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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 (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

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

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
Santa Monica, CA : France

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

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

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

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

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. Oct 12-14, 2017.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Richmond Story House
The Richmond Story House is an endeavor to get communities reading, writing, and listening to each other’s true life stories. We provide...
VA
Atlanta Christian Writers Retreat
Annual critique-themed retreat for Christian writers. Hosted by Word Weavers International.
GA
UCLA Extension Writing Retreat at Lake Arrowhead
Give yourself the gift of time to write away from the demands of daily life.Enjoy 4 full days of uninterrupted writing...
CA
Creative Workshops & Retreats in Italy
Creative writing workshop, 'The Art of the Short Story' with Vanessa Gebbie. A master of the art, Vanessa guides the participants...
Italy
Picture Book Summit
Picture Book Summit is a world-class, online, one day live event for picture book writers including superstar author keynotes, interviews, workshops...
Internet
2017 Writing Intensive at St. John's College
A day devoted to writing instruction and inspiration. Seven award-winning authors present workshops that include memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and publishing advice....
MD
Write Yourself at the Wooden Tents
For writers of fiction and life story. Includes 3 nights in a Wooden Tent, 6 guided sessions - both formal and...
Canada