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.
October 17-18, 2014
The Auburn Writers Conference presents its 5th annual gathering of writers and readers, October 17th and 18th in Auburn, Alabama. Titled The Inspired South, the Festival is talking about more than a geographic location. Whether local, global, or diasporic, the writers living in the South, and those whose roots are in the South, find in this place a particular richness that keeps the neurons firing and the ink running. The authors that have called the South home are known to us formally—Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Natasha Tretheway—and informally, too, as if we might call them kin—“Buddy” Nordan, “Nelle” Lee. It’s a place that carries the troubled weight of history along. It’s a place that bears witness. It’s a place that knows the value of sweet tea in a cold, sweating glass. It’s Muscle Shoals and Little Five Points, Nashville and Savannah, Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa. It’s gleaming new buildings and bumpy clay roads. It’s poets and memoirists, graphic novelists and short story writers, bringing all of these things together in new and important ways. It’s The Inspired South, and it’s happening in Auburn, Alabama this fall. You don’t want to miss it. See website for more information.
November 7-10, 2014
Advanced Registration Deadline: October 24, 2014
Registration Deadline: November 10, 2014
Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Being successful in the field of arts marketing means staying relevant, informed, and connected. That's why you need to be at the 2014 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference. Discover what advances in wearable technology mean for the arts and engagement. Learn new ways of defining effective audience measuring tools through hands-on group work. Explore the possibilities of implementing innovative actions that look beyond your current focus. See website for more information.
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.