Here at The Writer’s Circle we like to keep you up-to-date on great conferences where you can hone your writing skills surrounded by likeminded authors. These events are perfect for budding writers and experienced authors, a chance to hear from talented published voices, receive tips on getting your work out, and bounce ideas off other writers.
Below weíve picked out a few of our favorite upcoming spring and summer writersí conferences. Browse through our list and start making plans now!
1. Northern Colorado Writers Conference
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Dates: March 28-29, 2014
Cost: One day: $295; Early Bird nonmembers $395; Regular nonmembers (beginning March 1) $445. More info here.
Description: To publishing and beyond! The 2014 Northern Colorado Writers Conference is now two full days of out-of-this world sessions with industry professionals, an abundance of networking opportunities and plenty of inspiration to fuel your inner writer and launch you into success during the coming year.†The conference is limited to 130 attendees. All levels and genres of writers welcome. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ìroundtables,î allowing them to read their first pages of finished manuscripts to an agent and a small group of writers.
Location: New York, New York
Dates: April 24-26, 2014
Cost: Varies from $219-$582 depending on membership, Early Bird status and number of days attending. More info here.
Description: Join 650 writers, editors, publishers and agents at North America’s premier conference for freelance writers and book authors! This year’s focus is the most important item in your writer’s toolkit: YOU. You’re the key to your success as an independent writer, and we’re here to help you boost your strengths, publicize your talents and turn your own personal stories into gold. You’ll hobnob with agents who are looking for the next bestseller and editors who are eager to buy stories. You’ll hear from the best in the business on topics like storytelling, custom content, self-publishing and negotiating. And you’ll learn the latest about protecting yourself from invasions of your privacy and your rights.
This yearís Keynote Speaker is Daniel Jones, editor of the ìModern Loveî column in the New York Times.
3. River Teeth Nonfiction Conference
Location: Ashland, Ohio
Dates: May 30-June 1, 2014
Cost: $425. Registration is discounted $50 on applications received before April 1.
Description: The River Teeth Nonfiction Conference offers two full days of manuscript consultations, seminars, readings and community, all focused on the craft of nonfiction.† The conference will focus on essay, memoir, and literary journalism. Featured Guest Speakers this year are Philip Gerard and Brenda Miller.
4. The Frost Place: Conference on Poetry
Location:†Franconia, New Hampshire
Dates: July 13-19, 2014
Cost: $1,475 with tuition, all meals, lodging. $1000 ìcommuter rateî with tuition and meals, no lodging. Scholarships are available.
Description: Spend a week at ìintensive poetry campî with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Conference on Poetry is a daily immersion in listening, reflection, and conversation about the writing and reading of poetry.
Here is what you can expect each day: a faculty-given discussion class or talk on an aspect of craft; a three-hour workshop for all participants; a period of silence for reading poetry; time to generate and revise poems. Each night, weíll carpool to the The Frost Place for readings in the Henry Holt Barn by faculty and guests. On the last night, the participants will read. Social gatherings, impromptu late-night readings if you are so inclined, great food, and a warm community spirit. Weíll live and write and think and talk poetry under one roof ó poetry and faculty ó commuters are welcome, too!
5. Taos Summer Writers Conference
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Dates: July 13-20, 2014
Cost: Varies depending on level of participation, from $350 to $1525
Description: Named one of the Top Ten writers’ conferences in the United States by USA Today, the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference is an annual, weeklong gathering that draws writers from all over the country to the inspirational setting of Taos, New Mexico. Known for its inclusive, nurturing community, the Taos Conference offers numerous weeklong and weekend workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and screenwriting. Participants can sign up for the weeklong workshop, weekend workshop, or Master Classes in memoir, poetry and novel writing.