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)?

8. VONA

The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) was created in 1999 to address the lack of diversity in writing programs. The summer writing workshop offers two one-week sessions for up to 140 participants at the University of Miami. Workshops cover poetry, memoir and fiction as well as travel writing, speculative fiction, YA writing and playwriting. VONA also hosts regional weekend workshops aimed at specific issues.

Past faculty: Tayari Jones, M. Evelina Galang, Willie Perdomo, Chitra Divakaruni, Minal Hajratwala

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Why you should go: Those attending the multi-genre workshops tap into a larger community of support through the active VONA alumni network.

Where: Miami

When: June and July

Website: voicesatvona.org/workshops