Thursday, January 28, 2016

9 Writing Conferences in February 2016

Houston writers huddling together for warmth.
February is a brutal little month, and this year it's going to be one day longer.

Why not brighten the dark days with a stimulating conference?

There are nine conferences this month - all conveniently located in warm parts of the country. As usual, these conferences are jam-packed with opportunities to pitch your novel, hone your craft, and hobnob with industry professionals.

Make sure you read these tips first:


Writing Conference of Houston, Feb. 6, 2016, Houston, TX. A full-day of “How to Get Published.” Attending agents: Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary); Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary); Rachel Brooks (L. Perkins Associates); Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary); and Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary).

The Writers Studio, sponsored by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, February 11- 14, 2016, Los Angeles, CA. The conference offers workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as writing for television and film. Workshop instructors include fiction writers Colette Sartor and Mark Sarvas; nonfiction writers Barbara Abercrombie, Samantha Dunn, and Alison Singh Gee; fiction and nonfiction writer Daniel M. Jaffe; and literary agent Nancy Nigrosh. The cost of the studio is $855 through January 11, 2016, and $940 thereafter.

San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 11-14, 2016, San Francisco, CA. The SFWC presenters list includes bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses. There will be experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites. Attending agents: This large conference usually has 20-30 agents in attendance. Check the website for the list.

South Coast Writers Conference, Feb 12 - 13, 2016, Gold Beach, Oregon. "The South Coast Writers Conference is an eclectic gathering of writers of various genres, novice and published authors, returning and first-time attendees. It is our goal that participants and presenters leave the conference inspired and renewed, with new insights and skills, and better connected to fellow writers and resources. Participation in workshops is limited to 30 students or fewer, so register early to secure a seat in the workshops you want." Faculty: Jason Brick, Barri Chase, Miriam Gershow, Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Anne Osterlund, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, Bruce Holland Rogers, Heidi Schulz, Eric Witchey and Carolyne Wright. Costs: Friday workshops $55 each; Saturday conference $70 (earlybird-$60); songwriting workshops $20 each. Catered lunch $12.

30th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference (and Retreat), February 12-15, 2016, San Diego, CA. Faculty: 60+ working, professional authors of fiction, nonfiction & screen, editors & agents. "Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration." Cost: $325-$425. Manuscript critique & one-on-one consultation additional. Limited to 175 conferees.

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, February 18 - 20, Tempe, AZ. "The conference features lectures, panel discussions, readings, and craft classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing. The faculty includes poets Alberto RĂ­os and Hugh Martin; fiction writers T. Geronimo Johnson, Stephanie Kuehn, and Manuel Munoz; and nonfiction writers Lee Gutkind and Xu Xi. The cost of the conference is $350 for standard registration until December 17 and $400 thereafter. Deadline is February 12.

Alabama Writers Conference, February 19, 2016, Birmingham, AL. A full-day of “How to Get Published.” Attending agents: Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency).

Atlanta Writing Workshop, February 20, 2016, Atlanta, GA. A full-day of “How to Get Published.” Attending agents: Cherry Weiner (Cherry Weiner Literary); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency); Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency).

St. Augustine Author-Mentor Novel Workshop, Feb 25 - 28, 2016, St. Augustine, Florida. "The St. Augustine Author-Mentor Novel Workshop creates an intimate and professional environment that combines private meetings with small-group workshops, thus enabling aspiring authors to wisely approach the writing and publication of their novel. At the St. Augustine event, aspiring authors will:
1) Work one-on-one with top authors and savvy market professionals.
2) Apply advanced story and narrative technique to their novel-in-progress.
3) Hone and improve their writer voice and style.
4) Learn the necessary inside mechanics of the publishing business.
5) Leave the workshop with a detailed plan to work towards publication of their novel.
Group workshop sessions will be interspersed with agent and author consultations, workshop assignments, as well as consults with workshop leaders." Faculty: Authors, agents, editors, including Ken Atchity, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Tom Colgan, Leis Pederson, Jane Smiley, Elise Capron, and more.

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