Happy New Year, and welcome to 2013!

The following conference list is by no means inclusive, but it’s a good start if you’re looking for a conference or two to attend this year. The conferences are listed chronologically, with a separate section at the bottom for conferences that focus exclusively on those who write for children. You can also find and follow the updates to this list from the Writers’ Resources page on this blog site. So, please check back periodically, as I try to update conferences as I learn about new ones.

There are several listed for January, so if you’re looking for an excuse to go somewhere warm for a while, a writers’ conference might be just the thing! I know the Aloha Writers Conference in Maui sure sounds good right about now!

Almost all conferences now have workshops on using social media, marketing, changes in publishing, and building a platform, so even if a conference you like may not focus on your particular genre, it may be worth attending if you need help in any of the above areas. If you’re attending specifically to meet with agents or editors, then, of course, you’ll want to find a conference with representatives in your genre.

[Note: If known, the following categories of writing represented at a conference are designated as such: F-fiction; NF-general nonfiction categories; CNF-creative nonfiction only; D-devotionals; M-memoirs; C-children’s; P-poetry; YA-young adult. The lists may not be all-inclusive and do not include specific genres, such as mystery writing, chick lit, sci-fi, and so forth.]

2013 Writers’ Conference List

American Christian Writers: several locations and dates during the year, including both conferences and mentoring retreats: F/NF/C/D/YA

CLASS Seminars: several locations and dates during the year; writing and speaking workshops

Jan. 6-12: Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers’ Conference; New Smyrna Beach, FL: F/CNF/P

Jan. 18-21: Aloha Writers Conference; Maui, HI: F/NF/C/YA/M/P (first annual!)

Jan. 18-21: Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway; New Jersey: F/CNF/M/P/YA

Jan. 25-28:  Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference; Concord, MA: poetry conference focused entirely on book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts.

Jan. 26-27: Cocoa Beach Writers’ Conference; Cocoa Beach, FL:

Feb. 14-17: Writing for the Soul Conference; Colorado Springs, CO: Christian writers’ conference sponsored by Jerry Jenkins; F/NF

Feb. 14-17: San Francisco Writers Conference; San Francisco, CA

Fe. 15-18: Southern California Writers Conference; San Diego, CA: F/NF

April 18-20: Las Vegas Writers’ Conference; Las Vegas, NV

May 15-18: Colorado Christian Writers Conference; Estes Park, CO: F/NF/C/YA/D

May 4-5: DFW Writers Conference; Hurst, TX: F/CNF/C/YA

May 19-23: Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference; Ridgecrest Conference Center, NC: F/NF/C/YA/D/P

June 5-8: Write-to-Publish Christian Writers Conference; Wheaton College, IL: F/NF/C/YA/D/P

June 8-13: Santa Barbara Writers Conference; Santa Barbara, CA: F/NF/C/YA/M/P

June 27-29: Jackson Hole Writers Conference; Jackson Hole, WY: F/CNF/YA/P

July 31-Aug. 3: Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference; Philadelphia, PA: F/NF/C/YA/D

Sept. 12-15: American Christian Fiction Writers; Indianapolis, IN:  F/YA

September 20-22: Southern California Writers’ Conference; Los Angeles, CA: F/NF

Oct. 11-12: East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers’ Conference; Atlanta, GA: F/NF/C/YA/D


Children’s Writers Conferences

Feb. 1-3: SCBWI Annual Winter Conference; New York, NY

March 15-16: Write2Ignite!; North Greenville University, Tigerville, SC

June 20-23: Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference; (Book Passages); Corte Madera, CA

August 2-5: SCBWI Annual Summer Conference; Los Angeles, CA

October 4-6: Nancy Sondel’s Pacific Coast Children’s Writers’ Workshop; Santa Cruz, CA