Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Writing Workshops April to June 2019

Whether a one day session, one week conference, or a month-long writing workshop writing related events are a good way to commune with other writers. They are opportunities to network and get 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.

Local conferences are a good place to meet potential critique groups or recruit 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 choose an event that speaks to your needs and desires.

April 2-4, 2020 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio they are skipping 2019, but you can keep up with them at

April 5-8, 2019 Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp, Tahoe City, California 

April 5-7, 2019 The Muse and the Marketplace, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

April 5-7, 2019 Ravencon 14 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Williamsburg, Virginia

April 9-15, 2019 Free Expressions Seminars--Writing the Breakout Novel Featuring Donald Maas, Hood River, Oregon

April 20-May 2, 2020 Chicago North RWA Spring Fling Conference is skipping 2019 and taking up again in 2020. Visit their website for updates.

April 26 – April 28, 2019 Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, Washington

April 26-27, 2019 Northeast RWA Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference, Burlington, MA.

May 3-5, 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Registration Jan-March, Colorado Springs Marriott, Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 3-5, 2019 Malice Domestic Convention, Bethesda, MD

May 3-4, 2019 Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins Marriott, Colorado

May 3-4, 2019 Atlanta Writers Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

May 5-6, 2019 The American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference (ASJA), New York City, New York,

May 9-12, 2019 Stokercon 2019 Horror Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan

May 9-12, 2019 Crimefest in Bristol, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

May 15-19, 2019 Book Lovers Convention, New Orleans, LA 

May 17 - 21, 2019 Writeaway by the River Workshop, Camden, North Carolina

May 18-20, 2019 Pennwriters Conference, Lancaster, PA

May 19-23, 2019 Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference, Asheville, North Carolina,

May 20-24, 2019 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers, University of Houston, Texas

May 29 - June 1, 2019 North Words Writers Symposium, Skagway, Alaska

June 2019 TBA The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA), Miami, Florida

June TBA, 2019: Algonkian New York Pitch Conference

June 1-5, 2019 Indiana University Writers' Conference, Bloomington, Indiana

June 9-14, 2019 8th Annual West of the Moon Writer’s Retreat, New Harmony, Indiana

June 9-29, 2019 Summer Writing Program, The Capitalocene Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

June 9-14, 2019 Tinker Mountain Writers, Hollins University, Virginia

June 12-16, 2019 Wesleyan Writers Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

June 13-23, 2019 Pacific University Residency Writers Conference, Forest Grove, Oregon

June 14-18, 2019 Kachemak Bay Writers Conferenece, Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, Alaska

June 16-21, 2019 Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, California

June 17-20, 2019 Highlights Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers, Milanville, PA

June 20-22, 2019 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

June 22-23, 2019 DFW Writers Conference (DFWCon), Dallas- Fort Worth Texas

June 28-29, 2019 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, Texas

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 comment :

  1. Thank you once again, Diana, for keeping us in the loop about upcoming conferences. Left to my own devices, I would never be this thorough in finding so many options. Your effort is greatly appreciated. :-)


The Blood-Red Pencil is a blog focusing on editing and writing advice. If a glitch is preventing you from commenting, visit our Facebook page and drop your wise words there: Blood-Red Pencil on Facebook