10 writing conferences & events not to miss in 2016!

Wondering what's going on this year when it comes to writing and literature?

Look no further than this rundown of some of the cool events happening this year in the U.S.


2016 is here along with a plethora of new opportunities for writers and book-lovers everywhere. For those of you wondering what the new year has in store, we hope you find this little list helpful, ordered as they are scheduled to occur throughout the year. Remember that to attend many of these events you will need to register some time in advance!


January 16 - 23, 2016

1). Writers in Paradise in St. Petersburg, Florida

Located at Eckerd College, the 12th annual writing event allows you time & opportunity to share your manuscripts, critique one another’s work (with their award-winning faculty), as well as discuss the craft of writing with experts & peers who are at the conference to help guide attendees to the next level.


Some highlights: Evening reading series, speakers from Eckerd College's faculty


March 5

2). Wordcrafters in Eugene, Oregon

A one day festival for writers of all levels where the focus is on fiction! All the fun of a conference is packed into a fast-paced day of writing, learning, and inspiration.


Some highlights: lessons on the informative craft, lightning round Q&A, festival afterwords party


April 8 - 10

3). Word of [South] in Tallahassee, Florida 

Word of [South] is a new festival launched last year focusing on the literature and music of the South. Offering a unique blend of writers and musicians, this event is an exploration of the relationship between the two. The festival features authors who write about music, musicians who also are authors, authors and musicians appearing together, and everything in between. 


Some highlights: children’s program with authors & musicians, festival takes place in Tallahassee’s award-winning Cascades Park on 5 different stages


April 12 - 17

4). Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada

For those of you who love romance novels, this conference features some amazing writers as speakers, a packed schedule of readings, workshops, and talks on a wide range of topics important to writers including steampunk, author branding, and future bestsellers - all in The Rio Casino in Las Vegas!


Some highlights: More than 200 workshops and dozens of other events/talks on the agenda!


April 29 - May 1

5). Muse and the Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts

The Muse and the Marketplace is a 3-day literary conference designed to give aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction, to prepare them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and to create opportunities for meaningful networking. 


Some highlights: Both established & emerging authors lead sessions on the craft of writing—the "muse" side of things—while editors, literary agents, publicists, & other industry professionals lead sessions on the business side—the "marketplace."


July 5 - 9

6). ThrillerFest in New York, New York

ThrillerFest is the annual conference for international thriller writers that's taking place this year in the Grand Hyatt located in New York City! In addition to this event being hosted by an amazing selection of thriller writers and editors, the schedule includes an exciting slew of events like the thrillerfest awards, book reviews, and other interesting roud-table discussions.


Some highlights: author-led discussions on a variety of topics like Does History Matter? Or, Where Legal Thrillers are Headed, talks from spotlight guests, and thrillerfest awards to wrap up the festival


June - July 

7). Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City, Iowa

Since 1987, this festival has welcomed writers from all 50 states and every continent who come together across the genres and at every level of literary practice. The 30th Iowa Summer Writing Festival includes over a hundred workshops exploring the genres in novel-writing, including short stories, flash fiction, gothic fiction, narrative poems, essays, memoirs, spiritual autobiography, writing for young adults, and other hybrid forms! No matter what your style, this writing festival will prove to be a doozy.


Some highlights: Both weeklong & weekend workshops on topics that include how to write a memoir in a week, revising short stories, the geography of a poem, and many more... 


August 12 - 14

8). Writer's Digest Annual Conference in New York, New York

This conference addresses writing on 3 fronts: (1) the craft, (2) the business of writing; and (3) the community it serves. The event offers everything you need to advance creatively and professionally as a writer—no matter what stage of your career. Brought to you by Writer’s Digest, this includes speakers & other experts who've been working hard in nurturing and developing new writers for more than 90 years.


Some highlights: located at the New York Hilton Midtown, opportunities for meeting/collaborating/networking built right into the schedule


October 7 - 9

9). Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

The Imaginarium Convention is a three day event centered entirely around creative writing, including the worlds of books, movies, gaming, music, and comics/graphic novels. It features panels and workshops presented by over 150 professional guests covering everything from the craft of writing to various genres, industry-specific topics, publishing, and social media/publicity. 


Some highlights: convention features a film festival with a full array of awards, a masquerade/costume contest, live music, gaming, an expo open to the general public, an awards banquet, and a series of literary awards called the Imadjinns.


October 20 - 23

10). The Dodge Poetry Festival in Morristown, New Jersey

The largest poetry event in North America comes to New Jersey for the 30th Anniversary of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. During the four days of this festival, Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will be transformed into a poetry village featuring celebrated, diverse, and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.


Some highlightspoetry samplers featuring dozens of poets giving brief readings, intimate groups of festival poets discussing enduring themes and emerging questions evoked by poetry, as well as poetry & music explorations & collaborations featuring poets, musicians, and dancers from a wide range of genres.


We hope you get the chance to check out some of these great writing and literature events in the U.S.! 2016 is going to be an awesome year for writers everywhere :-)


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