Another year means another year of writers conferences! Below is a list of 2022's best in-person and virtual writers conferences, workshops and retreats in North America to help you along your writing journey.
*Note: Please check COVID-19 rules and restrictions before booking any in-person tickets.
Presented by the Chicago Writers Association, the conference features two-days of in-person conference in Chicago with over 20 presenters, workshops, sessions, and panels on storytelling, publicity, and all other things that a writer needs to know, even a panel on what writers can learn from sports psychology.
When: March 19-20, 2022
Where: The Warwick Allerton Hotel, 701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
A three-day conference featuring six to eight authors, who will be discussing their work and engaging with the community. Past authors include Gwendolyn Brooks, Tommy Orange and Colson Whitehead. All events are free and open to the public.
Taught by literary agent and author, Donald Maass of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Ideal for new writers or writers starting a new project, the breakout fundamentals will cover strong characters, inner conflict, personal stakes, plot layers, powerful scenes and more. In-person and virtual options.
Taking the traditional writers conference model and redesigning it specifically for nonfiction authors, the Nonfiction Writers Conference helps nonfiction writers find the best publishing path, marketing methods, uncover business and revenue opportunities, and build a powerful platform. Held entirely online.
The Atlanta Writers Club is presenting the 26th Atlanta Writers Conference in-person with virtual options. Writers will be given a chance to access 18 top publishing acquisitions editors and literary agents who are actively seeking new clients. There will be Q&A panels and help with getting your work ready.
When: May 6-7, 2022
Where: Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road, Atlanta, GA
The programming has two components: two editor pre-conference team readings and the in-person conference in New York City. The team readings are a comprehensive consultation on each writer’s full-length manuscript, followed by a phone call to discuss strategy on the next steps.
The conference itself features workshops, lectures and one-on-one pitch sessions with literary agents. There is also an industry session for poets. Applications are on a first-come first-serve basis and will close once it’s full.
A seven-day workshop taught by seasoned instructors with strong publication credits. Featuring craft talks, readings and individual meetings with workshop leaders, workshops are done in small groups of 10-12 people.
Participants with book-length manuscripts will be invited to join in pitch sessions.Open to applicants over 18 years old. Admissions are based solely on the writing sample. See website for more details on application process. There is also a workshop for high school students.
When: June 4-11, 2022
Where: 55 Whitney Avenue, Fourth Floor, New Haven, CT
A week-long conference for anyone interested in writing about the environment and the natural world. Featuring small, focused workshops and specialized classes, participants receive individualized attention from workshop leaders.
Established editors, literary agents and publishers will also be present to give advice on how to place work in magazines and the publishing world.
When: June 13-19, 2022
Where: Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College, 75 Franklin Street, Middlebury, VT
Imaginarium is part film festival, part writing conference, part cosplay — an expo for all creatives, including writers and creators of all genres. Panelists include authors, editors, publishers, filmmakers, screenwriters, game designers, comic creators, artists, actors, and all other creatives.
When: July 8-10, 2022
Where: Holiday Inn Louisville East, 1325 South Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY
A conference for writers of all genres, including screenwriters and graphic novel writers. Open to writers in all stages of their career, from aspiring first-time writers to already established writers.
Workshops include one-on-one with agents and publishers to prepare writers for pitch meetings, which are also included in the conference.
When: August 5-7, 2022
Where: Hilton Los Angeles Westside, 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA
A week-long intensive writing workshops, panel discussions and performances in the Rocky Mountains. There will also be opportunities to mix and mingle with editors, literary agents and notable writers who will also be workshop leaders.
When: August 15-21, 2022
Where: Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort, 5346 Highline Drive, Fernie, BC