Tuesday, March 15, 2022

2022 April - June Writers Conferences and Workshops

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.

April 3 - 9, 2022 Sirenland Writer's Conference https://sirenland.net/

April 7 - 10, 2022 Left Coast Crime in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a live event. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/

April 7 - 10, 2022 Chanticleer Authors Conference, Bellingham, Washington. Hotel Bellwether will be in person. https://www.chantireviews.com/chanticleer-conference/

April 9, 2022 A Rally For Writers Conference in Lansing, Michigan is the tentative plan. To be announced. https://arallyofwriters.wordpress.com/

April 18 - 24, 2022 Breakout Novel Intensive in Hood River Oregon will be an in-person and online event. Visit the site for more information. https://www.free-expressions.com/breakout-novel-intensive-hood-river-or

April 22 - 24, 2022 Malice Domestic Convention, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland will be a live event. http://malicedomestic.org/

April 27 - May 1, 2022 The Muse and the Marketplace, GrubStreet’s National Conference for Writers in Boston, Massachusetts will be a hybrid event this year. http://museandthemarketplace.com/

April 28 - 30, 2022 Northern Colorado Writers Conference will be a hybrid conference this year. http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/

April 29 - May 1, 2022 Pikes Peak Writers Conference will be held at the Colorado Springs Doubletree Hilton Hotel. https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc

April 29 - May 1, 2022 Ravencon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention will take place in Richmond, Virginia. http://www.ravencon.com/

May 4 - 2, 2022  Longleaf Writers' Conference, Seaside, Florida. Tentative plans are for an in person event but is subject to change. www.longleafwritersconference.com

May 6 - 7, 2022  Lakefly Writing Contests and Conference will be held at the Oshkosh Convention Center in Wisconsin. https://lakeflywriters.org/

May 6 - 7, 2022 Atlanta Writers Conference, an in-person experience with a virtual option for all activities: agent/editor meetings for critiques and pitches, a workshop, Q&A panels, free talks, an award ceremony & more. https://atlantawritersconference.com/

May 12 - 15, 2022 Stokercon Horror Conference,in Denver Colorado. https://www.stokercon.com/

May 14, 2022 Wesleyan Writers Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. is offering a live and in-person One Day All Day YA Writers Conference  http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference/

May 14 - 17, 2022 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will be in-person at the beautiful Kachemak Bay Campus in downtown Homer, Alaska. http://writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu/

May 25 - 28, 2022 North Words Writers Symposium, Skagway, Alaska is scheduled for an in-person event. http://nwwriterss.com/

May 29 - June 2, 2021 Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference, Asheville, NC https://www.blueridgeconference.com/

May 31 - June 4, 2022 ThrillerFest in New York City, NY is a live event. http://thrillerfest.com/

June 2 - 5, 2022 Writers Police Academy, is in Green Bay and Appleton, Wisconsin. (Transportation between locations is provided by the WPA) https://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

June 2 - 5, 2022 Indiana University Writers' Conference, Bloomington, Indiana will be an in person event this year. https://iuwc.indiana.edu/

June 6 - 12, 2022 VCFA Novel Retreat, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont will be an on-campus retreat. https://vcfa.edu/novel-retreat/

June 5 - 10, 2022 Annual West of the Moon Writer’s Retreat, New Harmony, Indiana has plans to be in person. http://westofthemoonretreat.com/the-retreat/

June 12 - 16, 2022 Tinker Mountain Writers, Hollins University, Virginia will be in person this year. Proof of vaccination is required. https://www.hollins.edu/academics/workshops-online-writing-courses/tinker-mountain-writers-workshop-residential/

June 12 - 18, 2022  Kenyon Review Fiction Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio is excited to offer a new suite of online programs for summer. https://kenyonreview.org/writers/fiction/

June 16 - 26, 2022 Fine Arts Residency Conference Pacific University campus, Forest Grove, Oregon. https://www.pacificu.edu/masters-fine-arts-writing/residency-writers-conference

June 16 - 18, 2022 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, Elizabethtown, Kentucky will be a live event.  http://www.kychristianwriters.com/

June 20 - 26, 2022 Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji State University, Minnesota. Conference will be in person.  http://www.northwoodswriters.org

June 26 - July 2, 2022 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at the St. Mary's College of Maryland hopes to offer an in person event this year. Check site for updates. https://www.smcm.edu/events/chesapeake-writers-conference/

June 26 - July 23, 2022 New York State Summer Writers Institute, Skidmore College, New York will be online this year. https://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters/

June 26 - July 9, 2022  Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, Visit the site for online reservations for events. https://www.kenyonreview.org/workshops/young-writers/

Posted by Diana Hurwitz, 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 comment :

  1. Thank you for sharing this list, Diana. I keep hoping that one day I can attend. You are so good at keeping us in the loop with events for writers. :-)


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