Check here for the latest list of upcoming conferences and events of interest for writers and publishing professionals. The listing is in order of calendar date and is updated monthly.
Norwescon features over 500 hours of panel programming presented by more than 200 panelists, covering subjects as science fiction, fantasy, science, costuming, art, writing, genre television, and movies. The theme for 2014 is “Elegance and Entropy”.
The American Society of Journalists and Authors
More than 80 workshops and panels, this conference is geared toward non-fiction and fiction freelance writers. The keynote speaker for 2014 will be Daniel Jones.
Chicago-North Romance Writers
The conference is a weekend of keynote speeches, workshops, panels, publishing spotlights, pitch appointments with editors and agents, a public book signing, librarian and bookseller brunch, and entertainment. New York Times best selling authors Kristan Higgins, Mary Balogh and Lauren Dane are scheduled to appear.
Long Island Romance Writers
Join LIRW for the 47th annual Editor and Agent luncheon. The event will feature guest speaker Bette-Lee Fox, Managing Director of Library Journal, plus over 25 editors and agents.
RT Book Reviews
There are approximately 5 to 6 workshops or panels scheduled for each Romance subgenre plus craft workshops, hands-on workshops, business workshops and 8 sessions on self-publishing. There are also 21 mixers, parties and gatherings from a champagne breakfast to a slumber party for those who want to get their network on.
The Humanities Council of South Carolina
The festival presents authors, poets, and scholars to the readers and writers of South Carolina free of charge. Workshops are also available for a fee. Watch the website for festival location.
If Book Then is a conference about the future of publishing designed for academic and professional publishers. Also, see the website for their Digital Rights Workshop.
Bloody Words is Canada’s oldest and largest gathering of mystery readers and authors. The conference features workshops, agent appointments, manuscript evaluations, and a short story contest. The above link is for the 2012 conference held in June.
The Printers Row Book Fest is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase. More than 200 booksellers from across the country display new, used and antiquarian books, and more than 200 authors participate in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs. The 2013 Festival was held in June.
The Conference covers all aspects of writing and illustrating for children—from developing ideas to honing skills to finding a publisher. Participants will work closely with other writers and illustrators, as well as with agents, editors, and publishers.
Wisconsin Romance Writers of America
WisRWA holds an annual conference where members learn, network, and meet with editors/agents.
RomCon – Where Romances Rules
RomCon is a conference for romance authors and readers and features over 80 events including opportunities for authors and readers to interact face-to-face.
Initiated by Lionel Bender of Bender Richardson White (UK), the conference is designed for authors, writers, illustrators, artists, educational/magazine/nonfiction publishers, and book creation houses. The goal is to provide opportunities to find work, build business connections, and to use skills and creativity to create great nonfiction products for children.
International Thriller Writers
A celebration of thriller books, the authors who write them, and the fans who read them. The four-day event includes author panels, classes, workshops, the CraftFest and AgentFest.
The five-day, all inclusive conference features classes, a costume ball, a book fair and more. Honored Guests include New York Times best selling authors Jennifer Ashley, Lorraine Heath, Angela Knight, Catherine Bybee, HP Mallory, CJ Ellisson, Rachel Van Dyken and Lilliana Hart.
Readercon is an annual conference devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.” Although modeled on “science fiction conventions,” there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. Instead, Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word. Guests of Honor will be Andrea Hairston and Kit Reed.
Romance Writers of America
Join more than 2,100 published and aspiring romance writers, editors, agents, and other industry professionals. Writers can choose from more than 100 workshops, panels and round-tables with publishing professionals or schedule a one-on-one pitch meeting with an editor or agent.
Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published, and authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives and forensic experts provide information to help writers put realism into fiction.
The conference features sessions about writing, publishing, marketing and more, as well as the 3-hour Agent Slam with 60 professional agents.
This is an event for readers featuring 100 authors with at least six parties, a Steampunk tea and other events. Registration is typically limited to 400 reader attendees. (YA day passes are also available.) Registration includes most meals. The 2014 Master of Ceremonies will be Alexandra Ivy.
When Words Collide
When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry. A writers’ workshop is held just prior to the conference. Watch the website for information as it develops.
This four-day Conference offers writing and photography workshops in the morning, afternoon panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area.
Host and Founder, Dr. Charley Ferrer, will present 40 hours of workshops and live demos, a BDSM club night, an awards ceremony, a reader-author mix & mingle, and a book signing on Sunday. The conference also features a BDSM book contest with nine book contracts awarded as prizes. (Enter by May 31). Please go to http://bdsmwriterscon.com/book-contest for more information.
DragonCon is a multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
The conference typically hosts over 60 writer workshops, 5 master classes and visiting agents and editors. The 2013 conference took place in September in Denver, CO.
The Writers’ Police Academy offers the hands-on, interactive and educational experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. The event features police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. The website reports that registration is sold out.
Historical Novel Society
The society has over 900 members worldwide including authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and general readers. The conference location alternates between the USA and the United Kingdom. The next USA conference will be held June 26-28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. See http://hns-conference.org for more information.
The Indie Romance Convention is designed to fit the needs of indie authors. In addition, the event is open to readers, bloggers, editors, and cover artists. The theme for 2014 is “The Roaring Indies.”
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
NAIBA is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information among independently owned bookstores. The annual fall gathering is two full days of bookseller education, networking, author events, and awards ceremonies.
American Christian Fiction Writers
Workshops for writers are designed with five different experience levels in mind, from “just starting out” to “published.” The event includes Early Bird and Post Conference sessions.
Hot Mojave Knights is a romance reader event where readers of all kinds of romance can interact with favorite authors and meet new ones.
Associazione Women’s Fiction Festival
The WFF is the only literary festival dedicated to women’s fiction in Europe. The festival is for the published and unpublished and features master classes, creative writing labs, and a translation competition.
Midwest Booksellers Association, Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
This is the largest regional trade show in the country to serve the independent book selling market. Members include locally owned and operated independent bookstores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and surrounding the Great Lakes. The trade show is a conference that gathers booksellers, publishers, distributors, reps, vendors, authors, librarians, teachers, and other book business colleagues.
This is a reader event featuring cocktails, parties, The Tournament of Kings dinner show, The Thunder from Down Under, etc. Nineteen romance authors are scheduled to participate.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers and authors. It boasts 7,400 exhibitors from 106 countries, 280,194 visitors and over 10,000 journalists focusing on current trends. The Guest of Honour for 2014 is Finland.
Destiny Blaine’s panels, workshops and signings are open to all published, self-published and new authors. Events include movie night with authors, two signing opportunities, and an event at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium.
Georgia Romance Writers
The conference features over 35 workshops including “Digital Track” workshops (small press, e-publishing, self-publishing, backlist publishing). The keynote speaker for 2014 will be Bella Andre.
Women Writing the West
The conference features workshops and presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners.
Greater Seattle Romance Writers
Emerald City is the largest regional romance writing conference in the West. There are editor and agent guests, workshops and master classes. The keynote speakers for 2014 will be Lauren Dane, Ann Aguirre, and Victoria Dahl.
Novelists, Inc. is devoted exclusively to the needs of published authors and concentrates its efforts on the business of the business for career novelists.
Florida Writers Association
This is a three-day event, where members find agents, meet publishers, and get the scoop on the industry. Also see their website for mini-conferences throughout the year.
This event celebrates the women of indie publishing and will host YA & NA, Fantasy/Paranormal, Contemporary, and Romance authors. Keynote speakers will be Abbi Glines and Samantha Young.
The conference features Agent/Editor/Producer interviews, workshops and the Blue Pencil Cafe (have a sample of your work critiqued on the spot).
Digital Book World
The conference brings together 1500 professionals focused on developing, building and transforming their organizations to compete in the new digital publishing environment.
Florida Romance Writers
“Cruise with Your Muse” is the theme for this 4-night writers’ conference/cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas to Cozumel, Mexico. Early bird registration pricing is available before March of 2014.
Left Coast Crime
This event is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, for mystery fans. Scheduled guest of honor are Chelsea Cain and Ridley Pearson.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
This conference celebrates authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers and small press publishers. Each year it features 400 presentations including readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums––plus book signings, receptions and informal gatherings.
The convention will feature workshops, panels, events, a chance to meet and interact with authors, and a book signing. Please watch the website as more specifics develop.
Below are conferences that have not yet posted specific dates for their next event.
Backspace presents three days of panel discussions, workshops, and one-on-one editorial critiques. The 2013 event took place in May in New York City. Other: the website has a link for the Salt Cay Writers’ Retreat in The Bahamas, October 20-26, 2014.
Digipalooza is a conference for partner libraries that offers education and networking geared toward increasing circulation of digital audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. Watch for Digipalooza to return in the summer of 2015 in Cleveland, OH.
Romance Writers of Australia
The 22nd Romance Writers of Australia conference was held in August of 2013 in Western Australia.
Decatur Book Festival is an annual, free book festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia at several venues located in and around the downtown Decatur Square. Authors give readings, talks, and panel discussions. The event is free and open to the public.
Hampton Roads Writers
HRW is a nonprofit, Virginia Beach, Virginia-based group of professional and aspiring writers. The annual conference features workshops, writing contests and critique sessions. Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, memoir, poetry, and the business of getting published. The 2013 conference took place in September in Virginia Beach, VA.
The 2013 conference focused on the challenges of the teen market, how technology is shaping children’s publishing, what children are reading, and more. No information is available for 2014, but the 2013 conference took place in September in London.
Writers of Southern Nevada
The conference hosts a variety of workshops and presentations covering the craft of writing and getting published for any media. The two-day event will feature editors, agents, and published authors, an informal cocktail party on Thursday, and lunches with keynote addresses. The 2013 event took place in October in Las Vegas, NV.
Kanawha County Public Library
The Festival brings people and books together in a two-day event celebrating West Virginia writers. Each year the festival includes a marketplace, a special section just for children, a used book sale, “meet the author” events, and panel discussions. The event is free. (Some sessions require tickets.)
World Fantasy Convention
The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. This is a convention about literature, not dressing in costume. The 2013 convention took place in October in Brighton, England.
PubWest is a trade association of small and medium-sized book publishers, printers, graphic designers, binderies, and editorial and marketing companies. The 2013 conference took place in November in Sante Fe, NM.
The conference features presentations, panels, and keynote speakers for bloggers who focus on children and young adult literature and who generally feature book reviews, interviews, and reading news on their websites. The 2013 conference took place in November in Austin, TX.
The United Kingdom’s definitive conference on digital publishing features industry professionals, publishing executives, literary agents and booksellers. Topics include the all-important content strategies, discoverability and pricing, gamification, global distribution and more. Also, please see the website for other Bookseller event dates: Marketing and Publicity Conference; Design Conference; Children’s Conference. The 2013 FutureBook Conference took place in November in London.
Space Coast Writers’ Guild
The Conference provides speakers, workshops, agent/publisher appointments, and one-on-one mentoring for the published and pre-published. The 2014 conference took place in January in Cocoa Beach, FL.
This conference is for readers and writers of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. The 2014 conference took place in February in Daytona Beach, FL.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers
The focus of the 2014 conference was MARKETING YOUR BOOK and took place in February.
Indie Girl Con serves authors of Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy/Paranormal & Contemporary and celebrates the steamy, written word. The 2014 conference took place in February in Charleston, SC.
There are about 20 workshops on writing, business and marketing. The day includes a free Reader’s Festival with authors, readings and book signings. The 2014 festival took place in February in Amelia Island, FL.
Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter
The organization presents a regular four-day conference that features panels, agent and editor appointments, manuscript critiques, and a short story contest. Special guests in 2014 were Laura Lippman, Ace Atkins and Hank Phillippi Ryan. The conference took place in February at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition
The conference is three days of ePublishing information, news and education. Authors can learn about a variety of topics including doctoring manuscripts, branding in the digital marketplace, social media, taxes, blog tours and can network with publishers, editors, and other authors. The 2014 conference took place in March in San Antonio, TX.
Florida Institute of Technology
The Institute includes a variety of classes and one-time lectures for almost any interest and ability: beginning and advanced fiction; novel-writing; poetry; creative nonfiction; journalism; screenwriting; playwriting; science fiction; writing for children and adolescents; mystery writing; historical fiction; writing for independent film; fantasy and horror writing; and writing for comic books. The 2014 Institute took place in March in Melbourne, FL
Trista Ann Michaels and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers
The second annual RomFest conference took place in March of 2014 in Alcoa, TN. Registration included author panels, reader events, meals and evening parties.
Learn from the experts and network with a community of writers in presentations and workshops. Pitch, query, manuscript and website critiques are available, too. The 2014 conference took place in April in Hamilton, OH.
Reed Exhibitions Books and Publishing Group
International exhibition hosting publishing professionals from around the world, this is a global marketplace for rights negotiation. The fair includes 250+ seminars and events and hosts 2,000+ exhibitors and boasts an attendance of 24,000+. The 2014 event was held in April at Earls Court Exhibition Center, London.
Missouri Writers’ Guild
The conference has 12 breakout sessions on Saturday (including Self-Editing for Writers, An Intro to E-Publishing, and Search Engine Optimization for Writers), plus agent/editor appointments. Master classes are held on Sunday. Keynote speakers for 2014 will be Mary Buckham and Chuck Sambuchino. The 2104 conference took place in April in St. Louis, MO.