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Inspiration, Information, and Creativity to Help You Write Your Best Works in 2018

We write to change the world, to enrich it with our words. Whether a novelist, poet, playwright, TV, film, or non-fiction writer, we all strive to create works that will inspire our readers and change lives for the better.

Want to infuse some new energy into your writing?  Time to connect with new ideas, fresh perspectives, and an international community of writers?  All in the coolest colonial city in South America?  Come on down!

Join us from May 28-June 1, 2018, in beautiful Cuenca, Ecuador for the third International Writers Conference. This conference will feature hands-on workshops and training sessions in all genres of writing and in all areas of expertise…from novice to expert in a setting that will supercharge your creativity.

Only when the brain is confronted with stimuli that it has not encountered before does it start to reorganize perception. The surest way to provoke the imagination is to seek out new environments.  ~ Gregory Berns, neuroscientist 

Courses will cover:

  • The Craft: Enhance the craft of writing with courses offered for writers of fiction, non-fiction, poets, and screenwriters.
  • The Business: Build your knowledge of the business side of writing with marketing, publishing, and social media classes.
  • The Personal: Enhance and foster the creativity and confidence to write courageously.

This premier conference also provides a myriad of opportunities to explore the rich, vibrant culture of Cuenca… Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca. A UNESCO World Heritage city nestled in the Andes mountains and surrounded by rivers, Cuenca is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America due to its 16th and 17th century colonial architecture resembling cities throughout Spain.

Attendees can tap into the magical energy of this city and breathe fresh ideas and creativity into their work by walking along cobblestone streets, enjoying outdoor dining on the river, visiting museums or flower markets, meeting people in cafes while sampling the best Ecuadorian chocolates, and exploring the myriad of shops brimming with alpaca sweaters, ceramics by renowned artisans, and of course, Panama hats… all made right here in Cuenca.

Expand your community!  There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with other writers, eager to trade ideas and hear about your work.  You may also decide to read some of your work at an open mic night or participate in a genre specific feedback group.  You’ll enter a rich and diverse environment of international writers.

With local food tastings and art shows, performances by local dancers and musicians, and genre specific networking groups, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet new writers.

And, you’ll have time for quiet writing or personal reflection.  We know writers need time to withdraw and contemplate ideas so our agenda has plenty of breathing and writing room.

Our on-site bookstore will be open to the public so bring copies of your published work and participate in our public book signing and readings.  Books printed in English are rare here so the local expat community, which numbers more than 5,000, is hungry for great books- like yours!

Spouses and family members are welcome!  We’ll offer a variety of optional tours and activities for your loved ones to enjoy while you are at the conference.

Every aspect of our Conference has been carefully designed to provide you with an experience that you’ll never forget.  You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll meet new friends who understand the writing life, and you’ll return home with a new perspective that allows new ideas to flourish.

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