Regional Conferences

Willamette Writers’ Conference

Portland, Oregon
August 7-9, 2015

Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. Both published and aspiring writers are invited to join. Dues are $36 a year.

Write on the Sound Writers Conference

Edmonds, Washington
October 2-4, 2015

It is a unique, high quality, affordable conference focusing on the craft of writing. Over 30 workshops and panel discussions are presented for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today's publishing industry. A limited admission of approximately 275 attendees makes WOTS the perfect place to spark your creativity, share ideas and network with other writers. Looking forward to its 30th year in 2015, WOTS attracts presenters and participants from all over the Northwest and the U.S.

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts

Monthly Day Long Writing Events
Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington

The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts is a unique nonprofit educational organization on Whidbey Island in Washington. Our programs include the Whidbey Island Writers Association, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA program in Creative Writing, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and Soundings Review literary magazine. We have the only MFA program in the country that isn't associated with a college or university–it's taught by published authors. NILA is for writers, by writers, and about writers. We prepare writers for a lifetime of writing.

Write on the River Conference

Wenatchee, Washington
May, 2016 (date TBA)

Write On The River is North Central Washington’s only writing conference.  Two days of content-packed workshops with professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers, Write On The River is the best way to hone your craft, build your dream and move your writing forward.  Whether your goal is to be a published author, write articles for a local magazine, develop your poetry, or simply write for your own enjoyment, Write On The River has something for you.  Held every May on the beautiful Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, Write On The River is a writing conference not to be missed! 

The Chuckanut Writers’ Conference

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham
June, 2016 (date TBA)

Study with some of the best writing faculty anywhere. Practice your craft in a supportive, collegiate setting. Learn valuable writing techniques and gain new insights. Interact in person with dynamic authors, literary agents, marketing experts, and fellow writers. Enhance your knowledge of the business of writing. Return home energized, inspired and ready to write. Earn 16 clock hours if you’re a WA State K-12 teacher and you attend the entire conference (administrative fee applies).

Centrum – The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Fort Warden State Park, Port Townsend
July, 2016 (date TBA)

With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided free-writes, and a vibrant readings and lectures series presented by contemporary writers.

Pacific Northwest Writers' Association Conference

Seattle, Washington
July, 2016 (date TBA)

Since 1955, writers in the NW have been dedicated to helping writers connect to other writers, publishers, agents, and editors across the country. Zola Helen Ross and Lucille McDonald came together to form the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and since the beginning many people have dedicated their time to ensure its continuation. Over the years we have expanded our efforts so that writers receive a trusted resource within this ever-changing publishing industry while staying true to our mission of helping writers carve out their place and provide them with a platform for their literary voice. Our summer conference is a great opportunity to meet other writers, attend classes focused on different aspects of the craft, and pitch your ideas to agents and editors.