May 11-13, 2018, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Alaska’s 2nd Annual Alaska Big Thaw Retreat, for all picture book, middle grade, young adult and adult literature authors and illustrators at the Knik River Lodge, Palmer. Workshops by Stephen Barr of Writers House Lit. Agency will present workshops. Also offering optional critique groups and time for quiet writing and illustrating. Optional professional critique available and featuring Alaska cuisine, a cabin, a classroom yurt with a wood burning stove, and amazing views and more. Registration information here.
May 30 – June 2, 2018, North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway is now taking registrations for its 2018. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, is the keynote writer. Other faculty include Juneau Writer Laureate and Ernestine Hayes, Portland novelist Willy Vlautin, Juneau poet Emily Wall, Ketchikan writer-artist Ray Troll, Washington writer Colleen Mondor, and Fairbanks writer Frank Soos. Features include author panels, writing workshops, and outdoor activities. For more information, click here.
June 8-12, 2018. 17th Annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference registration is open. now for the seventeenth annual. Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Keynote presenter Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, will be joined by fifteen other writers, poets, and publishing industry professionals. Optional manuscript reviews, agent/editor meetings, post-conference workshop and boat cruise. Scholarships available. All information and faculty bios at our website.