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
For Children’s Writers
Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators–National organization open to any children’s writer or illustrator; holds regional and national conferences throughout the year and organizes state and/or regional chapters
The National Writing for Children Center– Suzanne Lieurance, Director; coaching and classes for children’s writers
Children’s Writers Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner–The book for choosing just the right grade-appropriate word when writing for children. Bestseller with several editions in publication. This is a must-have for my writing library.
How to Write a Children’s Book and Get It Published by Barbara Seuling–An all-inclusive book covering the basics of different types of children’s books, how to structure your book, develop characters, mold a plot line, and package your manuscript for submission.
Picture Writing by Anastasia Suen–Helps you learn to tap into your ability to think in pictures then put those pictures into words in a way that children will understand and appreciate. It presents a new way of writing and releasing the creativity that’s already inside of you!
A good rhyming dictionary! Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary by Sue Young is great for finding “kid” words that rhyme. But any rhyming dictionary will usually do for creating young reader and picture book texts.
Writing and Editing Helps
The Christian PEN (Professional Editing Network)
The Grammar Lady (free grammar help)
Grammerly (online grammar and proofing help)
On Writing by Stephen King–A writer friend talked me into buying this book, and am I ever glad he did. Great tips, advice, must-have tools of the trade, and encouragement from the fiction master himself. Well worth having!
On Writing Well by William Zinsser–No, it’s not Stephen King’s sequel to above-mentioned book! This is a classic on all the boring stuff us writers hate to deal with–proper preposition placement, subject/verb agreement, dangling participles, and more! I’ve had this book since I began writing and keep it very close at hand.