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Upcoming Conferences & Events

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.

Spring Fling Writers’ Conference, Schaumburg, IL, May 20-21, 2016

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.

ASJA 45th Annual Writers Conference, New York, NY, May 20-21, 2016

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 theme for 2016 is Change, Challenge, Opportunity.

Romance Novel Convention, Las Vegas, NV, June 1-5, 2016

Jimmy Thomas The five-day, all inclusive conference features classes, a costume ball, a book fair and more.

Mystery Writers Key West Fest, Key West, FL, June 10-12, 2016

Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will gather to the island where Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found their inspiration. The Festival includes workshops, presentations and panel events with crime fiction and true crime authors.

21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, New Rochelle, NY, June 10-12, 2016

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.

Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, IL, June 11-12, 2016

Chicago Tribune 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.

Dublin Writers’ Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 24-26, 2016

Advanced Social Media Services, LTD. The Dublin Writers’ Conference is the first and so far only conference in Dublin, aimed at attracting writers as an audience and promoting Dublin as a cultural destination for authors from around the world. Improving writing craft and self publishing, key skills for a modern writer, are the two main tracks at this conference. Venues include the Irish Writers Center and nearby The Gresham Hotel.

ThrillerFest XI, New York, NY, July 5-9, 2016

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.

Readercon 26, Quincy, MA, July 7-10, 2016

Readercon 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.

RWA Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, July 13-16, 2016

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.

Book’d, North Hollywood, CA, July 21, 2016

Book’d  Quarterly literary event featuring author readings in a social gathering for book lovers. (Formerly Book’d in Burbank)

Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA, July 28-31, 2016

Book Passage 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.

Authors After Dark Conference, Savannah, GA, Aug. 3-7, 2016.

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.

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Corte Madera, CA, Aug. 11-14, 2016

Book Passage 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.

Writers’ Police Academy, Appleton, WI, Aug. 11-14, 2016.

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.

Writer’s Digest Conference, New York, NY, Aug. 12-14, 2016

Writer’s Digest The conference features sessions about writing, publishing, marketing and more, as well as the 3-hour Agent Slam with 60 professional agents.

When Words Collide Festival, Delta Calgary South, Alberta, Aug. 12-14, 2016

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.

HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, Lancaster, PA, Aug. 12-14, 2016

Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. The three-day conference includes breakout sessions, panels, readings, networking time, social events and optional add-on workshops and pitch sessions. Mary Karr is the headlining keynote speaker.

BDSM Writers Con, New York, NY, Aug.18-21, 2016

This conference provides writers and readers with the ability to discover the complexities of dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences. BDSM Writers Con is now bi-coastal and will take place twice a year.

HWA Conference, Williamsburg, VA, Aug. 19-21, 2016

Historical Writers of America The conference features workshops for fiction and nonfiction, research, the submission process, the road to publication, networking opportunities including  a keynote luncheon and dinner, theme receptions, and collaboration and brain-storming sessions.

ACFW Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, Aug. 25-28, 2016

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.

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA, Sep. 2-4, 2016

Atlanta Journal-Constitution 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.

DragonCon, Atlanta, GA, Sep. 2-5, 2016 DragonCon is a multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film.

Colorado Gold Conference, Denver, CO, Sep. 9-11, 2016

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers The conference typically hosts over 60 writer workshops, 5 master classes and visiting agents and editors.

Master Class Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, Sep. 21-25, 2016

Novelists, Inc. Novelists, Inc. is devoted exclusively to the needs of published authors and concentrates its efforts on the business of the business for career novelists.   Speakers at the Master Class Conference will address business, craft, creativity, marketing and sales.

Moonlight & Magnolias Conference, Atlanta, GA, Sep. 29 – Oct. 2. 2016

Georgia Romance Writers The conference features over 35 workshops including “Digital Track” workshops (small press, e-publishing, self-publishing, backlist publishing).

RomCon, Denver, CO, Sep. 30 – Oct. 1, 2016

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.

The Heartland Fall Forum, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 5-7, 2016

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.

Indie Romance Convention, Lebanon, TN, Oct. 6-8, 2016

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.

 22nd Annual Women Writing the West Conference, Sante Fe, NM, Oct. 13-16, 2016

Women Writing the West The conference features workshops and presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners. The 2016 theme is “Enduring Spirits Untold Stories.”

Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author Conference, Manchester, NH, Oct. 14 & 15, 2016

Ashlyn Chase FiLwNE is group of authors who want to have fun with readers. Conference fee includes workshops and author panels, dinner and lunch buffet, author and reader apple social, bobbing for baskets, Yankee book swap, Friday evening Halloween costume contest and prizes, and free admission to Saturday’s book signing.

KidLitCon, Witcita, KS, Oct.14 & 15, 2016

Kidlitosphere Central 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.

Emerald City Writers’ Conference, Bellevue, WA, Oct. 14-16, 2016

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.

Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 19-23, 2016

Frankfurter Buchmesse 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.

Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey, British Columbia, Oct. 20-23, 2016

The conference features Agent/Editor/Producer interviews, workshops and the Blue Pencil Cafe (have a sample of your work critiqued on the spot).

Reader & Author Conference, Bloomington, MN, Oct. 20-23, 2016

Midwestern Book Lovers Unite MBLU is a reader author convention with emphasis on readers. Events include a Mimosa Breakfast, a multi-author book signing, and a Supernatural Soiree.

15th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL, Oct. 20-23, 2016

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.

Shameless Book Con, Orlando, FL, Oct. 21-23, 2016

Shameless Book Club  is a get-together for romance book readers and anyone who wants to meet their favorite romance authors. The event features a VIP reception, a Books-a-Million pop-up shop, book signings and a costume ball.

West Virginia Book Festival, Charleston, WV, Oct.28 & 29, 2016

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.)

Mad Anthony Writers Conference, Hamilton, OH, Nov. 4-5, 2016 Learn from the experts and network with a community of writers in presentations and workshops. Pitch, query, manuscript and website critiques are available, too.

Kauai Writers Conference, Kapaa, HI, Nov. 4-6, 2016

Kauai Writers  Polish your writing skills while increasing your chances of publication by working top authors, agents and editors…in Hawaii. Pitch sessions and Advance Critique Sessions are also available. Attendance is limited to 150 participants. Workshops begin on Oct. 3 (see the website for more information).

Coastal Magic Convention, Daytona, Beach, FL, Feb. 2-5, 2017

Jennifer Morris This convention is for readers and writers of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Romance.

AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair, Washington, DC, Feb. 8-11, 2017

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.

Fun In The Sun Conference (Cruise), sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Feb. 16-20, 2017

Florida Romance Writers  a 5-night writers’ conference/cruise with Royal Caribbean to Cozumel, Mexico. This year’s conference will include a pre-sail party.

Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, GA, Feb. 16-18, 2017

There are about 20 workshops on writing, business and marketing.  The day includes a free Reader’s Festival with authors, readings and book signings.

SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, FL, Feb.23-16, 2017

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.

Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA, Mar. 4, 2017

Augusta Richmond Public Library The Festival features author panel discussions, book signings and writing workshops. It is free is qualifying authors. (See website for information.)

London Book Fair, London, England, Mar. 14-16, 2017

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 event will held at Olympia London.

Create Something Magical Conference, Iselin, NJ, Mar. 18 & 19, 2017

Liberty States Fiction Writers This multi-genre fiction writing group hosts a conference featuring workshops and panels that address the craft and business of writing as well as engage readers.

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, Atlanta, GA, May 2-7, 2017

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.

DFW Writers Conference, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, May 7, 2017

DFW Writers Workshop The conference features agent pitch sessions, classes,  workshops, and NEW a one-day writing seminar for teens ages  13 to 17. The 2016 conference took place in Fort Worth, TX.

HNS Conference, Portland, OR, Jun. 22-24, 2017

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. See for more information.

Ottawa Romance Convention, Ottawa/Kanata, Canada, August 3-5, 2017

Eve Langlais 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.

International Women’s Fiction Festival, Matera, Italy, Sep. 28-30, 2017

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.

Below are conferences that have not yet posted specific dates for their next event.

Shining the Light on Romance

Long Island Romance Writers Join LIRW for the 20th annual Editor and Agent  luncheon.

IDPF DigiCon

International Digital Publishing Forum IDPF DigiCon is for executives and professionals in the publishing industry.  Topics include retail, education, online communities, international, mobile, data, websites, content (ebook) usage, digital platforms, EDUPUB, EPUB 3 as well as audio formats, accessible publishing, subscription (domestic and international), data, interactive fiction, rights and licensing. The 2016 conference too place in May in Chicago, IL.

BookExpo America

BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America. The 2016 conference took place in May in Chicago, IL.

The SC Book Festival

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. The 2016 festival took place in May in Columbia, SC.

Desert Dreams Writers Conference

Desert Rose RWA invites you to attend their bi-annual 4-day writers conference. The conference features editors and agents, workshops, and a public book sale. The 2016 conference took place in April in Scottsdale, AZ.

 The Write Stuff Writers Conference

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group The conference features  interactive sessions with authors, editors and agents. The 2016 conference took place in April in Bethlehem, PA.

Norwescon 40

Norwescon 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. Norwescon 39 took place in March of 2016 in Seatac, WA.

Aloha Romance Writer Rendezvous

Rachel Daven Skinner This retreat is limited to ten romance authors, offering an opportunity to write in an idyllic retreat setting plus three available workshops with professional editors. In addition, all participants are eligible to attend the Military Appreciation Romance Reader Rendezvous at no extra cost. The 2016 Rendezvous took place in February in Oahu, HI.

PubWest Conference

PubWest PubWest is a trade association of small and medium-sized book publishers, printers, graphic designers, binderies, and editorial and marketing companies. The 2016 conference took place in Sante Fe, NM, in February.

Digital Book World Conference

Digital Book World  brings together 1500 professionals focused on developing, building and transforming their organizations to compete in the new digital publishing environment. The theme of this conference is “Strategies for the Digital Transition of Publishing.” The 2016 conference took place in New York, NY in March.

World Fantasy Convention

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 2014 convention took place in November in Washington, DC.

Bloody Words XIII

Bloody Words 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 2014 conference took place in June in Toronto, Canada.

Queen City IndieCon

This event celebrates the women of indie publishing and will host YA & NA, Fantasy/Paranormal, Contemporary, and Romance authors. Keynote speakers in 2014 were Abbi Glines and Samantha Young. The 2014 conference took place in October in Cincinnati, OH.

Scribes Night Out

Scribes Night Out – South Florida State College This conference is for writers of all skill levels and will feature publishing reps, agents, writers and other industry professionals in workshops and networking opportunities. Contact Lorrie Key at or Art Lefkowitz at The 2015 conference took place in February in Avon Park, FL.

Left Coast Crime Annual Mystery Convention

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. The 2015 conference took place in March in Portland, OR.

If Book Then

Bookrepublic 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. The 2015 conference took place in March in Milano, Italy.

New Orleans Writers Conference

Dark Oak Press Their mission is to educate writers from around the country in the culture, lifestyle and history of New Orleans, and encourage new genre writers to bloom through encouraging workshops and seminars. There will be writers and agents in attendance, with workshops, panels and roundtables. The 2015 conference was held in June in New Orleans, LA.

Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference

Book Passage 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. The 2015 conference was held in June in Corte Madera, CA.


OverDrive Digipalooza is a conference for partner libraries that offers education and networking geared toward increasing circulation of digital audiobooks, eBooks, music and video.  The 2015 conference was held in August in Cleveland, OH. The next Digipalooza will be in 2017.

Write Touch Conference

Wisconsin Romance Writers of America WisRWA holds an annual conference where members learn, network, and meet with editors/agents. The scheduled guest speaker for 2015 was author Mary Buckham. The 2015 Conference took place in August in Milwaukee, WI.

Speculative Fiction Convention

Dirty Little Bookers presents Orlando’s largest speculative fiction convention. Attendees will witness a marriage of cultures: conference standards such as workshops, panels and editor one-on-ones, together with convention debauchery like werewolf LARPing, masquerade balls and a tattoo gallery. The 2015 convention took place in September in Maitland, FL.

Hot Mojave Knights

Hot Mojave Knights is a romance reader event where readers of all kinds of romance can interact with favorite authors and meet new ones. The 2015 conference took place in October in Las Vegas, NV. The next conference will be in 2017.

 NAIBA Fall Conference

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. The 2015 conference took place in October in Somerset, NJ.

FutureBook Conference

The Bookseller 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 their conferences website for other Bookseller event dates: Marketing and Publicity Conference; Design Conference; Children’s Conference. The 2015 conference was held in December in London.

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