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.



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 (


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.

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