This page will show you events, workshops, and conferences for writers and authors. I will specify which one I plan to attend.


I will always try to post a link to the event, in case you’d like to join us and broaden your creative horizons! If, by chance, I do not have any scheduled, please come back at a later date to stay in the loop.

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Writer’s Conferences: None yet scheduled for 2019

Writer’s Workshops: None yet scheduled for 2019


If you’re a writer or an author, here are some events you might want to consider:

I recently found a website called The Write Life and they had some amazing writing retreat destination ideas! I’ll copy and paste them here but please look at their page to give credit where credit is due.

Writing Retreats in 2019:

1. Creative Revolution Retreats

Leigh Shulman invites you to choose your own retreat dates — and join her anytime in January or February 2019 in Salta, Argentina.

Over eight days, you’ll enjoy intensive writing workshops, yoga, a massage and a private apartment in a bustling city center. Up to three people can participate at once, so grab two friends and book a date.

Cost: $1,800 per person (scholarships available).

2. Writing Retreats in Mexico

Run by the Vancouver and Victoria Schools of Writing and hosted by writing coach and author Kathrin Lake, this retreat is quite economical — especially for Americans.

It offers group classes and one-on-one coaching in writing and publishing. Dates include January 7–13, January 21–27, February 17–23 and March 17–23, 2019.

Cost: $850 CAD (~$650 US) per person (does not include accommodation or most food).

3. Under the Volcano

This non-profit program will hold its 16th annual retreat from January 10-20, 2019, in the Mexican village of Tepoztlán. The program requires a writing sample for admission, and also offers financial aid.

It’s intended for “committed writers with projects underway,” as you’ll attend six three-hour workshops — with master instructors — in fiction, poetry, memoir or journalism.

Cost: $1,895 per person (does not include accommodation and some meals).

4. Costa Rica Retreat for Writers and Families

Bring your partner and niños along on Julie Hartley’s creative writing retreat from February 9–16, 2019.

You’ll stay on a working farm in the heart of the rainforest, with easy access to both hammocks and hikes. Each morning, you’ll participate in creative writing workshops, and each afternoon, you’ll have time to write or explore.

The week begins and ends with public readings — which your family is welcome to attend!

Cost: $1,399–$1,849 per person (does not include lunch or dinner); $340 per child (if sharing a room with two adults).

5. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat

If you’re a fiction writer looking for a quick and affordable getaway, this retreat might be for you.

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains from March 7–10, 2019, it offers workshops, critiques and readings.

The organizers promise you’ll “find inspiration in the natural beauty that will surround you.”

Cost: $299–$399 per person.

6. Retreats for You

Located in a 17th-century thatched house in southwest England, this retreat center runs a variety of programs throughout the year. (And also comes with two resident labradors that you can walk through the countryside.)

Aspiring authors might be interested in the “Pitch to a Publisher” weekend from March 7–11, 2019 or “Developing Your Novel” from June 17–21, 2019.

Cost: £459–£545 (~$595–$706 US) per person.

7. Wide Open Writing

Interested in spending a week writing on the beach in Isla Holbox, Mexico, while making friends with flamingos and turtles?

This retreat from March 10–15 or 17–22, 2019, features writing workshops, daily yoga, body work — and “a community where, regardless of your writing background, you can explore the story you need to tell.” The hosts offer a June retreat in Maine and September retreat in Italy, as well.

Cost: $2,200 per person (does not include some dinners).

8. Himalayan Writers Retreat

On this retreat in the Indian Himalayas, maybe you’ll find the solace you need to finish that important project.

It has three sessions in 2019: March 31 to April 10 for all writers, September 30 to October 10 for fiction writers and November 15–25 for non-fiction and poetry writers.

Each retreat has a guest leader, plus two resident facilitators: a psychologist and an author. They’ll guide you through everything from discussions to long walks, bonfires, yoga and pottery. Plus, all retreats are airport-to-airport experiences to ensure participants safety and comfort.

Cost: $2,500 per person.

9. Iceland Writers Retreat

At this retreat, it seems like you get what you pay for: intimate workshops and panels with famous authors like Ann Hood and Chigozie Obioma.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the incredible country of Iceland. It runs April 3–7, 2019.

Cost: 199,000–283,500 ISK (~$1,644–$2,342 US) per person.

10. Holy Ground Writing Retreat on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

From April 24–28, 2019, Carolyn Flynn invites fiction and creative nonfiction writers to join her on a Kentucky alpaca and llama farm for a “generative and restorative retreat.”

You’ll receive mentored critique, individual consultations, group talks on topics like story architecture, narrative flow and dialogue — and will even get to spend a day at the (horse) races!

Flynn also offers a retreat in Ireland in late May.

Cost: $1,995–$2,395 per person (some meals not included).

11. Women Reading Aloud — Jersey Shore

This spring, Julie Maloney is bringing her women’s retreat to the Jersey shore for the eleventh straight year.

If you join her April 26–28, 2019, you’ll participate in writing workshops led by her and bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan.

For a more exotic getaway, Maloney also has a June retreat in Greece and a July retreat in Prague.

Cost: $890 per person for a private room (does not include one dinner).

12. Luova Retreats — Provence

Ever wanted to add visual elements to your writing? This “creative exploration” retreat features a resident writer and artist who will guide you through sketches and journaling amidst the beauty of Provence.

You’ll enjoy organic meals, evening movies and poolside glasses of wine, plus yoga and meditation each morning. Two sessions are available in 2019: May 7–14 and 16–23.

Cost: $1,950–$4,250 per person.

13. Verse Kraken Writing Retreat

Making its debut on the list is this affordable retreat in Brittany, France from May 10–17, 2019. It’s taught by two British authors and welcomes writers of all kinds.

The retreat will “explore boundaries and cross-genres,” allowing you to be “inspired by spaces where history and present overlap, where nature and urbanity co-exist.” It includes workshops, tutorials, writing time and excursions.

Cost: £560–£750 (~$728–$975 US) per person, with a 10% discount if booked before December 15, 2018.

14. Write Away Europe

Looking for a place where your “soul and creative spirit will soar”? Travel to Prague from May 12–18, 2019.

At this retreat, you’ll participate in writing workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions and nightly social hours, all while staying in the heart of a historic city.

This company also hosts retreats in Greece in April, and Italy in March and June.

Cost: $2,050–$2,500 per person (does not include lunch).

15. A Writer Within — Tuscany

Spend a week at a historic villa in Tuscany — complete with your own private chef — at this women-only retreat from May 18–25, 2019.

After morning yoga or tai chi, host Kathryn Kay will lead group writing sessions; in the afternoon, group outings to nearby towns and sites. In the evenings, you’ll share your work and reflect on the day (over wine).

Kay usually offers another retreat in October, as well.

Cost: $2,700–$3,000 per person.

16. Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop

What is it with writers and Greece? Something about this country and its magical islands must really inspire.

This retreat — now in its 17th year — will take place on the island of Andros from May 22 to June 2, 2019.

Hosted by journalist and writer Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson, it features workshops in the mornings, free writing in the afternoons and group dinners each evening.

Cost: $3,000 per person for a single room (does not include all meals).

17. TLC Writing Workshops

Want something a little different?

Schedule your own private retreat with Tammy L. Coia, a memoir-writing coach who lives in Bellingham, Washington. You’ll stay at her house, in a private bedroom with water views. Each day, you’ll have one-on-one coaching alongside home-cooked meals. She offers this at her home in Palm Springs, as well.

Or, if you’d rather work in a group setting, Coia holds retreats in Mexico in February ($3,000) and Greece in May and June ($3,900–$4,400).

Cost: $1,800 per person for three days.

18. Writing on Water — Croatia

Stay in a luxurious villa with views of the Adriatic sea during this retreat from June 8–15, 2019.

You’ll enjoy creative writing and movement workshops, hiking and waterfall tours, and visits to castles and other historic sites. This year’s guest artist is Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, the award-winning author of two novels and one memoir.

Cost: $2,675 per person.

19. Pink Pangea Travel Writing Retreat

Want to explore Venice while sharing stories and making new friends? Pink Pangea co-founder Jaclyn Mishal will lead this women-only retreat from June 19–23, 2019.

You’ll stay in central Venice and participate in daily writing workshops and tours. The company also hosts retreats in other countries throughout the year.

Cost: $1,040–$1,385 per person (does not include lunch or dinner).

20. Writing With Care

Picture a charming mansion by the ocean in Newfoundland, and something like Ochre House would probably come to mind. It’s hosting a writing retreat from June 9–14, 2019 for writers of all stripes.

Under the guidance of “extraordinary” instructors, you’ll discuss writing techniques and tools, as well as “the place of writing in one’s life.” The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

Cost: $935–$1,250 CAD (~$715–$956 US) per person.

21. L.R Johnson Writers’ Retreat in Ireland

If you’re on a budget, keep moving down the list. But if you want to dream a wee bit, scope this retreat, which is held in a beautiful Irish manor on a 200-acre private estate.

From June 16–22, 2019, you’ll participate in classes with two authors, a life coach, a literary agent and a yoga teacher, plus high tea each day.

Cost: $5,199 per person.

22. Writers Who Run, Retreat & Race

If you’re one of the many writers who love to run, you might enjoy this retreat, which will occur June 17–22, 2019 in rural North Carolina.

After a two-mile trail run each morning, you’ll have a full schedule of workshops, critique groups, writing time and social events. The culminating event is a 10K race through the woods!

Cost: $2,499–$2,899 per person.

23. Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat

I love the sound and attitude of Aimee Hansen’s women-only writing retreats in Guatemala — and from her glimmering reviews, they live up to their promise.

You’ll stay on Lake Atitlan and enjoy daily yoga, meditation and writing sessions. She has three dates on the calendar for 2019: June 28–July 6, July 25–August 3 and November 29–December 8 (plus a late September retreat in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains for $1,250).

Cost: $1,495–$1,895 per person.

24. Wake Up and Write Writers Retreat Workshop

For three decades, this retreat — in one form or another — has been providing an immersive learning experience for people writing novels.

It will be held on a 15-acre retreat center outside of Boise from July 1–10, 2019. You’ll participate in workshops, intensive writing and one-on-one meetings with industry professionals.

Cost: $1,895 per person for a single room.

25. French Alps Writing Retreat

Spiritual writers will love escaping to the pristine Lake Annecy from July 20–27, 2019.

At this retreat for aspiring book authors, host Debra Moffitt will help you “access your own inner wisdom and creative energy” through writing and meditation.

Cost: $1,699 per person.

26. Get Away to Write — Scotland

Murphy Writing of Stockton University will hold its 10th international retreat August 1–9, 2019 in the coastal city of Dundee, Scotland.

The retreat, led by award-winning authors Peter E. Murphy, Roberta Clipper and Christine E. Salvatore, is open to fiction writers, memoirists and poets. It includes over 20 hours of workshops, a session on freelancing, readings by local writers and an excursion to Edinburgh.

Murphy Writing also hosts a February retreat in Florida for $1,500–$1,700 per person.

Cost: $2,100–$2,300 per person (scholarships and early registration discounts available).

27. Write and Publish That Book in Lake Tahoe

Itching to finally write that book? California sounds like the perfect place to get started.

Come with an idea, and you’ll get the “time, space and instruction needed to write and publish your book within a year.” This women-only retreat takes place from August 4–9, 2019. The organizers also host two retreats in France in June.

Cost: $2,000–$2,850 per person (does not include dinner).

28. Hamlet’s Hideaway

This all-inclusive retreat will be held in Denmark from August 11–17, 2019.

You’ll stay in the shadow of Fredensborg Palace, a “magical setting” where you can “dream and create.” Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Cost: $2,700 per person.

29. Krouna Writing Workshop

Travel with author and editor Henriette Lazaridis to her ancestral home in the mountains of northern Greece.

To apply, you must submit a 10-page writing sample. And before attending the retreat in mid-August (exact dates TBD), you’ll need to submit a sample for group critiquing: either 50 pages of a novel manuscript or two short stories.

Cost: $2,750–$3,500 per person (does not include all meals).

30. On the River of Discovery

Let life on the Green River inspire your writing on this women’s retreat, which takes place August 25–30, 2019.

You’ll spend six days floating through Utah’s majestic canyons, going on guided hikes and writing under the guidance of Page Lambert — all while sleeping under the stars each night.

Lambert also hosts a Wyoming horseback writing retreat in June ($1,829).

Cost: $1,599 per person.

31. The Creative Writer’s Workshop: Fiction & Autobiographical Fiction

Learn to tell your story while escaping to the mythical Irish island of Inis Mór from September 1–8, 2019.

In addition to writing workshops with host Irene Graham, you’ll enjoy guided walks and tours of the remote island — and even a pony trap ride!

Graham also hosts retreats in June and July, including one for memoir writers.

Cost: €1,550 (~$1,780 US) per person.

32. Write Your Journey — Vietnam

You’ll bike through rice fields, devour street food, complete daily yoga and sound bowl meditations — and, oh yeah, write — during this retreat in Hoi An.

From September 8–15, 2019, yoga teacher and writing coach Kerstin Pilz will guide you in group and one-on-one writing sessions — all while exploring “authentic Vietnam” to “ignite your creativity.” She also hosts a number of three-day weekend retreats for $650.

Cost: $1,650 per person.

33. Story Rebels — Sicily

As founder Malika Ali Harding puts its, “This gathering is designed for writers, book lovers, and foodies in search of communal solitude.” It takes place at a stunning lodge in eastern Sicily from September 13–17, 2019.

This retreat is more focused on activities — like horseback riding, pasta making and wine tasting — than on coaching or critiquing, but allows time for writing and reflection, too.

Cost: €2599–€3799 (~$2,959–$4,326 US) per person.

34. Your Beautiful Writing Life Retreat

Because no one can get enough of Tuscany: Australian novelist Vanessa Carvale’s retreat will take place from September 14–21, 2019, at a villa a few miles from the historical city of Florence.

It’ll include craft-based and coaching workshops, personalized manuscript feedback and even an onsite pasta-making class. Carvale hosts a similar retreat in late April, as well.

Cost: $2,300 per person.

35. Ireland Writing Retreat

Find your words in a country that’s produced some of the greatest literary minds in history.

At this Donegal retreat from September 23–29, 2019, you’ll receive practical instruction in writing and editing, as well as one-on-one critiques of your work.

Also included in the cost are Gaeilge language and Irish ceildhe dancing classes, concerts, an island boat ride and guided walk. The host offers more retreats in March (for travel writing), May, June and October.

Cost: €990 per person (~$1,128 US) with lodging and breakfast.

36. Write ‘n Walk Spain

Boy does this sound dreamy! You’ll stay at a restored farmhouse in the mountains of Spain, enjoying morning hikes, afternoon free writes and evening writing workshops — all capped off with traditional dinners and wine.

The retreat, which welcomes beginners, is targeted at people writing a novel, memoir, workbook, online course or photography-based book. It takes place from October 6–13, 2019.

Organizers also host a retreat in Greece in June.

Cost: €2,100–€2,400 (~$2,400–$2,745 US), with a discount for booking before March 31, 2019 (does not include lunch).

37. The Taos Writer’s Retreat

Want to get away, but not too far away? Try this women-only retreat in Taos, New Mexico, hosted by author Jennifer Loudon from April 28 to May 4, July 28 to August 3 or October 27 to November 2, 2019.

Your fee includes everything: “All lodging and all meals, daily writing seminars, daily yoga classes, on-the-spot writing coaching, plentiful snacks, and love love love.”

Loudon also hosts a weekend retreat in Colorado in September for $1,800.

Cost: $2,205–$2,655 per person.

The Write Life also has a list of Writers Conferences. I’ll copy and paste them here but please visit their page to give credit where credit is due.

Writer’s Conferences in 2019:

1. Writer’s Digest Conference

When: Annually in August

Where: New York City

The Writer’s Digest editors bring you this annual conference with resources for craft, career and creative inspiration. More than 50 agents and editors participate in the infamous Pitch Slam, and dozens of industry experts lead educational sessions.

2. San Francisco Writers Conference

When: Annually in February

Where: San Francisco, CA

Held annually in February, this conference is a “celebration of craft, commerce and community.” Connect with industry experts, bestselling authors, agents, editors and leaders in both self-publishing and traditional publishing.

3. San Francisco Writing for Change Conference

When: Annually in September

Where: San Francisco, CA

This annual one-day conference asks nonfiction writers, “Can your book change the world?” The conference brings together writers and industry experts to teach nonfiction writers about writing, publishing, marketing and technology.

4. Northern Colorado Writers Conference

When: Annually in May

Where: Fort Collins, CO

The Northern Colorado Writers group provides support and encouragement to writers of all genres and levels through this annual conference, as well as through monthly meetings, classes and other networking and social events.

The event typically has just 130 to 150 attendees, so you’ll get a more intimate experience.

5. Association of Writers and Writing Programs

When: Annually in Spring

Where: Various North American cities

Each year, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) hosts the Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city. The event celebrates authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers and publishers in the region hosting the conference. With more than 12 thousand writers and readers attending each year, AWP is the largest literary conference in North America.

6. Las Vegas Writers Conference

When: Annually in spring

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Henderson Writers Group hosts this annual conference for writers.

The organization also hosts 150 meetings a year in Las Vegas. They’re open to the public, and members can read their writing for critique by attendees.

7. Midwest Writers Workshop Super Mini-conference

When: Annually in July

Where: Muncie, IN

This day-and-half conference is a more affordable option for writers at all levels.

The Midwest Writers Workshop gives writers the opportunity improve their craft, mingle with industry experts and successful writers, and network and socialize with peers and colleagues.

8. Writing Day Workshops

When and Where: Year-round throughout the U.S.

Each of these day-long workshops offers a crash course on how to get your book published, with classes and presentations on everything from writing queries to working with an agent to marketing your book.

9. Show Me Writers Masterclass Minis

When: Throughout the year

Where: Columbia, MO

Replacing the annual masterclass, Missouri Writers’ Guild and Mizzou Publishing present these workshops for writers of all genres. Past topics include character development, how to prioritize point of view and Pitching 101. Follow Show Me Writers Masterclass on Facebook for upcoming events.

10. Writer’s Winter Escape Cruise

When: Annually February-March

Where: Departs from Miami, FL for the Bahamas

Join this unique writers’ conference… at sea.

For five days, writers can enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean Sea while networking and learning about the publishing industry.

 

Genre fiction

11. Romance Writers of America Annual Conference

When: Annually in July

Where: Location varies

Romance writers gather at this annual genre conference to learn more about the business of being an author. Get an opportunity to meet and mingle with budding and successful romance authors, as well as workshops and events to boost your author career.

12. SleuthFest

When: Annually in February-March

Where: Boca Raton, Florida

SleuthFest is an annual conference for mystery, suspense and thriller writers sponsored by the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

This conference includes writing and marketing workshops, networking events, and pitch sessions with guest agents and editors. It even includes hands-on forensic workshops!

13. Worldcon and North American Science Fiction Convention

When: Annually

Where: Various locations around the world

The World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) is an annual gathering of the science fiction and fantasy community, held in a different location around the world each year. When Worldcon is held outside of North America, the corresponding NASFC is held in North America.

This five-day international conference is attended by thousands of writers, artists, fans, editors, publishers, academics and dealers. The event embraces science fiction in all the forms, including film, TV, art, comics, anime and manga, and gaming.

14. Killer Nashville

When: Annually in August

Where: Nashville, TN

While attractive to mystery/thriller authors and screenwriters for its unique crime-focused sessions, Killer Nashville welcomes writers of all levels and genres. Conference sessions fall under seven categories: general writing, genre-specific writing, publicity, and crime and detection.

“Imagine hearing a CIA Analyst, an FBI agent on terrorism, Dr Bill Bass on The Body Farm, bestselling CJ Box on how he juggles his writing and plans his days, Heyward Gould on screenplays, and so much more. They even had a crime scene, with awards to those those who studied the clues and figured out the mystery,” mystery author C. Hope Clark reflected on her 2012 Killer Nashville experience.

15. Thrillerfest

When: Annually in July

Where: New York City

“It is the only conference where I really feel at home — and [International Thriller Writers] is truly the tribe I belong to . . .says Joanna Penn (thriller author J.F. Penn) at The Creative Penn. “I can sit in the bar talking about ways to murder people and weapons of choice and not feel weird. I can learn from some of the biggest names in the business, whose hours of writing experience number in the many thousands.

“The education program is absolutely the best in the thriller business. I can fangirl like a geek with big name authors who are actually just a load of bookish geeks too. I can have a drink with people I have only previously worshipped from afar. I also feel absolutely accepted as an indie, with no judgement around my business choices . . . I love ITW and I absolutely loved Thrillerfest!”

Blogging

16. BlogHer

When: Annually in Summer

Where: Various U.S. cities

“During keynote speaker presentations some people will snicker under their breath, while others will find themselves crying. Which only goes to demonstrate the subjectivity of the entire business of blogging. You can’t appeal to everyone,” says Janie Emaus in her post Top 10 Things I Learned at Last Year’s BlogHer Conference.

17. We All Grow Summit

When: Annually in March

Where: Near Los Angeles, CA

We All Grow is a unique professional conference for Latinas working in the digital space. If you’re an online influencer or creative entrepreneur, this conference can help you network with others, learn strategies for personal and business growth, and connect with brands that want to reach your community.

18. World Domination Summit

When: Annually in July

Where: Portland, OR

Well-known in the blogosphere for delightful surprises like 2012’s $100 investment, WDS is a gathering of thousands of unconventional thinkers — bloggers, entrepreneurs, travelers and more.

Join sessions to learn how to live a good life, travel around the world or write your first book — whatever your “big dream” may be.

19. South by Southwest

When: Annually in March

Where: Austin, TX

South by Southwest has become the country’s premier event for the music, comedy, film and digital technology industries — basically, any creative person or fan! Bloggers should keep an eye on the details for SXSW Interactive, the festival’s “incubator for cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.”

“What I love about SXSW — it always brings out my spontaneous side. I don’t make any plans until five minutes beforehand, and I love it,” says Jenny Blake in a post on Life After College, The Number One Tip for SXSW Newbie.

Freelancing

20. American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Conference

When: Annually in Spring

Where: New York City, plus occasional one-day events throughout the year in other U.S. cities

More than 150 speakers and 650 attendees join this annual event for “insights and inspiration for emerging and established nonfiction writers” Speakers and events cover writing business topics like storytelling, custom content, self-publishing and negotiating.

21. Society for Professional Journalists Spring Conference Series

When: Annually in Spring

Where: Various U.S. cities

These day-long professional development meetings take place across 12 regions throughout the U.S. They draw pros, students and educators for networking and training in topics ranging from writing skills to using new technologies.

22. Society of American Business Editors and Writers

When: Annually in Fall and Spring

Where: Fall in New York City, Spring in Various U.S. cities

Learn about new media for journalists, writing for various industries, managing your freelancing business, and more in this two-day conference for journalists and business writers and editors.

Children’s book writing and illustrating

23. SCBWI Annual Conferences

When: Various dates

Where: Various locations

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators hosts a slew of regional conferences around the world throughout the year, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles each August, and the Annual Winter Conference in New York each February.

24. WriteOnCon

When: Annually in February

Where: Online, WriteOnCon.org

WriteOnCon is an online-only writers’ conference for children’s writers. You can access keynote events and critique forums for free and the rest of the conference content for a fee starting at $5. You’ll also have an opportunity to buy critiques from industry professionals. Publisher’s Weekly describes the features of this unique virtual conference experience:

“Without incurring travel expenses, lining up childcare and battling crowds, more than 11,000 aspiring children’s and young adult authors attended WriteOnCon, a free online writing conference . . . From the comfort of home, they were able to log onto the conference’s Web site and view blogs, vlogs, panel discussions, workshops and live streaming presented by literary agents, editors and published authors.”

Christian writing

25. Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

When: Annually in May

Where: near Asheville, NC

Held annually at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center nestled in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is the premier training and networking event for both seasoned and aspiring writers and speakers.

International (Outside of U.S.)

26. The London Book Fair

When: Annually in Spring

Where: London, UK

In its own words: “The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.”

LBF brings together authors, publishers and readers in the cultural hub of London to explore and understand the rapidly-changing publishing world.

27. Surrey International Writers’ Conference

When: Annually in October

Where: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

The Surrey International Writers’ Conference is the “most comprehensive professional development conference of its kind in Canada.” Open to writers of all levels and genres, the conference offers an opportunity to show off your work to the international literary marketplace as well as to hone your craft and business skills.

28. The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

When: Annually in October

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In the cultural heart of Vancouver, B.C., on Granville Island, this festival invites authors, poets, spoken word performers and graphic novelists to celebrate the art of the story. It takes place for six days each October and continues throughout the year through the Incite reading series.

In its own words: “Our mission is to bring readers and writers together to reimagine our lives and our world.”

Indie publishing and self-publishing

29. Self Publishing Advice Conference (SPACON)

When: Annually in spring and fall

Where: Online

This online conference for authors interested in self-publishing runs fringe to the London Book Fair and Digital Book World.

The conference is free and runs 24 sessions — one an hour for 24 hours. You can register to learn how to attend the next conference, and you can attend sessions live or catch up on your own time.

30. Indie Bookfest

When: Annually in fall

Where: Orlando, FL

This four-day event includes workshops, panels and social events for indie, hybrid and traditionally-published authors. It features sessions on craft and marketing, as well as events that let you mingle with readers and fellow authors.