Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a previous winner in our survey. Find all of the 2020 conference winners here.
Writers at Harriman
This weeklong conference is the only event on our list solely open to high school students, hosting attendees and instructors within beautiful Harriman State Park.
When: August 2-8, 2020
Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops*
Journey to a 500-acre private ranch for this intimate retreat run by bestselling author Laura Munson, with activities ranging from yoga to hikes to private one-on-one sessions with Munson.
When: Seven events in 2020: February 5-9, May 6-10, June 10-14, June 17-21, September 16-20, September 23-27, and October 28-November 1
Willamette Writers Conference*
Now in its 51st year, this annual event has a wide range of offerings for writers of all genres, including master classes, intensives, manuscript critiques, and pitch sessions with industry professionals – and if you’re not ready for the latter, you can get your feet wet with a low-key “pitch practice” session.
When: August (2020 dates pending)