Worldwide Authors Conventions & Conferences


MCM Manchester Comic Con, 29-30 July 2017: one of the biggest comic cons in the north-west,

London Film and Comic Con, 28-30 July 2017: with guests from scifi/fantasy movies and TV series,

EDGE-LIT 6, 15 July 2017, Derby: scifi, fantasy and horror writing,

Flash Festival, 15 July 2017, Broadstairs: RPG, cosplay, art exhibition, steampunk designers, book signings, and literally everything else,

Horror Con Swansea, 1-2 July 2017: guests from tv and film, writers, etc,

Sexy and Sassy Signing
July 7–8, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA
for romance readers

How to Read a Dress – hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing
July 11, 2017; London, ENGLAND
this talk on dress fashion spanning five centuries will be especially interesting for historical romance authors

3rd annual A Weekend with the Authors
July 14–16, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA
for romance readers

annual Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference
July 14–16, 2017; Newport, Shropshire, ENGLAND
for romance writers

37th annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference
July 26–29, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA
for romance writers

4th annual YA Lit Con
July 28–30, 2017; London, ENGLAND
for YA readers

UNM Summer Writers’ Conference

July 24-31

Santa Fe

Formerly known as the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, this year it is being held in New Mexico. The UNM’s conference offers workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and more. This year’s on Sunday, the conference is featuring a keynote reading by Sandra Cisneros! There are numerous scholarships and awards that provide assistance to talented writers, and they also offer a winter online conference.

  • Weeklong Workshops $700
  • Weekend Workshops $400

Sewanee Writer’s Conference

July 19-31, 2016

This conference provides instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and play writing. Every participant needs to apply and have manuscripts attached. Unfortunately applications for this year have been closed, but the dates for 2017 will be announced soon. The cost to attend is a bit pricey, but every recipient receives assistance to pay for two-thirds of the cost.

  • Contributors – $1,800 ($1,100 for tuition and $700 for room and board)
  • Scholars – $700 (Conference covers tuition)
  • Fellowships – Conference covers tuition, room, and board

Community of Writers

July 25- August 1, 2016

Squaw Valley

These workshops are geared toward very serious writers in exploring the craft, as well as the business of writing. Participant’s manuscripts can be reviewed in a one-on-one session. There are afternoon and evening craft talks, panels, staff readings, and panel discussions on publishing and editing. There is also a nature guided hike toward the end of your stay!

  • Tuition is 1,100, and financial aid is available (many applicants get significant financial aid — I would recommend applying)

Tin House Summer Workshops

July 10-17, 2016


Tin House’s writing workshops are quite the rage to those in the literary world. In order to be able to attend the conference, one must submit an application and writing sample. Admission is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample. Tin House is also offering scholarships (full and partial) for admission to the conference. There is also an opportunity for auditors who purchase a pass. A full auditor’s pass gives you access to all craft lectures, agent/editor meetings, and the evening faculty readings. There will also be an opportunity for a select number of you to exchange manuscripts will your fellow auditors.

  • $1700. Scholarships are quite rare, with an acceptance rate hovering around 5%.
  • You can buy an auditor’s pass for $350, which allows you access to all the readings and panels, but does not get you feedback in a workshop.

Writing Day Workshops

When and Where: April, 2017 in Louisville, KY; and July, 2017 in Nashville, TN

Each of these day-long workshops offers a crash course on how to get your book published, with classes and presentations on everything from writing queries to working with an agent to marketing your book.

Midwest Writers Workshop

When: Annually in July

Where: Muncie, IN

“This is widely regarded as being one of the Midwest’s premiere events,” says Chuck Sambuchino, who spoke at the event in 2012.

The Midwest Writers Workshop gives writers the opportunity improve their craft, mingle with industry experts and successful writers, and network and socialize with peers and colleagues.

Romance Writers of America Annual Conference

When: Annually in July

Where: Location varies

Romance writers gather at this annual genre conference to learn more about the business of being an author. Get an opportunity to meet and mingle with budding and successful romance authors, as well as workshops and events to boost your author career.




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