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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

List of 2012 Book Festivals and Writer's Conferences

This is a list of book festivals and writer’s conferences I have found on the web.  I hope you find it helpful.  Feel Free to add to the list, in the comment section.  If you do, please provide dates, name, location and link.  If you know the dates on some that I did not have, add that as well or contact me and I will update the listing.


January 23-25
BOBCATSSS 2012 Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 24-25
SIIA Industry Summit, New York, NY
 Jan. 20-22, 2012 – Writer’s Digest Conference – Sheraton Hotel, New York City.

 Jan. 27-29, 2012 – San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, Doubletree Hotel, San Diego’s Mission Valley.


Feb. 3-4, 2012 - Cape Fear Crime Festival, Wilmington, NC.

 Feb. 3-5, 2012 - Love Is Murder Mystery Conference, Chicago, IL.

 Feb. 15-19, 2012 – Savannah Book Festival 2011, Savannah, GA. Free and open to the public. 

Feb. 16-19, 2012 – San Francisco Writers Conference - 

Feb. 16-19, 2012 – San Miguel Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

 Feb. 17-20, 2012– The Southern California Writers Conference (SCWC) – San Diego 

 Feb. 22-26, 2012 – Fisherman’s Wharf Writers Conference, Algonkian Writers Conference, San Francisco. 

 Feb. 27-29, 2012 – Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, Point Loma -

February 1-3
AAP/PSP 2012 Annual Conference, Washington, DC
February 26-28
54th Annual NFAIS Conference, Philadelphia, PA

 MARCH 2012:

March 1-4, 2012 - Sleuthfest 2012, Orlando, FL. Florida’s premier mystery writer’s conference. Workshops and expert panels. .

March 3-4, 2012 - Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Whidbey Island, WA;

March 10-11, 2012 – The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ. Free and just excellent!

 March 16-17, 2012 - The Write Stuff, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Allentown, PA.

 March 30-31, 2012 - 7th Annual Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins Hilton. 

 March 29-April 1, 2012 – Left Coast Crime 2012 annual mystery convention, Sacramento, CA.

March 21-23
Computers in Libraries 2012, Washington, DC
March 21-25
2012 IA Summit, New Orleans, LA
March 26-28
UKSG Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland
 APRIL 2012:

 March 29-April 1, 2012 - The Maine Festival of the Book, featuring some 75 authors. Free! Portland, Maine. Visit

April 11-15, 2012 – Romantic Times Book Lovers’ Convention, Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont (Chicago) IL.  April 13-14, 2012 - Houston Writers Guild Conference, Sugar Land, Texas. 
Festivals in the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland 2012
April 14, 2012 – 22nd Annual TMCC Writers’ Conference, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV.

April 16-21, 2012 - Philadelphia Book Festival – Free!

 April 19-21 – Las Vegas Writers’ Conference, Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
April 20-22, 2012 - Missouri Writers Guild’s Write Time! Write Place! Write Now!
Writers’ Conference, Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center of St. Louis, 

April 20-22, 2012 - Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, Marriott Hotel.
 April 20-21, 2012 – Kentucky Writers’ Conference and Southern Kentucky Bookfest. - Free!

 April 21, 2012 – Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery. Free Admission,

 April 26-28, 2012 - American Society of Journalists and Authors’ 41st Annual Writers Conference for nonfiction writers in NYC:

April 27-29, 2012 - Malice Domestic, annual traditional mystery fan convention, in Bethesda, MD.

April 28, 2012 - Unicorn Writers’ Conference, Portland, CT.

April 11-14
16th Museums and the Web (MW2012)

 MAY 2012:

 May 3-5, 2012 - The Oklahoma Writers Federation Story Weavers Conference, Oklahoma City.

 May 5, 2012: Ontario Writers’ Conference – Garden Hilton Hotel, Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

May 4-6, 2012 - Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers Conference.

May 11-13 – Algonkian Writers Conference, San Fran Write to Market Conference, San Francisco.

May 18-20, 2012 - SC Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

May 24-26, 2012 - Backspace Writers Conference, New York City.

AIIP 26th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

JUNE 2012:

June 1-3, 2012 - Bloody Words XII, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Includes panels, agents, a short story contest, and forensics. See

June 1-3, 2012 - Wyoming Writers Conference, Casper, Wyoming. Presentations, workshops, agent pitch sessions, and open mic readings.
June 7-8, 2012: 8th annual Clarksville Writers' Conference, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. Workshops on writing and publishing.
June 8-10, 2012: 64th annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference, Holiday Inn Historic District, Philadelphia, PA. More info to come soon at

June 8-12, 2012 – Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, Alaska.

June 9-14, 2012 - Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

 June 12-16, 2012 - Western Writers of America convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 June 22-24, 2012 – Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference, Hyatt Regency, Austin, Texas.

 June 22-24, 2012 - RomCon in Denver, CO. Crowne Plaza, Denver International Airport.

June 25- 28, 2012 - Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.

 June 28-30, 2012 - Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The Southern Festival of Books is held the second full weekend of October in downtown Nashville. This is a three-day celebration of books. The Festival is free with no tickets or reservations required and plenty of Authors on hand to sign their books.

 Oct. 27, 2012 – Boston Book Festival – free and excellent!

 Oct. 19-21, 2012 - Surrey International Writers Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada.

October 27-30, 2012: Algonkian Writers Niagara Falls Conference, Niagara Falls, CAN,

Oct. ?? – Florida Writers Conference

Oct ?? - South Carolina Writers Workshop, Myrtle Beach, SC -

Oct. ?? - Emerald City Writers’ Conference (Romance Writers of America), Bellevue, Washington,

October 3-7
LITA National Forum, Columbus, OH
October 10-14
Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
October 26-31
ASIS&T 75th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD

Nov. 1-4, 2012– World Fantasy Convention:

Nov. 2-4, 2012 _ The La Jolla Writers Conference, San Diego -

Nov. ?? The New England Crime Bake Conference, Dedham, Mass.

November 7-10
32nd Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC

Fun in the Sun Conference – Florida Romance Writers: get ready to set sail
onboard Royal Caribbean's beautiful ship, Liberty of the Sea. We sail from Ft Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 and return to port on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Join us to see the beautiful blue seas of Cozumel and bask in the Caribbean sunlight. This year our conference will include a Pre-sail party on Wednesday night January 23rd, 2013.

Visit my blog at: that features a preview to my new book that will be released in 2012, Traveling a Rocky Road with Love, Faith and Guts.
June 25-27
Book Expo America, New York, NY

 JULY 2012:

 July 11-14, 2012 - Thrillerfest & Craftfest – International Thriller Writers annual conference, New York, NY.

July 7-13, 2012 - Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

July 12-15, 2012 - Public Safety Writers Conference, Las Vegas NV. Open to those writing fiction or nonfiction about or for any public safety field. Conference speakers include a coroner, fire fighters, police officers, and others in the writing field.

July 22-27, 2012 - Napa Valley Writers’ Conference -
July 15-18
SLA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Tokyo International Book Fair
Event Date:7 Jul 2011 - 9 Jul 2011
Tokyo International Book Fair
Event Date:7 Jul 2011 - 9 Jul 2011

AUGUST 2012:

Aug. 3-5, 2012 – UNF Writers Conference – University of North Florida, Florida Writers Association,

 Aug. 16-19, 2012 – Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts – Sechelt, BC, Canada.

 Aug. 19-22, 2012 – Pacific Northwest Writers Association summer conference, Bellevue, Washington,
August 11-16
78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Helsinki, Finland


 Sept. 16-18 - Fall in Love with Writing: A Conference for All Genres and Awards Banquet, Albuquerque, NM

 Sept. 21-23, 2012 - The Southern California Writers Conference (SCWC) – Los Angeles

 Sept 20-22, 2012 - Hampton Roads Writers Conference, Virginia Beach, VA -

 Sept. ?? - Writers’ Police Academy, Jamestown NC. Hands-on, interactive and educational experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics.

 Sept. or Oct.? - Central Ohio Fiction Writers Conference -

 Sept. or Oct. ? - Moonlight and Magnolias conference in Atlanta, Georgia;
Books For Children & Young People Fair-[2011]
Venue: Poznan International Fair Grounds, Poznan, Poland
Date: Apr 03, 2011 - Apr 06, 2011
Industry Focus: Paper
Contact Person:
Ms. Zofia Strzyz

Tel: +48-61-8692193
September 30 - October 3
Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Annual Conference, Gettysburg, PA

 OCTOBER 2012:

 Oct. 4-7, 2012 – Bouchercon Crime Fiction Convention, Cleveland, Ohio.

Oct. 6-7, 2012 – Write on the Sound – Edmonds, WA -


Ellen Wittlinger said...

Thanks for the list. You might want to add the Southern Festival of Books which is held in Nashville every October. It's a huge festival and a great one.

Unknown said...

Miami Book Fair International November 11 - 18, 2012
STREET FAIR: November 16 - 18.
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL This is the largest book fair and festival in America.

Miranda Paul said...

This is fantastic, Sylvia! Thank you! Though there might be some to add, it's really helpful to have such a comprehensive list.

Melissa Bowersock said...

Great list, thanks! Just a note--the Tucson Festival of Books became the 3rd largest in the country in just its second year. Held on the U of A campus, it draws 10,000+. It's so gratifying to see so many people who love books and reading.

Sandra Beckwith said...

Thanks for doing the work to create this list, Sylvia!

Sandra Beckwith

Sylvia Hubbard said...

I'd also like to add Essence of Motown Literary Jam in Detroit, Mi 2nd Weekend of November in it's 8th year running.

Boyd Lemon said...

Thanks so much Sylvia. This is really helpful. While I'm here, I'll mention my new book, "Eat, Walk, Write: An American Senior's Year of Adventure in Paris and Tuscany." It came out on Amazon the last day of 2011. Kindle, Nook, Barns and Noble and Smashbooks soon.

Keep up the good work, Sylvia.

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Unknown said...

April 27-28, Detroit, Michigan
4th Annual Anointed Pen Conference for Christian Writers

Sheri Levy said...

What a wonderful list! Thanks. Two other conferences-- February 12th, a Pet Conference in NY, with many editors and agents and SCBWI Carolinas, their regional conference, usually the third weekend of Sept. in Charlotte, NC.
Sheri Levy

Janice D. Green said...

The Write2Ignite! Conference For Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults.
The Write2Ignite! Christian Writers Conference is held annually on the campus of North Greenville University, a beautiful facility conveniently situated between Greenville, South Carolina and Hendersonville, North Carolina.
The 2012 conference is scheduled for March 16 & 17, 2012.

Neil Plakcy said...

University of Central Florida Book Festival, March 31 in Orlando, FL

The Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America is one of the sponsors.

Doug Danielson said...

Here is a list from California:

March 29- April 1

April 21-22

September 22

September 23

September 30, 2012

Nancy Lynn Jarvis said...

Whew! That was a lot of work. Thank you for doing this.

cncbooks said...

Virginia Festival of the Book
March 21-25, 2012

The mystery-specific day, Crime Wave, is that Saturday, the 24th.

Anonymous said...

Florida Heritage Book Festival, September 13 - 15 in St. Augustine, Florida.

Beth Patch said...

The Christian Writers Guild annual "Writing for the Soul Conference" will be held Feb. 16-19, 2012, in Denver. A must for Christian Writers. Excellent speakers, instruction, and networking. Bring your writing samples and submissions. Professionals will give you honest and helpful feedback.

Unknown said...

Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, IL

June 9 - 10, 2012
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This festival boasts 100,000 - 140,000 attendees each year and is one of the BEST book festivals in the country. The people who attend this festival are there to buy books.

It is not cheap, but it is well worth the investment. Sites go VERY quickly, but once you get in, you begin earning seniority.

Info packets for registration went out in email today.

Carole Di Tosti said...

Thanks for this Sylvia. Very informative. Posted on my FB pg. Hope you did post it on my Feed there. (WritingDivine) and @mercedeskat45

Persis Granger said...

What an amazing resource. I will share your link with the writers' group I belong to. I'd also like to share with your readers two other writers' events - writing-intensive retreats for up to ten writers, each led by a professional writer: July 27-29, 2012, The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat, Lake George, NY, led by Irene Sherlock, and The St. George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat with Adrian Fogelin, Nov. 5-12,2012. Workshops alternate with blocks of writing time and one-on-one consultations. Read more about both:

soz said...

May 24-27, 2012

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation offers its fifth annual summer fiction-writing seminar in the ancient town of Sozopol, Bulgaria. Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to the U.K. and the U.S., are invited to apply.

Five participants writing in English and five writing in Bulgarian language will receive scholarships regardless of country of residence. A scholarship covers tuition, room and board, in-country transportation, and 50% of international travel expenses.

Application Deadline:
March 7, 2012.

For More Information:

Pat Bracewell said...

Terrific list, thank you! Here are a couple more to add:
Historical Novel Society 2012 Conference, Sept. 28-30, London, England.

Historical Novel Society Conference 2013, June 21-23, St. Petersburg, FL.

Jaden Terrell said...

Thank you for the terrific list. I know I'll be back often.

Here is another conference: Killer Nashville, August 24-26, 2012, with preconference activities beginning on Thursday, August 23. Website:

printers fort lauderdale said...

Details on educational conferences.

mfb said...

Hi! If you're compiling a 2013 list of conferences, your readers might like to know about the 5th North American HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY conference being held in St. Petersburg, Florida from June 21-23, 2013! Guests of Honor are Anne Perry and Steve Berry. HF readers as well as authors are most welcome. Meet with Editors and Agents. Visit us at!

Abdul Muqeet said...

I remember, I went to Karachi Literature Festival in 2012. It was one of the best festival I have ever attended.