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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

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

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 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

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

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

Writing in the Yucatan in writing
Writing in the Yucatan
Enjoy a week-long women's writing retreat with Joan Lee Hunter April 4-11, 2015, in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, a quiet fishing village on the Mayan Riviera.
Puerto Morelos, Mexico

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 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

The Writer's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry in writing
The Writer's Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
TWH is a low residency and conference hybrid. We mentor and edit manuscripts pre-conference. In NYC: workshops, agents, lectures and your own reading.
New York, NY

Writing Immersion in Sustainable Tuscany in writing
Writing Immersion in Sustainable Tuscany
Holistic retreat near the Castle that Only God Knows - Tuscany - Creative writing, yoga, and painting workshops. May 2015
Assisi, Italy : Siena, Italy

Southern California Writers' Conference in writing
Southern California Writers' Conference
Believing that craft matters, SCWC has facilitated some $4 million in first-time authors’ book and screen deals. San Diego CA, Feb 13-16, 2015.
Los Angeles, Palm Springs & San Diego, CA : Sunriver, OR

Making Space for Inspiration- A Summer Writing Retreat in the French Alps in writing
Making Space for Inspiration- A Summer Writing 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

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

PubSense Summit 2015 in writing
PubSense Summit 2015
The brightest stars in publishing, author branding and book marketing, gathered to help emerging authors and publishers make sense of a rapidly shifting landscape.
Charleston, SC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kauai Writers Conference in writing
Kauai Writers Conference
Intensive focus on craft in fiction and memoir with top authors and agents in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Limited to 150 participants.
Kapaa, HI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 20-22, 2015 Asheville, NC.
Asheville, NC

Abroad Writers' Conference in writing
Abroad Writers' Conference
A Summit of Professional Writers and Award Winning Authors. OWLPEN MANOR, Cotswolds, England Jan 12-19.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA : LAKE COMO, Italy : Granada, Spain

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

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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.
CA
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
Young Writers Westport
In eight weekly sessions you’ll write, revise, and submit for publication a short story or essay. Faculty teach at the Yale...
CT
HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers
Three-day writing conference focused on creative nonfiction. Panels, breakout sessions, keynoters, meals, networking events, workshops and more.
PA
L'atelier Writers Workshop
The L'ATELIER Writers' Retreat AND Workshop seeks to provide a balance of solitary space for writing, engaging seminars on craft, critique...
France
Writing The Mother, Mothering The Writer
Two women in different stages of the mother-writer life come together to honor the feminine mind and body. From the babe...
VA
All Write Now
A One day writers conference with contests and prizes. Conference is not genre specific.
MS
MidSouth Christian Writers Conference
Christian conference for nonfiction & fiction writers of all experience levels.
MS, TN
Christian Indie Authors and Readers Conference
This will be the first writers conference that focuses exclusively on Christian Indie Authors. We will offer both a beginners track...
IA
Your Novel--Write Now
Jump start your novel with half day or full day seminars on planning, plotting, revising, and publishing in today's fiction markets.
GA
Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat
The Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat, brings writers of to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and one-on-one...
HI
Heaven's Treasure Writer's Retreat
Has God placed it on your heart to write a book, but you don’t know how to start? This writer's workshop...
GA