Writers’ Conferences

Information, spotlights and reviews of writing conferences nationwide that feature literary agents, published authors and more.

How to Maximize a Book Festival Appearance: 9 Tips

This past weekend, I had the honor of signing books at my local (awesome) book festival: Cincinnati's Books by the Banks Book Fair. It happens every year in the fall, and this was my third appearance. Every time I sign books at a regional fair in Ohio or Kentucky, I seem...

2013 Writer’s Digest Conference: Some Pictures

The 2013 Writer's Digest Conference in NYC was this past weekend, April 5-7, 2013, and everything was a blast. The sessions were well received, the attendees were nice, the big pitch slam was smooth, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Here are some pictures from the event to check out....

Conference Recap: The 2013 San Francisco Writers Conference

I recently returned from the 2013 San Francisco Writers Conference. The event was, as always, very awesome. It's a conference co-sponsored by WD and the folks out west who organize it (Larsen Pomada Literary Agents and their comrades) do an excellent job with it. The event happens every President's Day weekend...

My Adventures at … the 2012 Chicago Writers Conference

I just returned from teaching at the 2012 Chicago Writers Conference. This was the event's first year, and I have to say the conference was excellent. I had the privilege of giving two speeches and meeting with several writers one on one. There were keynote speeches, nights of open readings, and...

How I Got My Agent: Oksana Marafioti

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. Oksana Marafioti is the author of AMERICAN GYPSY: A MEMOIR (FSG Originals, July 2012). GIVEAWAY: Oksana is excited to give...

How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference

So you’re at a writers conference and you have a chance to sit down with an agent. This encounter is basically like speed dating because you have about five minutes to get the person across the table from you to want, if not to commit to a relationship, at least...

My Adventures in … Clarksville, TN (2012)

June 2012 marked my fourth time speaking at the Clarksville Writers Conference in Tennessee. Organized by Pat Winn, this event is always attended by great people who are ridiculously great to talk to. I debuted two new speeches—"Your Publishing Options Today" as well as "Create Your Writer Platform," the latter of...

My Adventures in … Lexington, KY (2012)

I just returned from the (brand new) Books-in-Progress Writers Conference at the Carnegie Literacy Center in Lexington, KY. This was the third time I have been fortunate enough to present at the center (it's not far from my home in Cincinnati), and it was a great experience. The Carnegie Center seems...

My Adventures in … Oklahoma City

I just got back from instructing in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Conference. And wow, what a great, nice group of people. Everyone there was just wonderful. As a bonus, it was held at the Embassy Suites, which, ahem, may or may not have free alcoholic drinks between 5:30...