Thursday, August 11, 2011

100 Sites for Fiction Writers: #40 - Writers' Conferences & Centers

This is an ongoing series looking at websites that can be of help to fiction writers with their craft and career.

Writers' Conferences & Centers

Many writers like to attend conferences. There they can spend time with other writers, get to know people in the business, do a little promoting and just have a good time. It's like a little vacation that's work related without having to do any actual work. For the most part.

But how does a writer find out the when and where of writing conferences?

In the past, a lot was done by word of mouth. People who knew people talked to some other people and the word got around. Plus there would be a little advertising in magazines or zines.

Nowadays we've got the Internet, and searching for a writing conferences has become easy with the website Writers' Conferences & Centers.

This site is basically a search engine for writing conferences. Go to the site, make a couple of clicks and blammo! In front of you is a list of conferences broken down by location, dates, genres and more.

Better yet, the search can also find writing centers, festivals, retreats and residencies. You can even search such events that have scholarships available.

The search engine is a big draw to the Writers Conferences & Centers site, but there are other reasons to check it out. For instance, there is the Discussion Forum, in case you want to hook up with others interested in conferences. The site also has its own Scholarship Competition, if you would like some financial help in attending conferences. There are Memberships available for the site, but those are more for those wanting to list their events than for writers. To read about various conferences and information concerning them, you can also check out some articles.

For a writer looking for events in his or her region, or elsewhere, this is one of the best sites available for that search.

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