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Here are the best writing conferences in the Northwest, according to our readers

The votes are in: Our readers have picked the best writing conference in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

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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.

Where: Boise

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.

Where: Whitefish

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.

Where: Portland

When: August (2020 dates pending)