View Full Version : Your favorite East Coast writing workshops/conferences?

02-17-2014, 07:18 PM
I'm starting to think about attending the summer writing workshops and conferences, but there are so many on the East Coast (I live in Connecticut and don't want to have to spend too much on airfare by traveling away from that general area). Have y'all been to either the Southampton Writers Conference (run by Stony Brook University) or Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop at Hollins University in Virginia? Those are two of my front runners, but if you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!

02-17-2014, 07:26 PM
there was a pitching one in NY not long ago (December) I had almost gone to, but sadly did not.

02-17-2014, 07:35 PM
There's another Pitching one in NYC going on this March! I remember seeing stuff about that - http://newyorkpitchconference.com/

I would go, but I'm just not there yet with my work, so maybe next year.

02-17-2014, 10:10 PM
There's Bread Loaf in Vermont. Many years ago I had a wonderful experience there.

02-19-2014, 01:52 AM
Viable Paradise, on Martha's Vinyard. Changed my life.

Only for scifi and/or fantasy writers, though.

Giant Baby
02-19-2014, 04:51 AM
Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace (http://museandthemarketplace.org/) in Boston is excellent. It's in early May. I've been as a newbie, an agented, a re-agented, and an agented-seeking-publication writer. It's been helpful every time.

Great mix of networking, workshopping, and critique. Registration opened just last week.

02-19-2014, 12:33 PM
The closest East Coast to me is that of Siberia. I'm unaware of any writer's conferences hosted in Anadyr, Magadan or Vladivostok. Please inform.

Maybe we could get started a Kamchatka Writer's Conference. They have hellacious entertaining active volcanoes there.


02-22-2014, 09:54 AM
I will be attending Debra Dixon's Book-in-a-Day workshop in May. It is being put on by the NH RWA.

http://www.nhrwa.com/events.html (http://www.nhrwa.com/events.html)

02-22-2014, 07:39 PM
There are some spring events, if they're not too early.

First, I just got this from SINC's New England chapter:

New England sisters Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett, Tess Gerritsen, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and I will be participating in a one day conference in Portland, Maine on April 19th, the Maine Crime Wave. Workshops on character, plot, setting and suspense, a panel on the business of writing, and a panel on police procedure. If you know someone who might be interested, please share this link:


Also, the New England Chapter of RWA (necrwa.org) has a two-day conference the beginning of May, where I'll be speaking about estate planning, and several much better-known authors will be speaking: http://necrwa.org/blog1/conference/ Regardless of your genre, there's a lot to learn at RWA conferences, and the keynote speakers are inspiring for all writers. It's not exclusive to romance.

BTW, there are two RWA chapters in Connecticut. Charter Oak is small, and doesn't have a conference, but you might find something useful in their meetings: http://www.charteroakromancewriters.org/index2.html

There's also the larger (I believe) group, Connecticut chapter of RWA, which I believe does have a one-day conference, but I don't know when. Years ago, they brought Jack Bickham to a one-day event that I attended. Again, their focus is romance, obviously, but much of the craft advice applies across all genres. http://ctrwa.org/

Gin, who went to Middlebury undergrad, but never to Bread Loaf, which is too literary for my stories, although I'd sign up in a heartbeat if they had a pop-fiction-focused session. The Bread Loaf campus is gorgeous.