Conferences provide an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the craft of writing as well as how to get published and market your work to publishers and readers. Many offer opportunities for critiques by editors and agents, break-out sessions with publishing professionals, chances to hear what publishers are hoping to discover, and opportunities to refine your work. Conferences can be beneficial for new writers as well as those who are published. The connections and friends made are invaluable – and never underestimate the power of allowing yourself the time and space to focus on yourself as a writer.

Here are conferences offered in Washington state. Please let us know about conferences to keep this page updated and relevant to all kinds of writers. Email with your updates and suggestions!

Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference: July (Port Townsend).

Chuckanut Writers Conference: Hosted by Whatcom Community College and Village Books. June 22-23, 2018.

Clarion West Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop: Summer 2018; Seattle.

Emerald City Writers’ Conference: October, 2018; sponsored by Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America; Bellevue.

Hedgebrook VORTEXT Conference: Whidbey Island.

LiTFUSE Poets’Workshop: Sept. 28-30, 2018. Tieton.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference: July 2018; Seattle.

Poets on the Coast: Writing retreat for women, Sept. 7-9, 2018. LaConner.

Rainforest Writers Village: Three five-day writing retreats in February and March, 2018. Quinalt.

Rivers of Ink Writers Conference: Richland.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Western Washington: Conference in spring; retreats in fall.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Inland Northwest: Fall conference; Spokane.

Write Doe Bay: April 5-8, 2018; Orcas Island.

Write in the Harbor: Fall program. Hosted by Tacoma Community College; Gig Harbor.

Write Here, Write Now: January 27, 2018. Seattle.

Write on the River Writing Conference: Spring, 2018. Wenatchee.

Write on the Sound:  Edmonds, Oct. 6-7, 2018 (pre conference Oct. 5).

Writing by Writers Methow Valley Workshop: Sun Mountain Lodge, May 16-20, 2018.