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ach issue, IN will be updating listings to include the writing events that mean the most in both national and international writers' communities. The following listings are posted in chronological order by date.

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2005 ASJA Writers Conference -- The focus is on autobiography/memoir, business/technical, journalism, marketing, nonfiction, publishing, religion/self help, screenwriting and travel at the annual event sponsored by American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), April 16-17 in New York City. Secrets to Successful Freelance Writing. Improve your nonfiction career in books, articles, scripts, Web content, business projects and more. For more information: 

Northrop Frye International Literary Festival -- The 2005 Festival features native and aboriginal writers from Canada, the United States, Central America, and New Zealand, as well as non-native writers from Canada, the U.S., England and France. The native and aboriginal writers will include some who work primarily in English and others who work primarily in French. Musical and dance performances from various native traditions will be part of the Festival and there will be at least one round table discussion on a theme directly relevant to native culture. April 20-24. Open to the public, in schools, cafes, an stages around the Moncton, New Brunswick area. 1-877-892-8400 or 506-859-4389. 

International Writers’ Conference -- Travel Classics will conduct its first international writers’ conference featuring keynote speaker MarkOrwoll, executive editor/international, American Express Publishing and senior consulting editor, travel/leisure. Registration is now open, limited to 35 writers on a space available basis. April 21-24 at Park Hotel Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland. 

Pikes Peak Writers Conference -- The focus is on children's, fiction, horror, humor, mystery, poetry, publishing, romance, science fiction/fantasy, screenwriting and young adult. Colorado Springs, Colorado

PWA Annual Writers' Conference -- The Peninsula Writers Association Conference Committee is hard at work planning the 2005 conference. Check website for more details. April 29th, 30th and May 1st. Gig Harbor, Washington at the Inn At Gig Harbor 

Sarasota Writing Seminar -- Monthly seminars, each focusing on specific aspects of the craft of writing, with presenter Patrika Vaughn, your Author's Advocate 10 am-3 pm (with an hour off for lunch). $45. Mennonite Church, Myrtle & Bayshore Dr., Sarasota, FL 941 351 2050 email:

The 2005 Backspace Writers Conference -- The BWC brings together best-selling authors, top agents, and editors for an afternoon of panel discussions and socializing in the heart of the publishing world at the same time as one of publishing's major events: Book Expo America. Serious writers in all genres are invited to come meet the people who can make a difference in their writing career apart from the BEA crowds in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere (attendance is limited to the first 75 registrants). June 2 from 1-6 pm at the Park South Hotel. 122 E 28th Street) in New York City. Details regarding the program can be found at the conference website: 

Black Writers' Conference -- Black Professionals Consortium of Houston presents the BWC June 3-5. Whether you're a beginning writer or a published professional, this conference is designed to help every writer at every writing level. Improve your writing skills, develop your marketing awareness, and meet writing professionals who can facilitate publishing careers. Editors, agents and writers who will explore in-depth how to write successful novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. Houston, Texas. (281) 221-6503. 

Iowa Summer Writing Festival -- From June 12 to July 29, 130 non-credit workshops, one-week and weekend sessions in June and July, Open to writers 18 and over -- no requirements beyond the desire to write, Price $475 - $500 per week and $225 per weekend. Iowa Summer Writing Festival, C215 Seashore Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000. 319-335-4160, fax: 319-335-4743 

Premio Casa de las Américas -- A gathering of Latin America's literary elite, nearly all of Latin America's great writers and essayists have attended this annual awards ceremony June 20-25. Past juries and guests of honour of this significant event include Garca Marquez, Luisa Valenzuela and Mario Benedetti. Accompanying activities include the publishing launch of prize-winning books from the previous year and the chance to acquire some of the latest publications on the literature scene, as well as literary seminars, exhibitions and concerts. Havana, Cuba +53 7 55 2706

Frontiers In Writing Conference -- Hosted by the Panhandle Professional Writers, one of the oldest writing organizations in the nation established in 1920. This two day conference is expected to have over 100 in attendance. In 2004, Frontiers in Writing was chosen by The BookSite as one of the top 100 conferences to attend. In addition to this annual conference, PPW has bi-monthly full program meetings June 24-25, Ambassador Hotel, Amarillo, Texas. 

Southern Publishers & Writers Expo -- The day-long event will feature seminars, workshops, panels and readings. Various published authors are presented. August 12, 9 am- 7 pm. Free to public/vendors fee $35. Abingdon, Virginia 276-645-0301. or

Maui Writers Conference -- The 2005 MWC continues its tradition of providing an important learning resource for aspiring and professional writers alike. Bringing together a long list of best-selling authors, award- winning journalists, top editors, agents, publishers, as well as the best in screenwriting and film, the Maui conference offers writers the opportunity to meet the people who can make a difference in their writing career. Writers include John Saul, Susan Wiggs, Karen Joy Fowler, Gail Tsukiyama, and author/instructors Mike Sack, Sam Horn, John Reed, Katherine Ramsland, Nancy Holder and Elizabeth Engstrom. September 1-5. $50-$295. Wailea Marriott Resort, Maui, Hawaii 888.974-8373; 808-879-0061 

Cuesta College Writers' Conference XXI -- Scheduled for Friday night and Saturday, September 16-17, in San Luis Obispo, CA, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco., the conference features 36 separate 90-minute workshops on all aspects of writing and publishing, taught by a top-notch faculty, including Catherine Ryan Hyde, Bill Johnson, Elizabeth Lyon, Lee Wardlaw, Laura Rennert, Barry Eisler, Lolly Winston, Marcia Preston and John Daniel. Participants can also enroll in our Manuscript Critique Service and submit entries to the Lillian Dean First Page Writing Competition. (805) 546-3132 

Berlin International Literary Festival -- Poets and writers from all over the world read to thousands during this huge annual book festival in Berlin's city centre. Highlights include appearances by Lars Gustafsson (Sweden), Wolfgang Hilbig (Germany) and Abbas Beydoun (Lebanon), plus hundreds of stalls and a tent with live readings for both adults and children. Attracting thousands to the square with its combination of highbrow talent and vibrant festival atmosphere, the event offers an unmissable chance to hear many of the world's most celebrated poets reading for free. October 2-4, Berlin, Germany. +49 (0) 30 27 87 86 0

International Festival of Authors -- Keep an eye out here for complete information and IN coverage of Toronto, Canada's 25th annual International Festival of Authors, Canada's largest assembly of literary talent, which will feature over one hundred writers from around the world. October 19 to 29, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario. 416-973-4000.

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