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2020 Writing & Literary Event Updates

With the uncertainty around the world and each country doing their best to respond to COVID-19 and stop the spread of the virus, many events are being postponed or cancelled. I have compiled a list of events that have updated their sites or social media with this information. I will update this post along with our Guide to Writing Conferences & Events when I find new ones. Know of any that need to be added to the list? Please contact us.


Tucson Festival of Books – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

University of Arizona Poetry Center – Cancelling events through May 15

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing – Events postponed or cancelled through April 8


Six Bridges Book Festival – Postponed until fall, dates TBA


Bay Area Book Festival – Cancelled, next festival slated for May 1-2, 2021

Beyond Baroque – March 21 Scene & Sequence workshop postponed

Catamaran Writing Conference – still being held so far July 26-30 with limited attendance & social distancing practices

CineStory TV Retreat – Postponed to August 29 – September 1

Gold Rush Writers Conference – Postponed until later summer/fall, exact dates TBD

Litquake – All public events postponed until early May

Sacramento Poetry Center – All events cancelled from March 12-31

San Diego Writer’s Festival – Postponed until fall, new dates TBD

The Writing Salon – All on-site April classes moving to remote learning


Lighthouse Writers Workshop  – Spring workshops going remote

Northern Colorado Writers Conference – Cancelled, next conference slated for April 29 – May 1, 2021

Pikes Peak Writers Conference – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA


Westport Writers’ Workshop – All spring courses offered via ZOOM

Washington DC

American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Conference – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

Split This Rock Poetry Festival – Postponed, dates TBD


Miami Book Fair – All events cancelled until further notice

Mystery Fest Key West – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

Palm Beach Book Festival – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

Sandhill Writers Retreat – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

SleuthFest – Cancelled, purchased critiques will be virtual, 2021 dates TBA


Kahini Kaua’I Writers’ Retreat – April retreat cancelled, July & October retreats still scheduled as planned so far


Idaho Writers Conference – Cancelled, next event slated for May 21-22, 2021


Let’s Just Write! – March dates cancelled, planning on rescheduling in fall 2020

Ragdale – Novel Affair has been postponed, new dates TBA


Indiana University Writers’ Conference – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

Taleamor Park – 2020 Residency Season cancelled


Mission Creek Festival – April event cancelled with hopes to reschedule for late summer/early fall


Carnegie Center – Closed March 16 through April 5

Kentucky Writers Conference – Cancelled, next event slated for March 26, 2021

Southern Kentucky Book Fest – Cancelled, next event slated for March 26-27, 2021


Delta Mouth Literary Festival – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

Saints & Sinners Festival – Cancelled, next event slated for March 26-28, 2021

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival – Cancelled, next event slated for March 24-28, 2021


The Writers Center – All in-person events cancelled, workshops moving online as of March 14


The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home – All public events cancelled through May 8 with hopes of reopening as normal for their 2020 season on May 9

Fine Arts Work Center – All events cancelled through April 24

Grub Street – All spring classes being held remotely

The Muse & The Marketplace – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

Newburyport Literary Festival – Cancelled, 2021 dates TBA

The Power of Narrative – Cancelled, next event slated for March 19-21, 2021

Straw Dog Writer’s Guild – March & April programs cancelled and will be rescheduled

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill – Closed through April 30


Festival of Faith & Writing – Postponed until April 8-10, 2021

Interlochen Academy – All on-campus events cancelled with classes being resumed online. Campus set to re-open May 4

Kalamazoo Poetry Festival – April 18 event will be offered online, but the open mic has been cancelled

A Rally of Writers – Cancelled, next event slated for April 17, 2021

MSU Center for Poetry – Spring Poetry Festival postponed & they are working to reschedule all visiting poets to the Fall 2020 semester; All late March early April events cancelled or postponed

New York

The Writer’s Hotel All-Fiction Writers Conference – June event postponed to October 14-20

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