The top 10 writing conferences in North America

The writing universe is filled with festivals, conferences, workshops and book fairs. Which are truly worth the hype (and the registration fees)?

4. BinderCon

BinderCon is a professional development conference designed to empower women and gender nonconforming writers, authors and those in the media. An offshoot of the popular Facebook group Binders Full of Women, the main conference takes place in the fall in New York City with a second installment in Los Angeles each spring.

Past faculty: Lisa Kudrow, Jill Abramson, Anna Holmes, Leslie Jamison

Why you should go: You are a woman or identify as gender nonconforming and are interested in a writing conference that takes these issues into account.

Highlights: Drawing a lot of heavy hitters from the media world, including top women editors and agents, the conference abounds with the spirit of feminism. You’re sure to meet some inspiring women.

Where and when: November in New York; February in Los Angeles

Website: bindercon.com