All the World’s a Book Fair (or Writer’s Conference) Calendar

“Sometimes it snows in April” ~ from Prince’s 8th studio album, Parade

What’s Prince got to do with indie authors, you ask?  The record company saw this hot funk prodigy from Minneapolis, gave him a record deal, tried to hook him up with some hot producers. Prince said no, I’ll produce it myself.

That same DIY ethos pervades the self-publishing world.

Need a little help crafting your work?  No problem. Below find a list writers’ conferences and book fairs in April.

The Society for Professional Journalists Regional Conference

We discussed these conferences last month, and they’ve got a bunch more coming in April.

April 1- Knoxville, Tennessee

April 7–8 New York City, NY

April 7–8 Elon, North Carolina

April 8- Indianapolis, Indiana

April 28- San Diego, California

The Tucson Poetry Festival  (TBD)

Let’s hope this one happens. We need more poetry these days.

Norwescon 40 (April 13–16)

Seatac, Washington

Award winning sci-fi author Ian McDonald joins artists Cory and Catska Ench, astrophysicist Ethan Siegel, and reps from Angry Robot Books, among other luminaries. Writers’ conferences, costume balls, concerts, laser tag. It sounds like a lot of fun!

The Alabama Writers Symposium (April 20)

Monroeville, Alabama

Come home to Monroeville, the official literary capital of Alabama. This show boasts themes such as “Literary Gumbo” and “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem.” Award presentations include the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer, the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Literary Scholar, and the Truman Capote Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of Literary Non-Fiction or the Short Story. Yaa Gyasi, who wrote Homecoming, is the keynote speaker.

The 5th Annual Self-Publishing Conference (April 22)

Leicester, UK

This conference is an “informal and relaxed” way to learn the ins and outs of self-publishing, with sessions on writing, production, and marketing and distribution.

The American Society of Business Editors and Writers: SABEW17 (April 27–29)

Seattle, Washington

Great Gatsby, Batman! The world of money is the world of action, creation and consequences. Write about it. Learn about writing about it. Drones. Platforms. 3-D printing. All their program topics read like the most interesting things happening in the world today.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference (April 28–30)

The prequel: April 27

Colorado Springs, Colorado

What’s the prequel? An extra day of seminars.

This is the PPWC’s Silver Jubilee, so you can guess they know how to do a conference right. Seminars, networking sessions, a costume night, and the presentation of the Zebulon Award. It’s a writing contest! See if you’ve got the right stuff. Internationally best selling author Tess Gerritson is the keynote speaker.

Have fun!



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