There are so many fantastic retreats and conferences for writers each year, it is so difficult to choose. I haven’t been to nearly as many as I would like, but well there is that little thing called money all of us writers are rolling in.
Conferences and Writing Retreats have a slightly different focus, but both can be powerful to your career as an author. The trick is finding the best for where you are at right now in your journey and what you can afford.
Let’s start with Retreats. A retreat is focused intensely on craft and often is a smaller group of writers getting together. For the newer author this may be a bit less intimidating than a conference and a dash more economical.
A few of my favorite retreats and conferences:
Deep Thinker’s Retreat – This amazing retreat takes place in Florida every year with Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck. It is designed to help writers with their craft in a small group setting of 10-20 people. This retreat will work on craft at an advanced level, so you should have at least attended a few other writer’s workshops before attending Deep Thinkers.
Great Lakes Get Away – If you are looking for a writing retreat with a group of 15-30 other writers at a great price($150 for members), this is a great opportunity for you. It takes place in Duluth, MN every July. This year’s retreat is July 20-22 featuring guest speaker Colleen Coble. The focus of this retreat is writing craft and writing community.
Story Crafters – A great retreat for the newer and experienced writer with Susan May Warren in Otsego, Mn every October. The focus of this retreat is to come with an idea and leave with a story, giving lots of time for story structure and plotting. Learn to write a powerful scene and build characters your readers will love.
National American Christian Fiction Writers Conference- This annual conference is designed for all levels of writing experience and includes opportunities to pitch your manuscript to agents and editors. Be prepared for a larger conference with attendance above 800 people and tons of networking opportunities. This year’s conference is in Dallas, TX September 20-23. The Keynote speaker this year is Michael Hyatt.
I have heard lots of great things about other conferences that I haven’t had the pleasure to attend…author’s budget and all. Let’s share our insight here today.
What other great retreats and conferences have you been too?