Writing Conferences and Retreats

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Story Expo: Literary Fiction

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

A one-day online conference dedicated to novelists, fiction writers, memoirists and more. Whether you’re an experienced novelist, or just thinking about writing your first book, Story Expo: Literary Edition has something for you.

With over twenty sessions on the art and craft of writing taught by the best speakers and authors in the world, Story Expo: Literary Edition will feature almost 25 hours of instruction in one fun and intense day. For more information and schedule:

Cost: $169 ($99 on Cyber Monday)


San Francisco Writers Conference

February 17-20, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Nearly 100 presenters this year will include best-selling authors, literary agents, editors, speed dating for agents, and publishers from major publishing houses. There will be experts on self-publishing, book promotion, platform building, social media, audiobooks, podcasting, and author websites.
Cost $795


Virtual Sonoma County Writers Camp March 2022

March 9–13, 2022

Topic: Heroes, Villains and Ordinary People—Bringing Characters to Life

Characters are not quite the same as people. They are both more, and less. This is as true in nonfiction as in fiction, as true in realism as in fairytale. How do we navigate the dynamics of conflict and connection, of good guys and bad guys, while capturing the rich complexity of human beings that is the heart of all story? This camp session will illuminate the strategies and practices of bringing your characters to life on the page.

Tuition: $995

More information and registration at:


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