2016-17 West Coast Writing Workshops

So it’s halfway through the year … but now that I’m learning to walk the walk, I’ve started paying attention to upcoming writing conferences and workshops. There are tons. Being a Cali girl, though, some of the East Coast conferences – although they look fantastic – are just too pricey to get to. I want to spend my money … and my time … wisely.

(Disclaimer: please note lack of possessive apostrophe in the titles of these conferences is not my choice.)

Here are some upcoming West Coast events that I’m considering:

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference
June 17-19, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

2008-era website but looks like a legit conference. The schedule looks pretty interesting – check it out here. Good chance to visit my UCLA roomies?

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference
July 24-29, 2016
Napa, CA

This conference had me at “Writers'” including an apostrophe … but looks like this conference has an application process rather than straight first-come-first-served registration, which might tony up the party a bit. Check it out here. If they let you in – it’s $975 to participate. Plus you have to give them a $25 reading fee to read through your submitted writing sample. Hmmm.

Pacific Northwest Writers Conference
July 28-31
Seattle, WA

A bit of a confusing website, but managed to find the conference schedule here. Pet peeve no-no: their “about” is a video without backup text on the page. No, no, no. Never do this. BUT – looks like it could be a good conference, website aside. Conference registration $475. At the DoubleTree in Seattle (airport).

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
August 4-7, 2016
Ft. Bragg, CA

Hmmm – Ft. Bragg in August sounds nice. This one is two days of workshops, followed by an optional “Publishing Boot Camp” on Aug. 7. Surprisingly pricey: $575 early bird registration.

The 2016 Writing Workshop of San Francisco
September 10, 2016 
San Francisco, CA

Looks like this one is a focused 1-day workshop limited to 140 people. PitchFest for an extra fee + the presenter is Chuck Sambuchino. I am reading his book Create Your Writer Platform right now (thus all the blogging).

Southwest Washington Writers Conference
September 17, 2016
Centralia, WA

A one-day conference at Centralia College. Check out the schedule here. I think I’ll pass on this one (although I DO have that book idea for the environmental lawyer in Seattle …).

Southern California Writers’ Conference
September 23-25, 2016

Irvine, CA

Yea! Another apostrophe in the title! The schedule for this one has yet to be announced (as of 5/27/16). Will be posted here when available.

San Francisco Writers Conference
February 16-19, 2017
San Francisco, CA

I missed this conference in 2016 but am considering attending in 2017. Early bird registration (until June 1) is $575 – doesn’t say what it goes up to after that. Optional speed dating add’l fee.

Anybody know anything happening in Oregon? Lemmeno if you’re going to a different conference that you recommend – I’ll add it to this list!

Thanks –


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