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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.

Post your events, free!, and let others know about happenings that you feel are worthwhile for writers to attend. To list your event, please use the form found at the bottom of this page.

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Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus On Mystery
November 2-5, 2006.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers This conference promises to be an exciting weekend with Tony Hillerman and other top mystery writers and experts. There are many programs, workshops, and break-out sessions to choose from. Registration Fee: $435.00; Program and workshop fees vary depending on your choices; Lodging at the Hyatt Regency: $99.00/night; Lodging at the near-by Double Tree Hotel: $99.00/night

St. George Island Writers' Retreat for Women: Polishing Works In Progress
November 6-10, 2006.
St. George Island, Florida, USA
Fiction Among Friends! The St. George Island Writers' Retreat for Women is designed to inspire creativity and foster personal growth. It offers the unique opportunity to work alongside published authors in a nurturing environment. The retreat is limited to nine resident participants and four non-resident commuter participants. For resident participants, the $750 per person, a fee that covers workshops, conferencing, lodging, snacks, beverages and all meals. Cost of any offsite meals and entertainment will be the guest's responsibility. For non-resident participants, $550 covers participation in all activities and meals at the retreat, but will not include lodging.

Algonkian Novel Workshop
December 6-10, 2006.
Algonkian Park, Virginia, USA
During 45+ hours of actual workshop time, students will engage in those rigorous narrative and complication/plot exercises necessary to produce a publishable manuscript. The three areas of emphasis will be premise, platform, and execution. The cost is $825.00 and that includes tuition, a private cottage room for five nights, breakfast, lunch, the Algonkian Workshop book, "Immersed in The Art of Fiction," and a professional manuscript consultation.

Creativity Workshop: Writing, Drawing, Story Telling, and Personal Memoir
December 8-11, 2006.
New York, New York, USA
The Creativity Workshop is dedicated to teaching people about their creativity and how to use it in all aspects of life, work, and creative expression. In a non-competitive, nurturing atmosphere, the Creativity Workshop course helps participants develop creative skills, expanded sense perception, concept innovation and problem solving, increased inspiration and brainstorming, and new ways of looking at life as exciting and transformative. Workshop fee: $750.00

Finding Your Voice In Writing With Crysse Morrison
January 7-21, 2007.
Los Parronales, Santiago, Chile
This is a course for all writers, including beginners and those with work in progress, with a focus on discovering and developing personal style, and on writing from both imagination and experience. This workshop promises to help you become more flexible at shifting away from self-critical blocks and at accessing the intuitive creative right side of the brain. Rates range from Cdn$100-120/£65-75 per day and include full board and workshop, airport pickup and drop-off, meals, and more. Please contact Los Parronales co-ordinator Susan Siddeley for more details, information package, and registration forms.

Circle of Writers in Costa Rica
January 19-26, 2007.
Samasati Nature Retreat, Costa Rica
Explore, discover, and become an active writer during this week of creative writing and outdoor adventure. The focus is on writing with nature and our own lives, in a spectacular rainforest/beach reserve. Participants will write 2-3 times each day and participate in a variety of outdoor adventures, including a rainforest hike, snorkelling or horseback riding at Cahuita National Park, a canopy tour or sea and river kayaking, and a waterfall trek. These excursions will give you plenty to write about! Non-refundable registration deposit: $100 Private bungalow with private bath, double $1495 or guesthouse with shared bath, single $1295: Includes accommodations, three vegetarian meals daily, coffee/tea, all writing instruction, all group excursions and activities, use of retreat facilities, van transportation to/from Samasati.

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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.

The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
November 10-13, 2006.
The Round House, 68 Van Nuys Road, Colrain, Massachusetts
The workshops of this conference provide intensive focus on manuscript preparation (ordering, revising, and swapping out poems), and then poets meet one-on-one with the decision-makers: poetry press editors from several established area presses. Prior to the conference, and following registration, poets will be given pre-conference assignments. Following successful application, the registration fee for the conference is $695 until October 23. This includes the conference fee, workshop tuition, and materials; lodging for four nights; and three meals per day plus snacks and beverages.

PenDancer Alliance: 2006 Winter Writers Workshop
November 18, 2006.
Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth Street Pekin, IL 61554
Writers will learn and perfect their writing skill, under the tutelage of acknowledged experts. The full-day's workshop is $30 and includes two meals.

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