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Writing Conferences and Workshops July to December 2023

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 January 2023.

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.

Due to the pandemic, some conferences will be virtual, others hybrid. However, most have returned to in-person events with or without requirements for vaccines and masking. Please check each conference website for details.

July 6 - 9, 2023 SleuthFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach in Boca Raton, Florida will be held virtually this year.

July 8 – 16, 2023 Tin House Summer Workshop, Portland, Oregon,

July 10 - 16, 2023 Fishtrap Summer Weekend, Wallowa Lake Lodge, Joseph.

July 10 – 17, 2023 Squaw Valley Writer's Conference, Olympic Valley, California.

July 22 - 24, 2023 Sun Valley Writers Conference in Ketchum, Idaho.

July 16 - 22, 2023 Port Townsend Writers Conference in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

July 19 – 22, 2023 Romance Writers of America, Anaheim, California. Registration opens February 14, 2023.

July 19 - 22, 2023 Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana,

July 19 – 31, 2023 Sewanee Writers Conference, Sewanee, Tennessee,

July 30 – August 4, 2023 Napa Valley Writers Conference will be held in Napa California at the Napa campus of Napa Valley College

August 3 – 6, 2023 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference in Massachusetts

 August  3 - 5, 2022 Mendocino Coast Publishing Boot Camp will be an in-person event.

August 4 – 6, 2023 Annual Digital Author and Indie Publishing Writers Conference in Van Nuys, CA in person conference at Hilton Los Angeles Westside, 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.

August  4 - 6, 2023 Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, Los Angeles, California is a live event.

August 7 - 13, 2023 Postgraduate Writers Conference, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont.

August 17 - 20, 2021 Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center Franklin, Tennessee is scheduled to be an in-person event. 

August 31 – September 4, 2023 Bear River Writers' Conference registration opens April 2023. Boyne City, Michigan.

August 30 to September 3, 2023 Boucheron Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, California

September 8 – 10, 2023 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Workshop will be held at the Hyatt -Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center.

October 6 - 8, 2023 Write on the Sound Conference in Edmonds WA

 October 12 – 14, 2023 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at Arizona State

October 18 – 22, 2023 GayRomLit Retreat Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel  Virginia

October 18 - 22 2023 Surry International Writers Conference, Surry, British Columbia, Canada will be a virtual event.

October 25 - 29, 2023 Historical Romance Retreat will be held at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, California.

October 28, 2023 Rochester Writers Conference 16th Annual Held at Oakland University


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.


  1. Great info, Diana! Thank you for always keeping us informed about these events. :-)


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