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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.
Grand Marais, MN

Writers' Police Academy in writing
Writers' Police Academy
The most interactive and educational hands-on experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. Aug 10-13, 2017
Green Bay, WI

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 : DC : FL : IL : MA : NY : WA : England : Internet

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

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 BS or amateurs.
San Diego & San Francisco, CA : New York, NY : Algonkian Park & Richmond, VA

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 11-17, 2017
Hamilton, NY

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. San Diego, CA, Feb. 17-20, 2017
Los Angeles, Palm Springs & San Diego, CA : Sunriver, OR

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

Jackson Hole Writers Conference in writing
Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Don't miss the 26th conference! Delve into the art and craft of writing. Critiques, workshops in stunning Jackson Hole, WY, Jun 22-24, 2017.
Jackson Hole, WY

Writers Retreat Workshop in writing
Writers Retreat Workshop
Lisa Cron, Daniel Palmer, Reavis Wortham, Les Edgerton, agents, editors and more. For 30 years your passion for writing has been our focus. May 6-13, 2017 San Antonio TX
San Antonio, TX

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 : Taos, NM

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

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

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing
San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb 16-19). Attendees network with 120+ presenters including Heather Graham, John Perkins, Jon Agee, William Bernhardt and a wide variety of publishing professionals from NYC to the West Coast!
San Francisco, CA

2017 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing
2017 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 20-22 2017
Las Vegas, NV

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 3-6, 2016
Sanibel Island, FL

Florida Writers Circuit in writing
Florida Writers Circuit
The Florida Literary Arts Coalition is a network of writers, teachers, editors, publishers, and sympathetic institutions collaborating to advance new writing and independent publishing throughout the state and region.
St Augustine, FL

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

Florida Literary Arts Coalition Annual Other Words Conference in writing
Florida Literary Arts Coalition Annual Other Words Conference
This year's theme is Writing Funny: The Literary Art of Humor. We imagine this to include writing humorous works in all literary genres.
St. Augustine, FL

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Writing Success
One-day conference with workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, craft, and writer's life, nine contests.
PA
WaterHill Publishing Writers Conference
WaterHill Publishing invites established and emerging writers to present writings at our inaugural writers’ conference series in New York City.
NY
Academic Writing Seminar. Become the Best College Paper Writer
If you're a student, writer, person with a passion for writing or just want to communicate with like-minded people, this seminar...
GA, NY
Okanagan Valley Writers' Festival
Spend the weekend with knowledgeable, generous & enthusiastic people active in the publishing industry, who want to help you further your...
Canada
Northwest Georgia Writers Conference
Writers Conference is Saturday, May 20 with presentations by legendary literary agent, Blythe Daniel and award-winning author Cassie Selleck. Instructional topics...
GA
Nina's Coffee Cafe Creative Writing Workshops
Small group four week writing groups designed to jumpstart creativity, hone writing skills, share and receive constructive feedback. cultivate confidence, and...
MN, MN
Green River Writers Workshop
Memoir writing workshop in an intimate, supportive environment. We address memoir is historical, poetic, and fictional form. for beginning and experience...
NM
Emerald Coast Christian Writers Conference
Emerald Coast Christian Writers invites you to attend The Christian Writers Conference at Blue Lake Camp, Andalusia, Alabama. Includes classes, workshops,...
AL, FL
Emerald City Writers' Conference
Every fall, the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America chapter holds the popular Emerald City Writers’ Conference, which is currently the...
WA
Connecting Writers with Hollywood
CWWH is a writers conference where writers and screenwriters can pitch their material directly to film agents and producers. It is...
WA
Balticon
Balticon is sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS). BSFS presents the Compton Crook Award, the Robert A. Heinlein Award,...
MD
Austin SCBWI 2017 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference
Conference with keynotes; general sessions; breakout sessions for writing, professional development and illustration; intensives for novels, picture books and illustration; critiques;...
TX