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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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Abroad Writers Conference
June 23-30, 2006.
Basilica of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume in Provence, France.
This is a self-dubbed literary festival of the arts where participants will encounter accomplished actors, authors, playwrights, producers, and screenwriters. Package pricing ranges from $2,750.00 to $3,250.00. Buffet breakfast and dinner with wine are included. 10% discount if paid in full by March 23. There is also separate pricing for workshop-day attendance and attendance at the conference with out participating in the workshops.

The Paris Writers' Workshop
July 2-7, 2006.
Paris, France.
Writers in Residence include: Vivian Gornick, Creative Non-fiction; Lynne Sharon Schwartz, The Novel; Jason Shinder, Poetry; Ellen Sussman, Short Story. Registration deadline is June 1. The cost of PWW is 600.00 Euros, but if you register before May 17, you can receive a 100.00 Euro discount.

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
July 8-14, 2006.
Taos, New Mexico.
Experienced writers and those just starting out are all welcome at this conference. Participants can choose from weekend or week-long workshops. Various events, workshops, and master classes are offered. $275.00 will cover the weekend workshop, while $550.00 will get you the week-long workshop.

The Why It's Great Writing Workshop and Retreat
July 16-21, 2006.
White Mountains, New Hampshire.
The underlying philosophy of the six-day retreat is, "Great writing is the melding of great technique with great heart." To advance participants' appreciation and understanding of great writing, acknowledged masterworks and participants' pieces are studied in various group sessions. It is $185.00 to attend.

Cappela 2006 Summer Writers' Retreat
Aug 12-18, 2006.
Ellenton, Florida.
Take a week off from your usual grind and join us at The DaySpring Center, just outside Ellenton, Florida, on the Manatee River. The setting is rural, serene and private. Each participant will have a private room and we will have a meeting room for our group activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Total cost $975.00 Please let us know by May 1st if you plan to be with us.

Fiction Writing Workshop In Ireland
Aug 12-18, 2006.
Anam Cara Retreat, Ireland.
Gordon Grant will lead writers in a workshop limited to 12 participants and focused on the novel and short story. During the workshop, participants will examine Faulkener, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway's voices and contributions to literature. 1,175.00 Euros for tuition, lodging, meals, and excursions.

17th Annual Environmental Writing Institute
Sept 27-Oct 1, 2006.
Missoula, Montana
Focusing on writing about nature and environmental topics, this conference occurs in Missoula, Montana and is sponsored by The University of Montana Environmental Studies Program. The conference opens Wednesday, September 27 with a welcome dinner and closes on Sunday, October 1 with a farewell lunch. Thursday through Sunday mornings will be workshop classes led by Sharman Apt Russell followed by individual afternoon sessions as scheduled with Ms. Russell. The application deadline for this event is July 15, 2006. There is no application fee, but the registration fee is $400.00 for the 4-day conference.

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BookExpo America
May 19-21, 2006
The Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
With more than 2,000 exhibits, 500 authors, over 80 conference sessions as well as a special area for rights business, you'll see all the latest titles across genres, uncover hidden gems, network, and meet the industry contacts to put you instantly on top of what you need to know for your business and job. The Event is for: Booksellers & Retailers, Librarians and Educators, Rights and International, Publishers and Industry Professionals

Chenango Valley Writers' Conference
June 18-24, 2006. Whether you are a veteran writer or novice, the Conference offers you consultations, workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and informal conversations that will sustain your long-range efforts or help you get started focusing on Autobiography/memoir, Fiction, and Poetry. $995.00 for residential students, $750.00 for day students, $1,245.00 for Novel Tutorial students.

Manhattanville Summer Writers' Week
June 26-30, 2006. Purchase, New York. Writers from across the country gather at Manhattanville College each summer for the school's annual week-long writing conference. During Writer's Week, participants spend the mornings in workshops with well-known, published authors, focusing on fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, children's/young adult literature, and the art of the profile. Five 3-hour morning workshops in a particular genre. Afternoons include special workshops, readings, session with editors & agents. $695.00 for the week.

Odyssey: The Summer Fantasy Writing Workshop, June 12-July 21, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Prospective students must apply and include a 15-page writing sample by April 14. There is a $25 application fee. Tuition is $1600. If you would like to receive college credit, there is an additional processing fee of $150. We love working with developing writers, helping them to realize their potential and make their work the best it can be. The workshop, held annually on campus runs for six weeks, and combines an intensive learning and writing experience with in-depth feedback on students' manuscripts.

Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC)
30 different workshops with top authors and agents, speakers, panels, late-night critique sessions, dinners and receptions, opportunities to pitch your ideas. June 23-30, 2006. Pricing: early bird $595, $795 regular includes all opening & closing dinners & awards breakfast. Doubletree Hotel lodging $199/night. Weekend intensives: $295 includes workshop only. Bestselling authors Erica Jong and Jewell Parker Rhodes join Ray Bradbury and playwright Nilo Cruz at the 2006 summer conference."

National Society of Newspaper Columnists Convention
Location: TBA
Boston, MA
June 29, 2006 - July 02, 2006
The 30th Annual Meeting of the NSNC comes to Boston next year! Plan a star-spangled July 4 vacation with your family!. Kicking up July 4 fireworks, celebrated columnists and writers will be present to share what made them revolutionary in their field. Discuss the following topics with your fellow collegues: The Conference, The Columns, The Ethics, The Syndication, The Website Marketing of Newspaper Journalists.

2006 Juniper Creek Writers' Conference
July 14-16, 2006. $225.00 Early bird registration May 15 for $50.00 discount. Carson City, Nevada. Focusing on Autobiography/memoir, Children's, Fiction, Journalism, Marketing, Nature/Environmental, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing, Screenwriting, Travel, and Young adult this fun, informative, affordable three-day event is presented at the Western Nevada Community College. Includes Afghan-American memoirist, Tamim Ansary; poets Lola Haskins and Bill Cowee; best selling YA verse novelist Ellen Hopkins; authors Deborah Nourse Lattimore, Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Kemper; Simon & Schuster editor Ryan Harbidge; literary agent Andrea Brown and others. For details:

Margaret Irby Writing Workshops In Italy: This workshop offers a warm and non-competitive atmosphere in which to nurture your creativity. The beauty of the environment will inspire you. The activities and comradeship will stimulate you. The writing exercises are hilariously fun. And I promise that as we throw away the concept of product and concentrate on process you’ll be amazed at what you will have accomplished by the end of the week! July 20 - 26, 2006 $1,500 includes lodging, breakfasts, daily yoga class. Focuses on Fiction, Autobiography/memoir, Playwriting, and Screenwriting.

The 2006 Backspace Writers Conference (July 21 & 22, New York City, Algonquin Hotel) brings together 14 top literary agents, 9 editors, 5 New York Times best-selling authors, and many other publishing professionals for a two-day, two-track event in the heart of the publishing world. Keynote speakers are Sara Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of Publishers Weekly and Richard Curtis, top literary agent and long-time author advocate. Panels, workshops, and pitch sessions round out the program. Hour-long mixers each afternoon (refreshments included) afford plenty of time to mix and mingle with program participants, as does the awards banquet at The Algonquin Hotel Friday night. For more information, visit the conference website at or write to Karen Dionne at or Christopher Graham, 

Squaw Valley Community of Writers, located in the California Sierra Nevada, hold their 2006 Summer Writing Workshop for Poets, (July 22-29), Fiction and Narrative NonFiction (August 5-12) and The Screenwriting Workshop (August 5-12). Workshops include changing of writing patterns, breaking old habits, and developing deeper meaning in your writing. Each morning the work from the previous day is read amongst the other attendees, afternoons are intended for discussion and exchange of ideas. Prices range from $250-$575.00. For details visit

37th Annual Willamette Writer’s Conference
Portland, Oregon, August 4-6, 2006. Willamette Writers, the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest in the U.S., is celebrating its 41st anniversary with an exciting and inspiring conference featuring more than 70 workshops taught by accomplished authors, experts and decision makers. Whether you write self-help books, historic fiction, blockbuster Hollywood scripts, mysteries, romance, magazine articles, sci-fi, plays, children's books, humor, or simply need help marketing yourself as a professional, you'll find helpful guidance and keen insights. Workshop topics include fiction, non-fiction, film & TV, manuscript editing, publishing, pitching, research and business. Over 60 authors, consultants, literary agents & editors plus film producers, managers and agents will be on hand to listen to your ideas. $395.00/3 days includes meals, $195.00/1 day.

Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College
August 7-11, 2006. Milton, Massachusetts. Writing from the Core and The Nine Month Memoir $995.00 each; Advanced Memoir $1,395.00. Curry College offers a number of comprehensive and insightful institutes through the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies. The Blue Hills Writing Institute has 3 workshop concentrations: Writing from the Core, The Nine Month Memoir and Advanced Memoir.

Beijing International Book Fair
Beijing, China
August 30 - September 2, 2006
The Beijing International Book Fair has been held successfully for 8 sessions since it started in 1986 and the exposition of the year 2000 had developed into a large-scale international book fair with an exhibiting area of 26,000 square meters with publishing units from 40 countries or regions participated and 0.12 million visitors attended. From the year 2002 and on, Beijing International Book Fair will be held once each year and the electronical audio-video publications will be added to it.

Writing, Creativity and Ritual: Samasati Retreat Center for Women. Write and Create in the Costa Rican Rainforest -- Let Nature Inspire You! Each day, we share a three-hour workshop where we "mine" first draft material for the "jewels" that hold the heart of the story. We use "what ifs" and "what happens next" of story telling and other techniques of the short story, novel and fictionalized non-fiction. This retreat focuses on Autobiography/memoir, Children's, Fiction, Humor, and Young adult writing. $3,150-$4,100 includes private room, meals, planned excursions. $200 earlybird discount. Sep 24 - Oct 6, 2006. For booking details email Emily Hanlon

Write on the Sound Writers' Conference
Experience two days of literary inspiration on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. Thirty-two individual workshops are presented by noted authors, educators, and trade professionals who will share their secrets, talents and literary visions. Edmonds, Washington, 15 miles N of Seattle on Puget Sound. $125.00/2 days ($104.00 early bird), $68.00/1 day. October 7 & 8, 2006. Pre-conference workshops available October 6, 2006

16th Annual Flathead River Writers Conference: Located in Kalispell, Montana. October 13 to 15, 2006 $180 ($150 earlybird) for weekend conference, includes continental breakfast & lunch. $460 for 3- day workshops & weekend conference. Lodging, which is additional, is available at conference site or nearby. This conference focuses on Children's, Fiction, Humor, Marketing, Mystery, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Publishing, Screenwriting, Young adult writing. For more information e-mail:

Glorieta Christian Writers Conference October 11-15, 2006
Located fifteen minutes (18 miles) from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and 75 miles from Albuquerque.
The heart of the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference is the comprehensive classes. Choose specific topics of interest from seven different options. During the conference, you will receive six hours of hands-on training, coaching and encouragement from one of our Professional Writers. Panel discussions include a variety of experts with diverse opinions addressing all the sides of an issue on writing for magazines, the pros and cons of book publishing, and the importance of marketing and agents--one topic each day. Prices range from $130 for two to a room for four nights with two meals a day to just under $400 for premium private room and three meals a day.

27th annual International Festival of Authors
October 18-28, 2006
The IFOA will bring together the best Canadian and international writers to Toronto’s waterfront for readings, interviews, talks and round table discussions. The Festival provides booklovers with the unique opportunity to hear and meet their favourite authors and discover exciting new talent.

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