Writing conferences help authors improve their skill, network with their peers, and generally take a pulse of the industry. As a writer, you have the chance to meet editors, other authors, publishers and teachers face to face and gain valuable insights into the writing business. I think all writers should attend at least one conference per year, and here are a few suggestions for the fall of 2012.
A nationally acclaimed event giving members and guests the opportunity to learn from and mingle with published authors, agents, editors and publishers from all over the country.
Where: Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana
When: October 6-7, 2012
More information: http://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/conference.asp
For the past 18 years, right around Halloween, an amazing crowd of crime writers, readers, and booksellers meet in Muncie, Indiana, for Ball State University’s Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival. The festival is open to anyone interested in the genre. Attend panels that will give you an insight into the writing and publishing world, and you’ll have an opportunity to interact and ask questions with more than 30 published authors.
Where: 401 S High Street P.O. Box 842, Muncie, IN 47305
When: October 26-28, 2012
More information: Conference Registration
Offers readings, panel discussions, one-on-one editing sessions and critique, as well as advanced classes in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and fantasy writing.
Where: The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104
When: October 26-27, 2012
More information: http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod/conference.html
4) North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference
“Annual conference held in November in different NC venues. Average attendance: 250. This organization hosts two conferences: one in the spring and one in the fall. Each conference is a weekend full of workshops, panels, book signings, and readings (including open mic). There will be a keynote speaker, along with sessions on a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, children’s book writing, screenwriting, and playwriting. We also offer craft, editing, and marketing classes. We hold the event at a conference center with hotel rooms available. Speakers have included Donald Maass, Noah Lukeman, Joe Regal, Jeff Kleinman, and Evan Marshall. Some agents will teach classes and some are available for meetings with attendees.”
Where: 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513
When: November 2-4, 2012