Monday, October 24, 2022

13 Notable Writing Conferences and Workshops in November 2022

This November there are more than a dozen writing conferences. Many conferences and workshops will be held online, but some will be held in person or use a hybrid format.

These writing events offer everything a writer might want: intensive workshops, pitch sessions with agents, to how to market yourself and your books, discussions - there is something for everyone.

For a full list of conferences held throughout the year see Writing Conferences. If you miss an application deadline, put it on your calendar for next year. Quite a few conferences offer scholarships, so apply early. Plan ahead!

Be sure to check out Highlights list of workshops. They offer many throughout the year.

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Medical Writing and Communication Conference. November 2 - 5, 2022: Denver, CO. Workshops in medical writing, designing materials for patients, analysis, clinical reports, and more. 

Sanibel Island Writers Conference. November 3 - 5, 2022: Sanibel Island, Florida. Participants at all stages of development — from notebook scribblers to published novelists — are invited to view a variety of discussions and panels on fiction, poetry, songwriting, YA literature, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and publishing and editing. 

Wright Women Writers Conference. November 4- 5, 2022: University of Central Arkansas. "The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference focuses on women-identifying writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors, and beyond. Our goal is to provide a space for camaraderie, connection-making, and inspiration, and while women-identifying writers are the only presenters at the conference, we welcome all of our male and male-identifying colleagues to attend. We believe that much of what we have to offer, including the specific, female perspective, is valuable for all audiences, and that male allies are necessary to changing the current gender imbalance in publishing."

Atlanta Writers Conference. November 4 - 5, 2022: Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE: You must be an Atlanta Writers Club (AWC) member to participate in the conference. The conference features online craft and marketing workshops, editing consultations via e-mail, and in-person pitch sessions and manuscript and query letter critiques for fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and graphic novelists. Participating publishing professionals have included editors Nettie Finn (St. Martin’s Press), Nate Lanman (William Morrow/HarperCollins), Erin McClary (Sourcebooks), Chayenne Skeete (Penguin Random House), Haley Swanson (HarperCollins), and Alicia Tan (HarperCollins), and agents Lisa Abellera (Kimberley Cameron & Associates), Lauren Bieker (FinePrint Literary Management), Savannah Brooks (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency), Penelope Burns (Gelfman Schneider/ICM), Brenna English-Loeb (Transatlantic Agency), Ronald Gerber (Lowenstein Associates), Jennifer Grimaldi (Chalberg & Sussman), Kaitlyn Johnson (Belcastro Literary Agency), Maria Napolitano (Bookcase Literary Agency), and Samantha Wekstein (Thompson Literary Agency). The cost of a single session ranges from $75 to $190; the cost of the All-Activities Package, which includes two manuscript critiques, one query letter critique, two pitch sessions, two workshops, and an optional preconference manuscript edit, is $650. Writers who are not members of the Atlanta Writers Club must purchase a yearlong membership for an additional $50 in order to register. Will be held online and in person.

Ossabaw Weekend Writer’s Retreat. November 4 - 6, 2022: Ossabaw Island, GA. Workshops and seminars led by nationally recognized faculty, and evening readings (special emphasis on ghost stories) by faculty and participants. Application deadline: September 30.

Autumn Writing Getaway. November 5, 2022: Online. Join us for a welcoming getaway designed for writers of fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and poetry. "This retreat will trigger your imagination, giving you the freedom to compose new and exciting work. Spend time immersed in the literary life: writing, discussing craft and sharing new drafts." Held online.

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers. November 5 - December 1, 2022: University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. "For over 40 years, Nimrod has hosted an in-person, all-day writing conference in conjunction with the publication of our fall issue. While we will not be hosting this year’s in-person events due to the continuing effects of the pandemic, we’re thrilled to host an extended period of virtual creative writing programming this fall. This year’s programming will feature several months of craft talks, Q&As, readings, and more. We will add more offerings to this schedule as they become available, so keep checking back."

2022 Kauai Writers Festival. November 7 – 13, 2022, Master class November 7 - 10, 2022:  Kalapaki Bay, Lihue, Kauai, HI. Join bestselling authors and agents in an intimate, oceanfront setting, with an emphasis on fiction, memoir, thrillers, and screenwriting. Includes in-depth sessions on craft, publishing, and the writing life, with opportunities for agent/editor feedback. 

Futurescapes. November 8 - 12, 2022. Futurescapes is an intensive, exclusive workshop, offering writers an unparalleled chance to work with top authors and agents in speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal). It has been almost five years since we last held a 200-page (50,000 word) workshop and we’re excited to do it once more. APPLY EARLY.

Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp. November 9 - 13, 2022: Stone Creek Village, Soquel, California. (In the event it is unsafe to meet in person due to COVID they will bring the workshop fully online at a reduced cost.) The Writing By Writers Manuscript Boot Camp is for the writer who has a full, book-length manuscript (novel, memoir, short story or essay collection) and would like to engage with a small group for a serious and productive response. The extended weekend will include an intimate manuscript workshop, craft panels, readings, and individual meetings – the perfect pre-publication boot camp for any manuscript. Classes are limited to 5 participants.

San Diego Writing Workshop. November 11 - 12, 2022. "This is a special two-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop. It’s two days full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome. And even though this is the “San Diego” Writing Workshop, make no mistake — writers from everywhere are welcome to attend virtually."

Orion Creative Nonfiction Writer's Workshop. November 13 - 18, 2022: Online. Duration: This class meets over six consecutive Sundays from 12-3 pm ET. Instructor: Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams. The course: The Breakthrough. "The trick here will be to astonish ourselves. To outfox and outwrite ourselves. This nonfiction workshop seeks to provide us with ways to leap into ideas we didn’t know we had and deliver language we didn’t know we could. Our rationale is that, as writers, we run the risk of getting in our own way, of confining ourselves to the ideas and the vocabulary with which we set out. The risk is greater when working within a specific genre, such as place-conscious writing. We will set out by exploring a few luminous hallmarks of the genre, work which not only considers and challenges the intersections of environment, culture, history, and science but which further demonstrates how to both harness and shatter formal considerations. The exercises in this class will provide us with immediate material—either new starting points or threads which may serve to complicate and develop works-in-progress. Our goal, both in the generative and workshop segments of this course, is to locate the places in the pages where, unexpectedly and exquisitely, a boundary may be breached." Application window: September 10-25.

North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference. November 18 -20, 2022: Wrightsville Beach, NC. The WSOC will feature classes and conversations on the craft and business of writing, as well as a keynote address by Jason Mott, a Pre-Conference Tailgate and a Prompt Party to get creative juices flowing, online Open Mic readings and Happy Hour virtual gatherings, and an Agents & Editors panel discussion. 

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