As the COVID-19 pandemic still lingers in 2021, much of our daily routines have turned virtual. This year, writers’ conferences and workshops continue to hold their events online. There are still many opportunities for writers to develop their craft and stay in touch with the writing community.
We’ve compiled a list of some conferences and webinars in North America to watch out for this year.
Check out these writers’ conferences you can attend from home, as we continue to keep everyone safe.
The SCWC provides practical guidance for emerging and veteran writers, regardless of the publication path they choose. With read and critique sessions, craft and execution workshops, and business and alternative workshops, attendees can expect to learn practical guides to publishing.
There will also be one-on-one consultations and cyber mixers.
Presented by Arizona State University, the conference will feature presenters from the university’s own faculty of award-winning authors. There will be over 50 events with craft talks and workshops that cover various genres.
Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This year’s program will focus on popular genres and behind-the-scenes looks into the children’s publishing industry.
Featuring interviews, keynote speakers, a behind the scenes tour of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing division, genre breakout sessions, a mock acquisition meeting and more, this conference is for writers and illustrators wanting a deep dive into the children’s publishing world.
An event for writers, teachers, students, editors and publishers of contemporary creative writing. With speakers, a book fair, and the opportunity for writers to meet literary agents, this conference is open to all ages and anyone involved in the publishing industry.
Presented by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, an educational organization that supports the arts across disciplines. The online writers retreat will allow writers to develop their craft, explore their voice and workshop their manuscripts with their peers and a distinguished faculty.
For writers of mysteries, thrillers and crime fiction. If you’re a new writer in the said genres, or simply want to sharpen your skills, there will be presenters speaking on techniques for writing in these genres, as well as a live Shark Tank-style critique session with a panel of agents and editors.
Presented by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. All sessions will be streamed virtually, and available for free viewing after. There will also be speed-dating type sessions with agents and editors to pitch your ideas.
The CAC’s headliner this year is Cathy Ace, whoseCait Morgan Mysteries has been optioned for TV. This year’s master classes and workshops haven’t been announced yet. Check the website for more details.
For writers of creative nonfiction. The program for the 2021 CNFC Conference is still a work in progress. But as with past years, expect to see conversations and workshops on developing the craft of creative nonfiction.
In the meantime, they also host monthly webinars on diverse topics.
Typically held in Brampton, Canada, the festival celebrates underrepresented authors and storytellers from around the world. This year’s festival will take place virtually, with panel discussions, workshops and networking events for writers in all stages of their career.
Presented by Stony Brook University. Choose from workshops or lecture series. Workshops allows participants to develop their writing with designated faculty. Lecture series feature craft-oriented panels, salons and night readings.
Don’t have time to write? This conference is for time-crunched writers who quote the oft-repeated phrase, “I don’t have time to write.” The 10 Minute Novelists conference will teach the art of creating productive and efficient writing time.