Conferences, Workshops & Retreats

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


April 18, 2024, 2:00 p.m. CST Writing and Publishing Picture Books Successfully(Webinar) Are you feeling stuck on your journey to publishing a picture book?  Discover the three main reasons why writers struggle to secure an agent or sell their manuscript. It's time to stop guessing and start working towards your authorship success. Join award-winning author Rosie J. Pova for an enlightening webinar on Writing & Publishing Picture Books Successfully. Elevate your writing, unlock industry secrets, and move closer to publishing success. Don't miss this chance to transform your approach to picture book publishing. Register now by clicking here! (save your spot - $17)

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April 5-May 2 Inked Voices Workshop: Young Adult Fiction First Pages with Sara Rivers   In this intimate workshop, you'll receive a written critique of your opening pages (3750 words) from Sera Rivers at Speilburg Literary, plus get the opportunity to speak to Sera individually in the live group call that follows critiques. You'll also exchange critiques within your group of up to 7 writers. (Inked Voices members $120/ nonmembers $145)

April 26, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST Southern Breeze SCBWI Spring Conference Joint excellent faculty in a series of in depth intensives for writers and illustrators: 

  • Picture Book: Behind the Scenes with an Editor Frances Gilbert, VP, Editor-in-Chief, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books
  • Nonfiction: Revise, Rethink, Reimagine: A Deep Dive into Revision with Carol Hinz, Associate Publisher, Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, Lerner Publishing Group
  • Novels: Getting Your Novel Submission Ready: Kristen Terrette, Literary Manager, Martin Literary & Media Management
  • Illustration: Destroy Your Dummy Mallory Grigg, Senior Art Director, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Sept. 20-26 Green Gable Retreat  Join fellow writers and kindred spirits for a seven-day, six-night guided getaway to Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. Visit historic Anne of Green Gables landmarks. Write where Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote. Guided by award-winning author Gary Schmidt and renowned editor, author and VCFA faculty emerita Shelley Tanaka, each day will provide time to work on your writing as well as prompts and activities to spark your creativity.  Participants may submit ten pages to each instructor for expert editorial review and will have a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with each instructor. (Cavendish, Prince Edward Island)