Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A list of Writing Conferences

Last week  I talked about the importance of a writers conference and how to pick one. This week I want to highlight some of my favorites.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should get you started.

As you’re looking at these, I recommend you take note of whether or not they offer critiques (paid or unpaid) and/or contests. Both of these are great avenues to advance your craft and experience.

February 16-19, 2012
Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado

February 24-26
The Cove, North Carolina

Florida Christian Writers Conference
March 1-4
Lake Yale Conf. Center (near Leesburg, FL)

March 16-17
North Greenville University, Greenville, South Carolina

March 30-April 3
Mount Hermon, California

April 20-21
First Baptist Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina

May 16-19
Estes Park, Colorado

Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
May 19-20
Redmond, Washington

May 20-24
Ridgecrest Conference Center, North Carolina

May 30-June 2
Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois

August 1-4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 20-23
Dallas, Texas

October 31-November 4
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

And if you’re looking for more of a retreat setting, I highly recommend the events at My Book Therapy. Susan May Warren and her team of book doctors do a fantastic job of teaching and I can’t recommend this group enough.

There are also many other conferences – large and small. Now it’s your time, what are some of your favorites?

Don’t forget to join the conversation!


  1. Writers conferences are almost a necessity these days...and they're so much fun! I often wonder how different my life would be if you and I hadn't connected all those years ago at Blue Ridge as two unpublished, totally green writers. :-)

    I'm so thankful God had that life-changing meeting planned for us!

  2. Very helpful post, Edie. Thanks! May 20th can't come soon enough for me. :)

  3. GREAT list. For those out in the Pacific Northwest the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal is May 18-19 this year in Redmond (just outside of Seattle.) Featuring Marshall Younger of Focus on the Family.
    Sandra Bishop (MacGregor Literary), Terry Glaspey (Harvest House), Carolyn McCready (Zondervan)and others taking appointments and teaching.
    www.nwchristianwriters.org for more info.

  4. Dennis, thank you for adding to the list! I'm going to update the post with the information. I appreciate you stopping by!
    Blessings, E

  5. I would love to attend, financially maybe not this year but soon. Very soon.

    Author of The Cancer Prayer Book and The ABC's of Cancer According to Lilly Isabella Lane (2012)

  6. The Florida Christian Writers' Conference is also available for those in the Lake Wales area or in the southern part of our country. Cec Murphey will be this year's featured speaker. Conference is March1-4 2012.
    check out www.floridachristianwriters.org for more information. Great List. Thanks

  7. Be sure to check out the scholarship options at the different conferences. Most offer scholarships.
    I added the Florida Christian Writers Conference - thanks for the info! Also the website link is www.flwriters.org It's clickable within the post.
    Blessings All!