Feel the need to brush up on your craft? Local, national, & international conferences will help you hone your literary skills. Conference organizers may list their events at Submit Your Announcement. Also see Annual Alabama Events.
January 19-24, 2015
Application Deadline: November 10, 2014
Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square
51 North Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida
Six days of reading events, interviews, craft lectures, poetry workshops, and special events with some of the most extraordinary and engaging poets in America. Participants will have opportunities to read their work at public events, schedule an optional one-hour individual conference and to attend all festival events. Our audiences will hear America’s best poets, up-close. Poetry is alive, thriving and captivating at the 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival! Join us! See website for more information.
April 8-11, 2015
Advanced Application Deadline: October 30, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Each year, AWP holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city to celebrate the authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers of that region. More than 13,000 writers and readers attended their 2014 conference, and over 700 exhibitors were represented at their bookfair. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. They hope you’ll join them in 2015.
April 23-25, 2015
Every spring Alabama’s literary community gathers in Monroeville, Alabama to celebrate the state’s rich literary heritage at the Alabama Writers Symposium. Some of Alabama’s most celebrated writers and scholars lead discussion sessions, readings, and workshops on themes ranging from Literary Gumbo to Murder, Mystery and Mayhem and everything in between. Since the inaugural event in 1997, writers and scholars participating in the event have included Fannie Flagg, Rick Bragg, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Mark Childress, Cynthia Tucker, Carolyn Haines, Winston Groom, Sena Jeter Naslund, Brad Watson, Wayne Flynt, Trudier Harris, Mike Stewart, Daniel Wallace, Jeanie Thompson, Kirk Curnutt, Don Noble, Mary Ward Brown, Warren St. John, Sue Brannan Walker, Wayne Greenhaw, George Plimpton, Sonia Sanchez, Tom Franklin, Sonny Brewer, Gin Phillips, Michelle Richmond, John Hafner, Watt Key and Ace Atkins, and dozens more. See website for more information.
June 5-6, 2015
First Baptist Church
721 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Prices in advance: Friday & Saturday, $110; Friday only, $60; Saturday only, $60.
Prices at the door: Friday & Saturday, $120; Friday only, $65; Saturday only, $65.
The purpose of the Southern Christian Writers Conference is to inform and inspire. It holds a workshop in June each year, one of the largest in the nation, with leading Christian writers, editors, and publishers as speakers. Many people, both speakers and attendees, have called it one of the top writing workshops in America. See website for more information.
October 16-17, 2015
Monroe Library-Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
The third biennial Walker Percy Conference will focus on his 1966 novel The Last Gentleman, its literary, cultural, and philosophical themes, and its place in Southern and American Literature. However, the conference is open to the full spectrum of possible topics as they relate to Percy and his work, including but not limited to psychology, exile, place, travel, philosophy, semiotics, postmodernism, suicide, medicine, and religion. See website for more information.