Saturday, March 9, 2013

2013 Writers Conferences

Writers conferences are great for many different reasons. Depending on the one you attend you can meet other local authors, you can pitch agents and editors, some even offer freelance editing services. The most important thing is to first decide what it is you want to get from attending a conference. Then you need to factor in how much money you are willing to spend and if you want to travel. After you figure all of that out you can narrow down your choices and start planning. Here's a list of some of the larger upcoming conferences. Keep in mind that this list is not definitive and details are subject to change. If one of the larger ones isn't right for you, there are tons of smaller gatherings and workshops going on all over the country all the time. Do a Google search for "2013 writers conferences" and "city, state" for a more comprehensive list.

April 5-7, 2013 Writer's Digest NYC Conference (New York, NY) (http://www.writersdigestconference.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=51706&)

April 5-6, 2013 Houston Writers Guild Conference (Houston, TX) (http://www.houstonwritersguild.org/)

April 19-20, 2013 Kentucky Writers Conference (Bowling Green, KY) (http://www.sokybookfest.org/KYWritersConf)
May 4-5, 2013 DFW Writers' Conference (Hurst, TX) (http://dfwcon.org/)

May 17-19, 2013 PennWriters Conference (Pittsburgh, PA) (http://www.pennwriters.org/prod/)

May 23-25, 2013 Alberta Writers Guild Event: Words in 3D (Edmonton, Canada) (http://www.wordsin3d.com/)

June 6-7, 2013 Clarksville Writers Conference (Clarksville, TN) (http://www.artsandheritage.us/writers/)

June 7-8, 2013 Carnegie Literacy Books-in-Progress Workshop (Lexington, KY) (http://carnegiecenterlex.org/events/books-in-progress-conference/)

June 21-23, 2013 Agents & Editors Conference/Writers League of Texas (Austin, TX) (http://www.writersleague.org/38/Agents-Conference)

July 5-6, 2013 Hunt Country Writers' Retreat (Middleburg, VA) (http://www.huntcountrysuspense.com/Writers_Retreat_2013.html)

September 27-29, 2013 Writer's Digest Conference West (Los Angeles, CA) **I couldn't find any information available on this one yet.

October 18-20, 2013 Re:Write Writers Conference (Austin, TX) (http://rewriteconference.com/)

Hope this is a good starting place for you. I've been checking out some of these myself and I'm hoping to be able to attend one. Good luck!