Thursday, January 20, 2022

2022 Writers Conferences and Workshops To Be Determined

 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. Note that information for this list is accurate as to what was available in December 2021. Dates and formats may change. Some events may be postponed or cancelled.

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. Many plans remain up in the air as the situation shifts.

DATES/STATUS TO BE ANNOUNCED

Alaska Writers Guild Conference. Check site for updated information on the 2022 event. https://www.alaskawritersguild.com/

American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference (ASJA), New York Marriott Downtown, New York City, New York,was virtual in 2021. To be determined in 2022. https://na.eventscloud.com/website/20696/

Annual Digital Author and Indie Publishing Writers Conference in Van Nuys, CA check site for plans for 2022. http://wcwriters.com/da/

Bay To Ocean Writers Conference in Maryland to be announced. https://www.easternshorewriters.org/

Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers, University of Houston, Texas to be announced. http://boldfaceconference.com/

BookCon in Midtown Manhattan, check their site for updates regarding the 2022 event. http://www.thebookcon.com/

Book Lovers Convention, Nashville, Tennessee visit their site for updates and the status. https://www.bookloverscon.com/

Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference visit site for updates on future conferences. The 2021 conference was virtual. No news as of this writing on 2022. http://broadleafwriters.com/

California Crime Writers Conference Culver City, California to be announced. https://ccwconference.org/

Cape Cod Writers Center Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts dates to be announced. https://capecodwriterscenter.org/

Castle Rock Writers' Conference, Castle Rock, Colorado.  The 2021 two-day event was in September on Zoom. Visit site for updates about 2022. http://castlerockwriters.com/

Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham, WA after two years of shifting gears from an in-person event to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chuckanut Writers organizing team has decided to put a pause on the Chuckanut Writers Conference in 2022 to take an opportunity to catch our breath and reevaluate our programming moving forward. https://www.whatcom.edu/academics/community-continuing-education/chuckanut-writers-conference

Clarksville Writers Conference in Clarksville, Tennessee. Visit site for updates. http://www.artsandheritage.us/writers/descript.html

Coastal Magic Convention, Urban Paranormal, Fantasy, & Romance in Daytona Beach, Florida is in the planning stages for a live event. Dates and times to be confirmed soon. http://coastalmagicconvention.com/

Deadly Ink in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey was cancelled for 2020 and 2021. Visit the site for updates about 2022. https://deadly-ink.com

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at Arizona State University is to be announced. Also, the Piper Center regularly offers creative writing classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio throughout the year. https://piper.asu.edu/conference

DFW Writers Conference (DFWCon), Dallas- Fort Worth Texas. Check site for status of the workshop in 2022. https://dfwcon.org/

Emerald City's Writers Conference in Bellevue, Washington planning is still in progress for 2022. http://gsrwa.org/home/emerald-city-writers-conference/

GayRomLit Retreat to be announced. https://www.gayromlit.com/

Green Mountain Writers Conference Mountain Top Inn Chittenden, Vermont. http://www.vermontwriters.com/

Gold Rush Writer Conference in Mokelumne Hill, CA. Check site for updates as things progress. http://www.goldrushwriters.com/

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

Highlights Foundation holds classes and virtual workshops throughout the year, live and virtual events. Visit their site for details. https://www.highlightsfoundation.org/upcoming-workshops/

Historical Novel Society Conference will be back for 2023. http://hns-conference.org

History Writers of America Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, VA has not yet announced plans for a 2022 event. https://hwa.clubexpress.com/

Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference offers monthly workshops. http://jacksonholewritersconference.com

Juniper Institute for Young Writers, Amherst, Massachusetts. Event is for high school students finishing grades 9, 10, or 11. 2021 was a virtual conference. No dates announced for 2022. https://www.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters

Kauai Writers Conference Kauai to be announced. http://www.kauaiwritersconference.com 

Kentucky Women Writers Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. https://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/

Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference at the Holiday Inn in Clark, NJ to be announced. http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/conference/

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

Men of Mystery Conference to be announced. https://www.menofmystery.org/

Mississippi Writers Conference was cancelled for 2020. Check site for updates for 2022. http://www.mississippiwritersguild.com/

North Carolina Writers Conference holds multiple events each year. Check site for dates and status for 2022. Some will be live, others virtual. https://www.ncwriters.org/programs-and-services/conferences

Northern Woodlands Conference in Corinth, Vermont. Check the site for status and updates for 2022. https://northernwoodlands.org/conference

Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire. At this time, there is no information regarding 2022. Odyssey offers other ongoing online resources such as classes, webinars, critiques, podcasts, etc. http://www.odysseyworkshop.org/

Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, in Pittsburgh, PA. Check site for updates and status for 2022. https://pittsburghwritingworkshop.com/

Rhode Island Romance Writers Retreat, in Middletown-Newport, Rhode Island has not yet posted an event for 2022. https://www.rirw.org/retreat/

 Rochester Writers Conference was virtual in 2020. Check their site for updates and status for 2022.  https://rochesterwriters.com/

Romance Writers of America, San Francisco, California. The 2021 event was virtual. Check site for plans for the summer 2022 event. https://www.rwa.org/conference

San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival, San Miguel, Mexico is scheduled for February 14 – 18, 2023 https://sanmiguelwritersconference.org/

Sanibel Writers Conference was held virtually for 2021. Check site for plans for 2022. https://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/

Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, California was cancelled in 2020. Check site for updates for the status of 2022. http://www.sbwriters.com/

Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. The 2021 conference was closed to the public. Check site for plans for 2022. http://www.sewaneewriters.org/

Southampton Writers Conference, Southampton, New York to be announced.  
https://www.stonybrook.edu/writers/

Squaw Valley Writer's Conference, Squaw Valley, California. To be announced. https://communityofwriters.org/workshops/writers-workshops

Storymakers Conference is TBA. Check their site for updates. https://ldstorymakersconference.com/

Summer Writing Program at The Capitalocene Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado has not finalized plans for 2022. Check their site for updates. https://www.naropa.edu/academics/swp/

Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference in Oakridge, Tennessee to be determined for 2022. https://tmwi.org/

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, New York, NY. The 2021 conference was virtual. Check site for plans for the 2022 conference. http://writersdigestconference.com/

Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, Texas  ]https://writersleague.org/programs/summer-writing-retreat/



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