This list includes: Book Festivals and Writer Conferences.


Fox Cities Book Festival
Appleton, Wisconsin • Oct. 8–14, 2018
Held throughout the Fox Cities area (Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha, and Neenah) over seven days, the book festival is a community event connecting readers and writers. We have hosted over 600 authors, representing a variety of topics, at over twenty locations in the Fox Cities area, reaching 10,000 people.

Kerrytown Book Fest
Ann Arbor, Michigan • Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
16th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest. The Kerrytown BookFest is held each September and is a celebration of books, those who create them and those who read them. The day will be filled with entertainment, education, and hands-on experiences. (The Kerrytown District is a historic area of downtown Ann Arbor with shops, restaurants, a farmer’s market, concert venues, art galleries, etc.)

Ohioanna Book Festival
Columbus, Ohio • April 14, 2018
Annually, in Spring. Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year.

Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, Illinois • June 9–10, 2018
Annually, in early June. Weekend festival of books and literature, founded in 1985, in the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks, attracting hundreds of booksellers and more than 200 authors participating in panels, readings and book signings. It is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 150,000 book-loving visitors.

Twin Cities Book Festival
St. Paul, Minnesota • Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Sponsored by Rain Taxi literary magazine, the one-day festival features exhibits by publishers and authors, readings and presentations by featured authors, and additional special children’s programming, all at the Minnesota State Fair grounds, in a celebration of the state’s vibrant literary culture.

Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Annually, mid-October. Celebrates children’s literature with activities and presentations for children, families, children’s book lovers of all ages to meet children’s book authors and illustrators. Events workshops, discussions, and demonstrations.

South Dakota Festival of Books
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Annually, in late September.  Sept 26–28, 2014. Includes a first-time Young Readers Fest in Brookings, Sept. 25.

Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Annually, in April.  One of the state’s largest literary events, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers to meet favorite authors. Readings and book signings.

Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison, Wisconsin (and some statewide events)
Annually, in late October. Readings and other events by a variety of book authors. In 2014, the dates are October 16–19.


Antioch Writers Workshop
Antioch, Ohio
Instruction in writing craft and professional skills, with top literary writers, agents, editors, and writing teachers.

Bear River Writers Conference
(near Charlevoix, Petoskey, Boyne City, Michigan)
Annually, in late May/early June. The 2015 conference is scheduled for May 28–June 1, 2015. A program of the University of Michigan, this conference has topflight literary writers as instructors.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Iowa City, Iowa
Annually, June and July. The University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival offers 140 weeklong and weekend workshops in diverse genres in June and July.

Kentucky Writers Conference
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Annually, in April. A spin-off event connected with Southern Kentucky Book Festival; visiting authors present workshops on writing craft on Friday before the Saturday book fest.

The Loft
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Many courses, some offered online. Also sponsors literary readings.

Midwest Writers Workshop
Muncie, Indiana
Annually, in July. The 2014 Midwest Writers Workshop is the 41st summer workshop; it takes place on the campus of Ball State University, July 24-26, 2014. The program features three days of workshops and sessions with top writers and writing instructors, accomplished professional authors, editors, and literary agents specializing in fiction, nonfiction, marketing, ways to fuel the creative process, genre-specific intensive sessions, and more.

Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp
West Bend, Wisconsin (northwest of Milwaukee).
Annually in May. This new intensive program (6 days) for aspiring novelists was launched in 2013. The 2014 program, May 17–23, will feature guest instructor S.J. Rozan (whose mystery novels have won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards), along with other editors, literary agents, and writing teachers.

Write By the Lake Conference
Madison, Wisconsin
Annually, in mid-June. Five days of professional instruction for writers of all levels.

NOTE: This list is in development. It is curated by Philip Martin, Great Lakes Literary. To submit information for possible addition, email to Philip Martin.

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