Writing conferences are a great place to meet other writers, hone your craft, learn techniques, and meet people in the publishing industry who may help you along the path to success. The conferences listed here are mostly local in the Southern California area, but we’ve added a few others of note for those who like to travel or get out of town once in a while.

For additional writing events in your area, we invite you to also visit the websites of our Southern California Branches, listed on our About Page on this site. Just click on the link for the Branch nearest you.



High Desert Branch Partners on
High Desert Arts and Literary Arts Festival
September 8-9, Apple Valley

CWC’s High Desert Branch has partnered with the San Bernardino County Library system, and specifically with the Hesperia Branch, to do pre-Festival meetings for the High Desert Arts and Literary Arts Festival, designed to showcase the craft of writing, and to encourage prospective writers to write. The three meetings dates are the last Saturdays of June, July, and August at the Hesperia Library Community Room 9650 Seventh Avenue in Hesperia from 2 to 4 pm.


The event itself takes place Friday, September 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Bernardino County’s Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. Festival proceeds benefit local STEM educational programs and local scholarships.


Cuesta College Presents 33rd Annual
Central Coast Writers Conference
September 28-30, 2017

Considered one of the top writers conferences, the Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference held September 28-30 will offer panels, networking, private critique sessions, publishers, and agents, highlighted by workshops in all genres presented by keynoters including Tom Schulman, Mary LoVerde, Jean Steel, and George Saunders ( Cuesta College is located between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.


Jane Austen in Paradise
Intimations of Immortality
October 6-8, Huntington Beach

The Jane Austen Society Southwest presents Gillian Dow, Devoney Looser, Peter Graham interviewong Whit Stillman, and Austen descendant Richard Knight. Breakout sessions will explore the “world after Jane Austen,” where adaptations, allusions to and interpretations of her works take many fascinating forms. A sumptuous banquet and Regency Ball cap Saturday night. See for further details.

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