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Writing Festivals and Fairs

We all know we can be better authors, right? We’ve heard all the advice on improving our craft through courses, writing groups, and craft books, but have you thought about attending writing conferences, book festivals, and fairs?

These can provide not only learning opportunities but give you greater exposure!

I’ve compiled a list of events that are highly regarded in the writing community. Some are going on right now. If you are nearby, you can still go. If you miss it, there’s always next year!

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference.

AWP is one of the largest and most prestigious writing conferences in North America. It offers a wide range of panels, workshops, and readings, covering many genres and aspects of writing. It’s an excellent opportunity to network with fellow writers, publishers, and literary professionals!

2024 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Kansas City, Missouri

February 7–10, 2024

The Frankfurt Book Fair.

This fair is considered the largest and most important book fair in the world! The Frankfurt Book Fair is a hub for publishers, agents, authors, and literary professionals from around the globe. Attending offers authors immense exposure and opportunities for networking and selling rights to international publishers.


The Hay Festival.

The Hay Festival is a renowned literary festival that takes place in different countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Colombia, and more. It features a diverse lineup of renowned authors, intellectuals, and cultural figures who participate in discussions, readings, and debates. The festival provides a vibrant platform for engaging with the literary community for you to gain exposure.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, this festival is one of the largest celebrations of books and literature worldwide. It showcases a rich program of author events, discussions, and workshops. It is an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow writers, publishers, and readers.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

August 12-28 2023

The Writer's Digest Annual Conference.

Writer's Digest, a prominent resource for writers, organizes an annual conference that brings together authors, agents, editors, and other industry professionals. The conference features workshops, panels, and networking events, providing valuable insights and opportunities for aspiring and established writers.

August 17-20 2023

The Sydney Writers' Festival.

Located in Sydney, Australia, this festival attracts acclaimed national and international authors. It offers various literary events, conversations, and performances. It provides an excellent platform to engage with the Australian and global writing community.

Sydney Writers' Festival

May 22-28 2023

Genre-specific conferences.

While the above conferences are open to all genres, you may want to look into genre-specific ones. There are numerous conferences and festivals that cater to specific genres, such as science fiction, fantasy, crime, romance, and more. These events often offer specialized workshops, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect with authors and professionals specializing in your genre.

Remember, these are just a few examples, and there are many other fantastic writing conferences and festivals worldwide. When choosing which events to attend, consider your writing goals, genre, location, and budget.

If you are on a tighter budget, research local or regional conferences that are more accessible to you.

Whatever event you select, conferences, festivals, and fairs provide invaluable networking opportunities, exposure to new ideas, and inspiration for your writing journey!

Bon voyage!

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