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.



Jane Austen to Downton Abbey
Enlightens Pasadena Sunday, May 21, 2017

The University Club of Pasadena will feature speaker Dr. DiAnn Ellis, who will address “Historical, Cultural and Social Links from Jane Austen to Downton Abbey.” Topics will include the British Empire, landowners, the peerage, the real Highclere Castle/Chawton, entertainment, presentation at court, servants, the Industrial Revolution, the Buccaneers, and the suffragette movement.

Registration begins 1:30 p.m. and the program runs from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The $25 registration fee covers parking.

Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Runs June 18-23 at the Santa Barbara Hyatt

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference offers five days of morning, afternoon, and late-night workshops, one-on-one manuscript consultations, three afternoon panels, the chance to register for agent appointments, book signings, speakers, banquets, and more. Groups of two or more and students may apply for a special rate promo code (


Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference
June 16-18, Has Early Bird Discounts

More than 40 speakers will appear over three days. Registered participants may schedule free meet-and-pitch sessions with literary agents and publishers at the 1-on-1 Consultation Desk, subject to availability. Organizers offer a training orientation Friday and Saturday to instruct in preparating for meet-and-pitch sessions. Early Bird discounts save up to $150 and include complimentary Keynote Luncheons (


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