Thursday, April 19, 2018

Writing Workshops May & June 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 May and June 2018.  Click on the links provided for more information.

July  02-27, 2018 (Registration begins May 1) New York State Summer Writers Institute, Skidmore College, New York

May 4-5, 2018 Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins Marriott, Colorado

May 4-5, 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, Atlanta, Georgia,

May 4-6, 2018 Writeaway by the River Workshop, Camden, North Carolina

May 6-9, 2018 Writeaway by the River Retreat, Camden, North Carolina

May 7-12, 2018 Highlights Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction,
Milanville, PA

May 12-17, 2018 Highlights Filling the Writer's Toolboox, 392 Boyds Mills Road, Milanville, PA

May 13-20, 2018 Highlights Writing the Unreal Fantasy Speculative Fiction, Milanville, PA

May 15-20, 2018 RT Book Lovers Convention, Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada

May 16-20, 2018 Writing By Writers Methow Valley Workshop, Sun Mountain Lodge, Methow Valley, Washington State

May 17 - 20, 2018 Pennwriters Conference, Eden Resort, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

May 17-20, 2018 Crimefest in Bristol, Bristol, England, United Kingdom,

May 18-19, 2018 ASJA Annual Conference, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

May 18-20, 2018 Highlights Fairytales Revisited, Milanville, PA 18443

May 19, 2018 Hampton Roads Traveling Pen Writers Workshop Writing Romance: First Encounters, Virginia Beach, VA

May 20-24, 2018 Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference,Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, North Carolina,

May 24-27, 2018 Highlights Crafting a Dummy (Children's Book), Milanville, PA

May 25-31, 2018 Highlights Novel Writing with Patti Gauch, Milanville, PA

May 26-27, 2018 Southern California Writers Conference, Sunriver, Oregon

May 27 - June 3, 2018 James Jones Writers Workshop Retreat, New Harmony, Indiana

May 30 - June 2, 2018 North Words Writers Symposium, Skagway, Alaska

June 2018 (TBA) Printer's Row Lit Fest, Chicago, Illinois

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

June 2-6, 2018 Indiana University Writers' Conference, Bloomington, Indiana

June 5-8, 2018 Writer's Digest Writer's Retreat by the Sea, Scituate Harbor, MA

June 7-10, 2018 Highlights Writing Picture Books, Milanville, Pennsylvania

June 7-10, 2018 HWA 3rd Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island

June 8-12, 2018 43rd Annual Southeastern Writers Workshop, Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia

June 8-12, 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers Conferenece, Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, Alaska

June 9-10, 2018 DFW Writers Conference (DFWCon), Dallas- Fort Worth Texas

June 10-15, 2018 7th Annual West of the Moon Writer’s Retreat, New Harmony, Indiana

June 10-13, 2018 Highlights Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers, Milanville, PA

June 10-30, 2018 Summer Writing Program, The Capitalocene Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

June 10-16, 2018 Tinker Mountain Writers, Hollins University, Virginia

June 10-16, 2018 Kenyon Review Playwrights Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

June 11-15, 2018 Write-by-the-Lake Annual Writer's Retreat, University of Wisconsin Madison Campus, Madison, Wisconsin

June 11 - September 16, 2018 Highlights Getting to Know Your Picture Book, Milanville, PA

June 13-17, 2018 Wesleyan Writers Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

June 14-17, 2018 Highlights Connecting Source to Story Mining the World For Your Fiction, Milanville, PA

June 14-24, 2018 Pacific University Residency Writers Conference, Forest Grove, Oregon

June 15-17, 2018 Alabama Writers Conclave, Orange Beach, Alabama

June 16-23, 2018 Kenyon Review Fiction Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

June 16-23, 2018 Kenyon Review Literary Nonfiction Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

June 16-23, 2018 Kenyon Review Poetry Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

June 16-23, 2018 Kenyon Review Nature Writing Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

June 17-22, 2018 Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, California

June 17-20, 2018 Highlights Writing Mysteries for Middle Grade Chapter Books, Milanville, PA

June 17-30, 2018 The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA), Miami, Florida

June 17-22, 2018 Elephant Rock Retreats for Writing & Yoga Summer Solstice, Stouts Island Lodge, Wisconsin

June 21-24, 2018 Highlights Beginning Steps to Writing Historical Fiction, Milanville, PA

June 21-24, 2018 Highlights Building Strong Foundations for Your Novel and Your Career, Milanville, PA

June 21-23, 2018 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

June 23 Hampton Roads Writers Tenth Annual Writers' Conference, Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Virginia Beach, VA

June 23-26, 2018 The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, Franconia, New Hampshire

June 24-28, 2018 Highlights Writing for the Educational Market, Milanville, PA

June 28-29, 2018 The Frost Place Writing Intensive, Franconia, New Hampshire

June 29 - July 1, 2018 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, Texas

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 a great list, Diana. Thank you!

  2. I know this list took a lot of work, Diana, so thanks so much. I'm attending most of the NCW conference May 4-5 in Fort Collins, CO.

  3. Where's something for Michiganders?! I'm in the dead zone of the Thumb.

  4. I will do some research and find out if there is anything in Michigan. :)

  5. Would love to go to the screenwriting workshop in Atlanta. I've written one screenplay based on one of my books.


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