Category Archives: Writing Conferences & Getaways

25th Anniversary: Virginia Festival of the Book

 

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The annual festival will be held March 20-24, 2019. Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. For a current listing, go here.

As always, have fun and learn lots!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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Himalayan Writing Retreats

Want to whisk away to the Himalayan mountains for inspiration while writing your next novel? Then sign up for one of the Himalayan Writing Retreats, or one of the writing weeks (depending on your level of expertise). There is instruction, exercises, fireside chats, long walks, and writerly chats.

If you are looking for advise or simply inspiration for your next book, be sure to check out the Himalayan Writing Retreats/Weeks event calendar. They have more than one to enroll during the year 2019. Have fun and happy writing!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

#WriteOnCon is Almost Here!

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The WriteOnCon creators of this marvelous online gathering say this is “A writing conference you don’t even have to wear pants to. (Please wear pants, though.)” And yep, this is my favorite line! The conference isn’t just an opportunity to attend a writing workshop, but it’ll be the cheapest (aside from being free, of course) and closest conference you’ll ever attend. Seriously, you can participate from your home! And while you might have missed the raffles and perks to buy, there is still time to sign up to join. Admission is either $5 (General Admission), $10 (General + Live Events), or $15 (General + Live Events + Extended Access). You can’t wrong with any choice!

WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators. Connect with writers, authors, and agents in this event. There will even be SUPERHEREOS (agents and authors) sneaking around the forum to give you feedback on your queries and manuscripts. This year’s heroes are:

SuperAgents:

SuperAuthors:

Check their disguises out here. There will also be live pitch sessions (check the schedule for all 3 days)! But hurry to get registered because it’ll take place Friday-Sunday, February 8-10, 2019.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Alabama Writing Workshop

The Alabama Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event, so don’t delay. Here are current faculty:

The event will take place March 8, 2019 from 9:30am-5pm at Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham, 2300 Woodcrest Pl, Birmingham, AL 35209. (205)879-7400.

Learn lots and have fun!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference

 

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is an opportunity to get literary advise from a professional in the business or get invaluable feedback on your manuscript. The conference will be May 3-5, 2019 held  in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

ACQUIRING EDITORS:

AGENTS:

For more authors and specialist, go here. And be sure to register before the workshop fills up. As always, have fun!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference

The 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference will be held on February 14-18 at the historical Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Meet keynoters:  

But the SFWC presenters list also includes many more bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing houses.  There are experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, and author websites.

2019 SFWC PRESENTERS:
Rick Acker
, author
Nina Amir, author and writing coach
Kathleen Antrim, author, Co-President of International Thriller Writers
Rachelle Ayala, author
Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords
Beth Barany, creativity coaching for writers
Jordan Bernal, author and past president of CWC Tri-Valley Branch
Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author
Gail Carriger, bestselling author
Stephanie Chandler, is an author and CEO of the NonfictionAuthors Association
Paula Chinick, author and  past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch
Mark Coker, author and founder of major eBook publisher Smashwords
Christine Conradt, screenwriter, director, producer, author
EJ DeBrun, animator, author and TV/film professional
Kate Farrell, author, librarian, storyteller
George Fong, author
Cali Gilbert, author, photographer, filmmaker
Alessandra Harris, author
Sam Horn, founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency
Anne Janzer, author, writing coach and consultant
Carla King, author and self publishing expert, founder of Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Mary E. Knippel, Independent editor, writing mentor and author
Kristen Lamb, author, blogger and social media Jedi
Linda Lee, web site designer and WordPress expert
Kerry Lonsdale, author of Everything We Give
Richard Loranger, poet and performance artist
Karl W. Palachuk, author, speaker and blogger
Lissa Provost, poet and author
Douglas Rees, author
Jordan Rosenfeld, author, editor and coach
Barbara Santos, author of Practice Aloha and two cookbooks…and Marketing Director for SFWC
Nina Schuyler, author
Rusty Shelton,  founder and CEO of Zilker Media
Ransom Stephens, physicist, author, award winning technologist, speaker
Alex White, author

The lists for attending agents and editors looks topnotch! Some of the agents will even be accepting pitches during the Speed Dating For Agents. You can see a list of those participating here. Their are also editors doing eight minute consultations. More information on the consults is here. But for an idea of the many agents and editors that will be in attendance, here is a list:

AGENTS:
Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.
Peter Beren, Peter Beren Agency
Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.
Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary
Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management
Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary
Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary
Patrick Miller, Fearless Books and Literary Services
Kristen Moeller, Waterside Productions
Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom, Liza Dawson Associates
Gabrielle Piraino, DeFiore and Company
Nicki Richesin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary
Gordon Warnock, Fuse Literary
Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

EDITORS:
Brenda Knight, Author, President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Tyler Moss,  Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest magazine
Daniela Rapp, Senior Editor at St. Martins Press
Mekisha Telfer, Roaring Book Press, Macmillan

INDEPENDENT EDITORS:
Pamela Feinsilber, Editorial and Writing Services
Suzanne (C.S.) Lakin, Indie Editor
Mary Rakow, Indie Editor and novelist
Monica Wesolowska, Author, teacher,and independent editor 

For those attending, this sounds like a great four days of learning and marketing yourself. Good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

@WriteOnCon Campaign for 2019 Conference (Critiques, Agent Calls, Sensitivity Reads, Publishing Chats and more!)

 

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WriteOnCon is an online conference for kidlit writers and illustrators to teach, learn, and mingle. You do not have to be published to attend, nor do you have to leave your house! And if you think I’ve been sitting on my laptop waiting for the campaign to start, YOU ARE RIGHT! The campaign often has very affordable critiques and I WANT IN!

During the campaign, writers can purchase critiques of their queries, partial pages, or full manuscripts from NYT Best Selling Authors, publishing editors, or literary agents. Authors can also opt to purchase a sensitivity read of their manuscript. Writers can even purchase calls from a couple of literary agents to discuss the publishing industry. Some of the participants of the crits or chats include:

All purchases appear to include conference registration and entry into a raffle to win a critique, book ARC, or a phone call from an agent! (There will be multiple winners.) And of course, you can purchase only the conference if not interested in any of the critiques. The prices are:

  • General Admission: $1
  • Full Conference Admission: $5
  • Extended Admission: $10
  • Time Traveler Admission $15

No, you’re not reading those numbers wrong! This will be the cheapest conference you will ever attend that will be packed with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of information from the comforts of your home! What else could you ask for? For complete information of what the tiered admissions cover and to search through critiques you might want to purchase, go to the campaign page. The crowdfunding will end on December 6, 2018. so hurry if you want to purchase a critique. They’re going fast.

As for the conference, it’ll be February 8th – 10th, 2019. Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there, uh, virtually of course!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award

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A writer’s retreat in Iceland? Can I get a woot-woot? The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2019. Per their website, entrants can apply for either full or partial funding. Full funding covers all participation in the Iceland Writers Retreat. The scholarship includes round-trip flights to Iceland and accommodations. Partial funding covers the participant fee only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 31 October, 2018. Midnight, PST. For complete details on how to submit, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

WORLDCON 76 SAN JOSE 2018

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San Jose, California was selected to host the 76th Worldcon on August 16th through 20th 2018. Worldcon is an annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians, editors, publishers, critics, scientists, and other creators.

GUESTS OF HONOR

  • Spider Robinson is an American-born Canadian Hugo Award- and Nebula Award-winning science fiction author.
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and thriller novels, and winner of Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • John Picacio is an American artist specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror illustration. He has won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist twice!

There are over 300 authors, artists, musicians, editors, publishers, critics, and scientists attending. You’ll find David D. Levine, Peter S Beagle, and many more as featured participants! So, you never know who you’ll be having coffee with in the morning. Check out the complete list here.

If you want to go, rooms are filling up fast at nearby hotels. So, hurry if you plan on attending. As always, have fun and happy mingling and learning.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, NY

Writers Digest Conference

The Writer’s Digest Conference will be held in New York August 10-12, 2018 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The program is designed to give you a balanced education in both the craft and the business of being a writer—all in an encouraging, inspiring environment. Customize your experience by mixing-and-matching sessions among these core tracks: Craft, Getting Published, The Business of Being an Author, Platform & Promotion and Genre Studies. And this is the cool place where Pitchslam happens!

Agents/Editors in attendance will be:

Seats are limited so be sure and book right away. As always, good luck!
P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.