Here is my short list of U.S. writing conferences. Feedback is an important part of deliberate practice and conferences are a great time to receive it.
Association of writers and writing programs conference
FEBRUARY 8-11 2017
AWP is one of the largest literary conferences in the world.
Writer's digest conference
august 18-20, 2017
A writing conference backed by one o the top brands in the writing world.
San francisco conference
february 16-19, 2017
A great conference for those on the West Coast.
july 20-22, 2017
In addition to their live workshop in the summer, MWW provides online workshops.
Las vegas conference
april 20-22, 2017
A great conference for meeting agents and editors.
killer nashville conference
august 24-27, 2017
Great for all writers but with a killer focus on procedural fiction and murder mystery.
South by southwest conference
march 10-19, 2017
This multi-media conference is great for both writers and screenwriter while keeping Austin weird.
With at least two annual conferences, this is the perfect place to network with other writers and meet editors and agents.
Northern COLORADO conference
may 5-6, 2017
A twelve-year-old conference with a track record of excellent workshops and presenters, this conference is limited to 130, so be sure to register early.