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Conferences/Festivals


Small Press Expo    visit website


Small Press Expo (SPX) brings together over 400 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, distributors, and each other. There is an annual presentation of The Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse, recognizes outstanding work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an artform and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz is a festival prize, the first such of the United States comic book industry. Winners will be determined by ballot during SPX and presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony. Profits from SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.
Baltimore Book Festival    visit website


Located in historic Mount Vernon Square, the Washington Monument overlooks the Baltimore Book Festival site, whose manicured parks and cobblestone streets are the perfect location for a weekend outing. Dynamic, personal interaction between readers and authors is the hallmark of the festival. But the Baltimore Book Festival is a festival in every sense. It offers food, musical performances by local and regional acts, hands-on activities for the children, area restaurants and attractions, picnic tables for resting, and more.
Bay to Ocean Writers Conference    visit website


The BTO conference, entering its thirteenth year, is now sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers' Association. The conference attracts writers and speakers from surrounding states and the District of Columbia to its base on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The one-day conference features workshops, speeches, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the craft of writing, the publishing business, and the intricacies of particular genres.
Frederick Reads    visit website
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Frederick Reads is a collaborative effort among Frederick County Public Libraries and local organizations to foster a love of reading within the community. With its inaugural event held in 2006, Frederick Reads was spearheaded by City of Frederick Alderwoman Marcia Hall, who formed the organizing committee.
Maryland Writers' Association Conference    visit website
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MWA's activities and services include monthly meetings with speakers, member newsletter, complimentary subscription to the creative journal Scribble, writing workshops. literary contests, writing projects for children, and an Annual Conference held typically in May.
Conversations and Connections    visit website


Conversations and Connections will help you get the connections and information you need to take your writing—and publishing—to the next level. Sponsored by Baltimore Review, Barrelhouse, Potomac Review, Johns Hopkins University, and Montgomery College.
Association of Writing Programs Annual Conference    visit website



Each year, AWP holds its Annual Conference in a different region of North America in order to celebrate the outstanding authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers, and small press publishers of that region. The Annual Conference typically features 300 presentations: readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums plus hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings. The conference attracts more than 5,000 attendees and more than 400 publishers. It's one of the biggest and liveliest literary gatherings in North America. Join the big literary conversation. Join us at the next Annual Conference.

Book Expo America    visit website
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A world of ideas, information and insights await at BookExpo America (BEA) when you discover all-new content rich education sessions that have been specially developed by industry experts.
National Book Festival    visit website
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The National Book Festival is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. Usually the last weekend of September, the National Book Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets. The festival is free and open to the public.
Annapolis Book Festival    visit website


The Annapolis Book Festival is an interactive, inter-generational celebration of the written word, fostering a love of literacy and learning in Anne Arundel County. The event is free and open to the public and underwritten by sponsors from our community.

Bethesda Literary Festival    visit website
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The annual Bethesda Literary Festival features novelists, journalists, poets, a poetry slam, adult and youth writing contests, and a comedy night! All events are free and are held at various locations throughout downtown Bethesda.
Frostburg Creative Writing Center: Nightsun Summer Writing Conference    visit website
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Nightsun provides participants with workshop opportunities, individualized attention, and feedback to their work, as well as initiates a larger writing community and craft session. The workshop is designed to generate new material and publications, and to hone the craft of creative writing.
Baltimore Writers' Conference    visit website


Sessions on fiction, poetry, non-fiction, free-lancing, social media, and more. Quick Critiques will be back, too. The BWC is the Baltimore area's longest running, most comprehensive writers' conference. Co-sponsored by Towson University's Professional Writing Program and Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference    visit website


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference began in 1996 as a celebration of the centennial of Fitzgerald's birth. The Literary Conference is a rare opportunity for area writers and lovers of literature to meet and work with some of the best instructors and professionals in the writing world today. The conference day includes panel discussions, workshops, and publication conversations.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society    visit website


The purpose of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society is to assist and coordinate F. Scott Fitzgerald studies through (a) the organization of the Society's general meetings and other special conferences; (b) the publication of a newsletter; and (c) the support of similar activities approved by the Society. The Society customarily meets in locations biographically and artistically significant to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
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