September 2013 Writers' Conferences


Here at The Writer's Circle we like to keep you up-to-date on great workshops, conferences & retreats where you can hone your writing skills surrounded by likeminded authors. Hear from talented published voices, receive tips on getting your work out and bounce ideas off other writers. These events will help you take your writing to the next level:


The 2013 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference
September 20-22
Denver, Colorado
Description: Every year, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is pleased to present the Colorado Gold Conference, where hundreds of writers from all over the US and beyond gather for a full weekend of writerly camaraderie, exciting programming, and opportunities to pitch projects to the industry’s top agents and editors. Programming focuses on the following key areas: 

  • Craft improvement
  • Genre knowledge
  • Career management
  • Industry savvy
  • Continuing education and professional development for published authors

Learn more about this year’s special guests and attending agents and editors.

Whether you’re new to the idea of becoming a writer or you’re a veteran published author, whether you hope to pursue a traditional publishing contract with a big New York publishing house or launch a self-publishing venture, you’re sure to find the skills, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and support you need at Colorado Gold.

Southern California Writers' Conference
September 20-22
Newport Beach, California
$395 (full conference/ "Novel Cram")
Description: Unlike conferences aimed to lure as many aspiring authors as possible with big-name superstars far removed from the realities of breaking into a now fickle publishing world, or with agents & editors who participate only on the condition that they MUST request a specified percentage of conferees' submitted material — whether or not they're genuinely interested — in order to be invited back, the SCWC is first and foremost about the writer.  Where s/he is today. Where s/he wants to be tomorrow.

  • SOLVE problematic aspects of your manuscript through the troubleshooting efforts of accomplished authors, editors and agents 
  • INTERACT with working professionals from the publishing, film, and transmedia industries in a uniquely accessible environment
  • EMPOWER yourself with the tools and tactics needed to succeed in today's expanding transmedia marketplace


Chicago Writers Conference
Dates: September 27-29
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Cost: $195  
Description: This conference is for writers of any genre, at any level, or at any point in their career. You don’t need to have a completed manuscript to attend — just a willingness to learn, exchange ideas, and have fun!

  • Learn ways to get work published (traditional or digital; fiction or non-fiction)
  • How to query agents
  • Connecting with agents
  • Advice from Fiction and Non-Fiction Publishers
  • Strategies for promoting your work online
    • Website/blog creation
    • Social media tactics
    • Content marketing
  • Engage with the writing community, including featured speakers: Newspaperman Rick Kogan, Author Alex Shakar, Author Samantha Hoffman, Author Patricia Ann McNair, Agents Danielle Egan-Miller, Marcy Posner and Amanda Luedeke, Content Expert Andy Crestodina, and Arts Attorney Heather Liberman


Flathead River Writers' Conference
Dates: September 28 & 29
Location: Kalispell, Montana (near Glacier Park & the Rocky Mountains)
Cost: $150 for both days or $85 for one 
Description: "The Writers' Journey": 
This two day conference will be packed with energizing speakers. After a focus on publishing the past two years, this year’s focus is on writing, getting your manuscripts honed and ready for your readers. Highlights:

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