Thursday, May 25, 2017

61 Fabulous Writing Conferences in June 2017!

June is a great month for writing conferences. It's vacation time for anyone attending school, and with the warm weather and free time, conferences proliferate. (Keep an eye on July!)

I've said it before, and I will say it again - conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer. We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing.

If you miss your perfect conference this year, you may be able to catch it next year. Many conferences are annual events. Planning ahead may also lower the cost, as quite a few conferences offer scholarships and discounts for early bird registrations. (Note: I include conferences that are sold out so you can plan ahead for next year!)

To see a full list of conferences organized by month, as well as links for finding conferences in your area see: Writing Conferences.


Iowa Summer Writing Festival. June- July, 2017, Iowa City. Featuring 138 workshops with 60 instructors. Registrations for weeklong and weekend workshops are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Class size is limited to twelve. It is a good idea to register early.

Bear River Writers’ Conference. June 1 - June 5, 2017: Camp Michigania on Walloon Lake, near Petoskey, Michigan. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, discussions, nature walks, and time to write. The faculty includes Laura Kasischke, Jamaal May, and Richard Tillinghast; fiction writers Nami Mun, Antonya Nelson, and Thisbe Nissen; and creative nonfiction writers Jerry Dennis, Thomas Lynch, and Sue William Silverman.

Clarksville Writers Conference. June 2 - 3, 2017, Clarksville, TN. Two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with the authors, and manuscript consultations.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Summer Fiction Writing Retreat. June 2 - 4, 2017: Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's retreat will focus on generative fiction writing and include two break-out sessions "Transmogrification: Magic and the Body" and "The Most Weird and Practical Dream: Advice on How to Communicate With Strangers, or, Everything I've Learned in the Last 20 Years Cut Down to 2 Hours," plus discussions on kicking writer's block, publishing, and more.

Spring Writing Intensive. June 3, 2017, Annapolis MD. "In this one-day writing intensive, participants will have the opportunity to join other writers for a day devoted to writing instruction, discovery, and inspiration. Working under the guidance of award-winning authors, attendees may select four workshops from seven choices. By choosing from a menu of craft options that will include memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and publishing advice, participants will select the subjects that address their most challenging writing issues and will leave armed with new skills, understanding, and motivation. All levels are welcome." Tuition: $175.

Indiana University Writers’ Conference. June 3 - 7, 2017, Indiana University in Bloomington. The conference features workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as craft classes, readings, and panels for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The cost of the conference is $375, or $625 with a workshop. Lodging and meals are not included; lodging is available in campus dormitories and in the campus hotel. The registration fee is $30; general registration is first come, first served. To attend a workshop, submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry or 15 to 25 pages of prose; admissions are made on a rolling basis.

Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference. June 3 - 9, 2017: Ripton, VT. The Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference is a week-long writers’ conference designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Orion magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program. Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

Bread Loaf Translators' Conference. June 3 - 9, 2017: Ripton, VT. The Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference includes workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft classes, meetings with editors and agents, and readings by faculty and guests. Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

Yale Writers' Conference. June 3 - 13, 2017: New Haven, CT. Visiting Faculty: Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham, Lev Grossman, Claudia Rankine, Edmund White, MG Lord, Sarah Darer Littman Resident Faculty: Kirsten Bakis, Je Banach, Sybil Baker, Marc Fitten, Trey Ellis, and more. Director: Terence Hawkins. Application deadline: April 30, 2017.

Odyssey Writing Workshop. June 5 - July 14, 2017: Manchester, NH. Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Top authors, editors and agents serve as guests, and 59% of graduates go on to professional publication. Application deadline: April 8, 2017.

West Chester University Poetry Conference. June 7 - 11, 2017: West Chester, PA. The conference offers poetry workshops and features a keynote speaker, critical seminars, panel discussions, faculty readings, and an opportunity for participants to have conferences with workshop leaders and resident poets.

Writers @Work Conference. June 7 - 11, 2017, Alta, Utah. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, panel discussions, hikes, and time to write. Choose one of three intensive workshops, conducted by our award-winning faculty, and held at Alta Lodge, an intimate setting in the breath-taking Wasatch Mountains, where writers of all backgrounds gather to share ideas, craft, and fine writing. The cost of the conference is $730, which includes tuition and all meals. Individual consultations with an agent or editor are available for an additional $50. Lodging is available at the Alta Lodge, and ranges from a total of $115 for a shared dorm to $285 for a private room. Registration deadline is May 31.

Books-in-Progress Writers Conference, June 8 - 10, 2017, Lexington, KY. The conference will offer craft & business workshops.  Enjoy small break-out sessions & personal attention. Topics include place, character, revision, marketing your book, children’s literature, and more. The Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference also offers participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their book ideas to literary agents from New York City. Other optional add-ons include a pre-conference retreat on June 2 and one-on-one mini-sessions with bibliotherapist Alison Courtney.

Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium. June 9 - 10, 2017 Richlands, Virginia. Focus: Autobiography/Memoir, Children's, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. Cost: Before May 22, 2016, $60/2 days includes continental breakfasts, Saturday luncheon. Optional college credit available. After May 22, 2016, $70.

Annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference. June 9 - 11, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Features workshops, contests and awards, critique and feedback sessions, and agent and editor speed dates. Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Horror, Journalism, Marketing, Non-fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Young Adult.

West Virginia Writers Conference. June 9 - 11, 2017, Ripley, West Virginia. Author readings, contests and sharing your love of writing with others.

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. June 9 - 11, 2017, Cumberland Gap, TN. Events include workshops, panels, readings, concerts, lectures, open mic, and more. Some of the 2017 guest authors include Mark Powell, Pamela Duncan, Marie Manilla, Jim Minick, Pauletta Hansel, William Wollfitt, Sonja Livingston, and Amy Wright, among others. Wild Ponies, Telisha and Doug Williams, will be our musical keynote. Interesting presentations, panels, readings, music and more.

Idea to Script: Omega Institute. June 9 - 11, 2017, Rhinebeck, NY. "Whether you’re starting with a new idea or working on an adaptation, this screenwriting intensive with Pilar Alessandra takes you from the premise to the page. Learn the nuts and bolts of scriptwriting for features and television with the author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter." Cost: $330.

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. June 9 - 12, 2017, Truchas, New Mexico. The conference features evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers. The cost of the conference is $1,425, which includes lodging and meals. Using the online submission system, submit a brief bio and three to four poems.

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. June 9 - 13, 2017, Homer, Alaska. Daily workshops, panel presentations, readings and craft talks. Costs: $375 ($325 early bird by 5/2). Includes luncheons, opening dinner; manuscript review $65. Post-conference workshop $400.

Get Published Conference. June 10, 2017, Bozeman, Montana. This conference is devoted to book writing, marketing and getting published. Faculty includes experienced writers who share their methods for planning, writing and finishing their books, along with practical marketing and promotional information.

California Crime Writers Conference. June 10 - 11, 2017: Culver City, California. Faculty: William Kent Krueger: Keynote Speaker. Hallie Ephron: Keynote Speaker. "Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America invite emerging and established mystery writers for a weekend of invaluable guidance, insight, and community at the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference. Whether your novel is brewing in your imagination, ready to publish, or you already have several published books under your belt, our workshops, presented by agents, editors, award-winning authors, and crime investigation professionals, are geared to elevate your mystery writing skills and foster relationships on your path to publication and beyond."

Colgate Writers’ Conference. June 11-17, 2017, Hamilton, New York. Morning craft talks & workshops. Individual consultation with workshop instructor in the afternoon. Late afternoon participant readings and talks on publishing, storytelling. Evening readings by instructors & guests. Late night social events. "Bring a story, a book in progress, some poems, or a novel, and work with us on developing narrative strategies, verse techniques, and methods of research. Members of the publishing profession will also be here to discuss marketplace tactics." Application Deadline: April 21, 2017.

Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop. June 11- 16, 2017, Roanoke, Virginia. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft seminars, individual conferences with faculty members, and readings. The faculty includes Fred Leebron (director), Laura Benedict, Pinckney Benedict, Sara Johnson, Barbara Jones, Jeff Kleinman, James McKean, Thorpe Moeckel, Daniel Mueller, and Martin Seay. Cost: $795.

Summer Writing Program 2017: The New Weathers. June 11 - July 1, 2017: Boulder, CO. This is the 43rd Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. "These are urgent days, and a new world is possible––and this world is yet worth struggling for. To face facts with creative and spirited resolve; to see through webs of ignorance and power; to witness and study, and bring a new enlivening energy to being writer and citizen; to work collaboratively; to break open categories of resistance, and creation; to write, and think rhizomatically; to keep your weather eye open, and sing out every time–––these are just some of the modes and tactics we imagine The New Weathers will require. As our beloved friend and co-founder of the Kerouac School, Allen Ginsberg says: “Well, while I’m here I’ll / do the work–– / and what’s the Work? / To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken / dumbshow.”

Interlochen Writer’s Retreat. June 12 - 15, 2017, Interlochen, Michigan. The retreat features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, time to write, one-on-one manuscript consultations, and a dinner. The retreat also offers a practicum on June 17 that includes additional consultations, lectures, and panel discussions on publishing. The faculty includes Faculty: Novel: Mary Kay Zuravleff, Short Story: Desiree Cooper, Memoir: Mardi Jo Link, Personal Essay: Robert Vivian, Poetry: Baron Wormser, Artistic Director: Katey Schultz, Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Ooman, Writer-in-Residence: Teresa Scollon. The cost of the conference is $520. There is an additional practicum. Lodging and meals are not included; lodging on campus is available for discounted rates. Registration is first come, first served.

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. June 12 - 16, 2017, Sandy, Utah. Offers one-, two-, three- and five-day workshops. Morning workshops devoted to individual work; afternoon talks on market, craft, publication; chats w/ editors and agents; keynote; book signing. For those interested, specialized workshops--Boot Camp and Full-Novel classes. Single day programs as well.

Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop. June 13 - 15, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For young writers ages 13-19. "Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from successful authors, you'll have the chance to receive feedback on your work.  We believe that young adults have important stories to tell-so important that we'll place selected manuscripts on the desks of editors from major publishing houses.  Does your story sparkle? Imagine an acquisitions editor from HarperCollins reading your chapters. That’s how book contracts are born."  Cost: $110 - $545 per workshop. Evening keynote addresses are free and open to the public. Please see deadlines for individual workshops.

The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop, June 14 - 18, 2017. Algonkian Park, Virginia. "You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, clear your head, have your work read by our writer mentors, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and discover your vision as a writer. You discuss with us ahead of time via the Algonkian Writer Retreat Application the goals you wish to accomplish, and we'll work with you to make it happen. Do you desire a review? A line edit? Do you wish to discuss the reality of the current fiction market, your novel project, plot and characters, or perhaps get feedback on the opening hook or a few sample chapters? Or would you simply like a relaxed and productive dialogue about your goals as a writer?"

Wesleyan Writers Conference. June 15 - 19, 2016, Middletown, CT. The conference offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as master classes, craft sessions, panel discussions, readings, lectures, and manuscript consultations with agents and editors. The program includes a choice of daily seminars focused on the novel, short story, poetry, and nonfiction (memoir, short- and long-form nonfiction, and journalism). In the afternoon and evening, speakers and panelists include novelists Amy Bloom, Rivka Galchen, Steve Almond, Honor Moore, Lis Harris, Salvatore Scibona, Hirsh Sawhney, Rob Spillman, Elissa Schappell, Sarah B. Moon, Lisa Weinert, and many others. You will meet publishers and editors from large and small presses --from Random House to Akashic, Sarabande, and Europa Editions--as well as literary agents who will offer advice and read manuscripts. Tuition is $850. The conference also offers a one-day program on June 18 for $225, which includes lunch and dinner. Lodging is available on and off campus; on-campus housing is $50 per night or $170 for four nights. A meal plan for the full conference is available for $275. Scholarships and teaching fellowships are available; submit a writing sample of any length, a letter of interest, and résumé by March 24. For general registration, submit a nonrefundable $100 deposit. Deadline: May 26, 2017.

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. June 15 - 18, 2017, Chautauqua, New York. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, panel discussions, individual conferences with faculty members, open mics, and time to write.  The cost of tuition is $475. The fee for lodging in the nearby Athenaeum Hotel, which includes meals, ranges from $343 for college students to $537 for a private room. Registration deadline is May 31.

Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Residency Writers Conference. June 15 - 25, 2017: Forest Grove, Oregon. Writers seeking to deepen their craft and expand their professional community are invited to attend the Residency Writers Conference together with MFA students, faculty and guest speakers. Join us for 10 full days of craft talks, workshops, panels, classes, readings and more featuring some of the best minds of the literary world. This residency is a rare opportunity to engage in sustained and meaningful conversation with others who share your passion for the art of writing.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, June 16 - 18, 2017, West Coast Writers Conferences presents a full weekend of panels, workshops and presentations by educators, noted speakers, and industry professionals focused on the craft and business of writing.

Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention. June 16 - 18, 2017: St. Louis, Missouri. Faculty: Jennifer Geist, Stephanie Hansen, Eileen Dryer, Angie Fox, Cynthia Graham, Ann Leckie, and still adding literary agents, publishers, and authors. Cost: Writer’s Conference: SLWG Member $210; Students/Affiliated Organizations $230; Regular Registration $250; Gateway Con Masterclass $50 per class; Author Hall Rates: SLWG Members $125; Affiliated Organizations $145; Regular Registration $175.

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. June 16 - 18, 2017: Rockaway, New Jersey. Guest of Honor: Vicki Delany,Toastmaster: Mary Jane Maffini, Fan Guest of Honor: David Manfre. Other authors: Jack Getze, Kate Gallison, Ilene Schneider, E. F. Watkins, Roberta Rogow and more. Cost ranges from $75.00 to $250.00.

Poetry at the Frost Farm. June 16 - 18, 2017, Derry, New Hampshire. The retreat offers workshops, readings, and one-on-one consultations for formalist poets. "Join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets."

Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. June 17 - July 15, 2017, Gambier, Ohio. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction led by an accomplished faculty. Genre workshops (Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry) are held for three hours each morning. (See individual workshops for dates.)

Institute for Young Writers. June 17 - 25, 2017, Amherst, MA. For high school students. Daily workshops in poetry, fiction, & nonfiction; interactive craft sessions that include discussions & writing exercises; evening readings by faculty & writers-in-residence. Faculty: Nathan Hill, Rachel Glaser, Harryette Mullen, Paul Lisicky, Timothy Donnelly, Dara Wier, Joy Williams, Stephen Graham Jones, Sam Michel, and Dorothea Lasky. Costs: Adults: $1,550; Young Writers: $1,700; Young Writers includes 3 meals/day. Adult includes lunches, welcome & farewell dinners. Scholarships available.

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 18 – 23, 2017, Santa Barbara, Calif. "Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals."

Aspen Summer Words. June 18 - 23, 2017, Aspen, Colorado. Workshops, panels, and readings in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. "Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain gateway to the literary world. Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent literary conferences, Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week each June. The exceptional faculty and awe-inspiring mountain scenery combine to make this a writing retreat like no other."

Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa. June 18 - 24, 2017: Harrisonburg, Virginia. This Furious Flower Legacy Seminar celebrates and investigates the work of Yusef Komunyakaa, whose career has been marked by creative distinction and critical acclaim. We take its title from his most famous poem, “Facing It,” which is emblematic of Komunyakaa’s style and known for its musicality, muscularity, and fine attention to craft. Featured Writers Include: Lauren K. Alleyne, Michael Collins, Joanne Gabbin, Erica Hunt, Meta DuEwa Jones, Ed Pavlic, Hermine Pinson, Flavia Rocha, Angela Salas. Featured poet is Yusef Komunyakaa, who will perform a public reading on June 23, 2017.

Chesapeake Writers' Conference at St. Mary's College of Maryland. June 18 - 24, 2017: St. Mary's City, Maryland. Intensive workshops in three genres for serious writers at all levels of experience, as well as a multi-genre workshop for high schoolers. Featured Writers Include: Patricia Henley, Matt Burgess, Elizabeth Arnold, Angela Pelster-Wiebe, Matthew Henry Hall, Jerry Gabriel (director).

Clarion West Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop. June 18 - July 18, 2017: Seattle, Washington. Every summer, Clarion West holds an intensive six-week workshop in Seattle’s University District, geared to help you prepare for a professional career as a writer of speculative fiction. Each workshop is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different instructor, a highly regarded author or editor offering their unique perspective on the field. Short fiction is the workshop’s focus, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come prepared to write several new stories, to experiment and take artistic risks, and to give and receive constructive criticism. FULL

Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshops (poetry, fiction, art, and creative nonfiction). June 18 - August 11, 2017, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The faculty includes Mark Adams, Dean Albarelli, Amy Arbus, Richard Baker, Donald Beal, Jill Bialosky, Sophie Cabot Black, Amy Bloom, Linda Bond, Paul Bowen, Elizabeth Bradfield, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina Chang, Martha Collins, Garrard Conley, Adam Davies, Natalie Diaz, Joanne Dugan, Stephen Elliott, Lauren Ewing, Melissa Febos, Maria Flook, Angela Flournoy, Nick Flynn, Julia Glass, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kimiko Hahn and many more. Tuition ranges from $600 to $725.

Manhattanville College Summer Writers' Week. June 19-23, 2017: Purchase, New York. Each day begins with a workshop, then afternoons feature craft panels and events. Evenings feature faculty readings and a keynote reader, and these evening readings are free and open to the public. For an immersive experience, housing is available on campus for workshop participants.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. June 19 - 25, 2017, Bemidji, Minnesota. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. Faculty: Tracy K. Smith - Distinguished Visiting Writer. Elizabeth Bradfield - Poetry. Janice N. Harrington - Poetry. Ravi Howard - Fiction. Ernestine Hayes - Creative Nonfiction. Ander Monson - Creative Nonfiction. Registration deadline: May 1.

Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery, 2017 ASLE Biennial Conference. June 20-24, 2017: Detroit, Michigan. A conference for environmental literature. Special panels and presentations, including one on water + activism in Detroit, a special ASLE-Grant funded walking tour panel, “Articulating Detroit,” and a presentation by the 2015 and 2016 Community Grant winners on their projects.

Western Writers of America Convention. June 21-24, 2017, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Children's, Fiction, Marketing, Non-fiction, Publishing, Young Adult. History presentations at the convention include Cats in the Old West, Border Wars/Law and Order, Mark Twain Literary Contributions, and more. Other sessions will take place related to the craft of writing, book marketing, and research sources and techniques.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 22 - 24, 2017, Jackson Hole, WY. You will have ample opportunity to share your work with a distinguished faculty as well as writers from Massachusetts to Florida, from Texas to Washington.Serious writers pour into Jackson Hole each June looking for a fresh, but critical eye on their work. This event usually has at least 4 agents to pitch.

David R. Collins Writers' Conference. June 22 - 24, 2017: Davenport, Iowa. Develop your writing working with award-winning authors in a variety of genres, and get publishing tips, one-on-one critiques, and pitch a manuscript. "Each workshop is 4.5 hours over three days, 1.5 hours per day. We will be offering five workshops in 2017, including: poetry; nonfiction/memoir; short fiction; the novel; and finding and keeping an agent. We also have a faculty reading followed by an open mic for participants; pitch sessions for writers to present manuscripts to an agent and an independent press; one-on-one manuscript critiques; an author luncheon; and a featured speaker TBA."

7th Historical Novel Society North American Conference. June 22 - 24, 2017: Portland, Oregon. Guests of Honor: Geraldine Brooks, David Ebershoff Pre-Conference Presenters: Gillian Bagwell, David Blixt, Gordon E. Fry, Kate Forsyth, Heather Webb. Registration $475 (members), $550 (nonmembers) includes welcome reception, two breakfasts and lunches, and Saturday evening banquet.

DRC Conference Faculty & Workshops. June 22 - 24, 2017, Davenport, Iowa. Daily workshops, critiques, pitches, evening events, keynote. With five three-day workshops, book pitches with a publisher and an agent, author luncheon, concluding luncheon, free evening faculty reading and keynote address, there’s something for everyone! Register before June 15th to receive the early bird discount.

Algonkian Writer Conference–New York City Pitch. June 22 - 25, 2017, Ripley-Grier Studios in New York City. The conference offers workshops on writing and selling fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts, as well as agent pitch sessions. The faculty includes Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff, Paula Munier and more. The registration fee until June 15, 2017 is $795.00, and $895.00 after that date. This fee covers all conference pitch sessions and workshops.

In Your Write Mind Workshop. June 22 - 25, 2016, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Workshops on writing, editing & pitching; guest speaker presentations. "The 2017 In Your Write Mind workshop is hosted by the Writing Popular Fiction program alumni at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. The genre fiction workshop is a unique opportunity for writers to gather together on the beautiful campus in southwestern Pennsylvania and learn from publishing industry professionals and participate in fiction-writing craft sessions. The publishing industry guests will be available for pitch sessions, lead workshops and participate in a panel discussion for Q&A about the publishing world. The workshop planners are hosting social events after the daily program, including a book signing and reading event at the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, and a costume ball where workshop attendees are free to dress up in “International Persons of Mystery”-themed costumes."

Chuckanut Writers Conference. June 23 - 24, 2017. Bellingham, Washington. Writers conference that includes speakers, panels, breakout sessions, authors' readings, reception with authors, pitch sessions with literary agents, book signings, open mic for attendees. Autobiography/Memoir, Children's, Fiction, Nature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. 

Annual Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific. June 23 –25, 2017, Stockton, California. Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy. Agents and editors will be available for pitch sessions.

Cascade Writers Critique and Pitches. June 23 –25, 2017, Tacoma, WA. Milford-Style critiques, agent pitches and query information, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing, and more. "Join us for our three-day event this June with editors and/or publishers Neil Clarke, Patrick Swenson, and Jaym Gates, agent Michael Carr, and authors Carol Berg, Eva Elasigue, John (J.A.) Pitts, Spencer Ellsworth, Liz Coleman, and Ken Scholes!"

Chicago Writing Workshop. June 24, 2017, Chicago, IL. "This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel, just south of the downtown area. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome." Features over two dozen attending agents.

Publish & Promote Your Book Conference. June 24, 2017, Bronxville, New York. "If you’re ready to find an agent and present your book to the marketplace, come join our community of educators, writers, agents, editors, and publishers at a one day conference designed to help you succeed in your publishing ventures."

Shore Thing Writing Getaway: A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers. June 24, 2017, Atlantic City, NJ. "Join us for this boardwalk-inspired getaway, designed for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Trigger your imagination and compose new work that will surprise and please you. Spend the day immersed in the literary life: discussing writing, doing your own writing and sharing some of your new drafts." Faculty: Peter E. Murphy. Cost: $80.

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley: Poetry Workshop. June 24 - July 1, 2017: Olympic Valley, California. "We work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything. In the mornings we meet in workshops to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours; each participant also has an opportunity to work with each staff poet. In the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft. On several afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences." Registration deadline: March 28, 2017.

The Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. June 30 – July 2, 2017, Austin, Tex. The conference features panels, lectures, networking opportunities, and receptions. Individual manuscript consultations with agents or editors are available. Confirmed Agencies for 2017: Abrams Artists Agency, Aevitas Creative Management, Ayeshe Pande Literary, Curtis Brown Ltd, Empire Literary, Falkin Literary, Folio Literary Management, Fuse Literary, ICM Partners, Pippin Properties, The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency, Regal Hoffman and Associates, Tessler Literary Agency, Serendipity Literary Services, Trident Media Group, and Wolf Literary Services. The cost of the conference is $399/WLT Members, $459/Non-Members.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

4 New Agents Actively Seeking Clients

These four agents are actively seeking clients. John Bowers (Bent Agency) is looking for literary fiction and serious nonfiction. Jocquelle S. Caiby (Serendipity) specializes in fiction for young adults and adults. Katelyn Hales (Robin Straus Agency) in interested in literary fiction, speculative fiction, and nonfiction. Larissa Helena (Pippin Properties) wants picture books, MG, and YA books.

Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.


Katelyn Hales of Robin Straus Agency

About Katelyn: Katelyn Hales is a Junior Agent at the Robin Straus Agency. She joined the agency in 2015 after internships at Writers House, and W. W. Norton & Company. Katelyn works alongside Robin and is also actively building her own list of authors. Prior to working in publishing, Katelyn was a modern dancer in NYC for a number of years. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives in Brooklyn

What she is seeking: She is acquiring both adult fiction and nonfiction. Katelyn is interested in literary and character driven science fiction and speculative fiction, upmarket and literary fiction, as well as books on pop culture, current affairs, and narrative non-fiction or memoirs with unusual and fresh perspectives. She is always drawn to the taboo, comedy/satire, and women in space.

How to submit: Please send a query letter to with contact information, an autobiographical summary, a brief synopsis or description of your book project, submission history, and information on competition. If you wish, you may also include the opening chapter of your manuscript.

John Bowers of Bent Agency

About John: Before joining the Bent Agency, John worked in literary scouting, where he read fiction and non-fiction and recommended titles for foreign publishing and film/TV adaptation. He now helps handle the Bent Agency’s foreign rights and is also building a list of literary fiction and serious non-fiction for adults.

He is seeking: Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction along the lines of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and anything in the tradition of titans like Flannery O’Connor. I would also love to see idea-driven science fiction such as Ursula K. Le Guin's THE DISPOSSESSED, dystopian fiction such as Nick Harkaway's THE GONE-AWAY WORLD and stories that make the world feel dystopian, like Kurt Vonnegut's classic, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-5.

For non-fiction, I’m interested in narrative non-fiction in the vein of Beth Macy’s FACTORY MAN and sweeping historical non-fiction like RIVER OF DOUBT and KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST. I’m open to projects that engagingly distill topics regarding culture, media theory, finance, and popular science much in the way of Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell’s acclaimed works. I’m deeply intrigued by stories that help us better understand our world and anything that sets forth strong characters, edgy and expansive themes, and new perspectives.

How to submit: Email Tell him briefly who you are, about your book, and why you're the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).


Jocquelle S. Caiby of Serendipity

About Jocquelle: Jocquelle is a Junior Agent and Literary Assistant. With degrees in both English literature and sociology, her specialties are project management and editorial development. She is currently looking to acquire her own projects with the goal of championing creativity and diversity, and building fresh, new voices into commercial and literary powerhouses.

What she is seeking: Jocquelle specializes in young adult fiction, gravitating mostly towards the subgenres of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror. She loves stories that take her on an adventure with vividly imagined and well developed characters, and is particularly struck by stories that surprise her with shocking plot twists and gasp-inducing revelations. For adult fiction, she is primarily interested in literary and historical fiction, as well as novels with an anthropological bent. Her interests in nonfiction include mind/body/spirit titles, professional wrestling, and mental health projects.

How to submit: Use Serendipity's online form.


Larissa Helena of Pippin Properties

About Larissa: Larissa has held positions at Fantástica Rocco and Hachette Livre. She has worked on translation projects for books by Laura Ruby, Derek Landy, and Maureen Johnson.

What she is seeking: Picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. "We are always on the lookout for writers and illustrators who take the challenge of creating books seriously and are willing to give the publishing world nothing less than their very best."

How to submit: Send the first chapter of your novel with a short synopsis of the work to

Thursday, May 18, 2017

21 Magazines That Pay for Travel Writing

Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA
If you like to travel, you are in luck, because lots of magazines want to hear about your trips. And, as a bonus, they are perfectly willing to pay to get your insights, print your photos, share your adventures.

In addition to these magazines, many newspapers include travel sections. Check your local paper to see if the editors are interested in travel articles. Many are happy to accept features, especially those about your locale.

For additional magazines that pay (some quite handsomely) see: Paying Markets


Go World Travel Magazine covers world travel in more than 90 countries. "We’re looking for honest, down-to-earth descriptive writing. We’re not interested in a laundry list of things you saw and did; rather, we look for vivid descriptions, lively anecdotes and straightforward language that shows a sense of curiosity and interest in the destination. Go World Travel is written from an international perspective. Our readers are travel lovers from North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and around the globe." Length: Up to 1,600 words. Payment: $30 to $40 per story/photo essay upon publication.

Big Grey Horse  All things Texas! Blog posts require that you visit the location. Sources are required for each piece. All blog posts are written in first person. Photos are required. You must be a Texas resident and familiar with the state. Length: 600 to 1,000 words. Payment: $125-$200.

Desert Times wants stories about the deserts of North America and the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there. They prefer writers to also submit photos. Payment: $50.

Trailer Life is a monthly magazine for RV enthusiasts. They cover travel destinations (unlimited), outdoor activities, technical trailer info, and DIY projects for trailers. They also purchase photos. Payment: $75 - $700, depending on the type of submission.

AFAR. "AFAR’s mission is to inspire and guide travelers who seek to connect with people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. AFAR knows that the best travel adventures often happen when you step off the beaten track or open yourself to the unexpected. So, while other travel magazines tell their stories through itineraries, AFAR tells its stories through people, allowing readers to explore authentic local cultures from the inside out." Payment: Negotiated.

Great Escape Publishing publishes articles on the craft and business of getting paid to travel, whether by writing, photography, tours or other means. "We also publish short interviews with successful readers and members, as well as professionals working in a field that enables our readers to get paid to travel. We do not publish straight travel pieces." Payment: $50-$75 for articles requested for the website, $100-$150 for interviews and personal stories, and $150-$200 for articles with specific income advice a reader can print and follow to earn more income.

Ensemble Vacations® is a national, consumer travel and lifestyle magazine published by Ensemble Travel® Group for its member agencies, including American Express Canada and Uniglobe Eastern Canada. Each issue of the magazine is focused on specific destinations, timed to coincide with Canadian consumer purchasing patterns. Payment: Competitive.

101 Holidays is a UK-based publication that covers world-wide travel. Themes include Honeymoon destinations, singles destinations (by month), family holidays, where's hot, and where to take a short break. Payment: £50 - £100 per article.

Adventure Motorcycle (ADVMoto) is a bi-monthly magazine "showcasing courageous people on inspiring rides around the world, both on road and off. Feature articles and Ride Reports tell the personal stories of riders overcoming challenges and adversity on their rides. Every issue also includes rider, reader and industry profiles, news and reviews, bike reviews, event reports and book/DVD reviews." Photos required. Payment: $150 and up.

Rider Magazine is written for the most mature, affluent and discerning readers in motorcycling. They are mostly experienced motorcycle enthusiasts. Photos required. They buy everything from full-length features to short posts. Payment: $200 and up.

International Living’s Daily Postcards. "If you’re an expat living overseas, we want to hear from you. Imagine you’re talking to your friends back home. What do you want to tell them about your experience overseas? What are the most important things you can tell someone about your life in another country." Payment: $75.

BootsnAll! The BootsnAll community loves independent travel no matter what form it takes. Payment: Feature articles pay $50.

The Expeditioner. "Just get back from a trip and have a great travel story you want to share with the world? Love to write about travel and want to inspire others? Our articles tend to be first-person narratives of all lengths and sizes (anywhere from 1,200 words and up). Once in a while, but not so much anymore, we also publish “Top 10” pieces, location overviews and other types of non-narrative pieces. We only require that your piece be interesting, informative and inspiring for future travelers." Payment: $30.

Verge Magazine. "Verge is the magazine for people who travel with purpose. It explores ways to get out and see the world by volunteering, working and studying overseas. Our readers are typically young (17-40 years), or young at heart, active, independent travellers who want to do something different and make a difference doing it. Some are seasoned travellers who have seen a good part of the world. Many are contemplating overseas travel for the first time and want to do it in a meaningful way." Payment: Not specified.

Transitions Abroad publishes "inspirational yet practical planning guides for cultural immersion travel, work, study, living, and volunteering abroad." They are looking for first-hand experience geared to readers who travel to immerse themselves abroad while respecting the culture and land of the people whose countries are being visited (while preferably spending money that benefits local economies directly). Payment: 7 cents/word.

Desert USA is an Internet-based, regional publication, focusing on travel, wildlife, geology, desert lore, cultural and natural history related to the North American Desert regions. "The main editorial focus of is travel in the North American Desert and surrounding regions. A strong emphasis in natural and cultural history is a major theme in our website and a popular interest to readers. Adventure, desert lore, photo essays, events, southwest arts & crafts are also consistently represented in our editorial. We have over 6000 pages online now, use our search engine to see what we already have on the site. We are only interested in new material." Payment: $50.

Alaska Airlines is looking for writing with vivid visual images, anecdotes and a strong narrative flow. "We are interested in writers who can cover business with insight and style; local writers who can lend inside perspective to our destination and travel columns; journalists who write with a sense of humor, though we do not publish a humor column." Payment: Rates begin at $150 to $250 for short articles in the Journal section (200 to 600 words); $150 for business shorts (500 words); $500 for columns (1,600 words); and $700 for features (2,000 to 2,500 words). Expenses, if agreed to in advance, are paid on invoice.

Horizon Edition Magazine is the monthly in-flight magazine for Horizon Air, reaching more than 574,000 travelers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Western Canada and Baja, Mexico, each month. Our target audience is business and leisure travelers, the majority of whom are between the ages of 35 and 54. "We look for writing with vivid images, anecdotes and a strong narrative flow. We are always looking for writers of national-magazine caliber, who can cover business and travel with style and insight. Horizon Edition Magazine is 80 percent freelance written." Payment: Rates begin at $100 for The Region section, a series of short (200 to 500 words) news articles and profiles from around the Pacific Northwest. Rates for departments, which may include corporate and industry profiles, regional-issue analysis, and travel and community profiles, start at $250; departments run about 1,600 words in length. Feature rates start at $450 for 2,000 to 2,500 words.

Wanderlust is a British travel magazine. They accept proposals from freelance writers, but not many. Payment: Current rates (as of 01/06/10) for most magazine features are £220 per 1,000 published words. Unless otherwise agreed, the fee is based on printed, not submitted, words. Fact pages are paid at £90 per page (approx 750 words) pro-rated. Fees for other sections (including Pocket Guides, Dispatches and interviews) are set per-article rates, agreed on commissioning.

Smarter Travel accepts multi-page slideshows and both short- and feature-length stories on a range of consumer travel topics, including booking strategies, saving money, avoiding scams, packing tips, best places to go, travel tech, travel trends, and travel tips that represent all kinds of travelers and travel experiences. "We also publish destination content, but prefer thematic round-ups that highlight multiple destinations (for example, “Europe’s Cheapest Cities,” “Destinations You Have to See To Believe,” and “Beaches That Should Be on Your Bucket List”). Occasionally, we’ll publish single destination stories, but those tend to be based on either hot/popular destinations or places that embody the notion of discovery (think “secret,” “surprising,” or “lesser-known” places)." Payment: $500 for long-form articles and multi-page slideshows, and $100 to $250 for shorter posts.

Journeywoman is a travel resource for women. "Do you have a female-centered travel experience you'd like to share? Women travellers as well as travel writers often gift us with select stories they would like to see published at the site." Payment: $35.00 honorarium for articles. (No payment for "gifted" stories.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3 New Agents Seeking Writers NOW

Here are three new agents actively building their lists. Blair Wilson (Park Literary & Media) is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics.

Joanna MacKenzie (Nelson Literary) is seeking  literary-leaning projects with commercial potential, thrillers, mysteries, women's fiction, and YA coming of age stories.

Sarah Bedingfield (Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency) is interested in most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction.

Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.


Blair Wilson of Park Literary & Media

About Blair: Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a focus on literature and theory, Blair has fallen in love with the voices of new and emerging authors.

She is a native of North Carolina, and in her spare time can be found teaching embroidery classes at the American Folk Art Museum, testing out a new cookbook, or settling in for a night of Hammer horror movies.

She is Seeking: Blair is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics.

How to Submit: Send your query and accompanying materials to Put “Blair Wilson” as well as the category and genre of your book (i.e. “Blair Wilson – YA Fantasy”) in the subject line of the email. All materials must be in the body of the email.

For all fiction submissions, include a query letter and the first chapter or approximately the first ten pages of your work. For non-fiction submission, send a query letter, proposal, and one sample chapter or approximately ten pages.


Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency

About Joanna
: Joanna joined the Nelson Literary Agency at the start of 2017 following a tenure at a Chicago-based literary agency where she successfully placed numerous manuscripts that have gone on to become critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling novels. She represents a wide-range of writers, from YA (Kristen Simmons) and romance (Shana Galen) to mysteries and thrillers (John Galligan). Joanna loves working with authors who embrace the full publishing process (read: love revisions) and is committed to the stories her clients want to tell both with the words they put on paper, as well as with the careers the build. At the Nelson Literary Agency, Joanna is looking to expand her list in both adult and YA.

She is Seeking: Joanna is looking for literary-leaning projects with commercial potential and epic reads that beat with a universal heart (think The Secret History or The Namesake or Geek Love). In particular, she’s drawn to smart and timely women’s fiction as well as absorbing, character-driven mysteries and thrillers –Tana French is a particular favorite. She has a weird obsession with, what she calls, “child in jeopardy lit” and can’t get enough kick-ass mom heroines—she’d love to find the next Heather Gudenkauff. On the YA side, she’s interested in coming of age stories that possess a confident voice and characters she can’t stop thinking about (Morgan Matson is on her forever shelf).

How to Submit: Send a query via email to Please remember:

In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your project. This will help ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted or caught in our spam filter.

In the body of your email, include a one-page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript.
No attachments Because of virus concerns, emails with attachments are deleted unread.


Sarah Bedingfield of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency

About Sarah: Prior to joining LGR in 2016, Sarah began her publishing career in trade fiction editorial at Crown and Hogarth. There, she worked with a range of bestselling and award-winning novels, including The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis, Han Kang’s Human Acts and Man Booker International Prize winning debut The Vegetarian, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Sarah hails from North Carolina, where she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and English. Her favorite authors include Sarah Waters, Shirley Jackson, Matthew Thomas, Maria Semple, Emily St. John Mandel, Erin Morgenstern, and Victor Hugo.

She is Seeking: Sarah is seeking most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction, especially novels that show powerful imagination, compulsive plotting, and unique voices. Epic family dramas, cross-genre narratives with notes of magical realism, darkly Gothic stories that may lead to nightmares, and twisty psychological suspense are among her favorite things to read. A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train, cry in public, or desperately seek help.

How to Submit: Please send queries to Query should include a brief synopsis and bio, as well as the first fifty pages of your novel.

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