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Just like athletes attend training camps, authors should continuously work to hone their craft. Workshops are the perfect place to do just that. Fortunately, there are tons and tons of writing conferences all over the country that offer writers the chance to connect with other authors, improve their writing, and just get away for a bit.

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Trusty Poets & Writers offers a list of conferences which can be found here. And the Shaw Guide is another great resource for finding conferences.

Here are highlights of just of few of them…

New York Writers Workshop 2014 Pitch Conferences
Non-Fiction Pitch—Mar 7-8 • Perfect Pitch Fiction—Apr 11-13
New York, NY
New York Writers Workshop hosts three-day Pitch Conferences in NYC for writers of non-fiction and fiction. Participants polish their pitches with the help of conference leaders, then they present them to three different editors from major NY publishing houses. Editors provide feedback and may request to see proposals or manuscripts after the conference.

Yale Writers Conference
June 7-17, 2014 and June 18-22, 2014 • New Haven, Connecticut
The Yale Writers' Conference is an intensive program intended for committed writers at all levels of experience. Faculty are authors of national and international standing, including Colum McCann, Philipp Meyer, Chuck Klosterman, Rick Moody, and Richard Selzer. Facilities are Yale University's campus.

Tin House Summer Workshop
July 13 -20 Reed College, Portland, Oregon
The Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop is a week-long intensive (July 13-20) of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books. and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program combines morning workshops with afternoon craft seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings and revelry.

Workshops meet for six sessions, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Each workshop will have no more than twelve students and will treat two to three manuscripts per session. You may only enroll in one workshop. If you have questions about which faculty member would best suit your work, call our office at 503-219-0622 and we will make every effort to steer you to the most appropriate workshop. Please continue to check the Web site for updates on new faculty or call our office for details.

Tin House editors and guest agents are available to meet individually with students throughout the week. For students who have completed a collection of stories or poems, a memoir, or a novel, one-on-one mentorships are available with select faculty and staff for an additional fee.

Bread Loaf in Vermont
August 13-23, 2014
Bread Loaf is not a retreat—not a place to work in solitude. Instead it provides a stimulating community of diverse voices in which we test our own assumptions regarding literature and seek advice about our progress as writers. In August we will again welcome more than two hundred talented writers to the historic Bread Loaf Inn, along with our distinguished faculty, and many agents and editors from major publishing houses and literary firms. Come prepared to join fully in the busy schedule and to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness setting. No one who has done so has failed to be inspired, encouraged, or changed by Bread Loaf.

If traveling simply isn't an option, check out the English Department at the college near you. They will often host workshops and guest speakers, many of which are open to the public.

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