If you’d like to further your writing career, you owe it to yourself to attend a writers’ conference. You can think of a writers’ conference as a place to meet other authors and exchange tips and techniques. Once you attend, you’ll find the price of registrations and accommodations to be well worth it.
At writers’ conferences and confabs, you can enhance your knowledge on publishing and writing. Agents, publishers, publicists, and authors may all share meaningful insight that helps you out.
You can also use a writers’ conference as an opportunity to pitch your book and network with agents, editors, and book marketing experts. If you haven’t finished your book, you can speak to key players about how to shape it.
If you do make the smart decision to attend a writers’ conference, be sure to plan for it. Develop and practice your “elevator pitch” so that you can explain your book to others in 30 seconds. It’s also a good idea to create a one-pager with your headshot, bio, the cover of your book, and a short synopsis. Don’t forget to add your social media and contact information.
Here are some upcoming writers’ conferences in 2022:
April 27, 2022 – May 1, 2022 The Muse & the Marketplace Hybrid Writers Conference (Boston, MA) Enjoy over 100 author-led sessions plus a happy hour where you can network with other authors, agents, and publishers. https://museandthemarketplace.com/muse-2022/
April 28-30, 2022: Northern Colorado Writers Conference (Fort Collins, CO) At the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, you’ll find workshops, sessions, and master classes to push you. https://northerncoloradowriters.com/Conference
May 12-14, 2022.: Storymakers Conference (Provo, UT) The Storymakers Conference will include classes on useful topics like marketing, cover design, marketing, writing business basics, and screenwriting. http://ldstorymakersconference.com/
June 20–26, 2022: Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference (Bemidji, MN) The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference offers workshops, Q&A sessions, panel talks. https://www.northwoodswriters.org/
July 24-29, 2022: Napa Valley Writers Conference (St. Helena, CA) At the Napa Valley Writers Conference, you can enjoy small workshops on poetry, fiction, or translation. http://www.napawritersconference.org
August 4-6, 2022: Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (Mendocino, CA) At the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, you can enjoy morning workshops on a number of genres. https://mcwc.org/
August 18- 21, 2022: Killer Nashville Writers Conference (Franklin, TN) This conference features workshops, pitch sessions, panel discussions, and author signings. There’s also a book fair. https://www.newpages.com/writing-conferences/killer-nashville
November 4-6, 2022: La Jolla Writers Conference (San Diego, CA) At the La Jolla Writers Conference, you can choose from 50-minute lecture sessions or 110-minute workshops. https://lajollawritersconference.com
November 7-13, 2022.1: Kauai Writers Conference (Kauai, HI) At the Kauai Writers Conference, you’ll find master classes, small group discussions, and one-on-one sessions with literary agents. https://kauaiwritersconference.com/
2022 Dates TBD: Michigan Writers Conference (Detroit, MI) At this writers conference, you can expect a full day of directions on how to get your book to the publishing stage. https://michiganwritingworkshop.com/
April 29-May 1, 2022: Pikes Peak Writers Conference: This virtual conference consists of workshops by subject matter experts and keynote speakers. https://pikespeakwriters.com
February 18-20, 2022 Asheville Christian Writers Conference (Asheville, NC) The Asheville Christian Writers Conference comes with writing workshops, discussions, and one-on-one mentoring. https://ashevillechristianwritersconference.com/
2022 Dates TBD: Atlanta Writers Conference (Atlanta, GA) At the Atlanta Writers Conference, you’ll find workshops, individual manuscript sample critiques, and pitch sessions. https://atlantawritersconference.com
2022 Dates TBD: Port Townsend Writers Conference (Port Townsend, WA) The Port Townsend Writers Conference offers guided free writes and and lectures by contemporary writers in the the Pacific Northwest, https://centrum.org/the-port-townsend-writers-conference-artistic-curator/
2022 Dates TBD: Las Vegas Writers Conference (Las Vegas, NV) At the Las Vegas Writers Conference, you can connect to prominent agents, authors, and publishing professionals. https://lasvegaswritersconference.com/
2022 Dates TBD: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA) The Atlanta Writing Workshop is called “How to Get Published.” It offers classes and valuable advice on publishing. https://atlantawritingworkshop.com/
2022 Dates TBD: Emerald City Writers Conference (Bellevue, WA) The Emerald City Writers Conference will feature workshops, pitch appointments, agent and editor panels, happy hour, and more. https://gsrwa.org/home/emerald-city-writers-conference/
Choose a writers’ conference that piques your interest. Once you do, you’re sure to learn something new, connect with those who can take your book to new heights, and become more confident in your writing skills and abilities.
Take a break from everyday life and attend a writers’ conference or two. You won’t regret it!