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Welcome to our list of Events, Conventions, Conferences, and workshops. This page will be updated as information is received. If you would like your conference or convention added to the page, please email pamackerson@adcmagazine.com with the information. Thank you.

 

This list was taken from a couple of websites.

2017

 

Digital Book World Conference, New York, NY, Jan 17-19, 2017

Digital Book World  brings together 1500 professionals focused on developing, building and transforming their organizations to compete in the new digital publishing environment.

 

Book’d, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 2, 2017

Book’d “The Ultimate Bibliophiles’ Night Out” is a literary event that treats book lovers to an evening of mystery, romance and YA author readings and discussion, bookish giveaways, and a catered mingling reception.

 

Coastal Magic Convention, Daytona, Beach, FL, Feb. 2-5, 2017

Jennifer Morris This convention is for readers and writers of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Romance.

 

AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair, Washington, DC, Feb. 8-11, 2017

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) This conference celebrates authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers and small press publishers. 

 

PubWest Conference, Portland, OR, Feb. 9-11, 2017

PubWest PubWest is a trade association of small and medium-sized book publishers, printers, graphic designers, binderies, and editorial and marketing companies.

 

Fun In The Sun Conference (Cruise), sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Feb. 16-20, 2017

Florida Romance Writers   5-night writers’ conference/cruise with Royal Caribbean to Cozumel, Mexico.

 

Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island, GA, Feb. 16-18, 2017

There are about 20 workshops on writing, business and marketing - includes a free Reader’s Festival with authors, readings, and book signings.

 

SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, FL, Feb.23-16, 2017

Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter The organization presents a regular four-day conference that features panels, agent and editor appointments, manuscript critiques, and a short story contest.

 

Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA, Mar. 4, 2017

Augusta Richmond Public Library The Festival features author panel discussions, book signings and writing workshops.

 

RTS 2017 - Romancing the Smokies  March 16-18, 2017 (We'll be there)

https://romancingthesmokies.com/about

About Romancing the Smokies: Romancing the Smokies is an elegant luncheon for readers and authors alike.

 

London Book Fair, London, England, Mar. 14-16, 2017

Reed Exhibitions Books and Publishing Group International exhibition hosting publishing professionals from around the world, this is a global marketplace for rights negotiation. The fair includes 250+ seminars and events and hosts 2,000+ exhibitors and boasts an attendance of 24,000+.

 

Left Coast Crime Annual Mystery Convention, Honolulu, HI, Mar. 16-19, 2017

Left Coast Crime This event is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, for mystery fans.

 

Create Something Magical Conference, Iselin, NJ, Mar. 18 & 19, 2017

Liberty States Fiction Writers This multi-genre fiction writing group hosts a conference featuring workshops and panels that address the craft and business of writing as well as engage readers.

 

Norwescon 40, Seatac, WA, Apr. 13-16, 2017

Norwescon Norwescon features over 500 hours of panel programming presented by more than 200 panelists, covering subjects as science fiction, fantasy, science, costuming, art, writing, genre television, and movies.

 

BDSM Writers Con, Everett, WA, Mar. 23-26, 2017

This conference provides writers and readers with the ability to discover the complexities of dominance and submission through workshops, live demos, and fascinating hands-on experiences.

 

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, Atlanta, GA, May 2-7, 2017

RT Book Reviews There are approximately 5 to 6 workshops or panels scheduled for each Romance subgenre plus craft workshops, hands-on workshops, business workshops and 8 sessions on self-publishing. 

 

DFW Writers Conference, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, May 7, 2017

DFW Writers Workshop The conference features agent pitch sessions, classes, workshops, and NEW a one-day writing seminar for teens ages  13 to 17. 

 

BookExpo America, New York, NY, May 31-Jun 2, 2017

BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America.

 

Desert Dreams Writers Conference, Phoenix, AZ, June 1-4, 2017.

Desert Rose RWA invites you to attend their bi-annual 4-day writer’s conference. The conference features editors and agents, workshops, and a public book sale.

 

California Crime Writers Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 10 & 11, 2017.

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America Geared toward emerging and established mystery and crime fiction writers, the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference includes workshops, presentations, and sessions with agents, editors, award-winning authors, publishing industry insiders, and crime investigation professionals.

 

Mystery Writers Key West Fest, Key West, FL, June 16-18, 2017

Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will gather to the island where Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found their inspiration. 

 

HNS Conference, Portland, OR, Jun. 22-24, 2017

Historical Novel Society The society has over 900 members worldwide including authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and general readers. 

 

Dublin Writers’ Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 23-25, 2017

Advanced Social Media Services, LTD. The Dublin Writers’ Conference is the first and so far only conference in Dublin, aimed at attracting writers as an audience and promoting Dublin as a cultural destination for authors from around the world. 

 

ThrillerFest XI, New York, NY, July 11-15, 2017

International Thriller Writers A celebration of thriller books, the authors who write them, and the fans who read them

 

Readercon 28, Quincy, MA, July 13-16, 2017

Readercon Readercon is an annual conference devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.”  Although modeled on “science fiction conventions,” there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. 

 

A Weekend with the Authors July 14-16, 2017 (We'll be there)

www.aweekendwiththeauthors.com

Enjoy a special weekend with your favorite romance authors!

 

RWA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, July 26-29, 2017

Romance Writers of America Join more than 2,100 published and aspiring romance writers, editors, agents, and other industry professionals. 

 

Digipalooza, Cleveland, OH, Aug. 2-4, 2017

OverDrive Digipalooza is a conference for partner libraries that offers education and networking geared toward increasing circulation of digital audiobooks, eBooks, music and video.

 

Ottawa Romance Convention, Ottawa/Kanata, Canada, August 3-5, 2017

Eve Langlais The convention will feature workshops, panels, events,  a chance to meet and interact with authors, and a book signing.  

 

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Corte Madera, CA, Aug. 10-13, 2016

Book Passage This four-day Conference offers writing and photography workshops in the morning, afternoon panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations.

 

 Writers’ Police Academy, Green Bay, WI, Aug. 10-13, 2017

The Writers’ Police Academy offers the hands-on, interactive, and educational experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. The event features police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy.

 

When Words Collide Festival, Delta Calgary South, Alberta, Aug. 11-13, 2017

When Words Collide When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry. 

 

Writer’s Digest Conference, New York, NY, Aug.18-20, 2017

Writer’s Digest The conference features sessions about writing, publishing, marketing and more, as well as the 3-hour Agent Slam with 60 professional agents.

 

DragonCon,  Sep.1-4, 2017, Atlanta, GA

DragonCon.org DragonCon is a multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film.

 

Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA, Sep. 7-10, 2017

Book Passage Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published, and authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. 

 

International Women’s Fiction Festival, Matera, Italy, Sep. 28-30, 2017

Women’s Fiction Festival The WFF is the only literary festival dedicated to women’s  fiction in Europe.  The festival is for the published and unpublished and features master classes, creative writing labs, and a translation competition.

 

Moonlight & Magnolias Conference, Peachtree Corners, GA, Sep. 28 – Oct. 1, 2017

Georgia Romance Writers The conference features over 35 workshops including “Digital Track” workshops (small press, e-publishing, self-publishing, backlist publishing).

 

Indie Romance Convention, Lebanon, TN, Oct. 4-7, 2017

The Indie Romance Convention is designed to fit the needs of indie authors. In addition, the event is open to readers, bloggers, editors, and cover artists.

 

The Heartland Fall Forum, Lombard, IL, Oct. 11-13, 2017

Midwest Booksellers Association, Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association This is the largest regional trade show in the country to serve the independent book selling market.

 

Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 11-15, 2017

Frankfurter Buchmesse The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers and authors. 

 

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention 2017, Toronto, ON, Canada, Oct. 12-15, 2017

Bouchercon is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. 

 

Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author Conference, Manchester, NH, Oct.13 & 14, 2017

Ashlyn Chase Fall in Love with New England is group of authors who want to have fun with readers. Conference fee includes workshops and author panels, dinner and lunch buffet, author and reader apple social, bobbing for baskets, Yankee toss up, Friday evening Halloween costume contest and prizes, and free admission to Saturday’s book signing.

 

Emerald City Writers’ Conference, Bellevue, WA, Oct. 13-15, 2017

Greater Seattle Romance Writers Emerald City is the largest regional romance writing conference in the West.  There are editor and agent guests, workshops and master classes.

 

Mad Anthony Writers Conference

WriteLikeMad.com Learn from the experts and network with a community of writers in presentations and workshops. Pitch, query, manuscript, and website critiques are available, too.

 

Kauai Writers Conference

Kauai Writers  Polish your writing skills while increasing your chances of publication by working top authors, agents and editors…in Hawaii. Pitch sessions and Advance Critique Sessions are also available. Attendance is limited to 150 participants.

 

Show Me Writers Masterclass

The Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and Mizzou Publishing Special guests discuss how to market to a larger audience; a round table session with mentors; agent and editor meetings; book signing. 

 

NAIBA Fall Conference

New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association NAIBA is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information among independently owned bookstores. 

 

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

The conference features Agent/Editor/Producer interviews, workshops and the Blue Pencil Cafe (have a sample of your work critiqued on the spot).

 

Reader & Author Conference

Midwestern Book Lovers Unite MBLU is a reader author convention with emphasis on readers. Events include a Mimosa Breakfast, a multi-author book signing, and a Supernatural Soiree.

 

15th Annual Florida Writers Conference

Florida Writers Association This is a three-day event, where members find agents, meet publishers, and get the scoop on the industry.

 

Shameless Book Con

Shameless Book Club  is a get-together for romance book readers and anyone who wants to meet their favorite romance authors. The event features a VIP reception, a Books-a-Million pop-up shop, book signings, and a costume ball. 

 

West Virginia Book Festival

Kanawha County Public Library The Festival brings people and books together in a two-day event celebrating West Virginia writers. 

 

22nd Annual Women Writing the West Conference

Women Writing the West The conference features workshops and presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners. 

 

KidLitCon

Kidlitosphere Central The conference features presentations, panels, and keynote speakers for bloggers who focus on children and young adult literature and who generally feature book reviews, interviews, and reading news on their websites. 

 

RomCon

RomCon – Where Romances Rules RomCon is a conference for romance authors and readers and features over 80 events including opportunities for authors and readers to interact face-to-face.

 

Master Class Conference

Novelists, Inc. Novelists, Inc. is devoted exclusively to the needs of published authors and concentrates its efforts on the business of the business for career novelists.   Speakers at the Master Class Conference will address business, craft, creativity, marketing and sales.

 

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention

Bouchercon is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. The convention brings together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community: readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction.

 

Colorado Gold Conference

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers The conference typically hosts over 60 writer workshops, 5 master classes and visiting agents and editors.

 

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival is an annual, free book festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia at several venues located in and around the downtown Decatur Square. Authors give readings, talks, and panel discussions. The event is free and open to the public.

 

HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers

Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. The three-day conference includes breakout sessions, panels, readings, networking time, social events and optional add-on workshops and pitch sessions.

 

HWA Conference

Historical Writers of America The conference features workshops for fiction and nonfiction, research, the submission process, the road to publication, networking opportunities including a keynote luncheon and dinner, theme receptions, and collaboration and brain-storming sessions. 

 

ACFW Annual Conference

American Christian Fiction Writers Workshops for writers are designed with five different experience levels in mind.  The event includes Early Bird and Post Conference sessions. 

 

 Spring Fling Writers’ Conference

Chicago-North Romance Writers The conference is a weekend of keynote speeches, workshops, panels, publishing spotlights, pitch appointments with editors and agents, a public book signing, librarian and bookseller brunch, and entertainment.

 

ASJA 46th Annual Writers Conference

The American Society of Journalists and Authors More than 80 workshops and panels, this conference is geared toward non-fiction and fiction freelance writers.

 

Romance Novel Convention

Jimmy Thomas The five-day, all inclusive conference features classes, a costume ball, a book fair and more. 

 

21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference

Initiated by Lionel Bender of Bender Richardson White (UK), the conference is designed for authors, writers, illustrators, artists, educational/magazine/nonfiction publishers, and book creation houses.  The goal is to provide opportunities to find work, build business connections, and to use skills and creativity to create great nonfiction products for children. 

 

Printers Row Lit Fest

Chicago Tribune The Printers Row Lit Fest is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.  More than 200 booksellers from across the country display new, used, and antiquarian books, and more than 200 authors participate in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs. 

 

IDPF DigiCon

International Digital Publishing Forum IDPF DigiCon is for executives and professionals in the publishing industry.  Topics include retail, education, online communities, international, mobile, data, websites, content (ebook) usage, digital platforms, EDUPUB, EPUB 3 as well as audio formats, accessible publishing, subscription (domestic and international), data, interactive fiction, rights and licensing.

 

The SC Book Festival

The Humanities Council of South Carolina The festival presents authors, poets, and scholars to the readers and writers of South Carolina free of charge.  Workshops are also available for a fee. 

 

 The Write Stuff Writers Conference

Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group The conference features interactive sessions with authors, editors and agents.

 

 Aloha Romance Writer Rendezvous

Rachel Daven Skinner This retreat is limited to ten romance authors, offering an opportunity to write in an idyllic retreat setting plus three available workshops with professional editors. In addition, all participants are eligible to attend the Military Appreciation Romance Reader Rendezvous at no extra cost.

 

Scribes Night Out

Scribes Night Out – South Florida State College This conference is for writers of all skill levels and will feature publishing reps, agents, writers and other industry professionals in workshops and networking opportunities.

 

Hot Mojave Knights

Hot Mojave Knights is a romance reader event where readers of all kinds of romance can interact with favorite authors and meet new ones.