+30 Global Writing Conferences You Need to Know
Why attend a writers’ conference? The simple answer: it will help your writing career. At a writers’ conference, you get to learn from other authors through lectures and panels as well as meet top literary agents to help you achieve your dream of being published. Networking is a must in this field, and attending a writers’ conference is a good place to start. Check out our list of conferences below to get started—and for more help with book marketing, editing, and preparing your manuscript for publication, check out our services for authors.
AFCC Writers & Illustrators Conference
May 17, 2017, SingaporeGeneral focus: Asian children’s books
Description: The Writers & Illustrators Conference gathers writers, illustrators, and publishing industry professionals to share, network, and celebrate children’s content from Asia and around the world. Learn more.
PWAC Conference 2017
May 18, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: Writers’ professional development
Description: Every year, the PWAC organizes a conference to provide members with professional development, networking, and social opportunities for writers. Learn more.
Newcastle Writing Conference
May 20, 2017, UKGeneral focus: Aspiring/new writers
Description: Newcastle Writing Conference is a must-attend event for aspiring and early career writers looking to promote their work, network with fellow writers, and understand more about the publishing industry. Learn more.
OnWords 2017 & AGM
June 1, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: Canadian writers
Description: Writers from across the country will gather in beautiful downtown Vancouver at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre for a stimulating and productive weekend centred on the theme “Writing the World Now.” Learn more.
June 8, 2017, BulgariaGeneral focus: Nonfiction writers’ seminar
Description: The seminar program consists of intensive daily creative nonfiction workshops, roundtable discussions, guest lectures, and readings by faculty and participants. Learn more.
Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos
June 13, 2017, GreeceGeneral focus: Workshops in Greece
Description: Options are two-week and one-month workshops in Thessaloniki and on the island of Thasos, focusing on three genres as well as instruction in Greek language and culture. Learn more.
Women Reading Aloud Greece Writing Retreat
June 14, 2017, GreeceGeneral focus: Women writers’ workshops
Description: Founded in New Jersey in 2003, the retreat offers writing workshops modeled after the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, with author series, works-in-progress series, writing and yoga programs, and conferences and retreats where women writers can explore their authentic voices. Learn more.
Dublin Writers’ Conference
June 23, 2017, UKGeneral focus: Improving publishing
Description: This conference will help you improve your writing craft, self-publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary for any author to achieve success, whether traditionally published or self-published. Learn more.
June 24, 2017, GhanaGeneral focus: Renowned young writers
Description: Grapholympics Conference is an event that seeks to bring together renowned writers and young writers to teach, interact, and share ideas on effective writing skills. We provide the biggest platform for all writers to share their stories, both the difficulties and the successes, about the art of writing. Learn more.
June 25, 2017, PortugalGeneral focus: International writers’ workshops
Description: The DISQUIET International Literary Program is a two-week program that brings writers from North America and from around the world together with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon for intensive workshops in the art and craft of writing. Learn more.
Paris Café Writing
June 25, 2017, FranceGeneral focus: Nonfiction/creative writing
Description: A one-week seminar in Paris, France. You will write in the mornings in small cafes, share many great meals, enjoy walks and top-notch jazz, and spend time alone. The seminar caters to both nonfiction and creative writing. Learn more.
Giiyong Writers’ Forum
July 1, 2017, AustraliaGeneral focus: Aboriginal focus
Description: The event is open to anyone interested in exploring Aboriginal stories, issues, and identity and provides a unique opportunity for people interested in developing their own writing skills. Learn more.
Report Writing Howwow Bonanza 2017
July 27, 2017, UKGeneral focus: Report writing
Description: A day dedicated to report writing, working alongside experts to deconstruct and reconstruct reports, doing what paraplanners do best when they come together—share ideas and ways of doing things. Learn more.
Swanwick Writers’ Summer School
August 12, 2017, UKGeneral focus: Writing improvement
Description: If you love writing, then Swanwick offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, hone existing ones, explore your creativity, make new friends, perform your poetry, sing, act, dance, laugh, or even write. Learn more.
Melbourne Writers Festival
August 25, 2017, AustraliaGeneral focus: Global writers
Description: MWF brings together writers from around the world to celebrate literature, explore ideas, and inspire readers. Each year we invite our audience to be challenged, to be entertained, to learn, and to be inspired through a buzzing program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, and music and art events. Learn more.
Milford SF Writers’ Conference
September 9, 2017, UKGeneral focus: Speculative fiction writers
Description: Each year a small group of published writers of speculative fiction get together for one special week in a secluded residential location in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales, to critique work, discuss ideas, and generally connect with other writers. Note: Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, and all their subgenres. Learn more.
Science for Science Fiction: A Conference for Science Fiction Writers
September 10, 2017, AustraliaGeneral focus: Science fiction authors
Description: A conference for new and established authors of science fiction. Learn valuable writing techniques and draw inspiration from real science to hone your craft. Learn more.
September 17, 2017, ItalyGeneral focus: Sicily-based conference
Description: The seventh annual Bread Loaf in Sicily Conference is an intensive seven-day writers’ conference held in Erice, an ancient hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily. Featuring five workshops with six participants in each group, the conference provides a small group of writers with a concentrated and personalized Bread Loaf experience. Learn more.
September 22, 2017, UKGeneral focus: General writing/publishing
Description: ScotsWrite offers talks and workshops from experts in a variety of areas including marketing, self publishing, changing genre, technology, health and wellbeing, and ergonomics. Plus, there will be a limited number of one-to-one sessions with publishers and agents. Learn more.
InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Fall Conference
September 22, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: General writing
Description: The fall conference gives writers an opportunity to come together for inspiration and motivation and to learn more about the craft of writing. Each year, InScribe features a seasoned author as the conference keynote speaker and offers a variety of workshop topics and presenters. Learn more.
Self-Publishing Masterclass: Learn to Prepare, Publish & Promote Like a Pro
September 23, 2017, UKGeneral focus: Self-publishing authors
Description: Self-Publishing Masterclass is a full-day event that will guide authors through the entire self-publishing process, from first draft to publication date. Learn more.
Italy, in Other Words
September 24, 2017, ItalyGeneral focus: Writer retreats
Description: Italy, in Other Words offers retreats located in Italy’s authentic past, where Italian culture is carefully preserved. They specialize in small groups so each writer can receive focused instruction and support. Learn more.
October 10, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: Calgary’s readers and writers
Description: Wordfest sparks lively, illuminating, and meaningful conversations between Calgary’s readers and the world’s most engaging writers. Wordfest’s trademark events include readings, workshops, panel discussions, and in-school presentations from authors writing in every genre and for all ages. Learn more.
Vancouver Writers Fest
October 16, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: General authors
Description: With seven days, 100+ authors, and 90+ events, the festival celebrates the power of books with local, international, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors. Learn more.
Surrey International Writers’ Conference
October 19, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: General authors
Description: SIWC offers writers in all genres, from beginners to experts, the opportunity both to hone their craft and to expose their work to the international literary marketplace. Learn more.
Ottawa International Writers Festival
October 19, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: Ottawa writers
Description: A biannual event that celebrates ideas to recharge the imaginations of attendees. From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, Ottawa International Writers Festival celebrates the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide our exploration of the world. Learn more.
Write Up North Fall Conference: The Business of Writing in 2017
October 20, 2017, CanadaGeneral focus: Business-related writers
Description: This is a two-day conference for corporate communicators, marketers, and copywriters. Industry leaders and writers will be gathering to share their experience and expertise about the kind of writing that best promotes business growth and profit. Learn more.
Young Writers Conference
November 25, 2017, AustraliaGeneral focus: Young writers’ workshops
Description: A day of industry seminars and hands-on writing workshops for young writers, led by young authors and publishing professionals. Learn more.
San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival
February 14, 2018, MexicoGeneral focus: General writers/readers
Description: Each February, the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Learn more.
London Book Fair
April 10, 2018, UKGeneral focus: Global publishers’ marketplace
Description: The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film, and digital channels. Staged annually, the LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business. Learn more.
April 28, 2018, UKGeneral focus: Self-publishing authors
Description: The Self-Publishing Conference is the UK’s only dedicated self-publishing event, offering authors a chance to find out about a wide range of publishing options, to hear from and question those who work within the thriving self-publishing world, and to network with fellow authors, many of whom will already be experienced self-publishers. Learn more.
Ontario Writers’ Conference
TBA, CanadaGeneral focus: General writers
Description: The Ontario Writers’ Conference is dedicated to the celebration of writing by inspiring, educating, and connecting writers of all levels; providing participants with an opportunity to network with writers and other publishing professionals; and encouraging writers to publish, promote, and sell their work. Learn more.
Geneva Writers’ Conference 2018
TBA 2018, SwitzerlandGeneral focus: General writers/publishers
Description: Geneva Writers’ Conference welcomes writers from around the world to a weekend of workshops and panels led by authors, agents, editors, and publishers from Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. The program includes writing workshops in fiction, theater, nonfiction, and poetry as well as panels in publishing. Learn more.
Cuenca International Writers Conference
TBA 2018, EcuadorGeneral focus: English/Spanish workshops
Description: This conference will feature workshops and training sessions for every writer, from novice to expert, in all genres. Stellar presenters will offer learning opportunities in English and Spanish. Learn more.
Writers’ conferences offer networking, career, and learning opportunities for writers in all stages of their journeys, from new to published. Interested in more ways to take your writing career to the next level? ProofreadingServices.com offers author services to help with editing, marketing, and even landing an agent or publisher.