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 [email protected] with your updates and suggestions!

Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference: July 14 – 21, 2019  (Port Townsend).

Chuckanut Writers Conference: June 21 – 22, 2019. Hosted by Whatcom Community College and Village Books. 

Clarion West Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop: Summer 2019; Seattle.

Emerald City Writers’ Conference: October 18-20, 2019. Sponsored by the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America; Bellevue.

Hedgebrook VORTEXT Conference: May 3 – 5, 2019. Whidbey Island.

LiTFUSE Poets’Workshop: Sept. 27 – 29, 2019. Tieton.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference: September 12 – 15, 2019; SeaTac.

Poets on the Coast:  Sept. 6 – 8, 2019. LaConner.

Rainforest Writers Village: Winter. Quinalt.

Rivers of Ink Writers Conference: Richland.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Western Washington: May 18 and 19, 2019; Seattle l.

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

Southwest Washington Writer’s Conference: September 7, 2019

Write Doe Bay: April 4 – 8, 2019. Orcas Island.

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

Write Here, Write Now: April 14, 2019, Hugo House, Seattle 

Write on the River Writing Conference: Spring. Wenatchee.

Write on the Sound:  Oct. 4 – 6, 2019. Edmonds,