Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

© Stacy Ebert

The following is a list of conferences and workshop retreats offered for writers across the country. Conferences are listed first, chronologically, and retreats follow.


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Sept. 21-25 and Sept 25-29 Avalon Writer's Full Manuscript Retreat Small writing retreats of 8 writers and 2 professionals (agent + editor), where you get a 30-page critique, first page sessions, and more.  Faculty for first session: Catherine Laudone, editor, Simon & Schuster and Wendi Gu, agent, Janklow & Nesbit; Second session: Alexandra Borbello, editor, Athaneum and Claire Freedman, agent at Inkwell Management.


Oct. 25-27 Whispering Pines Working Retreat A working retreat for writers: great food and company in a beautiful location. No frills. No faculty. A time to work, draft, illustrate. (Whispering Pines, RI).


Nov. 7-10 Better Books Marin An intensive craft-based workshop limited to 25 MG and YA writers, where you are paired with an agent or editor mentor to work in small groups. Small group critiques and large group lectures, plus amazing food and camaraderie. Faculty includes: Kaylan Adair, Senior Editor, Candlewick Press; Simon Boughton, W.W. Norton; Anna Roberto, Senior Editor, Feiwel & Friends; Roseanne Wells, Jennifer de Chiara agency. (Petaluma, CA)

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