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.
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.
OverDrive Digipalooza is a conference for partner libraries that offers education and networking geared toward increasing circulation of digital audiobooks, eBooks, music and video.
Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission. This three-day event will feature notable speakers, engaging sessions in three tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate pre- and post-conference workshops.
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.
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.
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.
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. This year’s event features international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver and includes workshops, presentations and panel events with crime fiction and true crime authors.
In 2014, Host and Founder, Dr. Charley Ferrer, presented 40 hours of workshops and live demos, a BDSM club night, an awards ceremony, a reader-author mix & mingle, and a book signing. The conference also featured a BDSM book contest with nine book contracts awarded as prizes. The scheduled Keynote Speaker for 2015 is Cecilia Tan.
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.
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 is author Mary Buckham.
The American Society of Journalists and Authors This special event is entitled New Markets and Skills for your Freelance Writing Career.
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.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Participating will be authors Orson Scott Card, Jacqueline Carey, Peter V. Brett, Kelley Armstrong plus other industry professionals.
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. The 2014 conference took place in October in Saint Petersburg, FL.
Hot Mojave Knights is a romance reader event where readers of all kinds of romance can interact with favorite authors and meet new ones.
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 2015 will be Chris Marie Green.
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.
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.
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.
Women Writing the West The conference features workshops and presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners.
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.
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.
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.
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 were Lauren Dane, Ann Aguirre, and Victoria Dahl.
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.)
The conference features Agent/Editor/Producer interviews, workshops and the Blue Pencil Cafe (have a sample of your work critiqued on the spot).
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.
PubWest PubWest is a trade association of small and medium-sized book publishers, printers, graphic designers, binderies, and editorial and marketing companies.
Jennifer Morris This convention is for readers and writers of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Romance.
There are about 20 workshops on writing, business and marketing. The day includes a free Reader’s Festival with authors, readings and book signings.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Below are conferences that have not yet posted specific dates for their next event.
The Bookseller 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 hostsa 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WriteLikeMad.com 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. The next conference will be in 2016 in April.
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.
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.
Florida Romance Writers “Cruise with Your Muse” was the theme for this 4-night writers’ conference/cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas to Cozumel, Mexico. The 2015 cruise took place in February from Ft. Lauderdale, 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. The 2015 conference took place in February in Deerfield Beach, FL.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Art Lefkowitz at email@example.com. The 2015 conference took place in February in Avon Park, FL.
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.
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 2015 conference took place in March in San Antonio, TX.
Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group The 22nd annual conference featured social media and self-pub maven Kristen Lamb giving the keynote speech, plus 22 interactive sessions with authors, editors and agents. The 2015 conference took place in March in Bethlehem, PA.
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.
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 2015 was Connect for Success. The 44th conference took place in April/May in New York City.
Long Island Romance Writers Join LIRW for the 19th annual Editor and Agent luncheon. The most recent luncheon was in May of 2015.
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.
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. The 2015 festival was held in June in Chicago, IL.
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. The 2015 conference took place in June in Riverdale, NY.
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.
Jimmy Thomas The five-day, all inclusive conference features classes, a costume ball, a book fair and more. The 2015 conference was held in June in Las Vegas, NV.
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 http://www.hns-conference.org.uk for more information. The 2015 conference was held in June in Denver, CO.
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 2015 event took place in New York, NY in July.
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. The 2015 event took place in Burlington, MA in July.
Book’d In Burbank Quarterly literary event featuring author readings in a social gathering for book lovers.
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. The 2015 conference was held in July in New York, NY.
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. The 2015 conference was held in July in Corte Madera, CA.