Events Calendar

Hey Everyone, 

Welcome 2018.  

This year, I wanted to go ahead and list ALL the events that I have either been to in the past or planned to go to, as well as some that I’m not necessarily attending but still would like to help others know about the events and spread the word. Plus, I have a lot of aspiring, new author visitors to my site so help yourself if you see something you should definitely attend. All the events listed below are usually (either local to the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, OR they are industry events that you should not miss). 

Remember that listing does not constitute endorsement nor serve as confirmation that I will appear but if I am going, this year, I’ve put a simple * next to the listing. 

Hope you can come visit us and learn something new! See you there.

Write to Impact Lives Conference – February 9 – 10 Kulpsville, PA

African-American Book Expo – Baltimore, MD February 10, 2018

Virginia Festival of the Book – March 21 – 25, Charlottesville, VA

Association of Writer’s and Writer’s Programs (AWP) – Tampa, FL March 7 – 10, 2018

*Ujamaa Book Festival, Alexandria, VA — March 31, 2018 

*PENN Writers’ Conference, Leesburg, VA – April 7, 2018

Bethesda Literary Festival, April 19 – 20 Bethesda, MD

*Washington Romance Writers, DC Chapter (WRWDC) Annual Retreat – April 20 – 22, Westminster, MD

Annapolis Book Festival – April 28, 2018 Annapolis, Maryland

Sistah’s On Lit Tour/Book Festival  – April 29, 2018 Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

6th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair, Baltimore, MD May 5

Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD May 19

Write His Answer Annual Conference – Colorado, May 16 – 19

Book Expo America – May 30 – June 1 New York, New York

Cilla’s Book Maniacs Extravaganza June 21 – 24, 2018 Lithicum, MD

Romance Writers of America National Conference – July 18 – 21, 2018 Denver, Colorado

Greater Philly Christian Writer’s Conference (also by Write His Answer ministries) – Philadelphia, PA July 26 – 28

Chesapeake Writing Workshops – July 28 Arlington, VA

Capital Book Festival – September 1, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC

*Writers Conference – hosted by Tracee Garner, Leesburg, VA September 15 – check back here at for more information and the registration opening in March

Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend, September 14 – 15, Bowie MD

Association of Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) NATIONAL Conference – September 20 – 23 Nashville, TN

Baltimore Book Festival – September 28 – 30

*Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity (C3) Conference – Sheraton Hotel, Columbia, MD October 5 – 7, 2018

*Fall for the Book Festival, George Mason University October 10 – 13, 2018 Fairfax, VA

James River Writers Annual Conference (usually October) Richmond, VA 

New Jersey Romance Writers Annual Conference, Iselin, NJ October 19 – 20, 2018

*Association of Christian Fiction Writers (Virginia chapter) Conference – November 3, 2017


–*–You can find a comprehensive list of book fairs and other author/reader events by state or region at these – my top, go-to places:

Library of Congress – State Fairs/Events, and

The African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC) listing of events

Shaw Guides