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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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Sixth Annual Central Coast Book and Author Festival -- The historic Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo, California is the perfect setting for authors and book lovers to come together. Readings and workshops will be conducted in in a number of venues in and around Mission Plaza. Music, crafts, and entertainment will be on hand all day as well as book exhibits and authors. September 10, 2005

2005 West Texas Book and Author Festival -- The fifth annual West Texas Book and Author Festival will be a week-long event in Abilene, culminating in a big day of festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Abilene Civic Center. Activities include workshops, a cookbook gala, panel discussions, and more. The A.C. Green Award will be presented at the Boots and Books Luncheon and a Texas Cookbook Gala is scheduled. September 20 - 24, 2005

The Seventh Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival -- Come celebrate a day of books, authors, booksellers, publishers, and readers. Join thousands of families and friends. Hear talks by celebrated authors. Engage in thought-provoking panel discussions. Attend book signings. View more than 80 exhibitors offering books for sale. Enjoy the company of readers. September 24, 2005

Ottawa International Writers Festival -- The 9th Annual Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented by the Ottawa Citizen, is almost here! We'll be hosting some of the planet's best writers at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, from September 29 to October 6, 2005.

18th Annual Vancouver International Writers Festival -- The Writers Festival attracts the world's best writers to Vancouver. Internationally renowned and undiscovered authors mingle with 11,000 readers of all ages in intimate, interactive and informal settings on Granville Island, an urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver. This year the festival and Random House of Canada are pleased to present a special event with John Irving, author of the acclaimed bestsellers The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules, reading from his new book, Until I Find You. October 18-23, 2005

The Word on the Street Book & Magazine Fair -- You and your family, friends and neighbours are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at The Word on the Street Book & Magazine Fair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Sunday in September, Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto and Calgary will unite Canada in a national celebration of literacy and the printed word. More than 500 attractions — including exhibits by local and national publishers, booksellers, literacy organizations, libraries and writers' associations — showcase an exceptional array of current and backlisted books and magazines to browse or buy. September 25, 2005 for the biggest outdoor book bash in the country — all FREE of charge.

The Humboldt County Children's Author Festival -- This October, 26 authors and illustrators will come to Humboldt from throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Florida and Indiana. They will travel to 60 Humboldt County schools, talk about themselves and their work to thousands of schoolchildren, and spend a day at a public autographing session in the Main Library in Eureka, where their books can be purchased. October 19-22, 2005

Banff Mountain Book Festival 2005 -- Bringing mountain stories to life! The 12th annual Banff Mountain Book Festival, presented by Canadian Mountain Holidays and National Geographic, celebrates the world’s best mountain and adventure travel stories. November 2 - 4, 2005

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The 20th Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival will take place from August 19 to August 28, 2005 at CUB Malthouse, Melbourne Town Hall and other venues around Melbourne. The full program will be released in The Age and online on Saturday 23 July. This year The Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival celebrates 20 years of bringing writers from across the world to Melbourne. From humble beginnings in 1986 the festival has grown to become Australia’s premier literary event.

Join other published and aspiring writers at the 43rd Annual  Cape Cod Writers’ Center Writers' Conference during the third week of August, 2005. Whether your forte is poetry, fiction, children’s books, screenplays, romance, mystery, memoir, or nonfiction, or you are a young writer, you’ll find the wisdom and inspiration — as well as the practical guidance — you’ve been seeking.  Since 1963, many distinguished authors have led workshops or given evening talks at the conference, including Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Mary Higgins Clark, Marge Piercy, Peter Balakian, Robert Finch, and Art Buchwald, to name a few.  And this year’s roster of instructors and speakers promises to be equally as motivating.

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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