Thursday, January 2, 2014

Writers' Conferences & Book Festivals in North America in 2014

by Jodie Renner, editor, author, speaker

As I do several times a year, I've compiled a list of writers' conferences and book festivals in North America, this one for all of 2014. I'll continue to update it with new conferences and dates as I find out about them, so check back regularly. Please let me know if I’ve missed any and I’ll add them to the list. Be sure to give me the name of the conference, the date(s), location, and website URL. Thanks!

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Jan. 10-11, 2014 – FWA's Mid-Winter Conference West and Reading Festival, Bradenton, Florida.

Jan. 18, 2014 - The New England Book Festival, Boston, Mass.,

Jan. 18-24, 2014: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jan. 24-26, 2014 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, Doubletree Hotel, San Diego’s Mission Valley. (Jodie is presenting 2 workshops at this one.)


Feb. 1, 2014 - Cape Fear Crime Festival, Wilmington, NC.

Feb. 7-9, 2014 - Love Is Murder Mystery Conference, Chicago, IL.

Feb. 8-9, 2014 – Genre-la writers’ conference, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA.  

Feb. 13-16, 2014 – San Francisco Writers’ Conference, San Francisco.

Feb. 12-17, 2014 – San Miguel Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Feb. 13-16, 2014 – Savannah Book Festival, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 13-16, 2014 – Writing For the Soul, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Feb. 14-17, 2014 – The Southern California Writers Conference (SCWC) – San Diego

Feb. 21-22, 2014 – WANACon International – virtual (online) worldwide writing conference

Feb. 26- March 1, 2014 – AWP Writers’ Conference in Seattle, Wash., Assoc. of Writers and Writing Programs:

Feb. 27-Mar. 2, 2014 – SleuthFest annual mystery writers' conference, by the Florida chapter of MWA, Orlando, FL.

MARCH 2014:

March 7-9, 2014 –The Dahlonega Book Festival, Dahlonega Georgia

March 7-9, 2014 – Wordcrafters in Eugene inaugural Writers’ Conference, Eugene, Oregon. “The focus is on fiction.”

March 8, 2014 – Florida Authors & Publishers Association’s 2014 Spring Fling: "Effectively Navigating the Self-Publishing Process," Orlando, FL

March 15-16, 2014 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and excellent!

March 20-22, 2014 – The Write Stuff, Allentown, PA. Keynote: Hank Phillipi Ryan.

March 22, 2014- Unicorn Writers’ Conference, Portland, CT.

March 19-23, 2014 – Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia,

March 20-23, 2014 - Left Coast Crime annual mystery convention. This year it’s at Monterey, California.

March 20-23, 2014 - Romfest. Knoxville Airport Hilton, Alcoa, Tn. Keynote speaker is Brenda Novak.

March 27-29, 2014 - The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Annual Conference, Faulkner State College, Fairhope AL. 

March 28-29, 2014 - Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO.

APRIL 2014:

April 4-6, 2014 - UW-Madison Writers' Institute’s 25th Annual Conference, Madison, Wisconsin.

April 4-6, 2014 – Mad Anthony Writers Conference, Hamilton, Ohio.

April 11-13, 2014 - Houston Writers Guild Conference, Houston, Texas.

April 11-13, 2014 - Missouri Writers Guild conference, Ramada, downtown St Louis.

April 10-15, 2014 - The Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference,

April 19, 2014 – Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery. Free.

April 24-26, 2014 – Las Vegas Writers’ Conference, Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

April 24-26, 2014 - Arkansas Literary Festival. Little Rock, AR

April 25, 2014 – Southern Kentucky Bookfest. – Free.

April 25-26, 2014 - Chicago Spring Fling Writers Conference,

April 25-26, 2014 - North East Texas Writers' 28th Annual Writers' Round-up in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

April 25-27, 2014 - Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

MAY 2014:

May 1-3, 2014 - The Oklahoma Writers Federation Story Weavers Conference, Oklahoma City.

May 2-4, 2014 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD.

May 3-4, 2014 - Dallas - Fort WorthWriters Conference, Hurst Conference Center, DFW Metroplex, Texas. Twitter: @dfwcon.
May 3-4, 2014 - Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

May 7-9, 2014 – Nonfiction Writers Conference, virtual.

May 14-18, 2014– Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention, New Orleans, LA

May 15-18, 2014 – Pennwriters, Lancaster, PA. Keynote: Kami Garcia.

May 15-18, 2014 - CCWWP 2014 – Canada’s Writing Conference, UBC campus, Vancouver, BC.

May 16-17, 2014 - Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers Conference, Tallahassee, Florida. (Jodie is presenting 2 workshops at this one.)

May 16-18, 2014 - SC Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

May 17, 2014 - Detroit Working Writers - DWW 2014 Writers Conference Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Twp, MI

JUNE 2014:

June 5-8, 2014 - Crested Butte Writers Conference, West Elk Mountains, Colorado.

June 6-8, 2014: Philadelphia Writers' Conference, Holiday Inn Historic District, Philadelphia, PA. 

June 6-8, 2014 - Bloody Words mystery writers’ conference, Toronto, Ont., Canada,

June 7-14, 2014 - Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

June 13-14, 2014 - Mystery Writers Key West Fest, Key West, Florida.

June 13-17, 2014 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska.

June 13-17, 2014 - Southeastern Writers Workshop, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
June 14-16, 2014 – Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, Los Angeles Valley College, L.A., CA.

June 18-22, 2014 - CanWrite! Canadian Authors' Association Writers' Conference, Orillia, Ontario.

June 20-22, 2014 – RomCon Romance Convention, Denver, Colorado (Jodie is presenting 2 workshops at this one.)

(June 22-23, 2013 – California Crime Writers Conference, Pasadena, Cal. Seems to be every 2 years.)

June 24-28, 2014 - Western Writers of America convention, Sacramento, Calif.

June 26-28, 2014 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

June 27-29, 2014 - Annual Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, Van Nuys, California.

JULY 2014:

July 8-12, 2014 – Thrillerfest and Craftfest – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY.

July 12-18, 2014 – Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

July 10-13, 2014 – Public Safety Writers Conference, Las Vegas NV. Conference speakers include a coroner, fire fighters, police officers, and others in the writing field.

July 13-19, 2014 - The Frost Place Conference on Poetry, Frost Place, Franconia, NH.

July 17-20, 2014 – Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Seattle, Washington.

July 17-20, 2014 – West Virginia Writers' Workshop, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.

July 17-20, 2014 – Cascade Writers Workshop, Kent, Washington.

July 23-26, 2014 – Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.;

July 24-26, 2014 – 41st Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana.

July 24-27, 2014 – Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, CA.

July 27-Aug. 1, 2014 – Napa Valley Writers’ Conference -

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2014 - Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Fort Bragg, California.

AUGUST 2014:

Aug. 1-3, 2014 – Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon.

Aug. 1-3, 2014 - Writer's Digest Conference, New York City.

Aug 4-7, 2014  – Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) summer conference, Portland, Oregon. 

Aug. 7-10, 2014 – Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, Hyannis, Mass. Cost varies depending on number of courses you register for.

Aug. 8-9, 2014 - Florida Authors & Publishers Conference, Pompano Beach, Florida -

Aug. 8-10, 2014 - When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers, Calgary, Alberta.

Aug. 8-10, 2014 - Nora Roberts Writing Institute, Hagerstown, Maryland.

Aug. 9-13, 2014 – RNC’s First annual Romance Novel Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aug. 14-17 - IOTA: The Conference of Short Prose, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

Aug. 14-17, 2014 - Writer's Digest Novel Writing Intensive, Los Angeles, Cal.

Aug. 14-17, 2014 - Writing Yoga Retreat, Long Island.

Aug. 14-17, 2014 - Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, B.C., Canada.

Aug. 14-23, 2014 - Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. Middlebury, VT.

Aug. 21-24, 2014 – Killer Nashville mystery and thriller writers’ conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2014 – Decatur Book Festival, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia.


(...) = dates for 2013. Dates for 2014 not yet published.

Sept. 5-7, 2014  Colorado Gold Writers Conference, hosted by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Sept. 4-7, 2014 – Writers’ Police Academy, Jamestown, North Carolina.

Sept 13-14, 2014 – Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference, Anchorage Alaska.

September 19-21, 2014, Imaginarinum Writing & Film Festival, Louisville, KY

Sept. 20, 2014 - ORAcon2014 - Fiction Writers Conference in Springfield, Missouri.

Sept. 19-21, 2014: Southern California Writers' Conference Newport Beach, Calif.

Sept. 24-28, 2014 - WORD Vancouver:  Inspiring Words, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Sept. 25-27, 2014 – Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers’ Conference, St. Augustine, Florida. 

Sept. 25-27, 2014 - The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference, St. Louis.

Sept. 26-28, 2014 – The Midwestern Book Lovers Unite Convention for Readers and Authors, Minneapolis, MN.


(...) = dates for 2013. Dates for 2014 not yet published.

Oct. 3-5, 2014 – Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington.

Oct. 9-12, 2014 - Moonlight and Magnolias romance writers' conference in Norcross, Georgia;

October 10-12, 2014 - The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN.

Oct. 16-19, 2014 – Women Writing the West Conference, Golden, Colorado.

(Oct. 11-13, 2013 - Big Orange Book Festival, Chapman University, Orange, California. )

Oct. 17-19, 2014 – Digital Authors 2.0 and Self-Publishing Conference, sponsored by West Coast Writers Conferences. Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California.

Oct. 25, 2014 – Boston Book Festival – free and excellent!

(Oct. 18-19, 2013 – Put Your Heart in a Book, New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, Iselin, N.J.

Oct. 17-19, 2014 – Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington.

Oct. 17-19, 2014 – Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, Whistler, BC.

Oct. 19-24, 2014 – Salt Cay Writers’ Retreat, Salt Cay, Bahamas.

Oct. 21-26, 2014 - The Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

October 22-26, 2014 – The Author’s World, the Novelist, Inc. (NINC) writers conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

October 24 - 26, 2014 - 13th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Lake Mary, FL.
October 24-26, 2014, Magna cum Murder in association with Crimefest, Indianapolis IN

Oct. 24-26, 2014 – Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada. 

Oct. 24-26, 2014 - Stars of Florida Writers, 13th Annual Florida Writers Conference, Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.

Oct. 24-26, 2014 – The La Jolla Writers Conference, Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA


November 1, 2014 - Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA

Nov. 6-8, 2014 - Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, Santa Fe, NM.

Nov. 6-9, 2014 – Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, Florida.

Nov. 7-9, 2014 – The New England Crime Bake Conference, Dedham, Mass.

Nov. 8, 2014 - Murder and Mayhem in Muskego,
Nov. 13-16, 2014 – Bouchercon Crime Fiction Convention, Long Beach, California.

(Nov. 14-16, 2013 - the Winter Wheat Festival of Writing, sponsored by Mid-American Review, Bowling Green, Ohio. Offers a wide range of writing craft classes. )

(Nov. 17-24, 2013 - Miami Book Fair International, Miami, Florida. )


(Not usually any conferences in December)


Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2015 - Sleuthfest - an annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers, Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Mar. 27-28, 2015 - Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO.

Jodie Renner has published two books to date in her series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Writing a Killer Thriller and Fire up Your Fiction (Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power), which has won two book awards so far. Look for her third book in the series, out soon. For more info, please visit Jodie’s author website or editor website, her blogs, Resources for Writers and The Kill Zone, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. And sign up for her newsletter.


  1. Great list, Jodie! But, you left off my three favorites! :)
    The Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference April 10-15, 2014, the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) annual conference on Sept. 25-27, 2014 in St. Louis (, and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) summer conference in Portland on Aug 4-7, 2014 (

    1. Thanks, Karen. I'll add those.
      - Jodie :-)

  2. Add The New England Book Festival ( in Boston, 18 January 2014.

    --Larry Constantine (pen name, Lior Samson)

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Larry. I'll add that book festival.

      - Jodie :-)

  3. Many thanks Jodie, this is really interesting for me to know in advance of these dates. Although I live in South Africa, it will be great if I could plan to attend one or two on my next trip to the USA, especially in the Christian Authors category. Please keep me on your mailing list, I really prefer an e-mail direct as I get so many LinkedIn messages, God Bless, love, Marge. On my web just press on Author and it will bring you out to my

    1. Hi Marge,

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    2. The link to click on to receive my newsletter is at the end of the list of conferences above. :-)

  4. Wow! so many great events! Here's a new one in the Midwest we would like to get the word out about!

  5. Excellent list. It's so comprehensive. This is just want I was looking for. Thank you.

    1. You're welcome, Judy! Glad to be of assistance!

  6. Wow! Great list. I found it through an AME post at G+. I'll be sharing it.

  7. Hi Jodie,
    Could you add the Canadian mystery conference Bloody Words to your list? It is in Toronto this year, June 6 to 8. Her is the link.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Caro. I added Bloody Words to the list.

  8. Jodie! What a great service! Blessings to you! Here's another for March!
    North East Texas Writers' Organization proudly presents the 28th Annual Writers' Round-up on Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th. Again this year it will be held at the Civic Center in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. We're having a FIRST CHAPTER CONTEST with over $1250 in cash and prizes including a $500 cash + prizes for First Place Winner! Visit for registration and submission guidelines.

  9. North East Texas Writers' Organization proudly presents the 28th Annual Writers' Round-up on Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th. Again this year it will be held at the Civic Center in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. We're having a FIRST CHAPTER CONTEST with over $1250 in cash and prizes including a $500 cash + prizes for First Place Winner! Visit for registration and submission guidelines.

  10. A fantastic list -- thank you for sharing this information, Jodie!

  11. Here are some you have missed:
    March 7th through 9th–The Dahlonega Book Festival, Dahlonega Georgia
    I will be appearing here as a Regional Author.

    March 27th thru 29th: The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Annual Conference, Faulkner State College, Fairhope AL.
    This conference offers readings, panels and a long list of publishers and editors in attendance.

    April 2nd thru 5th: The Delta Blues Symposium: Delta Diversity hosted by Arkansas State University, Jonesboro AR.
    I will be teaching a creative writing workshop and offering free critiques of submitted story manuscripts. All events at this conference are free.

    April 24th-26th. Arkansas Literary Festival. Little Rock, AR

    May 2nd through 4th. Dallas/FT. Worth Writer’s Conference. Hurst Conference Center, Hurst TX.
    I will be teaching two classes on craft at this conference.

    June 12th thru 17th: Southeastern Writers Workshop, June 13-17th, 2014.
    I will be doing manuscript critiques and teaching two classes on writing craft and marketing at this conference.

    August 14th thru 23rd: Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. Middlebury, VT.

    October 10-12th The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville TN.

    November 1st: Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA

    I have tried to include good links to all websites and Facebook pages for your convenience!
    I hope you find this information helpful, and keep up the good work!

    CD Mitchell
    Author,: Alligator Stew; God’s Naked Will

  12. Thanks for that great list, CD! I'll add them all soon.

  13. Hi Jodie,

    Can you please add the DFW Writers Conference, May 3 and 4 at the Hurst Conference Center in the heart of the DFW Metroplex, Texas. Website is Twitter is @dfwcon.

    We've got Jonathan Maberry as keynote and Donald Maass as honored guest this year, and will have 16 to 18 literary agents and publishers. There are also some pre-conference workshops on May 2.

    Steve Manning
    DFW Writers' Conference team

  14. Thanks for the heads-up, Steve! I'll add that one and others today. :-)

  15. Great list. I attended the James River's Writer's Conference mid October 2013 in Richmond Va. It's a great event that has had a lot of years under it. 14, I believe?

  16. Have a great time, especially at the book fair.

  17. Hi Jodie,

    You missed the Lake Chapala Writer's Conference, Feb. 26-8, 2014, in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, where I was a presenter this year. I don't have dates or other info for 2015.

  18. Hi Jody, this is a great list, but the two conference that I plan on attending this year are not listed.
    Imaginarinum Writing & Film Festival, September 19-21, 2014, Louisville, KY

    Magna cum Murder in association with Crimefest, October 24-26, 2014, Indianapolis IN

    1. Thanks for your suggestions, Carol. I just added those two. :-)

  19. Crested Butte Writers Conference June 5th through 8th, 2014. What a great list, Jodie! I'm printing this out. My husband wants to retire :) and he said if I had any conferences I need to attend I need to budget. I'm going to put this on his pillow -- stay tuned!

  20. Thanks, Donnell - I'll add that one. Try to find some conferences in places your husband would like to visit! ;-)

  21. This is a great list, Jodie! One you can add is the Northern Colorado Writers Conference. It was March 28-29 in 2014 and will be March 27-28 in 2015. Held at the Hilton in Fort Collins, CO. Includes workshops for all kinds of writing, not just fiction. Agents and editors will be there. Chuck Sambuchino was the keynote speaker in 2014.

    1. Thanks, Patricia - I'll add that one so people can check it out for 2015. :-)

  22. This is a wonderful list! Another one you might add is the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference at Anderson University. It's in Anderson, Indiana from October 31-November 1 this year.

  23. This is a great list - thanks for putting this together.
    PS You have Aug. 9-13, 2014 for RNC’s First annual Romance Novel Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada but it's actually being held July 24-28.


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