I’d like to conclude our theme of Writer’s Conferences by providing some places to hunt for the conference of your dreams.
Of course, if you write for a specific genre, you will want to attend one specific to that genre, such as:
Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop
Romance Writers of America
Crimebake (sponsored by Mystery Writers of America)
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (other ones specifically for children’s writers include the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop and the Andrea Brown Agency Big Sur Writing Workshops)
And so on. If there’s a professional association or conference for your genre, you’ll want to join it, for networking, news, and professional development. Of course, many writer’s conferences include sessions for different ages and genres, but it’s good to check).
Rather than give an exhaustive list of conferences, I’ll link you to places that have compiled exhaustive lists themselves:
Shaw Guides – http://writing.shawguides.com/ – Searchable by date and location
Poets & Writers – http://www.pw.org/conferences_and_residencies – Also has a link to a discussion of conferences on their Speakeasy Forum
AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs): https://www.awpwriter.org/wcc/overview – Has not only a directory, but section on “Hallmarks of a successful writer’s conference.”
Yes, it’s a bewildering array or possibilities. That’s why it pays to do your research, to plan ahead, and to get organized so you get the most out of any conference you choose.
What conferences are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
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