3 03 2022

Ten West Coast Writing Conferences in 2022

March 1, 2022 by Pauline Wiles Leave a Comment

After almost two years with few in-person writer gatherings taking place, 2022 heralds new optimism. Organizers of several long-standing writing conferences have publicized plans for live events later this year. No doubt these conventions will bring fresh energy after the hiatus forced by COVID-19.

Many of this year’s conferences offer a hybrid option, so you can attend in person or online, according to your comfort level, budget, and schedule.

Here are ten writers’ conferences planned for 2022 in the western part of the USA. For many BAIPA members, these venues are, if not exactly local, then perhaps just a road trip away.

Be sure to check individual websites carefully before making firm plans. By now, we’ve all learned that events can and do change at short notice.

In-person writing conferences planned for 2022

Inspire Christian Writers Conference
March 25-29, 2022
near Santa Cruz, California

Morning tracks, afternoon workshops, and evening keynotes

Pre-Quill Conference
April 23, 2022
Salt Lake City, Utah and online

Hybrid conference with a collection of pre-recorded presentations, then a day of live and streaming workshops and a keynote featuring K.B. Wagers.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference
June 23-25, 2022
Jackson Hole, Wyoming and online

The Jackson Hole Writers Conference has united people from all walks of life with their passion for words and stories for almost three decades.

San Francisco Writers Conference
July 21-24, 2022
San Francisco, California

Out of concern for COVID-19, this popular Bay Area conference has moved from February to a summer date.

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference
July 24-29, 2022
Napa, California

Intimate writing workshops with a focus on craft

Catamaran Writing Conference
July 31 – Aug 4, 2022
Pebble Beach, California

Transform your creative writing in the scenic location of Pebble Beach, a major source of inspiration for writers from John Steinbeck to Robinson Jeffers. 

Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference
August 4-6, 2022
Mendocino, California

Morning workshops in a wide range of genres. Afternoons include craft seminars, panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics.

La Jolla Writer’s Conference
November 4-6, 2022

Sign up to receive information when it’s available.

Kauai Writers Conference
November 7-13, 2022
Kauai, Hawaii

In-person in November, with weekly online events happening between now and then.

20 Books Vegas
November 14-18, 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada

The biggest show in the world focused on self-publishing; 2500 authors and publishers with their sights on making a full time living.

And a few 2022 online writing conferences

If you’ve developed a liking for virtual learning and networking opportunities, here are just a few online (and hybrid) events to consider:

Women in Publishing
March 2-5, 2022

Celebrates, empowers and encourages women writers and professionals in the publishing industry.

Las Vegas Writers Conference
April 7-9, 2022

Satisfy your curiosity about writing, publishing, and getting your books to the market. 

IBPA Publishing University
Virtual: April 20-21, 2022

Also has in-person events, April 29-30, in Orlando.

Nonfiction Writers Conference 
May 4-6, 2022



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Most memoirs, however, tend to flow chronologically. That is, they run through events in the sequence in which they happened. But even a chronological memoir isn’t purely chronological since the narrator is now an adult filtering past experiences through the lens of a wiser, more mature person. This is part of what adds richness to the tale.

If you can avoid a mostly chronological structure, good for you. You’ll benefit from the inherent complexity. But if, like most memoirists, you are using a chronological structure, there are still several techniques to help you avoid the pitfall of “first this happened, then that happened,” an approach that drains the life and tension from a book.Read the full article on our website…

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