Top 4 Summer 2015 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. If you want to register for a conference, planning ahead is key. They fill up fast! It’s also advantageous for your wallet. “Early bird” discounts sometimes shave off several hundred dollars in fees.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the top conferences for writers that are taking place this summer in July and August.  There’s still time to sign up! These events will help you take your writing to the next level:


The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Dates: July 17-19, 2015

Location: Grapevine, Texas

Details: The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level.

The Conference was created to enhance the quality of nonfiction writing, encourage innovation, and create a community of factual storytellers who maintain an unflinching faith in the narrative craft. This year’s keynote speakers are Anne Fadiman, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Alex Tizon.


Stonecoast Writers’ Conference

Dates: July 19-25, 2015

Location: Freeport, Maine

Details: The Stonecoast Writers’ Conference offers something for writers of all genres and experience levels.  Attendees work closely with a dedicated and award-winning faculty. Daily talks and evening readings complement workshops in poetry, short fiction, novel, and nonfiction/memoir. And, for the second summer in a row a mixed-genre Creative Writing Bootcamp will be offered for those who would rather not limit their writing to a form.

You can choose from two workshop models: Traditional Morning Workshops and Intensive Afternoon Workshops. The conference takes place in the historic and beautiful Stone House situated on Maine’s coast.


The Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference

Dates: July 30-August 1, 2015

Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Details: This 3-day summer institute is dedicated to the creation and revision of novels, short stories, nonfiction and poetry. It’s tailored to writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience, and welcomes anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the craft — and business — of writing. Participants may choose from a diverse array of panels and workshops, all designed to give participants valuable perspectives on their work in the supportive company of other writers.

This year’s keynote speakers are Tara Ison and Emily Hooper Lansana, with a Story Club performance on Saturday.


Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

Dates: August 13-16, 2015

Location: Corte Madera, California

Details: This is the event for anyone who’s anyone in travel writing & photography. And it’s just as suited to newcomers and anyone looking to learn from masters of the craft. The conference, in its 22nd year, has an international reputation. During the three-day program, participants can choose from a selection of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area.

The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restauranteurs, guidebook writers, and more. There are hours of informal interaction between faculty and participants during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening.


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