Wednesday, March 18, 2015

13 Writing Conferences in April 2015

Next month's writers conferences are coming up fast. There is something for everybody this month: conferences for undergrads, journalists, novelists, graphic novelists, poets, screenwriters ... you name it.

Several state, regional, and national writers organizations are hosting conferences in April across the nation, featuring impressive rosters of authors, agents, publicists, and editors.

Registration is still open for all of these conferences. You can see their full schedule of events by clicking on the links.


30th Annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Apr 1 - 4, 2015, Weber State University, Ogden, UT. "Each year, nearly 200 undergraduate writers and poets throughout North America, and sometimes beyond, come to Weber State University to present their work and learn from some of the most important writers in contemporary literature." Focus: Autobiography/Memoir, Non-fiction, Publishing. Faculty: Booker Award winning author Michael Ondaatje; Author, conservationist, activist Terry Tempest Williams; National Public Radio’s longtime “voice of books” Alan Cheuse; Utah’s first Poet Laureate David Lee.

Norwescon, April 2-5, Sea Tac, WA. Norwescon is one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States.

WonderCon, April 3-5, Anaheim, CA. HUGE comic book convention.

The AWP Conference & Bookfair, April 8-11, Minneapolis, MN. "The 2015 conference will feature over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts over 700 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America."

Tennessee Mountain Writers Annual Conference, Apr 9 - 11, 2015, Oak Ridge, TN. Topics: Children's, Fiction, Marketing, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Screenwriting, Young Adult. Faculty: Evelyn Coleman, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Lisa Coffman, Jason Howard, J. Randy Marshall, with specialty sessions by Beverly Connor, Christy Tillery French, Jennie Ivey, Karen Reynolds, Pamela Schoenewaldt, and Lin Stepp.

New York Writers Workshop Non-Fiction Pitch Conference, April 10-12, 2015, Ripley-Grier Studios (NY Spaces) 520 Eighth Ave (36th/37th), 16th Fl. Participants polish their pitches with the help of conference leaders who are members of the New York Writers Workshop faculty, then they present them to three different editors from major New York publishing houses. Editors provide feedback and may request proposals and manuscripts after the conference.

The Tri-Valley Writers Conference. April 18, Pleasanton, CA. The Tri-Valley Writers Conference is a full day event on the art and business of writing. Featuring three tracks: Craft, Marketing, & Self-Publishing.

Carolina Writing Conferences, Columbia, SC (April 17) and Charlotte, NC (April 18) a full-day of “How to Get Published” workshops. Attending agents: Melissa Jeglinski (The Knight Agency); Robin Mizell (Robin Mizell Literary).

Las Vegas Writer’s Conference sponsored by the Henderson Writers’ Group, Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 23 – 25, 2015. Attending agents: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (D4EO Literary); Paul Lucas (Janklow & Nesbit); and Caitlan Rubino Bradway (LKG Agency).

Northeast Texas Writers Organization 27th Annual Writers Round Up Conference, April 24 and 25. Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Guest speakers, appointments with agents and writing coaches.

The Pikes Peak Writers Conference, April 24 -26, 2015. Colorado Springs, Colorado. "The three-day conference is full of topical, in-depth workshops, dynamic keynote speakers, opportunities for one-on-one time with agents and editors, the chance to read your work aloud for constructive critique, plus time to socialize with fellow writers."

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Edgar Week Symposium. Apr 28, 2015, New York City, NY. Panels, discussions. Attending authors: Lois Duncan, James Ellroy, Karin Slaughter, Adam Sternbergh, Tom Bouman, Daniel Stashower, William Mann, Alison Gaylin.

ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors) Writers Conference, Apr 30 - May 2, 2015. NYC, NY. Focus on Autobiography/Memoir, Business/Technical, Humor, Journalism, Marketing, Nature, Non-fiction, Publishing, Religion, Screenwriting, Travel. Attending: more than 100 editors, authors, literary agents, and publicists.

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