Thursday, February 4, 2021

2021 Workshops and Conferences Status and Dates TBA

 

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.

Unfortunately with the pandemic, many in person events have been cancelled. Some have been replaced with virtual events, podcasts, or online classes and lectures.

Virtual events allow for a wider audience and lower costs since attendance does not require travel and lodging. The following list is of conferences with their status to be determined.

The Agile Writer Conference, Richmond, Virginia. The 2020 event was virtual. Check site for updates regarding 2021. https://naiwe.com/

Alaska Writers Guild Conference. Check site for updated information on the 2021 event. https://www.alaskawritersguild.com/

Annual Digital Author and Indie Publishing Writers Conference in Van Nuys, CA check site for plans for 2021. http://wcwriters.com/da/

Bear River Writers' ConferenceBoyne City, Michigan. Postponed the 2020 conference until 2021. Visit site for updates. https://lsa.umich.edu/bearriver

BookCon in Midtown Manhattan, check their site for updates regarding the 2021 events. http://www.thebookcon.com/

7th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference visit site for updates on future conferences. http://broadleafwriters.com/

Castle Rock Writers' Conference, Castle Rock, Colorado.  The 2020 event was a one day virtual conference. Visit site for updates about 2021. http://castlerockwriters.com/

Central Coast Writers Conference, San Luis Obispo, California check site for plans for a virtual 2021 conference. https://www.cuesta.edu/communityprograms/writers-conference/

Chicago North RWA Spring Fling Conference. Visit their website for dates and status for 2021. http://chicagospringfling.com/

Columbus State Community College Writers Conference in Columbus, Ohio was cancelled in 2020. Check site for updates regarding 2021. https://www.cscc.edu/academics/departments/english/writers-conference/index.html

Clockwork Alchemy Steampunk Conference, Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame, CA Dates and status to be announced. http://www.clockworkalchemy.com/#/about

Deadly Ink in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey was cancelled for 2020. Visit the site for updates about 2021. https://deadly-ink.com

Erma Bombeck Writers' WorkshopUniversity of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio Recordings (and bonus Q&A sessions with keynoters) from the 2020 virtual workshop will be available through the end of 2021. http://humorwriters.org/

Fishtrap Summer Weekend, Wallowa Lake Lodge, Joseph, Oregon. The 2020 conference was virtual. Check site for plans for 2021. https://fishtrap.org/summer-fishtrap-2020-workshops-2/

February, March, and April 2021 Fishtrap Writing Workshops at the Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon will be held online via Zoom. Recordings of workshops may be made available to registered students. https://fishtrap.org/writing-workshops/

Get Away to Write Retreat, New Smyrna Beach, FL Dates have not yet been released. https://murphywriting.com/workshops/get-away-to-write-florida-writing-retreat/

Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, Los Angeles, California. The 2020 conference was virtual. Check site for plans for the 2021 conference. 
http://www.wcwriters.com/aglawc/index.html

Hampton Roads Writers holds events throughout the year. Check their site for schedule and details. http://hamptonroadswriters.org/tps2021.php

Highlights Foundation holds classes and virtual workshops. Visit their site for details. https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/upcoming-workshops/

History Writers of America Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, VA has not yet announced plans for the 2021 event. https://hwa.clubexpress.com/

INd'Scribe Con and Book Festival, Peoria, Illinois. The 2020 conference was virtual. Check the site for plans for 2021. https://www.indscribe.com/

Juniper Institute for Young Writers, Amherst, Massachusetts. Event is for high school students finishing grades 9, 10, or 11. 2020's virtual conference was held in December. Plans for 2021 are for a virtual conference with dates to be announced. https://www.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters

Kenyon Review Young Writers WorkshopKenyon College, Gambier, Ohio Visit the site for online reservations for events. https://www.kenyonreview.org/workshops/young-writers/

The National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, New York. Check site for dates and status for 2021. https://centerforblackliterature.com/nbwc/

Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana. Check site for updates about the 2021 event. https://www.midwestwriters.org/

Mississippi Writers Conference was cancelled for 2020. Check site for updates for 2021. http://www.mississippiwritersguild.com/

New York State Summer Writers Institute, Skidmore College, New York Applications for New York State Summer Writers Institute will become available in early 2021. We expect to announce more details about the program at that time. Until then, we will continue to plan with the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority. 
https://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters/

North Carolina Writers Conference holds multiple events each year. Check site for dates and status for 2021. https://www.ncwriters.org/programs-and-services/conferences

North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference in Crescent City, CA. Check site for dates and status for 2021. http://www.ncrwc.org/

Northern Woodlands Conference in Corinth, Vermont. Check the site for status and updates for 2021. https://northernwoodlands.org/conference

Odyssey Fantasy Writing WorkshopSaint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire. The 2020 workshop was online. No mention of plans for 2021 yet. Odyssey offers other online resources such as classes, webinars, critiques, podcasts, etc. 
http://www.odysseyworkshop.org/
 
33rd Annual Pennwriters Conference, Lancaster, PA dates and status to be announced. https://pennwriters.org/

PNWA Annual Writer's Conference was held virtually in 2020. Check the site for status and updates for 2021. https://www.pnwa.org/page/conference

Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, in Pittsburgh, PA. Check site for updates and status for 2021. https://pittsburghwritingworkshop.com/

Ridgefield Writers Conference was virtual in 2020. Check their site for updates and status for 2021. http://ridgefieldwritersconference.blogspot.com/

Rochester Writers Conference was virtual in 2020. Check their site for updates and status for 2021. https://rochesterwriters.com/

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Workshop, Denver, Colorado Plans for 2021 to be announced. http://rmfw.org/conference/

Romance Writers of America, San Francisco, California. Check site for plans for the summer 2021 event. https://www.rwa.org/Online/Events/Conferences.aspx

Sanibel Writers Conference was held virtually for 2020. Check site for plans for 2021. https://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/index.aspx

Santa Barbara Writers ConferenceSanta Barbara, California was cancelled in 2020. Check site for updates for the status of 2021.http://www.sbwriters.com/

Sewanee Writers’ ConferenceUniversity of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. The 2020 conference was replaced with online opportunities. Check site for plans for 2021. http://www.sewaneewriters.org/

Sirenland Writer's Conference. Check site for updates and status. https://sirenland.net/application/

Slice Literary Writers Conference is a virtual event tentatively scheduled for September 2021. Check site for status and updates. https://slicelitcon.org/

Stonecrest Writers Conference at the University of Southern Maine has not announced plans for an event in 2021 yet. Check site for updates and status. https://usm.maine.edu/stonecoastmfa/stonecoast-summer-writers-conference-application

Summer Writing Program at The Capitalocene Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado has not finalized plans for 2021. Check their site for updates. http://www.naropa.edu/academics/swp/index.php

Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference in Oakridge, Tennessee to be determined for 2021. https://tmwi.org/

The Writer’s Digest Annual ConferenceNew York, NY. The 2020 conference was virtual in November 2020. Check site for plans for the 2021 conference. http://writersdigestconference.com/

Writers Police Academy, Murdercon, Raleigh, N.C. The 2020 conference went virtual. Check site for plans for 2021. https://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

RETURNING IN 2022/2023

April 7 - 10, 2022 Left Coast Crime, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

2022 San Francisco Writers Conference in San Francisco, California will return in 2022. Check their site for online classes and podcasts. https://sfwriters.org/

2022 Murder in the Magic City, Homewood Library, Birmingham, Alabama is cancelled for 2021 and hopes to resume in 2022. http://www.mmcmysteryconference.com/

May 6 - 7, 2022, Lakefly Writing Contests and Conference at he Oshkosh Convention Center in Wisconsin is tentatively scheduled for 2022. Check site for updates. https://lakeflywriters.org/

2022 Historical Romance Retreat, Riverside, California. Plans are to resume the conference in 2022. https://www.historicalromanceretreat.com/

2023 Highlights Writing Making Magic Writing and Refining Fantastical and Otherworldly Stories Milanville, PA Registration is full for 2022. Check with the site for 2023. https://highlightsfoundation.secure.retreat.guru/program/making-magic-writing-and-refining-fantastical-and-otherworld-stories-2020


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 DianaHurwitz.com for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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