Events

Writing conferences and literary events from the United States, Canada, and beyond including centers and virtual offerings.

Explore Your Wild at the Elk River Writers Workshop

2020 Elk River Writers Workshop FlierThe Elk River Writers Workshop embodies the idea that deep, communal experiences with the wild open the door to creativity. We bring together some of the most celebrated nature writers in the U.S. with students who are serious about fostering a connection with the environment in their writing, all under the big Montana skies. Rolling application deadline. Offering full refunds for coronavirus-related cancellations. elkriverwriters.org

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2020 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference: Words. Water. Woods: Write on the River.

Spend the first week of summer on the St. Mary’s River! The 9th Annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference offers an immersive experience featuring daily workshops with accomplished faculty in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and songwriting; a diverse schedule of craft talks, lectures, panels, and readings; a youth workshop for high school students; and a Teachers’ Seminar for educators. All levels welcome. www.smcm.edu/events/chesapeake-writers-conference/

**They are monitoring the current situation and are optimistic they will be able to host the June conference as planned. A final decision will be made this month.**

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Event :: Summer 2020 Writers Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

They are monitoring the current situation, but are hopeful the Summer Writers Institute will be able to happen as planned. This annual event brings together many of St. Louis’ finest writers to share their expertise with students who are serious about developing their writing. This year celebrates their 25th anniversary. The Institute is an intensive two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, and personal narrative. Deadline to register is July 16. The Institute will run July 17 through 31. summerschool.wustl.edu/summer-writers-institute

Words. Water. Woods: Write on the River.

**The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference is keeping a close eye on the current situation and as of now still plans on holding their annual June conference.**

Spend the first week of summer on the St. Mary’s River! The 9th Annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference offers an immersive experience featuring daily workshops with accomplished faculty in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and songwriting; a diverse schedule of craft talks, lectures, panels, and readings; a youth workshop for high school students; and a Teachers’ Seminar for educators. All levels welcome. www.smcm.edu/events/chesapeake-writers-conference/

View the full April eLitPak here.

Learn Online with Carve Magazine

Carve Online Writing ClassesBesides being both an online and print literary magazine, Carve also offers online writing classes and online workshops. Did you know that?

They currently offer two writing classes on the Wet Ink platform: Short Story Writing: Fundamentals and Short Story Writing Techniques. Theses classes both run five weeks and are held multiple times during the year.

Fundamentals consists of five lessons: Character & Plot, Point of View, Dialogue, Inner Monologue, and Description.

  • June 15 – July 19
  • August 24 to September 27

Techniques consists of five lessons: Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similes, Rhythm & Pacing, and Threading.

  • May 11 – June 14
  • July 20 – August 23
  • September 28 – November 1

Their Online Writing Workshop is devoted to editing for short stories or essays. This is a 10-week course where you get one-on-one attention from a Carve editor. Their next workshops start on June 1 and September 14.

Event :: Summer Writers Institute Celebrates 25 Years

Registration Deadline: July 16, 2020
Event Dates: July 17 – July 31, 2020; Washington University in St. Louis
The Summer Writers Institute is excited to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. We are known for bringing together adult writers of all levels to work with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format. Our intensive two-week program features workshops in fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, and personal narrative. Whether this is your first foray into the writing life or the next step in honing your craft, we look forward to welcoming you in St. Louis this summer! summerschool.wustl.edu/summer-writers-institute

Event :: Driftwood Press Erasure Poetry Seminar

Event Location: Online Only
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
Applications are now open for the “Erasure Poetry” seminar! This seminar is offered completely online. The “Erasure Seminar” is perfect for poets looking to explore the history and techniques behind erasure poetry. Deadline to join is April 30th, and all students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Event :: Driftwood Press Online Editors & Writers Seminar

Event Location: Online Only
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
Applications are now open for the “Editors & Writers: The Path to Publication” seminar. This is offered entirely online. The “Editors & Writers: The Path to Publication” seminar is perfect for short fiction writers who are submitting to magazines; come see the process and the craft from an editor’s point of view. Deadline to join the class is April 30th, and all students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

2020 Writing & Literary Event Updates

With the uncertainty around the world and each country doing their best to respond to COVID-19 and stop the spread of the virus, many events are being postponed or cancelled. I have compiled a list of events that have updated their sites or social media with this information. I will update this post along with our Guide to Writing Conferences & Events when I find new ones. Know of any that need to be added to the list? Please contact us.

Arizona

Tucson Festival of Books – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

University of Arizona Poetry Center – Cancelling events through May 15

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing – Events postponed or cancelled through April 8

Arkansas

Six Bridges Book Festival – Postponed until fall, dates TBA Continue reading “2020 Writing & Literary Event Updates”

The Writer’s Hotel Postpones June All-Fiction Writers Conference

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Writer’s Hotel has decided to postpone its annual summer NYC All-Fiction Writers Conference. The event was originally going to take place June 3-9, but is now slated for October 14-20. The application deadline is now August 9. Follow The Writer’s Hotel on social media for updates on their events.