By Scott Lorenz, Westwind Communications


Have you ever attended a writers’ conference? Here’s why you may want to consider adding one to your calendar.

A writers’ conference is a think tank for authors to build on each other’s ideas and inspire new achievements in their own work. For the cost of lodging and registration, the payoff for attending a writers’ conference could be tremendous.

Attending a writers’ conference gives you a chance to pitch your book, learn about the various publishing options and meet book editors, agents, and book marketing specialists. If your book is six months or a year from being finished, you can talk to people with valuable input on shaping your book. At a writers’ conference, you’ll get all sorts of advice to help you wrap up your project when you return home.

Of course, you will want to prepare for any writers’ conference you attend by having a plan of what you want to find out and what you will do while there. I suggest you develop an ‘elevator pitch’ about your book that you can deliver in 30 seconds. Have a one-pager available with your book cover, author headshot, short 50-word synopsis, short bio, website URL, Twitter handle and your contact information. You never know who you’ll meet so be prepared for that moment!

Here are some upcoming writers’ conferences for your consideration:



Willamette Writers Conference — West Linn, Oregon

Conference schedule

Date: Aug. 12-14, 2016



Fifth House Lodge Workshop/Conference — Bridgton, Maine

Conference schedule

Date: Aug.-Sept., 2016


Florida Heritage Writers’ Conference & Book Festival — Augustine, Florida

Writers’ conference schedule

Festival schedule

Date: Sept. 16-17, 2016


Kentucky Women Writers’ Conference — Lexington, Kentucky

Conference schedule

Date: Sept. 16-17, 2016



Chicago Writers Conference — Chicago, Illinois

Date: Sept. 23-25, 2016


Southern California Writers’ Conference —  Irvine, California

Conference schedule

Date: Sept. 23-25, 2016


American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference — Nashville, Tennessee

Conference schedule

Date: Sept. 25-28, 2016


Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference — Edmonds, Washington

Conference schedule

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016


Breathe Christian Writers’ Conference — Grand Rapids, Michigan

Conference schedule

Date: Oct. 7-8, 2016


New York Writers’ Workshop Conferences — New York, New York

Non-Fiction Pitch Conference schedule

Date: Oct. 7-9, 2016

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Castle Rock Writers’ Conference and Pre-Conference – Castle Rock, Colorado

Date: Pre-Conference—Oct. 21, 2016

Conference—Oct. 22, 2016


Fiction Pitch Conference schedule

Date: Nov. 11-13, 2016


San Francisco Writers’ Conference— San Francisco, California

Date: Feb. 16-19, 2017

Select a writers’ conference of interest to you and be prepared to enjoy the benefits of meeting other writers. You may acquire knowledge you can use immediately, find a new market for your book, elevate your professional effectiveness, meet editors, agents and publishers, become inspired and return home energized.

The Bottom Line: Make a commitment to attend at least one writers’ conference in the coming months. You’ll be glad you did!

scottlorenz_400x400SCOTT LORENZ is President of Westwind Communications Book Marketing, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.

Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at or contact Lorenz at or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist.