If you’re interested in expanding your writing tentacles, look into these conferences for writers happening in March 2022. Sometimes it’s easier to get recognized with a novel or short story. Dust off your short stories, novellas and ideas, and expand your opportunities. Some deadlines may have passed. Do your own due diligence.
The Furious Flower Poetry Center Collegiate Summit
. March 3 – 4, 2022. Harrisonburg, VA. For undergraduate and graduate students from any college or university program, this three-day summit invites participants to explore how poetry reaches across geographical borders and beyond conventional literary and ideological boundaries. This event is free.
Atlanta Writing Workshop
, March 4 – 5, 2022, Atlanta, GA. “This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” workshop. A load of classes and advice geared to address your publishing questions. They’ll discuss publishing opportunities, queries & pitches, self marketing, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — this workshop rocks. Writers of all genres are welcome.” This is a virtual event.
California Creative Writers Conference
. March 4 – 6, 2022: Los Angeles, CA. Educational and inspirational guidance from more than 40 literary agents, veteran educators, industry professionals, professional editors, and publishers in the craft and business of writing fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting taught by Hollywood veterans. CHECK IT OUT!
. March 4 – 6, 2022: Salt Lake City, Utah. Futurescapes Workshop of Utah Valley University, is an intensive, exclusive workshop, offering writers an unparalleled chance to work with top authors and agents in speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy, paranormal). Each participant will work with three workshop faculty mentors on the first 3,000 words of their manuscript, while receiving substantive feedback on the overall structure of their work in progress and query letters. Will be held virtually.
Bay to Ocean Writers Conference
. March 5, 2022: “Featuring eight tracks and over 30 sessions sure to fit all your writing needs, this year’s Bay to Ocean Writers Conference celebrates a quarter of a century of helping writers develop their craft, edit, publish, and market their writing. This year’s sessions, all 90-minutes in length, are carefully designed to help you generate solid writing, hone your craft, and ask pointed questions from published and award-winning presenters about the process.” Serious!
Get Away to Write
. March 8 – 13, 2022: New Smyrna Beach, Florida working on your memoir or poetry. Insightful feedback, meals and writing time. Workshops provide discussion on craft, writing prompts, motivation and inspiration.
Algonkian Writers New York Pitch Conference
. March 10 – 13 (online, Zoom) March 17 – 20, 2022: NY, NY. “The event focuses on the art of the novel pitch as the best method not only for communicating your work, but for having you and your work taken seriously by industry professionals. More importantly though, it is also a diagnostic method for workshopping the plot, premise, and other elements of the story to determine quality and marketability. Simply put, you cannot successfully pitch a viable commercial novel if you don’t have a viable commercial novel. Our goal, therefore, is to set you on a realistic path to publication.” Will be held online and in person. ROCK AND ROLL.
Virginia Festival of the Book
, March 16 – 20, 2022. “The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors.” Book exhibits, talks by authors, readings, workshops on book promotion, finding an agent, poetry, publishing, agents roundtable – you name it, this conference has it. This is a virtual event.
Power of Narrative. March 19- 19, 2022: Boston, MA. Over 30 journalists, directors, producers and editors. Three days of discussions geared to advance the knowledge of narrative storytellers. TO THE POINT. Register early. Online and in person.
Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop
. March 18 – 20, 2022: Boulder, Colorado. Lectures, craft talks, writing exercises and class discussions. Each participant will have the opportunity to work in a small group setting with all three faculty members.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.
March 23 – 26, 2022: Philadelphia, PA. “The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.” Virtual and in-person.
Algonkian Novel Retreat, Sterling
. Virginia, March 23 – 27, 2022. “In keeping with the spirit of this place and the goals of this retreat, you can be as goal-oriented or as hesitant in approach as you wish. You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, clear your head, have your work read by our writer mentors, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and discover your vision as a writer. You discuss with us ahead of time via the Algonkian Writer Retreat Application the goals you wish to accomplish, and we’ll work with you to make it happen. Do you desire a review of your short stories or flash fiction? A line edit? Do you wish to discuss the reality of the current fiction market, your novel project, plot and characters, or perhaps get feedback on the opening hook or a few sample chapters? Or would you simply like a relaxed and productive dialogue about your goals as a writer?” Registration is first come, first served.
University of North Dakota Writers Conference
. March 24 – 26, 2022: Grand Forks, North Dakota. The UND Writers Conference is a three day event featuring up to eight authors. Authors ranging from Gwendolyn Brooks and August Wilson to Tommy Orange and Colson Whitehead, the UND Writers Conference is committed to community outreach, engagement, and finding ways to increase audience access to literature. The conference is free, but workshop space is limited to twenty participants; registration is first come, first served. Online and in-person.
Write Stuff Writers Conference
. March 24 – 26, 2022: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 20 workshops, Agent./Editor pitch sessions, marketing consults plus lunch and Keynote address, Book Fair, Flash Literature Writing Contest, Door Prizes. Featuring Juilene McKnight. Virtual
Meet the Publishers!
March 26, 2022: Tulsa, OK. Meet different publishers, traditional to self-published, magazines, newspapers, etc. Learn what they are looking for and how the industry is changing. FREE
Beall Poetry Festival
. March 30 – April 1, 2022, Waco, TX. The festival features readings, panel discussions, and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry. Participating poets include Todd Hearon, Vievee Francis, Ilya Kaminsky, Chad Bennett, and a Poetry Panel. All events are free and open to the public.
2022 National Black Writers Conference
. March 30 – April 2, 2022, Brooklyn, NY. This year’s theme is The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way. “Conference participants will examine the ways that texts by Black writers document struggle and persistence and light the ways for overcoming obstacles and surviving in a racially constructed society. The 16th National Black Writers Conference will be a virtual public gathering of writers, readers, scholars, literary professionals, students in the United States and from a larger international community of artists and literature lovers. As a four-day online event, NBWC2022 will feature panel discussions, readings, and much more. The Conference aims to broaden the public’s appreciation of Black literature and Black life.”
Annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference
. March 31 – April 2, 2022: Weber State University, Ogden, UT. “Each year, nearly 200 undergraduate writers and poets throughout North America, and sometimes beyond, come to Weber State University to present their work and learn from some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.”