Last September, I went to my first-ever writer’s conference and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve signed up for this year’s event. The Ninth Annual International Women’s Fiction Festival will take place in Matera, Italy, 27-30 September 2012.

The Fiction Festival is a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, filled with writing workshops, brainstorming sessions, pitching sessions with agents and editors, author talks, and lots of panel discussions addressing the myriad of changes to the publishing industry. And it was such a pleasure to meet so many avid readers and writers at last year’s conference and to chat about books and writing over a glass of wine or coffee with the backdrop of the beautiful cave town of Matera.

Yes, this is Italy, so the location itself is enough reason to get to this festival. I have written about the beautiful southern Italian cave city of Matera in my post on last year’s festival (and even in a short story, Caves).

The event also includes guided walking tours of this town and plenty of social and cultural events in Matera’s palazzi and piazze.

So, writers, be sure to sign up for this year’s event. Look forward to seeing you in Matera!