Conferences, workshops, and retreats make the perfect place to hone your skill and meet other industry professionals. However, if you are like me, you find out about them just as the registration closes or the price becomes too expensive. That is why I put conference and workshop information here. I want to help spread the word so that other authors can investigate these opportunities before it is too late for them as well.
Writers Conference Online
One particular organization caught my eye because of its unusual structure. The Neverending Online Backspace Writers Conference is completely online, working through the Internet. The groups are small and paired with four literary agents. The organizers provide a four-day conference twice a month based on genre. That means you only deal with people in your specific field. Interactions are all through conference calls and discussion forums as the attendees examine their query letter and opening two pages. Clearly the advantage of this method is the savings in transportation and hotel fees, which often add up to more than the conference registration.
Thriller and Mystery Writers
While searching, I also found the Sisters in Crime website that lists a number of events in the US and UK. These dates are for 2014 but it at least gives you names and websites of US and some UK events so you can look up the organizers’ websites for information on 2015 conferences.
Opportunities for Meeting and Selling to Fans
If you are interested in mixing with readers and selling autographed copies of your books, then consider these yearly conferences as possibilities.
Bouchercon World Mystery Convention is located in Raleigh, North Carolina for the fall of this year New Orleans in 2016. The website clearly states that this is for fans of mystery writing so they don’t offer a lot of writer/author support.
ThrillerFest occurs every year in New York City in early July. It starts with events specifically geared toward emerging writers such as craft classes and a pitch session. It then moves into a fan festival with some of the publishing industry’s hottest names.
World Fantasy Convention is in Saratoga Springs, New York in November and states that the registration is already closed (amazing!) but they are taking names for their reservation list.
Worldcon is the science fiction convention for fans. This year, it is called Sasquan and will be hosted in Spokane, Washington. Although also a fan event, this August event includes activities that support writing, art, and game development.
If you know about a great or unusual conference, please leave a comment below and I’ll check it out.