Resources – Writing Conferences

Malice Domestic: More Than Malice 
Online only, festival-style crime convention.

Romance Writers of America
Combined event, online options and in-person options.
Nashville, TN

Writer’s Digest
Currently book as an in-person event.
New York, NY

Bouchercon: Blood on the Bayou 
Currently booked as an in-person event.

Northern California Writers’ Conferences

Berkeley Poetry Festival ( This three-day conference is usually held over a weekend. 

Gold Rush Writers Conference ( Check website for upcoming events. 

Las Positas Literary Arts Festival ( This literary arts festival will be held at Las Positas College in Livermore on Saturday May 13, 2023.

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference ( The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference offers morning workshops in a wide range of genres. Afternoons include craft seminars, panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; eacg evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that make this conference, in the words of one participant, “life changing.” The 2023 Conference will be held from August 3 to 5, 2023. Registration for the conference will be open from March 15 – June 30.

Nonfiction Writers Conference ( Sponsored by the National Association of Nonfiction Authors, their conference will be held May 10-12, 2023.

North Coast Redwoods Writers Conference ( Author Launch, February 18, 2023. Poetry Contest Deadline, March 1, 2023. San Francisco Writers Conference: San Francisco ( Conference will be held February 16-19, 2023.

Sierra Poetry Festival ( The sixth annual Mainstage Sierra Poetry Festival will be held on April 23, 2023, at Grass Valley Center for the Arts. 

Sierra Writers Conference: Sierra College ( The 2023 conference will be held from February 8 through February 16. General Admission is $65. The Online Critique Workshop is $40. Ticket sales end February 7. Click here to visit the conference website and buy tickets. The conference will include online and in-person talks and workshops from well-known writers including Maxine Hong Kingston, Kim Stanley Robinson, Paul Tran, and others. In person events will be held at the Sierra College campuses in Rocklin and Grass Valley. In addition, the conference will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Sierra College Press, Standing Guard: Telling Our Stories.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ( See website for information on their 2023 conference.

Community of Writers Conference ( Every summer since 1969 the Community of Writers Workshops has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. At these workshops, you will work with some of the best writers of our times on fiction, poetry and memoir/narrative non-fiction. Their 2023 Summer Workshop will be held June  19-25. See website for details.