Tuesday, June 8, 2021

2021 Workshops and Conferences July to September

 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

July 11 - 17, 2021 Squaw Valley Writer's ConferenceSquaw Valley, California. Virtual Conference. Room for only 60 participants. https://communityofwriters.org/workshops/writers-workshops

July 11 - 17, 2021 Kenyon Review Fiction WorkshopKenyon College, Gambier, Ohio is excited to offer a new suite of online programs for summer 2021. https://kenyonreview.org/writers/fiction/

July 14 - 18, 2021 Southampton Writers Conference, Southampton, New York is virtual. https://www.stonybrook.edu/writers/

July 17 - 20, 2021 Sun Valley Writers Conference in Ketchum, Idaho. Check site for updates and status. https://svwc.com/

July 18 – 25, 2021 Port Townsend Writers Conference in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA https://centrum.org/the-port-townsend-writers-conference/

July 23 - 30, 2021 Writeaway in New Mexico Rancho los Milagros and Viento del Rio Abiquiú, New Mexico. https://www.writeaways.com/writeaway-in-new-mexico

July 22-25 Public Safety Writers Association annual Conference in Las Vegas. Fiction & Non-fiction writers. https://www.policewriter.com  (Thanks to Jim Guigli for sharing)

July 27 - July 31, 2020 Green Mountain Writers Conference Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont. http://www.vermontwriters.com/

August 1 - 6, 2021 Napa Valley Writers Conference in Napa California. Applications open February 2021. http://www.napawritersconference.org/

August 5 - 7, 2021 Mendocino Coast Publishing Boot Camp will be held virtually through Zoom. General registration will open March 1. We are accepting scholarship applications from now until February 15. http://mcwc.org

August 5 - 8, 2021 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts https://capecodwriterscenter.org/

August 5 - 8, 2021 GenCon Gaming Convention is at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. Tentative goal is to hold Gen Con 2021 as planned as a live event. Considering pandemic uncertainty, they are postponing badge registration and event submission until they have a better idea of what the year will hold. Check the site for updates. https://www.gencon.com/ 

August 11 - 21, 2021 Postgraduate Writers ConferenceVermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont.  Applications are accepted between October 15, 2020 and February 15, 2021. Notification letters will be sent by email in late May. https://vcfa.edu/postgraduate-writers-conference/

August 19 - 22, 2021 Killer Nashville Franklin, Tennessee. Current plans for 2021 are in-person event. Registration begins January 2021. Check site for updates.  https://killernashville.com/ 

August 25 - 29, 2021 Boucheron Blood on The Bayou event, New Orleans, Louisiana Marriot Hotel. https://www.bouchercon2021.com/

September 9-12, 2021 Kentucky Women Writers Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. https://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/

September 17 - 19, 2021 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors ConferenceAustin, Texas  http://www.writersleague.org/38/Conference

Sept 23 - 25, 2021 Maranatha Christian Writers' Conference in Norton Shores, MI. Check site for updates.  https://www.maranathachristianwriters.com/

September 24-26, 2021 WhimsyCon Steampunk and Costuming Convention
in Denver, Colorado at the Delta by Marriott Northglenn. https://www.whimsycon.org/

September 26 - October 2, 2021 Red Shoes Writing Retreat in Minnesota on Lake of the Woods. https://kimhruba.com/red-shoes-writing-retreat/
(Thanks to Kim Hruba for sharing)

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.


  1. Great list! May I share that I, too, am hosting a writing retreat? It's a weeklong generative writing workshop paired with what I call a "destination experience" in northern Minnesota on Lake of the Woods. Dates: September 26 - October 2. Here's the website for more info: https://kimhruba.com/red-shoes-writing-retreat/

  2. July 22-25 Public Safety Writers Association annual Conference in Las Vegas. Fiction & Non-fiction writers. www.policewriter.com


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