10 Writing Conferences to Check Out This Year

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 1. Twin Cities Book Festival

  • What: Largest literary gathering in the Midwest
  • When: October 12th, 2013, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Progress Center Building, Minneapolis, MN
  • Events: Author presentations, literary magazine fair, used book sale, exhibitors
  • Fee: Free
  • Websitehttp://www.raintaxi.com/bookfest/

 2. 11th Annual Bloomington Writer’s Festival

  • What: Connects writers with published authors and other experts in the field to share information, techniques, skills and resources
  • When: March 22nd, 2014
  • Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old
Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN
  • Events: Keynote speaker Nancy Carlson, 21 workshops and panels for all levels of writers, plus vendors and authors
  • Fee: Free
  • Websitehttp://bloomingtonwritersfestival.org

 3. Hartland Fall Forum

  • What: Trade show, conference, and celebration of independent bookselling hosted by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
  • When: October 3rd-6th, 2013
  • Where: Crowne Plaza, Chicago, IL
  • Events: Author readings, lectures for booksellers, authors, publishers and more.
  • Fee: Free, with the option of attending ticketed events for a fee
  • Websitehttp://www.heartlandfallforum.org

 4. Writer’s Digest Conference West

  • What: Connect with fellow writers, pitch your work to literary agents and editors, and get practical publishing-industry advice and writing inspiration from successful authors
  • When: September 27th-29th, 2013
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
  • Events: Many speakers and writer’s workshops/lectures
  • Fee: Price varies based on package purchased
  • Websitehttp://www.writersdigestconference.com/

 5. Self-Publishing Book Expo

  • What: Learning center for published as well as aspiring authors.
  • When: November 9th, 2013, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue @ 33rd Street, New York, NY
  • Events: Knowledgeable speakers, inter-active sessions, coffee hour mixer for attendees and speakers
  • Websitehttp://selfpubbookexpo.com

 6. Book Expo America

  • What: 1000+ exhibitors, conference sessions, author stages and more
  • When: May 28th-31st, 2014
  • Where: Javits Center,
635 West 34th Street,
New York, NY 10001
  • Events: Author autographing, BEA Bloggers Conference, Publishing Hackathon
  • Fee: Pricing based on Badge Category
  • Websitehttp://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Home/

 7. AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair

  • What: Celebrate the authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers with more than 650 exhibitors
  • When: February 26th-March 1st, 2014
  • Where: Washington State Convention Center & Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
  • Events: Over 500 author readings and lectures, bookfair
  • Fee: Price varies based on package purchased
  • Websitehttps://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview

 8. Litquake: San Francisco Literary Festival

  • What: Present more than 800 authors and journalists in more than 160 events over 9 days
  • When: October 11th-19th, 2013
  • Where: Civic Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Events: Author readings, lectures, performances
  • Fee: Price depending on number of days attending
  • Websitehttp://www.litquake.org

 9. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

  • What: Brings together the people who create books with the people who love to read them, attracting more than 150,000 book lovers each year
  • When: April 12th-13th, 2014
  • Where: USC campus, Los Angeles, CA
  • Events: Author readings, performances, cooking demonstrations
  • Fee: Free
  • Websitehttp://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

 10.  Tennessee Williams: New Orleans Literary Festival

  • What: Nurtures, supports, and showcases writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; and honors the creative genius of Tennessee Williams
  • When: March 19th-23rd, 2014
  • Where: Various locations in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Events: Literary panel discussions, theatrical performances, master classes for individuals desiring a more intensive “one-on-one” opportunity with a notable expert in writing or the arts, and a variety of other events
  • Fee: Prices range based on events
  • Websitehttp://www.tennesseewilliams.net