Thursday, September 16, 2010

TGIF: Conferences or Coffee: You Choose

Fall is the perfect time to attend a writer's conference and the next few weeks offer a plethora of conferences to choose from. Whether you are a new or experienced writer, these conferences will help you bring your writing to a new level, network with other writers, and interact with professionals.

Most offer workshops for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers with specialty tracks for fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and more. To get the most out of your experience, search for a conference offering presentations in your areas of interest.

If attending a conference isn't for you, consider heading over to Calypsos Coffee in Coeur d'Alene to check out their Open Mic night. If you are interested in sharing your words, just sign up online, or stop by to check it out from 6:00-to-9:00 p.m. any Monday night.

September 18 - Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators presents Step in the Write Direction, a one-day conference for writers and illustrators. The sixth annual conference will be held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) in Spokane. Writers and illustrators interested in improving their craft, learning the ins and outs of children's publishing and networking with industry professionals are invited to attend.

September 23-25 - Idaho Writer's League
The Idaho Writer's League Conference, IWL:Empowering Writers for 70 Years, marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Idaho Writer's League. The conference will take place at the Coeur d'Alene Best Western Inn. Check out their schedule of workshops, speakers, and events at:

September 24-25 - American Christian Writers
The American Christian Writers Washington Conference offers twenty workshops, networking opportunities, and valuable one-on-one time with instructors during a two-day conference to be held at Mirabeau Park Hotel in the Spokane Valley. For a brochure:

October 2-3 - Flathead River Writers' Conference
The 20th Annual Flathead River Writers' Conference, Writers Helping Writers, will be held at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Sign up for one- or two-days of workshops, presentations, and consultations. For more registration information go to:

1 comment:

Nancy Owens Barnes said...

Thanks for the reminder. It's great to have so many conference choices within reach of the North Idaho area.