Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Writers Workshops September & October 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 in September and October 2018. Click on the links provided for more information.

September 2918 (TBA) American Night Writers Association, Arizona

September 6-9, 2018 Bouchercon, St. Petersburg, FL

September 6-9, 2018 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Workshop, Renaissance Hotel, Denver, Colorado

September 9-12, 2018 Highlights The Journey: Your Path to Publication, Milanville, PA

September 12-16, 2018 Historical Romance Retreat, Riverside, California

September 13-18, 2018 Kentucky Women Writers Conference Inc., Lexington, Kentucky

September 20-23, 2018 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

September 21-23, 2018 Southern California Writers Conference, Irvine, California

September 22, 2018 Book EM, Lumberton, North Carolina

September 30 - October 3, 2018 Highlights DIY Repair Kit for Writers Get Your Fixer Upper Ready to Sell, Milanville, PA

September 30 - October 3, 2018 Highlights Books with Bite Workshop and Retreat: Writing Horror and Haunted Novels, Milanville, PA

October 2018 (TBA) Castle Rock Writers' Conference, Castle Rock, Colorado

October 4-7 Highlights Beginners Class in World Building and World Conjuring, Milanville, PA

October 4-7, 2018 INd'Scribe Con and Book Festival, Burbank, California

October 5-7, 2018 Highlights Picture Book Illustration from Conception to Birth, Milanville, PA

October 7-9, 2018 Highlights Writing for All Young Readers, Milanville, PA

October 14-18, 2018 Highlights The Craft and Heart of Writing Poetry for Children, Milanville, PA

October 18-21, 2018 GayRomLit Retreat, Portsmouth, Virginia,

October 18-21, 2018 Highlights Telling it True, Milanville, PA

October 19-21, 2018 Magna Cum Murder, Columbia Club, Indianapolis, Indiana

October 20, 2018 Hampton Roads Traveling Pen Writers Workshop,Virginia Beach, VA

October 21-24, 2018 Highlights Elements of Plot,Milanville, PA

October 25-28, 2018 Sirens Conference (Fantasy), Beaver Creek, Colorado

October 27, 2018 Steel Pen Annual Writers' Conference, Fair Oaks, Indiana

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 new conference list, Diana. I keep hoping one will come up that's within reasonable driving distance for me, so I look forward to each of these postings.

  2. Thanks for the list. Be sure to add the three South Lake Tahoe Writing and Self-Publishing boot camps Sept 23- 0ct. 3, held by me (C. S. Lakin), Carla King, and Catharine Bramkamp. Intimate intensive 2- and 3-day retreats at a gorgeous home near the lake! More info at Live Write Thrive. Thank you!


    Sep 27-30. Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. Corte Madera, CA


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