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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 focuses on the craft of writing, plus information on publishing, marketing and specialty topics.
Edmonds, WA

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 8-11, 2018
Sanibel Island, FL

Algonkian Writer Conferences in writing
Algonkian Writer Conferences
First novel published? No? Join the top .001 by attending the most successful and no-nonsense writer events. Commercial contracts and advice by professionals only.
Monterey, CA : Morro Bay, CA : St. Augustine, FL : New York, NY : Algonkian Park, VA

2019 Las Vegas Writer's Conference in writing
2019 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 May 2-4, 2019.
Las Vegas, NV

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

PNWA 2019 Conference in writing
PNWA 2019 Conference
Take your writing to the next level. Attend the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2019 Conference, one of largest writing conferences in the country. Sep 12-15, 2019.
Seattle, WA

Writing Retreat in the French Alps in writing
Writing Retreat in the French Alps
If you've ever felt inspired to tell your story or have a strong urge to write, explore writing as a way to reconnect with your inner life and gain creative self-confidence. Jul 20-27, 2019
Lake Annecy, France

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. 6/3/2019-7/12/2019 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.
Manchester, NH

Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat in writing
Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat
Join us for a week-long Memoir Writing Workshop at the edge of Italy’s peaceful and inspiring Lake Como. It's an opportunity to start narrative nonfiction writing from scratch, revive current work, refine drafts or find focus for a current manuscript in progress.
Varenna, Lombardy, Italy

A Writer Within in writing
A Writer Within
A WRITER WITHIN - IN TUSCANY: Writing Retreats For Women In Inspiring Locals. Click for more information on our writing retreats in Tuscany.
Tuscany, Italy

Flathead River Writers Conference in writing
Flathead River Writers Conference
Presenter expertise - Writing skills across genres, social media, marketing and paths to publishing by bestselling authors. Agent and publisher conferences for early registrants. Sept 14-15 2019 Kalispell MT
Kalispell, MT

Chanticleer Authors Conference 2019 in writing
Chanticleer Authors Conference 2019
Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Publishing at CAC19 - MetaData, SEO, Analytics & Latest Technologies, Audiobooks and Podcast Creation, and more. Apr 26-28, 2019 Bellingham WA
San Francisco, CA : Portland, OR : Bellingham, Seattle, WA : Vancouver, Canada

Leopardi Writing Conference: Writing Workshop in Italy in writing
Leopardi Writing Conference: Writing Workshop in Italy
Visit a beautiful medieval hilltop town in Italy, enjoy a view of the Adriatic Coast, and workshop your writing with award-winning authors. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE. Jul 20-28, 2019
Recanati, Italy

MurderCon, presented by the Writers' Police Academy in writing
MurderCon, presented by the Writers' Police Academy
MurderCon, presented by the Writers’ Police Academy, is a special training event for writers of all genres, with a specific focus on solving the crime of murder.
Raleigh, NC

San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes in writing
San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes
2020 San Francisco Writers Conference at the Hyatt Regency S.F. on the Embarcadero. Keynotes by Walter Mosley, Jonathan Maberry and Brooke Warner! Feb 13-16, 2020
San Francisco, CA

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