Saturday, January 31, 2015

10 Writers Conferences in February 2015

Writers can get pretty wild at conferences. Don't forget your beret.
If you can afford to attend a writers conference, it may very well be the best investment you will ever make. Conferences offer writers a unique opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of other writers, as well as providing a platform to pitch to agents. (Many agents will only accept clients they have met at conferences.) Workshops run the gamut at these events, from how to market your self-published books to mistakes thriller writers make about firearms. You are guaranteed to emerge from a conference with not only more knowledge, but more confidence.

Because there are so many writers' organizations - regional, national and international - you should not have a problem finding a conference within reach. These are exciting, hugely invigorating events, and I would encourage every writer to attend one.

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Indie Author Conference & Pitchapalooza Feb 1, 2015. Burton Barr Central Library 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. Workshops galore. And as an extra feature, randomly selected people will have one minute (and one minute only) to present their best "elevator pitch" to a panel of book experts. One lucky author will win an introduction to a literary agent or publisher appropriate for his or her book. Judges and panelists: David Henry Sterry, Arielle Eckstut, Annette Rogers, and Gayle Shanks.Cost: $150.

The Kentucky Writers Conference, Feb. 6, 2015, Louisville, KY a full-day of “How to Get Published” workshops. Attending agents: Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary); Natalia Aponte (Aponte Literary); Brent Taylor (Triada US); and Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary).

Tennessee Writers Conference, Feb. 7, 2015, Nashville, TN a full-day of “How to Get Published” workshops. Attending agents: Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary); Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency); Brent Taylor (Triada US); Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); and Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary).

Genre-LA, dates TBA, are literary and screen writers conferences devoted to the craft and business of writing in one or more genres. It includes seminars, workshops, panels, pitch sessions and more, featuring educators, industry experts, best-selling authors, literary agents and publishers. Each year, it focuses on different genres, from Thrillers, Suspense, Crime, and Mysteries; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; to Romance -- Classic to Modern to Urban Fantasy, and more.

San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 12-15, 2015, San Francisco, CA. This is a huge event, with 24 agents and 21 editors. You can see them all HERE.

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference,Thursday-Saturday Feb. 19 - 21. "The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing hosts the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in Arizona State University’s historic quarter. The conference workshops, readings, and book signings will largely take place in the buildings near College Street and University Drive, on the north end of the main campus." Click HERE for a schedule of activities and events.

Portland Writers Workshop, Feb. 20, 2015, Portland, OR a full-day of “How to Get Published” workshops. Attending agents: Sandra Bishop (Transatlantic Agency); Adam O'Connor Rodriguez (Hawthorne Books); and Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron & Associates).

Big Story Writers Conference, Feb 20-22. Conference to help you develop your plot into a BIG STORY with the potential to become a best-seller or box office success. Hands-on workshops, seminars and lectures that guide writers through the creative and developmental process. Fiction, nonfiction and screenplays.

The Writing Workshop of Seattle, Feb. 21, 2015, Seattle, WA a full-day of “How to Get Published” workshops. Attending agents: Kathleen Ortiz (New Leaf Literary); Kristin Vincent (D4EO Literary); Genevieve Nine (Andrea Hurst & Associates); and Fleetwood Robbins (Waxman Leavell Literary).

Sleuthfest, February 26, March 1, Deerfield Beach, Florida. Sponsored by Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Pitch to agents, critiques of 10-page manuscript submissions, Keynote address with James Patterson.

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