Conferences & Events

A large list of writers conferences! See them all below. I am a frequent speaker/presenter at writers’ conferences, and I love teaching writers about writing and publishing. Please note that where the faculty (agents) are listed below for 2015 conferences, those faculties are always growing, so the events usually add agents and editors as time goes along. Be sure to check back to the site(s) if curious.

2015 Speaking Engagements:

Teaching at the Atlanta Writers Conference in 2014.

Late July 2015: Writer’s Digest Conference East
New York, NY
Attending agents to pitch: More than 50 will be at the Pitch Slam.

June 25-28, 2015: Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Jackson Hole, WY
Attending agents to pitch: TBA. Usually 4 or so attend.

May 16, 2015: Chicago Conference for Writing
Chicago, IL
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Jen Karsbeak (Fuse/Foreword Literary); Jennifer Mattson (Andrea Brown Literary); Tina Schwartz (The Purcell Agency); Jodell Sadler (Sadler Children’s Literary); and Jennifer Flannery (Flannery Literary).

May 15, 2015: Milwaukee Writing Conference
Milwaukee, WI
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Dawn Frederick and Jennie Goloboy (both of Red Sofa Literary).

April 17-18, 2015: Carolina Writing Workshops
Columbia, SC (April 17) and Charlotte, NC (April 18)
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Melissa Jeglinski (The Knight Agency) and Robin Mizell (Robin Mizell Literary).

March 27-28, 2015: Chesapeake Writing Workshops
Baltimore, MD (March 27) and Washington DC (March 28)
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary), Jamie Bodnar Drowley (Inklings Literary); Ella Kennen (Corvisiero Literary); and Laura Strachan (Strachan Literary).

Feb. 21, 2015: Seattle Writers Conference
Seattle, WA
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Kristin Vincent (D4EO Literary); Kathleen Ortiz (New Leaf Literary); Fleetwood Robbins (Waxman Leavell Literary); and Genevieve Nine (Andrea Hurst Literary)

Teaching at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference in 2014.

Feb. 20, 2015: Portland Writing Workshop
Portland, OR
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Sandra Bishop (Transatlantic Literary); Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron & Associates); and Adam O’Connor Rodriguez (editor, Hawthorne Books).

Feb. 7, 2015: Tennessee Writing Workshop
Nashville, TN
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency), Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary), Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary), Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency), and Brent Taylor (Triada US).

Feb. 6, 2014: Kentucky Writers Conference
Louisville, KY
Attending agents to pitch: The growing faculty includes Brent Taylor (Triada US); Natalia Aponte and Victoria Lea (both fo Aponte Literary); and Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary).

2014 Speaking Engagements:

Nov. 21-22: Arizona Writing Workshops
Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 21) and Tucson, AZ (Nov. 22)
Attending agents to pitch: Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary), Adriann Ranta (Wolf Literary), and Steve Laube (Steve Laube Literary).

Nov. 14-15, 2014: Colorado Writing Conferences
Boulder, CO (Nov. 14) and Denver, CO (Nov. 15)
Attending agents to pitch: Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary); Renee Nyen (KT Literary); Sandra Bond (Bond Literary); Sarah Freese (Wordserve Literary); Erin Buterbaugh (MacGregor Literary); Rachelle Gardner (Books & Such Literary); Shannon Hassan (Marsal Lyon Literary); Alex Barba (Inklings Literary).

Nov. 1, 2014: Indianapolis Writing Conference
Indianapolis, IN
Attending agents to pitch: Jen Karsbeak (Fuse/Foreword Literary); Laura Crockett (Triada US); Whitley Abell (Inklings Literary); and Andrew Scott (editor, Lacewing/Engine Books).

Oct 24, 2014: Atlanta Writers Conference
Atlanta, GA

Oct. 11, 2014: Books by the Banks
Cincinnati, OH

Sept. 6, 2014: Minnesota Writing Workshop
St. Paul, MN

Aug. 5-10, 2014: Texas Writing Retreat
outside Houston, TX

Aug. 1-3, 2014: Writer’s Digest Conference East
New York, NY

June 13-17, 2014: Southeastern Writers Conference
St. Simon’s Island, GA

June 6-8, 2014: Wyoming Writers Conference
Sheridan, WY

May 4, 2014: University of Central Arkansas MFA Event
Conway / Little Rock, AR

April 11-13, 2014: Missouri Writers Guild Conference
St. Louis, MO

March 30 – April 4, 2014: Worship Write With God (Christian Writing Retreat)
Asheville, NC

March 28-29, 2014: Northern Colorado Writers Conference
Fort Collins, CO

Feb. 1, 2014: PennWriters Pittsburgh Event
Pittsburgh, PA

Jan. 11, 2014: Capital City Writers “Write on the Red Cedar” Conference
Lansing, MI

2013 Speaking Engagements:

October 12, 2013: Books by the Banks (Cincinnati Book Fair)
Cincinnati, OH

September 27-29, 2013: Writer’s Digest Conference West
Los Angeles, CA

Me teaching at the 2013 Pennwriters Conference.

July 5-7, 2013: Hunt Country Writers’ Retreat
Middleburg, VA

June 21-23. 2013: Agents & Editors Conference (Writers League of Texas)
Austin, TX

June 7-8: Books-in-Progress Conference (Carnegie Literary Center)
Lexington, KY

June 6-7: Clarksville Writers Conference
Clarksville, TN

May 26-28, 2013: Get Publishing Society and the Editors Association of Canada, Prairie Division
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

May 17-19, 2013: PennWriters Conference
Pittsburgh, PA

April 19-20, 2013: Kentucky Writers Conference and Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, KY

April 5-7, 2013: Writer’s Digest Conference East
New York, NY

February 14-17, 2013: San Francisco Writers Conference
San Francisco, CA

Me instructing at the Kentucky Writers Conference (April 2013).

2012 Speaking Engagements:

Nov. 10: Kentucky Book Fair
Frankfort, KY

October 20, 2012: Books by the Banks (Cincinnati Book Fair)
Cincinnati, OH

September 14-16, 2012: Chicago Writers Conference
Chicago, IL

Aug. 2-8, 2012: Homeric Writers Retreat & Workshop
Ithaca, Greece

July 26-28, 2012: Midwest Writers Workshop
Muncie, IN

June 22-24, 2012: Crested Butte Writers Conference
Crested Butte, CO

June 8-9, 2012: Lexington Carnegie Center for Literary “Books in Progress” Conference
Lexington, KY

June 7-8, 2012: Clarksville Writers Conference
Clarksville, TN

2008: Me at the Writers League of Texas Conference

May 3-5, 2012: Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference
Oklahoma City, OK

April 19-21, 2012: Las Vegas Writers Conference
Las Vegas, NV

February 16-19, 2012: San Francisco Writers Conference
San Francisco, CA

Jan 20-22, 2012: Writer’s Digest Writers’ Conference
New York, NY

2011 Speaking Engagements:

Nov. 12, 2011: Atlanta Writers Conference
Atlanta, GA

Nov. 5, 2011: Trinity Writers Workshop Fall Session
Hurst, TX (near Dallas/Fort Worth)

October 21-23, 2011: South Carolina Writers Workshop
Myrtle Beach, SC

September 23-24, 2011: Hampton Roads Writers Conference
Virginia Beach, VA

August 15-19 2011: Writers’ Conference at Ocean Park
Ocean Park, ME

August 4-7, 2011: PNWA Conference (Pacific Northwest Writers Association)
Seattle, WA

2009: Me presenting at Muse & the Marketplace (Boston)

July 13-16, 2011: Clarksville Writers Conference (at Austin Peay State University)
Clarksville, TN

June 24-26, 2011: Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Jackson Hole, WY

May 13-15, 2011: Pennwriters Conference
Pittsburgh, PA

May 7, 2011: Houston Writers Guild Conference
Houston. TX

April 15-17, 2011: Kentucky Writers Conference & Southern KY Book Fest
Bowling Green, KY

April 9, 2011: Reno Writers Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno, NV

March 18-20, 2011: Tallahassee Festival of Books and Writers Conference
Tallahassee, FL

March 8-10, 2011: French Lick Writers Workshop
French Lick, IN

Jan 21-23, 2011: Writer’s Digest Writers’ Conference
New York, NY

2010 Speaking Engagements:

Nov. 17, 2010: Ann Katz Festival of Books
Indianapolis, IN

2006: Me moderating a panel with authors Les Edgerton, James Rollins, and David Morrell

Nov. 12-13, 2010: San Francisco Writing for Change Conference
San Francisco, CA

Nov. 6, 2010: Vegas Valley Book Festival
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 22-24, 2010: Surrey International Writers’ Conference
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Sept. 24-26, 2010: Wrangling With Writing Conference (Society of Southwestern Authors)
Tucson, AZ

July 30-31, 2010: Clarksville Writers Conference (at Austin Peay State University)
Clarksville, TN

July 17, 2010: Northern Ohio SCBWI Regional Meeting
Akron, OH

June 12, 2010: American Independent Writers Conference
Washington, DC

April 2010: Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop
Dayton, OH

March 2010: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning: Spring Session
Lexington, KY

2009 Speaking Engagements:

October 2009: South Carolina Writers Workshop
Myrtle Beach, SC

August 2009: Northern Ohio SCBWI Meeting
Akron, OH

June 2009: Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference
Jackson Hole, WY

2008: My vantage point when giving the keynote speech at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference

June 2009: Southeastern Writers’ Conference
St. Simon’s Island, GA

June 2009: Wyoming Writers Conference
Casper, WY

May 2009: Writer’s Digest Books Writers’ Conference (with BEA)
New York, NY

April 2009: Muse and the Marketplace: Grub Street Writers
Boston, MA

April 2009: Las Vegas Writers’ Conference
Las Vegas, NV

March 2009: Reno Writers’ Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno, NV

2008 Speaking Engagements:

November 2008: Cincinnati SCBWI Regional Meeting
Cincinnati, OH

September 2008: International Women’s Fiction Festival
Matera, Italy

July 2008: Smith Mountain Lake Summer Session
Virginia (near Roanoke)

June 2008: Agents and Editors Conference (Writers League of Texas)
Austin, TX

2011: Me at the Clarksville Writers Conference

May 2008: Writer’s Digest Books Writers’ Conference
Los Angeles, CA

April 2008: NETWO: Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization
East Texas

April 2008: League of Vermont Writers’ Spring Session
Rutland, VT

April 2008: Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference
Fort Collins, CO

March 2008: Christopher Newport Univ. (CNU) Writers’ Conference
Newport News, VA

February 2008: San Francisco Writers’ Conference
San Francisco. CA

January 2008: Space Coast Writers’ Conference
Cocoa Beach, FL

2007 Speaking Engagements:

November 2007: La Jolla Writers’ Conference
San Diego, CA

October 2007: Midwest Literary Festival
Aurora, IL

August 2007: Killer Nashville
Nashville, TN

August 2007: Writers’ Conference at Ocean Park
Ocean Park, ME

2007: Me teaching at the La Jolla Writers Conference

July 2007: Harriette Austin Writers’ Conference
Athens, GA

June 2007: International Mystery Writers’ Festival
Owensboro, KY

June 2007: Tennessee Writers Alliance Writers Conference
Franklin, TN

June 2007: Clarksville Writers’ Conference
Clarksville, TN

May 2007: Writer’s Digest Books Writers’ Conference
New York, NY

2006 Speaking Engagements:

October 2006: Midwest Literary Festival
Aurora, IL

October 2006: Ozark Creative Writers Conference
Eureka Springs, AR

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