Thursday, September 23, 2021

2021 Workshops and Conferences October to December

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.

October 1 - 3, 2021 Gold Rush Writer Conference in Mokelumne Hill, CA has planned an in-person event. Check site for updates as things progress.

October 1 - 3, 2021 Write on the Sound Conference in Edmonds WA will be virtual this year.

October 7 - 10, 2021 GayRomLit Retreat is in St. Louis this year.

October 8 - 10, 2021 19th Annual James River Writers Annual Conference.  

October 13–17, 2021 Haiku North America conference is at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. Pandemic travel restrictions apply.

October 15-17, 2021 Emerald City's Writers Conference in Bellevue, Washington registrations opens in June 2021.

October 21 - 24, 2021 Sirens Conference (Fantasy), Beaver Creek, Colorado.

October 22 - 24, 2021 20th annual La Jolla Writer’s Conference has been tentatively scheduled. Check site for updates.

October 22 - 24 2021 Surry International Writers ConferenceSurry, British Columbia, Canada. Master Class will be held October 21, 2021.Pandemic travel restrictions will apply.

November 6, 2021 Men of Mystery Conference at the Grand, Long Beach, CA.

November 11 - 14, 2021. Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is currently scheduled at Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, California. In the event it is unsafe to meet in person due to COVID-19, we will bring the workshop fully online at a reduced cost to reflect that no room or board will be needed.

November 12 - 14, 2021 Kauai Writers Conference Kauai. Registration begins January 1, 2020. Master Classes November 8-11, 2021 preceed the conference. Pandemic travel restrictions will apply. In addition, the Kauai Writers Conference offers live online events on most Sundays. These interactive sessions include workshops and master classes led by renowned authors, such as Adrienne Brodeur, Richard Russo, and Meg Wolitzer. For $49/month, participants can get access to these weekly events and become members of the Kauai Book Club.  

 Check back in December for updates on Conferences and Workshops for 2022. 

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 posting the above conferences, Diana. I am hopeful of being able to attend a virtual one soon.

  2. You do a great job getting all this info together. Such a hard time for conferences and workshops. Hopefully, by this time next year, the virus will be bye-bye.


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