Friday, January 19, 2018

Writing Workshops January & February 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 January through March 2018. Some of them have already passed but you could earmark them for next year. Click on the links provided for more information.

January 2, 2018 The 25th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway in New Jersey

January 4 - 14, 2018 The Pacific University Residency Writers Conference in Seaside, Oregon

January 6 - 12, 2018 Stanley Hotel Writer's Residential Component at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

January 13-20, 2018 14th Annual Writers In Paradise Conference, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida

January 15-19, 2018 Key West Literary Seminar and Writers' Workshop Program, Key West, Florida

January 19-21, 2018 Calliope Writing Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah,

January 27, 2018 The Agile Writer Conference, Holiday Inn at the Richmond International Airport, Richmond, Virginia,

January 31 to February 3, 2018 Superstars Writing Seminars, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Registration begins February 1, 2018 July 19 - 21, 2018 Realm Makers, St. Louis Missouri

February 2 - 4, 2018 Writeaway by the River Workshop, Camden, North Carolina

February 3, 2018 Murder in the Magic City, Homewood Library, Birmingham, Alabama

February 3, 2018 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Annual Conference, Austin, Texas

February 8-11,2018 Writers Studio at UCLA Extension, UCLA, California,

February 10, 2018 Doxacon (Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy), Seattle, Washington

February 14-18, 2018 San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival, San Miguel, Mexico

February 15-17, 2018 Life, the Universe and Everything Conference, Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Provo, Utah

February 15-18, 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco, California

February 16-18, 2018 Southern California Writers Conference, San Diego, California

February 22-25, 2018 Coastal Magic Convention, Urban Paranormal, Fantasy, & Romance Daytona Beach, Florida

February 23-25, 2018 West Coast Writers Conference, Los Angeles, CA

February 24, 2018 Hampton Roads Traveling Pen Writers Workshop Stand Out Online with Key Marketing Strategies, Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus

February 25 - March 1, 2018 Algonkian Writer Conference Author Mentor Workshop, St. Augustine, Florida

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. Thanks for all the work you did on these lists, Diana.

  2. I wish I could attend them all! :)

  3. Great info, Diana. This is a keeper.

  4. Great list, Diana. Nothing in my neck of the woods, unfortunately.

  5. It must have taken a lot of time and a great deal of work to put this list together, Diana. Thanks for that effort.


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