Friday, January 17, 2020

Writing Workshops and Conference January to March 2020

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.

January 9-19, 2020 – Seaside, Oregon The Pacific University Residency Writers Conference in Seaside, Oregon

January 13-17, 2020 Key West Literary Seminar and Writers' Workshop Program, Key West, Florida

January 17-19, 2020 Fishtrap Winter Weekend at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon

January 18-25, 2020 Annual Writers In Paradise Conference, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida

January 17-20, 2020 Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway at the Seaview Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey

January 27 - February 2, 2020 BONI Graduate Learning, Tampa Florida

January 31 to February 2, 2020 Rhode Island Romance Writers Retreat, Middletown-Newport, Rhode Island

February 6–8, 2020 Superstars Writing Seminars, Colorado Springs, Colorado

February 27- March 1, 2020 Writers Studio at UCLA Extension, UCLA, California,

February 12-16, 2020 San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival, San Miguel, Mexico

February 13-15, 2020 Life, the Universe and Everything Conference, Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Provo, Utah
February 13-16, 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero San Francisco, California
February 14-16, 2020 Southern California Writers Conference, San Diego, California

February 16-18, 2020 Futurescapes Conference at Utah Valley University

February 22, 2020 Murder in the Magic City, Homewood Library, Birmingham, Alabama

February 20-23, 2020 Coastal Magic Convention, Urban Paranormal, Fantasy, & Romance Daytona Beach, Florida,
February 27 - March, 2020 The St. Augustine Author-Mentor Novel Workshop in St. Augustine, Florida

February 28-March 1, 2020 WhimsyCon Steampunk and Costuming Convention, At the Radisson Denver-Aurora, Denver, Colorado

March 4-7,2020 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, San Antonio, Texas

March 11-13, 2020 Algonkian Writers Conference, St. Augustine, Florida

March 12-15, 2020 Left Coast Crime, San Diego, California

March 14-15, 2020 Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, Arizona,

March 15-20, 2020 Get Away to Write Retreat, New Smyrna Beach, FL

March 18-22, 2020 Book Lovers Convention, Nashville, Tennessee

March 20-22, 2020 Clockwork Alchemy Steampunk Conference, Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame, CA

March 25-27, 2020 University of North Dakota Writers Conference,
University of North Dakota

March 26-29, 2020 The National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, New York

March 26-29, 2020 SleuthFest 2020, Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton, Florida

March 28, 2020 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA,

March 29 – April 4, 2020 Sirenland Writer's Conference, Sirenland 2020 is now closed to applications.  On September 15, 2020 we open for applications for Sirenland 2021.

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. Diana, The Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, Indiana at Ball State University hosts an Agent Fest in March--this year it's March 13-14. More info at:

  2. Thank you once again for a list of upcoming workshops and conferences, Diana. :-)


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