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Starving-Writers Recommended Writers' Conferences
 

 

There's no 'working' like 'net-working!'

      Most publishers and agents make their new contacts at writers' conferences.  That's what most of them say, anyway.  I attended the AWP conference in New York in 2008. It seemed to be focused primarily on poetry, short stories and selling courses in writing.  There were schools represented from all over the world plugging degrees in writing and all sorts of associated courses. I met a lot of interesting people there. I attended some of the seminars and found them enlightening and entertaining. The hotel was elegant, the facilities certainly adequate, the contacts rich and varied. 

      Because of my attendance at that conference, I found what I most needed, a good editor. 

Robyn Conley has been most helpful to me.  If you are looking for publishing contacts, writers or anything else related to the business of producing literature, the writers' conference should be among the first places you look - in my opinion. Below is a list of links to and comments about writers' conferences.

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Writers Conferences and Centers - is a central listing of writers' resources andconferences.  This is well worth getting to know.

Writers' Digest lists conferences and festivals.  More importantly it posts articles about how to be a better writer, how to market your work and gives excellent guidance on finding editors, agents and general help on doing it successfully.

AWP (The Association of Writers and Writing Programs) This is the organization hosting the conference I attended in New York in January/February 2008.  (see above)

Writers Conferences - This is a directory of writers conferences in Nebraska.  It appears to be quite comprehensive.

Algonkian Writers Conferences We provide professional workshops and writer conferences for writers in all genres who wish to improve, begin, finish, or sell the novel. ...

San Francisco Writers Conferences The San Francisco Writers Conference foundation is committed to evangelizing the importance of writing in today's society.

NYC & Algonkian Conferences

If you have to choose just one conference in 2009, choose the New York Pitch.

This writer conference event promotes aspiring authors writing in the genres of commercial and literary fiction, serious and light women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thriller and detective, high-concept young adult, as well as memoir and narrative nonfiction.

2009 Back Space Writers' Conference The 2009 Backspace Writers Conference brings together literary agents, acquisitions editors, best-selling authors, and publishing professionals for a two-day, two-track program of workshops, panels, and networking in the heart of the publishing world.  Attendance limited to 200.

Poets & Writers Writers workshops, conferences, and colonies range in size and scope, from campuses overflowing with writers, agents, publishers, and publicists to retreats with only a few writers in residence. When considering all of the options available to writers, start by identifying your goals. Do you want to network with artists of various disciplines or do you want to be in the company of writers only? Do you want to learn about the business of writing? Do you want critiques in a workshop or a one-to-one setting? Do you want to travel to a particular region in the United States? To another country? Chances are, whatever your desires, there’s a conference or a retreat for you.

Oregon Writers' Conference  This links to a conference that has already taken place.  Keep in touch with them for next year's conference. 

Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop  Looks pricey but worth it.

Yukon Science Fiction Writer

The conference will include workshops, a panel discussion, individual pitch appointments and an open critique session. The conference fee of $90 also covers an opening reception, lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and coffee breaks.

Santa Fe (New Mexico) Writers' Conference This link is to last year's conference, but there is contact information if you want to go THIS year.

For twenty-three years, since 1985, the Santa Fe Writers Conference has brought writers together from across the country to devote time and attention to their art. In workshops, private conferences, readings, panels, craft talks, and informal discussions, accomplished writers share their experience with those learning or refining their writing. A spirit of common enterprise helps shape a conference long-recognized for its intimate yet professional program. Agents, editors, and publishers help acquaint new writers with the realities of creating and marketing their work; participants absorb a wealth of new ideas and information, and are able to return to their writing with renewed energy and insight.

Southern California Writers' Conference (Seventh Annual September 2009)