Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2022 July to September 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.

July 7 - 10, 2022 SleuthFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach in Boca Raton, Florida will be held virtually this year.

July 16 - 26, 2022 The Pacific University Residency Writers Conference will be at the Pacific University’s 170-year-old campus in Forest Grove.

July 16 - 18, 2022 Sun Valley Writers Conference in Ketchum, Idaho. Check site for updates and status.

July 17 - 30, 2022  Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. Visit the site for online reservation.

July 17 - 24, 2022 Port Townsend Writers Conference in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

July 20 - 23, 2022 Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana, check site for up to date information.

July 24 - 29, 2022 Napa Valley Writers Conference will be held in Napa California at the Napa campus of Napa Valley College

August  4 - 6, 2022 Mendocino Coast Publishing Boot Camp will be an in-person event.

August  5 - 7, 2022 Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, Los Angeles, Hilton Los Angeles Westside, California is a live event.

August  14 - 21, 2022 Postgraduate Writers Conference, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont. As we launch the 2022 cycle, we are planning on an in-person event. If public health and safety considerations should dictate a different course as summer approaches, this page will provide current updates and information.

August 18 - 22, 2021 Killer Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee is scheduled to be an in-person event. 

September 8 - 11, 2022 Boucheron will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis, Minnesota.

September 8 - 11, 2022 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Workshop will be held at the Hyatt -Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center.

September 23 - 25, 2022 PNWA Annual Writer's Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington as an in-person event.

September 28 - October 2, 2022 Historical Romance Retreat will be held at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, California.

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


  1. Thank you for posting this, Diana. I have requested updates on one of them.

  2. I have noticed a few conferences, such as ThrillerFest, are now offering their lectures online for a small fee. I think it is a great way for them to pass on the wisdom to people who couldn't attend. I hope more conferences do this. Obviously after the conference is over. :)


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