With the turn of the calendar to September and cooler weather approaching, my thoughts often shift to school at this time of year. Continuous learning is the name of the game for many professional writers and content marketers. Even attending one conference or training course each year can help you stay abreast of the latest trends in your industry.
As part of this education theme, over the next few weeks, I’ll be covering different ways to boost your education. Last week, I shared tips about how to build your vocabulary. In case you missed it, you can find it here.
This week, I’m sharing a list of upcoming conferences taking place this fall. The early bird registration may have passed on some of these events, but all the same, they may be worth exploring.
Some events are higher in costs than others, mainly because they’re in-person. But even if you walk away from the event learning one or two new things you didn’t know before, it’s worth your while. And because we’re still experiencing a pandemic, most of these conferences are being presented virtually, which means you can attend a conference in New York City without leaving your home in Texas.
So whether you want to publish a novel, begin a freelance writing business, or learn about content marketing, there are plenty of conferences to get you going.
Editor’s note: Most conferences occur in the spring and summer, so look for an updated schedule in January.
Genre-LA Creative Writers Conference
October 1-3, 2021 (hybrid/virtual/in-person event)
Women Writing the West Conference
October 7-9, 2021 (virtual)
2021 Online Agent Fest
Midwest Writers Workshop
October 13-16, 2021
Gotham Writers Conference (virtual)
October 15-17, 2021
Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference
October 21-24, 2021 (in person)
National Black Book Festival
October 21-23, 2021 (virtual)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
October 30, 2021 (virtual)
Genre Writing Conferences
Fall in Love New England Where Authors Meet Readers
October 15-16, 2021
World Fantasy Convention 2021
Montreal, Quebec Canada
November 4-7, 2021
New England Crime Bake Mystery Conference
Boston, MA (in person)
November 12-14, 2021
DisCon World Science Fiction Convention
Washington, DC (in person)
December 15-19, 2021
Society of American Travel Writers Convention
October 3-7, 2021
FreeCon, Freelancers Conference (virtual) (Registration opens Sept. 15)
November 1-2, 2021
Medical Writing and Communications Conference
American Medical Writers Association
October 27-30, 2021 (virtual)
Content Marketing World Conference & Expo
Cleveland, Ohio and virtual
September 28 – October 1, 2021
CopyCon Copywriting Conference
International Festival of Copywriting
October 8, 2021 (virtual)
Marketing Profs B2B Forum (virtual)
October 13-14, 2021LavaCon Content Strategy Conference
October 24-27, 2021 (virtual)
Digital Summit Chicago (in person)
October 27-28, 2021
As writers, freelancers and content professionals, these events not only keep you updated on the latest trends and practices in your niche, it gives you a chance to network with your peers, perhaps meet agents and editors who can help your career.
What about you? Do you attend conferences or workshops in your area? What is your favorite part about attending them?.