Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Writing Workshops March & April 2018

Whether a one day session, one week conference, or a month-long workshop, writing related events are a good way of communing with other writers, networking, and getting your name out there. In some instances you can meet and mingle with editors and agents. Some offer critiques or pitching sessions. Nowhere will you find a higher concentration of introverts enjoying each other's company.

If you are looking for a critique group or want to form one, a local conference is a good place to meet potential groups or members.

Some are free. Some require a fee. Some are more social than others. Many are for new writers, but a few dig deep into craft. You should chose an event that speaks to your needs and desires.

The following is a list of writer's workshops and conferences that occur in March and April 2018. Click on the links provided for more information.

March 3, 2018  WordSmitten Writing Conference, University of Tampa

March 1 - 4, 2018 Stokercon 2018 Horror Conference, Providence, Rhode Island

March 1-4, 2018 SleuthFest 2018Embassy Suites, Boca Raton, Florida,

March 2-4, 2018 WhimsyCon Steampunk and Costuming Convention, Denver, Colorado

March 3, 2018 A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers, Hammonton, New Jersey

March 7-11, 2018 The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop, Algonkian Park, Virginia

March 8-10, 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, Tampa Waterside, Tampa, Florida,

March 9, 2018 Authors Helping Authors Panel:How Banding Together Can Help Boost Your Book's Visibility, Grand Salon B, Second Floor, Marshfield, MA

March 10-11, 2018 Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona,

March 21-23, 2018 University of North Dakota Writers Conference,
University of North Dakota

March 22-25, 2018 14th National Black Writers Conference, “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature” Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

March 22-25, 2018 Left Coast Crime, Reno, Nevada,

March 22-25, 2018 Algonkian New York Pitch Conference, New York, New York

March 22-25, 2018 Highlights Everything You Need To Know About Children's Book Publishing, Milanville, PA

March 23-25 Authors' Salon at Clockwork Alchemy, Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame, California

March 24, 2018 Antioch Writers Workshop Spring One-Day Seminar: "Dive Into Your Story" Yellow Springs, Ohio

March 24, 2018 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA

April 5-7 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

April 6-9, 2018 Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp Branlibakken Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, California

April 6-8, 2018 The American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference (ASJA), New York City, New York,

April 6-8, 2018 The Muse and the Marketplace, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusettes

April 9-15, 2018 Free Expressions Seminars--Writing the Breakout Novel Featuring Donald Maas, Hood River, Oregon

April 12-15, 2018 Elephant Rock Retreats for Writing & Yoga, Naniboujou Resort, Duluth, Minnesota

April 13-16, 2018 Screen Craft Writers Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

April 20-21, 2018 Chicago North RWA Spring Fling Conference, Double Tree Hotel Oak Brook, Illinois

April 20-22, 2018 Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop, The Colorado Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder, Colorado

April 20-21, 2018 The Loft's Pitch Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 20-22, 2018 Ravencon 13 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Williamsburg, Virginia

April 21, 2018 Hampton Roads Traveling Pen Writers Workshop, Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College campus,Virginia Beach, Virginia

April 22, 2018 Space Coast Writers' Guild Annual Conference, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Airport

April 26-29, 2018 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Registration Jan-March, Colorado Springs Marriott, Colorado Springs, Colorado

April 7-15, 2018 Surry International Writer's Conference at Sea Cruise, sails from Galveston, Texas, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

April 20-22, 2018 Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, Washington

April 27 - 29, 2018 Malice Domestic Convention, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

April 27-28, 2018 Northeast RWA Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA.

April 29 - May 4 Highlights Crafting Successful Author Visits, Milanville, PA

See also: 2018 Conferences

Further reading on finding the right conference and why you should attend:

An Ambivert Walks Into a Writing Workshop

Five Unique Marketing Opportunities

Readers and Writers Pressing Flesh

Agents and Conferences

Ten Ways To Get The Most From Writers Conferences

Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. I'm going to Left Coast Crime in Reno in March and will be on a panel featuring a few writers who got started later in life. Should be fun!

  2. This is a great list, Diana. Thanks for posting it. :-)

  3. So many workshops, so little time. :-}
    Pat: I'll be at Left Coast Crime too! See you there!


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