This page lists upcoming indie publishing/self-publishing conferences and workshops. There are few major indie publishing workshops aimed solely at writers for the juvenile market, so most shown here are for general audiences. Because authors who self-publish must handle all aspects of book creation and marketing, these conferences often include presentations by dozens of indie-publishing professionals. Therefore, I won’t be including the long list of speakers for these events, but will add a quote about the event from the conference’s webpage, when available.

This page will not include information from subsidy (vanity) publishers. Before embarking on your self-publishing journey, arm yourself with education. Please take the time to review the IDPA’s Hybrid Publisher Criteria.

Click on one of the beautiful, author-produced books on the right for information about that children’s or young adult book.


February 21-20: The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, Tempe, AZ

“Our conference offers a unique and intimate creative writing experience that meets people wherever they are, creating a warm, welcoming and supportive environment where writers learn from each other as they work towards their goals.”

February 21-23: 2020 San Francisco Indie Uncon, San Francisco, CA

“The UnConference does not have a set agenda and is a free-wheeling event where authorpreneurs who have some experience in self-publishing share and learn information on how to take their careers to the next level.”

April 3-4: IBPA Publishing University, Redondo Beach, CA

“For nearly three decades, IBPA Publishing University has been the indie publishing community’s must-attend networking and educational event. Why? Because our expert speakers understand how to start, grow, and succeed in publishing’s new world…and they can’t wait to share what they know with you!”

April 4: Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Iselin, NJ

“Our 2020 Conference is dedicated to Indie Publishing, but we have something for writers at all stages of their careers and whether traditionally published, small press, hybrid or indie.”

MAY 7-19: Storymakers Conference, Provo, UT

“Our conference is sponsored by the Storymakers Author Guild. The guild consists of authors across all publishing platforms that are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that have met a list of publishing benchmarks and are committed to the values of our faith, but please know the conference is open to everyone.”

June 3-7: Inkers Con, Dallas, TX

“INKERS CON was created for the purpose of author networking, education, and inspiration. Join hundreds of other authors and experience unique workshops and panels in writing, marketing, and business practices. The curriculum is designed to bring your career to the next level—whether you are an aspiring, newly published, or advanced author.”

July 29–August 1: RWA2020, San Francisco, CA

“At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate: education and information; networking with fellow writers, interaction with editors, agents, publishers, vendors, retailers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.” (edited format)

August 6-9: Writers Police Academy/MurderCon, Raleigh, NC

October 7-10: Indie Romance Convention, Lebanon, TN

“Would you like to attend a smaller event that offers a friend and family setting where you can get to know everyone alike?…The Indie Romance Convention (IRC) provides that exact setting. IRC not only offers one of the most friendly event settings you’ll find in the USA we are one of the cheapest by far.” (edited format)

October 15-18: Writing Sisters Summit in the Sands, Taos, NMNew!

“The Writing Sisters Summit in The Sands 2020 is designed to spur your creativity and comfort your soul, featuring writing seminars focusing on craft and the business of writing. In addition, this year’s retreat will also feature wellness seminars including guided hikes, yoga and mindfulness moments appropriate for every level, intended to strengthen your awareness of mind-body connection.”

November 7-10: Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, FL

“Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; panels on publishing & editing; and readings, keynote addresses, & concerts.”

TBA: Sell More Books Summit, Chicago, IL

TBA: IndiePalooza, Houston, TX

TBA: Indie BookFest, Orlando, FL

TBA: Southeastern Writers Conference, TBA

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