Published or unpublished, writers attend conferences and retreats for the same reason: to grow, network, and learn. We share a passion for writing and a desire to help each other succeed. Coming together at a conference is inspiring, informative, and motivating — no matter where you’re at in your writing journey. Just be sure to do your research so you get the most out of the conference you attend.
Keep in mind, the following information is not an endorsement of any one conference — they are simply suggestions and discoveries I made while searching online. Through personal experience, I learned thoroughly researching before registering is beneficial. If you’re a children’s author, you don’t want to attend a conference for horror and thriller writers. Obvious, right? But believe me, it happens. Start your search with:
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Search for conferences by location (worldwide), type (conference, festival, residency, retreat), genre, funding, and key words.
Let’s you search by state. Under Michigan:
Detroit Working Writers, Festival of Faith & Writing, Interlochen Writers Retreat, A Rally of Writers, and Quit Whining Start Writing Conference, and many more.
When you do a search online for writing conferences and retreats, you’ll discover hundreds of events across the U.S. and throughout the world. They vary in type, intensity, genre, and cost. As I mentioned earlier, be sure to research what the conference offers to ensure it meets your needs. Also review its cancellation policy/deadline.
Midwest Writers Workshop, Muncie, Indiana — annual summer conference
Writer’s Digest Conference — annual summer conference
Quit Whining Start Writing Writers’ Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan — annual fall conference