Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Interesting Writers' Conferences

I am now working my way through my book, The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese: How To Avoid the Traps of Self-Publishing.  Most of the material there is now five years old (or more) and in serious need of revisions and updates. I'm hoping to have a new edition ready by the end of the year.

As part of the chapter I am currently revising, I need an updated list of "Recommended Writers' Conferences." The following list is preliminary. it contains recommendations from other writers and Facebook friends. I would welcome your input as well. Which really good conferences are missing from this list? Are there problems with any of the choices I have gathered so far? All genres and all regions are welcome. I do NOT want to include any meetings whose main purpose is getting you to sign up for some sort of publishing deal. Leave your comment below.

Some Writers’ Conferences to Consider

I have not included specific dates or website URLs because these vary from one year to the next. However, you can find any one of these organizations through a simple search engine.

In the Spring:

·      San Francisco Writers Conference in February
·      SleuthFest in Boca Raton, FL in February.
·      South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX in March. 
·      Northern Colorado Writers Conference in Fort Collins in the Spring. In the Spring:

During the Summer:

·      Historical Novel Society, alternating years between North  America and England in June.
·      Philadelphia Writers Conference (PWC), held in the Historic District of Philadelphia, in June.
·      Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana, in July. 

·     Sewanee (TN) Writers’ Conference in July.
·      Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, somewhere in USA in July. 
·      Women and the Civil War, somewhere east of the Mississippi in July.

·      Thrillerfest in New York City in July.
·      Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City in August.

·      Killer Nashville (TN) in August.
In the Fall:
·      Historical Writers of America in New Mexico in September.
·      Military Writers Society of America, somewhere in USA in September.
·      Lost Lake Writers’ Retreat, in Lincoln, Michigan, in October.

·      James River Writers Conference (www.jamesriverwriters.org) in Richmond, VA, in October.

·     BookBaby Independent Authors Conference, Philadelphia in November.

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