 15-18) features DANA GIOIA, California Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman.
San Francisco, CA

Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews in writing
Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews
First novel published? No? Join the top .001 and become a true brass-ring author. Straight talk, commercial contracts, no amateur feeback.
San Diego & San Francisco, CA : New York, NY : Algonkian Park & Richmond, VA

James Bonnet's Storymaking Workshops in France and California in writing
James Bonnet's Storymaking Workshops in France and California
7 Day Storymaking Retreats in CA and France for Novelists and Screenwriters with James Bonnet. Santa Monica, CA - Sep 10-16. Nans sous Ste Anne, France - Oct 7-13 (THIS SESSION IS FULL) and OCT 21-27
Santa Monica, CA : France

Writers Studio at UCLA Extension in writing
Writers Studio at UCLA Extension
An intensive 4 days of instruction and writing. Participants choose from 10 workshops in which they work closely with a professional writer, limited to 15 students.
Los Angeles, CA

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing
Southern California Writers' Conference
Believing that craft matters, SCWC has facilitated well over $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. LA/Irvine, CA, Sep. 22-24, 2017
Los Angeles, Palm Springs & San Diego, CA : Sunriver, OR

Murphy Writing of Stockton University in writing
Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Supportive workshops will energize and inspire your writing. Take advantage: plentiful writing time, insightful feedback and good company.
NH : NJ : Scotland, : Wales, : Spain : United Kingdom

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference in writing
Write on the Sound Writers' Conference and Pre-Conference
Located on Puget Sound, this affordable and small conference (limit 275 attendees) focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.
Edmonds, WA

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Fiction Writing Workshop
You will shape and deepen your writing or as a first-time writer, begin to write. You'll receive feedback, guidance,and inspiration to...
PA
Setting and Description: A Believable World of People, Places, and Events
This workshop will give you techniques to establish a credible sense of time/place, use description/setting to move your story forward, keep...
PA
Fiction Writing Weekend Workshop
Master your imagination. A workshop for every writer ready to let Maaza Mengiste inspire, support, and challenge them.
NY
Hollihock Writers Conference
Hollihock welcomes writers in any phase of their literary life for a three day weekend of classes, panels and readings. Immerse...
MA
Gateway To Writing
13th Annual Writers Conference The Power of Story: Weaving Plot and Character Together!
Connecticut Writing Workshop
Connecticut Writing Workshop— a full-day "Getting Published" writing event. This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over...
CT
Greater Raleigh Area Writers Conference
Three-day writers workshop conference features small classes taught by acquiring editors, publisher, and award-winning authors. Meet with editors and seasoned professionals....
NC
WriteBrooklyn
WriteBrooklyn is a collection of egalitarian, intensive writing workshops for people with stories to tell.
NY
Letters & Lines Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference
EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW about children’sbook publishing. Learn from editors, agents,professional authors, and illustrators who are experts in writing...
CO, WY