Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Writing Workshops July & August 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 July and August 2018.  Click on the links provided for more information.

July 04-08, 2018 Myths and Legends Convention 6 and Westercon 71, The Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center, Denver, Colorado

July 6-13, 2018 IWWG 41st Annual Summer Conference, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

July 7-12, 2018 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14, 2018 Kenyon Review Fiction Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14, 2018 Kenyon Review Literary Nonfiction Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14, 2018 Kenyon Review Poetry Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14 Kenyon Review Nature Writing Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14, 2018 Kenyon Review Hybrid Writing Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14, 2018 Kenyon Review Spiritual Writing Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 7-14, 2018 Kenyon Review Translation Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

July 08-14, 2018 The Frost Place Conference on Poetry, Franconia, New Hampshire

July 8-13, 2018 Highlights Workshop Summer Camp at the Barn,
Milanville, PA

July 9-15, 2018 30th Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers, Enterprise, Oregon

July 10-14, 2018 Thrillerfest XIII, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City, NY

July 11-22, 2018 Southampton Writers Conference, Southampton, New York

July 14-20, 2018 Antioch Writers' Workshop, Yellow Springs, Ohio

July 15-19, 2018 Highlights Masterclass in Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults, Milanville, PA

July 17-29, 2018 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

July 18-21, 2018 Romance Writers of America, Denver Colorado,

July 19-21, 2018 Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana,

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

July 20-23, 2018 Highlights Workshop Illustration Intensive, Milanville, PA

July 26-29, 2018 Ghost Town Writers Retreat, Georgetown, Colorado

July 28, 2018 Hampton Roads Traveling Pen Writers Workshop, Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Campus, Virginia Beach, VA

July 29 to August 03, 2018 The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, Franconia, New Hampshire

August 2018 (TBA) Hollihock Writers Conference, New Bedford, MA,

August 2018 (TBA) Chapter One Young Writers Conference, Chicago, Illinois

August 2-5, 2018 Cape Cod Writers Center's Conference, Hyannis, MA

August 3-7, 2018 Highlights Revision Retreat, Milanville, PA

August 3-5, 2018 Writeaway by the River Workshop, Camden, North Carolina

August 4-5, 2018 Pennsylvania Writers Conference, Wilkes University, Pennsylvania

August 5-8, 2018 Writeaway by the River Retreat, Camden, North Carolina

August 9-12, 2018 Writers' Police Academy, NE Wisconsin Technical College, International Public Safety Training Academy, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Fills up quickly, so sign up for updates. The registration date for 2018 had not yet been announced.

August 10-12, 2018 The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, New York, NY

August 12-18, 2018 Highlights Whole Novel Workshhop MG & YA, Milanville, PA

August 15-25, 2018 The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont

August 16-20, 2018 WorldCon 76 ( World Science Fiction Convention),
McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California

August 23-26, 2018 Killer Nashville Franklin, Tennessee, 
Registration Starts January 1, 2018

August 23-25, 2018 Author U Extravaganza Conference, Denver, Colorado

August 25, 2018 Hampton Roads Traveling Pen Writers Workshop Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us, Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA

August 26-29, 2018 Highlights Ins and Outs of a Picture Book Form, Milanville, PA
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. Thank you for this list, Diana. I keep hoping there will be one near enough to me that I can easily drive there without having to stay overnight. :-)

  2. This is a great list, Diana. Thanks!


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