Ontario Writers’ Conference — put together by the Writer’s Circle of Durham Region
Surrey International Writers’ Conference – “The Surrey International Writers’ Conference, held every October in British Columbia, is the most comprehensive conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres — from beginners to experts — the opportunity both to hone their craft and to expose their work to the international literary marketplace.”
Word Guild’s Write Canada – “Write Canada is Canada’s largest writers’ conference for Christians. Join authors, journalists, columnists, bloggers, and poets from across Canada and hone your craft at this three-day conference. Learn skills you can immediately take home and apply to make your writing better. Pitch your writing to editors and agents, learn new marketing skills, network, and get feedback from published writers”
In the US
NINC (Must be a NINC member to attend)
RWA National conference — you do not have to be a member, but the extra cost of attending as a non-member equals membership. (changes city every year, but every fourth year or so it is held in NYC.)
For Readers (which is a good marketing strategy — it gets your face and name out in front of new potential readers)
Romancing the Capital (is more for readers, but there are workshops for writers too) — a fairly new conference, the first one was very successful. For romance authors and readers — there is speed dating authors, games, and costume parties in the evening. Lots of swag given out, a book signing on the Saturday that is also open to the public.
In the US:
RT Booklovers’ Convention — this is put together by the RT (formerly known as Romantic Times magazine) annually in a different city each year. It is one of the priciest conventions to register for, but it brings in approximately 2500 people (depending upon the location of course.) In 2013, they set the Guinness World Record for most people attending a book signing. (I was there, it was incredibly busy!) There are workshops for writers, as well as fun ones for readers, parties in the evening, as well as a book signing that is open to the public.
Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get Together — $50 for readers, $100 to register as an author (this year there were only 50 authors allowed to register.) Attendance is limited to 500 total. One way of guaranteeing an author spot (which allows you to provide swag to the goodie bags and have a table at the book signing) is to become a sponsor, but be prepared to pay for not only sponsoring the event but providing lots of swag which can eat into your funds. However, this conference has a lovely small-conference feel where you get to meet lots of nice people who are upbeat and supportive. I’ve never witnessed any diva behavior here. There are two book signings, one of which is open to the public on the Saturday.