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Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews in writing
Algonkian Writers Conference Reviews - New York Pitch Conference Reviews
First novel published or no? Join the top .001 who have an actual chance of becoming published commercial authors. Straight talk. Only professionals.
San Diego & San Francisco, CA : New York, NY : Algonkian Park & Richmond, VA

New York Writers Workshop:  Pitch Conferences & Workshops in writing
New York Writers Workshop: Pitch Conferences & Workshops
Three-day conferences for writers who pitch their book proposals to editors from major New York publishers. Apr 10-12 & Mar 13-15, 2015 New York, NY
New York City, NY

Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops in writing
Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshops
2015 Aegean Arts Circle Writing workshop with DAVID LAZAR Essayist/Founding Editor of Hotel Amerika. Guest Poet/Writer:Adrianne Kalfopoulou. Jun 23 - Jul 3, Andros Island, Greece
Andros Island, Athens, Greece

San Francisco Writers Conference in writing
San Francisco Writers Conference
The 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference, a 'Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community', features 100+ bestselling authors, agents, editors and publishers February 12-15.
San Francisco, CA

The Lost Art of Personal Writing in writing
The Lost Art of Personal Writing
Write for enjoyment, to communicate, or to publish - it all begins with personal writing.
St. Paul & Grand Marais, MN

Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise in writing
Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise
Lectures on craft, roundtables, readings, receptions, daily workshops in Novel, Short Story, Nonfiction, Young Adult Writing led by award-winning and best-selling authors. Jan 17-25, 2015
St. Petersburg, FL

2015 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing
2015 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.
Las Vegas, NV

Writing the Rockies in writing
Writing the Rockies
This annual workshop features concurrent tracks in genre fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and publishing, plus keynotes, readings, one-on-one pitch sessions, manuscript critique sessions Jul 22-25, 2015
Gunnison, CO

Write, Travel, Transform: Scotland in writing
Write, Travel, Transform: Scotland
Join bestselling author Laura Davis for a transformative journey into the heart of the Scotland. These days writing and living in community will change your life.
Scotland

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

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

Colgate Writers’ Conference in writing
Colgate Writers’ Conference
Daily workshops of ten or fewer participants, personal consultations, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and informal conversations. Jun 14-20, 2015
Hamilton, NY

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing
Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Inspiring conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Get plotting and poetic for June 25-27, 2015.
Jackson Hole, WY

Write His Answer Christian Writers Conferences & Seminars in writing
Write His Answer Christian Writers Conferences & Seminars
Write His Answer conferences (Colorado & Philadelphia) will encourage you to write about a God who is real, who is reachable, and who changes lives.
Estes Park, CO : Langhorne, PA

Get Away to Write - Spain in writing
Get Away to Write - Spain
Immerse yourself in a week-long writing experience in beautiful northern Spain. Enjoy supportive workshops, panoramic clifftop views and an excursion to Barcelona. July 14-21, 2015
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 intimate conference (limit 275) focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on marketing and specialty topics.
Edmonds, WA

Odyssey: The Summer Fantasy Writing Workshop in writing
Odyssey: The Summer Fantasy Writing Workshop
Six-week summer workshop for serious writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Prestigious faculty of award-winning authors. 6/8/2015-7/17/2015 • Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.
Manchester, NH

ASJA Writers Conference in writing
ASJA Writers Conference
Want to know the secret to a successful writing career? Come to ASJA2015: Connect for Success, in midtown Manhattan Apr 30 - May 2, 2015
New York City, NY

Unicorn Writers' Conference in writing
Unicorn Writers' Conference
Network with 48 agents, 15 NYC book editors, and other guest speakers. Get MS feedback from industry shot-callers and hone your craft practical tutorials from publishing executives August 15, 2015.
Purchase, NY

Writers' Police Academy in writing
Writers' Police Academy
The most hands-on, interactive, and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. 8/20-23/2015
Appleton, WI

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 24-26, 2015 St. Augustine, Florida.
St. Augustine, FL

Yale Writers' Conference in writing
Yale Writers' Conference
Writers' conference that includes workshops, individual conferences, master classes, craft talks, student & faculty readings. Jun 18-21, 2015 New Haven CT
New Haven, CT

Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program in writing
Algonkian Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program
The first truly competitive novel writing program created by literary agents, editors, and writers. No time wasting, no gimmicks. Straight talk.
San Francisco, CA : D.C., DC : Tampa, FL : Atlanta, GA : Chicago, IL : New Orleans, LA : Boston, MA : Raleigh, NC : New York, NY : Dallas, TX : Seattle, WA

Exploring the Voice of Your Soul - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps in writing
Exploring the Voice of Your Soul - A Summer Retreat in the French Alps
Journey into a secret garden to write, dream, create, and explore your inner life in the magical space of a converted monastery. Clos des Capucins,French Alps
Yenne, France

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2015 in writing
Chanticleer Authors Conference 2015
Engaging Readers and Building a Fanbase, Discoverability in Today's Publishing Market, Accelerating Book Sales, Book Marketing Tools and Tips, and the Business of Writing!
Seattle, : Bellingham, : Pacific Northwest, WA : Vancouver, Canada : British Columbia, Canada

Moravian Writers' Conference in writing
Moravian Writers' Conference
Energize your writing, work with accomplished faculty, and connect with other writers at the 2015 Moravian Writers' Conference. Jun 5-7, 2015 Moravian College!
Bethlehem, PA

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing
Writers Retreat Workshop
May 14-21, 2015. Featured guest, Don Maass. Your story, your writing, your writing life. For nearly thirty years that has been, and continues to be, our focus.
San Antonio, TX

Kauai Writers Conference in writing
Kauai Writers Conference
The conference of a lifetime...Extraordinary authors, extraordinary agents, in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Intimate sessions, manuscript critiques. Limited to 150.
Kapaa, HI

The Writer's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry in writing
The Writer's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
Your mini-MFA & writing conference hybrid. Join us in NYC this June! Workshops/agents/lectures/events & you get to read in NYC! http://tinyurl.com/nzt87bm
New York, NY

James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops in writing
James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops
What if a narrative combined the secrets of both literary and commercial writing without sacrificing quality?
Anna Maria Island, FL : Wodostock, NY : San Miguel, Mexico

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James Joyce Meets Judith Krantz: The Literary Blockbuster Workshops
What if a narrative combined the secrets of both literary and commercial writing without sacrificing quality?
FL, NY, Mexico
Lazuli Writers' Residency
Lazuli Literary Group offers 1-week writers’ residencies in Hudson, NY. Each residency offers group craft discussions, instructor feedback, lodging, meals, and...
NY, NY
Left Bank Writers Retreat
The six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat, held annually in Paris, includes morning writing sessions, experimenting with style and genres, for a...
France
Writing With Care
Using creative approaches to contemplation, observation and structure, the workshop discusses individual processes and the place of writing in one’s life....
Canada
Spring 2015 Workshops
Writing workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Thriller & Mystery, Writing for Magazines, Early, Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction and Essentials...
Philadelphia Writers' Conference
A non-profit regional conference whose purpose is to bring writers together for instruction, counsel, networking, and the exchange of ideas. Features...
PA
How to Write & Publish Your Book, with award-winning author and publisher Neil White
Neil White reveals publishing secrets that no one else talks about. Anyone planning to write or publish a book simply must...
MS, MS, MS
Let Your Imagination Take Flight
Workshops on craft, business, writers life. Agent/Editor Pitch Appointmens
MA
Solstice Writing Retreat
Solstice is a three-day workshop with eight hours of workshop session, panel discussions and other instruction. Instructors include Dean Hughes, Chris...
UT
BooksGosocial Writers Conference
A mixture of writing craft, self publishing and digital marketing sessions from qualified instructors in Ireland's leading writing center.
Ireland
Elk River Writer's Workshop
The 2015 Elk River Writer’s Workshop brings together prominent writers and students for four days of seminars, lectures and readings in...
MT, MT
Write Now! 2015
One-day writing conference sponsored by Triangle Area Freelancers featuring tracks devoted to fiction, nonfiction and technical writing. Open to writers of...
NC
The Writer's Pen Weekend Workshop
Book Fair with over 20 authors followed by keynote presentation with author Kevin Cowherd; 36 workshops over 4 time slots, lunch...
MD