Thursday, January 18, 2018

List of Writing Workshops Requiring Early Registration

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 conferences in the U.S. (and one in Canada) that require early registration/application.

February 22-23, 2018 Dynamic Women Network, Canyon Gate Country Club, Las Vegas, Nevada, registration begins January 2018 

April 26-29, 2018 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs Marriott, Colorado Springs, Colorado, registration is January-March, 2018

May 13 - 20, 2018 Longleaf Writers' Conference,  Seaside, Florida, 
Application due by March 15, 2018

May 31 to June 4, 2018 Bear River Writers' Conference, Boyne City, Michigan, Registration begins February 5, 2018 

June 4 to July 13, 2018 Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire. Early action deadline is January 31, 2018, regular registration opens April 7, 2018 

June 17-23, 2018 Colgate Writers’ Conference, Hamilton, New York, registration deadline is April 13, 2018 

June 18-24, 2018 Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji State University, Minnesota, registration begins January 10, 2018

June 28-30, 2018 The 27th Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, registration began November 15, 2017 

July 2-27, 2018 New York State Summer Writers Institute, Skidmore College, New York, registration begins May 1, 2018  

July 2-6, 2018 Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, Idyllwild, California, adult Registration Opens February 1, 2018

July 8-15, 2018 Squaw Valley Writer's Conference,  Squaw Valley, California, application deadline March 28, 2018 

July 22-29, 2018 Juniper Institute for Young Writers, for high school students finishing grades 9, 10 or 11, Amherst, Massachusettes
Registration begins January 1 and ends May 15, 2018 

August 2-4, 2018 Mendocino Coast Publishing Boot Camp, Mendocino,
California, registration begins March 1, 2018 

August 2-5, 2018 GenCon Gaming Convention, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, registration begins January 1, 2018, housing registration begins February 1, 2018 

August 13-19, 2018 Postgraduate Writers' Conference,  Vermont College of Fine Arts, Vermont, registration Begins 1/16/2018 

August 15-25, 2018 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury, Vermont,
Registration begins January 1, 2018 

August 23-26, 2018 Killer Nashville, Franklin, Tennessee, registration starts January 1, 2018

September 6-9 Boucheron World Mystery Convention, St. Petersburg, Florida, registration begins January 1, 2018 

October 19-21, 2018 Surry International Writers Conference, Surry, British Columbia, Canada, registration begins June 1, 2018 

November 5-11, 2018 Kauai Writers Conference, Kuai Marriott Resort,  Kalapaki Bay, Lihue, Kauai, registration begins January 1, 2018 

Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artists-in-Residence Program, three week Residency Program, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Residency #170 Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday 01/21/2018

Residency #171 Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Saturday, November 03, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday 05/13/2018

A 2018 date has not yet been set for Deadly Ink, New Jersey 

And two conferences are skipping ahead to 2019:

2019 (TBA) California Dreamin' Writers' Conference, Brea, California

2019  (TBA) Historical Novel Society Conference, Portland, Oregon

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. This is great info to have when planning writing-related schedules for the new year. Thanks for posting it, Diana. :-)

  2. This is a fantastic list and resource to print or bookmark, Diana. I'm going to three conferences/conventions this year but wish it could be more.

  3. What a terrific resource, Diana. Thanks so much for taking the time to research and compile all this. I hope to make one or two conferences this year, but that is still a bit iffy due to my health issues.

  4. Sadly, health will keep me in Florida for a while. But I never knew there were so many exciting options!


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