Writers Workshops

In my last post, I talked about my favorite writing manuals and we received great recommendations in the comments.

Today I’m talking about my favorite writing workshops. I’ve been to a few. And these are the my favorites:

Book Passages Mystery Writers Conference

If you write mysteries and want to learn how to write better mysteries, this workshop is tailored for you. Book Passage | Book Passage

The faculty that had been planned for 2020 included Cara Black, Rhys Bowen, Tony Broadbent, Kimberly Cameron, Karen Catalona, Joe Clifford, George Fong (retired FBI agent), Julie Grames, Dr. Terri L. Haddix, Rachel Howzel Hall, Laurie R. King, James L’Etoile, Tim Maleeny, Catriona McPherson, Vilaska Nguyen (criminal defense attorney), Otto Penzler, Bill Petrocelli, Zoe Quinton, Susan C. Shea, Kelli Stanley, Robin C. Stuart, and Jacqueline Winspear.

If you go, don’t miss out on the one-on-one consultations.  They’re worth every penny.


My online favorite for two reasons: the subjects offered and the workshop structure. Each week of the course, every student uploads a few pages that are critiqued by fellow students and the teacher.

Online writing classes and writers’ workshops | LitReactor

I got the most out of The Big Idea class with Rob Hart and character classes with David Corbett. But there are plenty of different topics if those don’t appeal to you. Sign up for their newsletter so you’ll get notifications of new class offerings.

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