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AMELIA BOOK ISLAND FESTIVAL: Located in Amelia Island, FL. Check the site for details.


ApolloCon: "Houston's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Conference. Presented by the Houston Science Fiction Association (HSFA). A single event for fans of speculative and imaginative fiction of all kinds, including literary, media, and interactive."
"Combining interesting and informative programming on literary, media, science and culture topics, networking opportunities for clubs and individual fans, art exhibits, and sales of books and other SF/F/H items. They do writer's workshops and coffee klatches with authors."


Arisia: Located in Boston, MA. See the site for details.


Armadillocon: Visit site for details.


Astronomicon-11: November 6-8 in Rochester, NY. Details are on their web site.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, The: Check the site for details.


Austin Writer's League: Check the site for details. Link broken.



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2 Sep 11 - Backspace Agent-Author Seminar: "Because many plans were disrupted due to power outages and storm damage from Hurricane Irene (including for our registrar), Backspace has EXTENDED the early registration discount through September 15."


Balticon: "an annual SF/F convention sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) held over the Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore, MD." Details on site.


BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL: Check the site for details.


Bay To Ocean Writer's Conference: "The 11th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers' Conference is being held on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland. This all-day conference features workshops, panel discussions, and manuscript reviews by experienced editors, writers, poets, and screenwriters. The conference is held every year on the last Saturday in February, and has been held at this location for the past three years."


BEA/Writer's Digest Books Writers Conference: "The fifth annual BEA/Writer's Digest Books Writers Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York."
"The all-day event, which takes place prior to the BookExpo America trade show, offers information sessions and workshops on the business and craft of writing. The keynote speaker is best-selling author Jodi Picoult. Breakout sessions on writing novels, screenwriting, humor, young adult, poetry, short story and magazine writing, featuring Don Maass, Christina Katz, John Warner, Sharlene Martin and more! Will Schwalbe, senior v-p and editor in chief of Hyperion and Judy Hottensen, v-p and publisher of Miramax Books will also be speaking. Plus, the editors of Writer's Digest Book, Writer's Digest magazine and Writer's Market!"
"For more information, visit www.writersdigest.com/bea. Registration is at www.bookexpoamerica.com."


Beach Book Festival: Not recommended. See the website for details.


BLACK WRITERS REUNION & CONFERENCE 2006: This looks like a well organized group. See the site for details.


Bologna Children's Book Fair: Bills itself as the "rights" place for children's content. Located in Italy.


  • 9th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sunday, September 11 @ 3 PM at the Kerrytown Concert House (415 N. 4th Ave)


    Boskone: "a regional Science Fiction convention focusing on literature, art, music, and gaming."


    BUCKEYE BOOK FAIR: Located in Wooster, Ohio. Check the site for details.



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    CENTRAL COAST BOOK AND AUTHOR FESTIVAL: Located in San Luis Obispo, CA. Check the site for details.


    COLLINGSWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Collingswood, N.J. Check the site for details.


    CONNECTICUT CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR: Located in Storrs, Ct. Check the site for details.


    15 Apr 10 - Creative Freelancer Conference: See the website for details.



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    DELAWARE BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Dover, DE. Check the site for details.


    21 Sep 09 - DFW Writers' Conference: "April 10 - 11, 2010 near Dallas, Texas. Authors with a completed novel, or nonfiction proposal may schedule a 10-minute appointment with a literary agent on a first come, first served basis. Over 40 classes taught by the agents, published authors, editors and other professionals. Cost: $185 until January 31, 2010; $235 thereafter. All participants receive the free, online class "Agent Pitches 101". Conveniently located near DFW International Airport."


    16 Aug 11 - Desert Dreams Writers' Conference: "Registration fee includes Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning workshops, Friday mixer, Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday luncheon, editor/agent appointments, editor/agentpanel, hospitality suite, brainstorming session, book signing, networking, and more."


    DIY Book Festival: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books. Details on site. Location appears to change each year.


    2009 DIY Music Festival: See their site for details.


    Dragon*Con: "is America's largest annual convention for fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Comics and Art, Games and Computers, Animation, Science, Music, Television and Films."



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    6 Sep 12 - EMISSARIES: GALACTICON III : Features "autograph sessions, panels with actors, writers, producers, special effects experts and others involved in both shows, celebrity photos, screenings of Battlestar Galactica original series, re-imagined series and Caprica, special parties and activities such as a trip to the Johnson Space Center and much, much more. Many fans from across the globe have already registered their membership since this is something every Battlestar Galactica fan won't want to miss!"
    "Celebrities from the very popular television franchise Battlestar Galactica and fans alike will be celebrating together for 4 days at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 23rd through May 26th, 2013. Organized every 5 years since 1993, Galacticon III marks the original show's 35th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined series, making it a very special celebration."



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    F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference: Located in Rockville, Md. See the site for details.


    FALL FOR THE BOOK LITERARY FESTIVAL: Located in Fairfax, VA. Check the site for details.


    Florida Writers Association: "... produces local one-day writers conferences for members and other writers across Florida. The quality workshops, the convenience and economy, and the networking and publication opportunities have proved attractive for years. Contact Dan.Griffith@FloridaWriters.net for information on workshops in your area."



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    29 Apr 13 - Galacticon III: Celebrities from the very popular television franchise Battlestar Galactica and fans alike will be celebrating together for 4 days at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 23rd through May 26th, 2013.


    Gaylaxicon: GLBT convention. Details on their site.


    GEORGIA LITERARY FESTIVAL: Located in Macon, Ga. Check the site for details.


    Great American PitchFest and Screenwriting Conference: A one day free screenwriting conference with more than 30 free classes, and a one day pitchfest on June 13 & 14, 2009 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center, 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.


    Great Northwest Book Festival, 2013: Not recommended. Charges fee. A contest.


    GREAT SALT LAKE BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Check the site for details.


    Green Book Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended. An "annual competition honoring books that contribute to greater understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment."

    Green Lake Christian Writer's Conference, The: Held in Green Lake, WI from the 20th to the 27th of August, 2010. It focuses on the craft and basics of writing and is for those who write religious and non-religious material.



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    Halloween Book Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended. Features a general excellence contestt.


    Houston Writers Conference: Check the site for details.



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    Idaho Writer's League: The Idaho Writer's League is holding their 41st annual conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Thursday, May 20 through Saturday, May 22, 2004.

    The conference is being held at the Coeur d'Alene Inn at 414 W. Appleway, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814.

    The conference is open to any writers or potential writers. Full conference fees are $125.00 for IWL members or students, $150.00 for non-members or non-students. After May 3, 2004 the fees go up $25.00. Single day fee is $75.00 and half-day fee is $50.00. Full conference and single day fees include luncheons.

    Featured speakers are Award winning Historical fiction author Jane Kirkpatrick; Award winning Mystery author and ByLine magazine editor/publisher, Marcia Preston; Western writer, artist, and songwriter, Kirby Jonas; Award winning Science Fiction writer, Ken Rand; and Award winning Christian Romance writer, Sunni Jeffers. Nine other authors and editors will be presenting workshops.


    Independent and Small Press Book Fair, Annual: "takes place in December at the New York Center for Independent Publishing (an educational program of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen), at 20 West 44th Street in New York City. With over 100 cutting-edge presses from the U.S. and abroad, exhibiting some of the most innovative books in contemporary literature, the Book Fair is classified amongst the most notable independent publishing events of the year. Admission to the Fair is FREE and open to the public, although a suggested donation of $1 is encouraged." See their site for details.


    International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: held each year at the Ft. Lauderdale, FL Airport Hilton.



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    James River Writers Conference: Well organized, good attendance, and informative. "Want to learn the business and craft of writing?" Visit their site for details on their next conference.



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    KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR: Located in Frankfort, Ky. Check the site for details.


    Killer Nashville: An annual writers' convention located in Nashville, TN. See the site for details.



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    Latino Book & Family Festivals, The: Multiple locations: Los Angeles and Chicago. Check the site for details.


    LITQUAKE: Located in San Francisco, CA. Check the site for details.


    LONDON BOOK FAIR: Check the site for details.


    London Book Festival: Not recommended. See the site for details.


    LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Baton Rouge, La. Check the site for details.


    Lunacon: site contains information for New York Science Fiction Society conventions.



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    MarsCon: A fan run science fiction convention.


    MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL: Located in Miami, FL. Check the site for details.


    MIDWEST LITERARY FESTIVAL: Located in Aurora, IL. Check the site for details.


    Military Writers Society of America Annual Conference: As it states. Details are on their web site.


    Montana Festival of the Book: Located in Missoula, Montana. Check the site for details.


    MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Washington, DC. Check the site for details.



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    Nashville Book Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended. To be held in Nashville.


    National Book Festival: Located in Washington, D.C. Check the site for details.


    NEBRASKA BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Lincoln, NE. Check the site for details.


    New England Book Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended. To be held in Boston.


    NEW ORLEANS BOOKFAIR: Located in New Orleans, La. Check the site for details.


    3 Apr 10 - Sixth Annual New York Round Table Writers' Conference: Takes place 1 May 2010 at 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. See the website for details.


    NEW YORK TIMES GREAT READ IN THE PARK: Located in New York, NY. Check the site for details.


    New Yorker Festival: Located in New York, NY. Check the site for details.


    North Carolina Writers: Held twice a year, see their site for more information.


    Northern Colorado Writers Conference: An annual conference for writers featuring workshops and more.


    NOVELLO FESTIVAL OF READING: Located in Charlotte, N.C. Check the site for details. Link broken.



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    ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Costa Mesa, CA. Check the site for details.

    25 Nov 12 - Ottawa Authors and Artisans Fair: Featuring a mix of 40 talented Ottawa authors/artisans. Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Room 203, Jack Purcell Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane (Elgin and Lewis) downtown Ottawa. Information provided by Patricia K. McCarthy.



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    14 Apr 10 - Paris Book Festival: Not recommended. See the website for details.


    Pikes Peak Writers Conference: April 24-26 Colorado Springs Marriott; our keynote speakers this year are Jeffery Deaver, James N. Frey, and Laura Resnick.



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    ROCHESTER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Rochester, NY. Check the site for details.


    Romance Writers of America Annual Conference: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel — Washington, D.C. July 15 — 18, 2009.



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    San Francisco Book Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended. An "annual program celebrating the best books of the Spring season."


    Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival: Check the site for details.


    SARASOTA READING FESTIVAL: Located in Sarasota, FL. Check the site for details.


    SC Book Festival: Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the festival "features speakers and panel discussions, covers fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and has an exhibitor area that includes book dealers, publishers, and authors. Free book signings are also held in the exhibitor area. There's usually a poetry slam. At least one speaker every year is a "big name" author. Nicholas Sparks was a speaker one year; this year Nikki Giovanni is scheduled to appear."


    SheVaCon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror convention held annually.


    13 Feb 10 - 22nd Annual Small Press and Indie Book Fair: Will be held at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library at 20 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Please email us at contact@nycip.org, or call us at 212-764-7021 for more details.


    Society of American Travel Writers: site contains listings for conventions.


    SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS: Located in Nashville, TN. Check the site for details.


    ST. PETERSBURG TIMES FESTIVAL OF READING: Located in St. Petersburg, FL. Check the site for details.


    Surrey International Writers' Conference: Visit the site for more details. Editor's note: held annually.
    SCREENWRITERS!
     
    Want to learn more about the craft of screenwriting?  Want to find representation for your work?  Then join us, October 21-24th for the 12th annual Surrey International Writers' Conference.  Featuring:
     
    Screenwriting with John Russo
    John Russo, distinguished alumnus of the filmmaking world whose 4 nonfiction books are considered 'bibles of independent film-making', will lead you deep into the rewarding but challenging world of screenwriting. MAKING MOVIES has been in print and in use in the nation's film schools for thirteen years. SCARE TACTICS won a national award for Superior Nonfiction. Russo has written, produced or directed literally hundreds of commercial, industrial and educational films, plus sixteen feature movies, beginning with the horror classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. This is one class you won't want to miss.  Visit:  http://siwc.ca/2004/masterclasses.php
     
    Also, an entire screenwriting track!  Including workshops: 'How to Pitch and Sell Your Screenplay', 'Adapting Material for TV-Film Development', 'Writing Low Budget Screenplays', '13 Things Bad Screenwriters Commonly Do', and many more!
     
    FIND REPRESENTATION FOR YOUR WORK!  Registration will include the opportunity to meet one-on-one with producers!  They include:
     
    Nancy Hardin - Producer of 'Frida' 
    John Russo - Producer of 'Night of the Living Dead'
    Ilene Kahn Power - Producer of the mini-series 'Traffic'
    Renee Missel - Producer of 'Nell'


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    Tacoma Writer's Conference: "The Tacoma Writer's Conference is a one-day workshop for writers interested in pursuing professional careers. Since 1986, it has provided an opportunity for beginning writers to work with some of the Northwest's most respected authors and editors. Pre-registration is $50, $55 at the door and $62 with lunch. This year's authors: Tom Bodett, John Moe, Stella Cameron, G.M. Ford, Richard Paul Russo, David Long, Robert Ferrigno, Candace Robb, Kathryn O. Galbraith, and Leslie What."


    TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Austin, TX. Check the site for details.


    11 Aug 11 - Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Nov. 10-12. Offers writing workshops, author panels, and manuscript reviews.


    Tucson Festival of Books, The: As it states.


    TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Minneapolis, MN. Check the site for details.



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    VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL: Yes, it's in Las Vegas. Check the site for details. Link appears to go to German site. May not be valid


    Virginia Festival of the Book: "will host the first Independent e-Book Awards during the seventh annual festival on Saturday, March 24, 2001 at a luncheon sponsored by BN.com and Xlibris at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel in Charlottesville, VA. The awards are designed to recognize and reward talent in electronic books, hypertext and digital storytelling from authors and independent publishers. It is especially fitting that the awards be held in Charlottesville, home to the world's largest public e-book library at the University of Virginia."

    "The Indie e-Book Awards will be part of Publisher's Day which is held annually during the Festival. This one-day event of seminars and panel discussions showcases book publishing. The 2001 event, "The e-Book: Publishing and Promoting Books Online", is aimed at writers and small publishers who want to learn about the current world of e-publishing. The four featured programs will give attendees a strong understanding of e-publishing options, formats, trends, and will help jump-start their e-publishing efforts with practical and innovative ideas. Panelists will include high level representatives from BN.com, Xlibris, Amazon.com, PeanutPress, Booklocker.com, Mystic-Ink.com, Bookreport.com, and others, plus e-Authors, and a variety of industry insiders. M.J. Rose, whose self-published novel Lip Service was the first e-book discovered online by the mainstream publishing industry, will offer a program with Diane Zoi of Amazon.com in which they brainstorm promotion and marketing strategies for several of the participants' e-books. David Seaman, Founding Director of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia, will lead a program on e-book formats, reading devices and industry trends."

    Check the site for details.



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    WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR: Located in Los Angeles, CA. Check the site for details.


    West Texas Book & Author Festival: Located in Abilene, TX. Check the site for details.


    WEST VIRGINIA BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Charleston, WV. Check the site for details.


    Westercon: Site may contain listings or links for future conventions.


    When Words Collide: A "ReaderCon style festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Children's books, and Poetry." More information at the link.
    Willamette Writers Conference: Annual conference for writers featuring agents and editors.


    WisCon: The "world's largest feminist science-fiction/fantasy convention. It is held over the Memorial Day weekend in Madison, WI. It has a writer's critique program by professional writers and one of the main streams of the multiple streamed programming is on the business and craft of writing."


    WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL: Located in Madison, WI. Check the site for details.


    WIZARDS OF WORDS WRITERS CONFERENCE: Friday & Saturday - October 16 & 17, 2009, The Plaza Hotel/Casino — Downtown Las Vegas NV.


    Women Writing the West Annual Conference: "Confirmed conference sessions include panels related to researching women's history, publishing picture books, moving from fiction or fact to film as well as workshops on promotion and improving writing skills. New panels are being added. Award-winning authors such as Jann Arrington Walcott, Texas University's Clay Richards, WILLA Winner Linda L. Hunt will not only share their expertise but mingle with writers. Agents and editors from across the country as well as Texas will talk about their needs and the publishing world in general. Nomad Press, Wings Press, Timberwolf Press, and WaterBrook Press will be represented among others. Agents include David Hale Smith, Mike and Susan Farris of the Farris Agency and Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli." Details on site.


    World Fantasy: Features scheduled events. Check the site for schedule.


    World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon): As it states. This is also where the Hugos are awarded. See the site for schedules and details.


    Writers Conference at Ocean Park: Located in Ocean Park, ME. See the site for details.


    24 Jul 09 - Writer's Digest Conference: The Business of Getting Published: Takes place September 18-20, 2009 the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, New York City. The event kicks off with the First Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Slam. See their site for more info.


    11 Aug 07 - Writers in Paradise: Located in St. Petersburg, Florida. See the site for details.


    WV Writers, Inc. Annual Conference: "June 12-14, 2009 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV. Featured presenters include: Susan Reinhardt, Danny Boyd, Dana Wildsmith, John McKernan, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller, and many more. Over 45 workshops, presentations, panel discussions, competitions, and entertainment are scheduled to suit the needs of poets and writers of all genres, all ages, and all experience levels. Special workshops will also be available on Saturday for young people ages 8 — 18."



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