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Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2020

  • 07 Mar 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland
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** SOLD OUT **

Registration has ended for the March 7, 2020 BTO Conference -- the event is sold out.

We are accepting names for a waiting list. To add your name, click"Join Waitlist" on the left side of this registration page.

The next Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Brent Lewis, novelist and author of nonfiction books, will deliver the keynote address, and two dozen accomplished writers will lead various outstanding workshops on many areas of writing.

This event offers something for writers at all levels, with special tracks in poetry, beginning fiction, advanced fiction, nonfiction and publishing/marketing/editing.  It is sponsored by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers Association. 


Tickets are available by clicking the REGISTER button on this page and selecting for the appropriate ticket type. (The register button appears at top of the page on phones, or at left if you're viewing this on a laptop/desktop.).

ESWA members must sign into the website first in order to purchase a ticket at the ESWA member price of $119 for full-price registration. 

If you are not a member of the Eastern Shore Writers Association, the price is $154 and you do not need to sign into the site to purchase a ticket to BTO.  When you register for the conference as a non-member, the price of a one-year ESWA membership ($35) will automatically be included in your ticket fee, and you'll be automatically registered as a member of ESWA. .

Both members and non-members will be given a choice of paying online via PayPal or clicking "Send Me an Invoice," which will allow you to pay by writing a check and putting it in the mail to us.

Before registering, please review the list of sessions on the BTO 2020 Conference overview page and select a few that you like. That's because when you register, you'll be asked to list three sessions that interest you most. This will help organizers make better room assignments. It will have no impact on which sessions you may ultimately attend--all sessions will be first-come, first served, but it is rare that we run out of space.

You can see the full schedule of the day's events, with all sessions listed and bios of all speakers, by clicking the image below and downloading the conference program.


Craft & Nonfiction -- Beginning Fiction

Advanced Fiction -- Poetry


Conference Overview

We also have available a limited number of student tickets at a discounted price. You may purchase one online if you are currently attending an educational institution and have a valid ID.  You won't need to submit your ID online when you register, but you will will need to show it at check-in on the day of the conference.


You may cancel your reservation up until Feb. 8, a month before the conference, and receive a refund. No refunds will be available after Feb. 8.


Chesapeake College is in Wye Mills on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The 170-acre college campus sits 15 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Md. Rt. 213 in Queen Anne's County.  Directions.

Attendees looking for overnight accommodations should consider the Holiday Inn Express Easton about 13 miles east of the college on US Rt. 50 in Easton, Md. It has reserved a block of rooms  for BTO attendees at the discounted price of $121 (plus tax). Reservations should be made by February 6, 2020 by calling 410-819-6500 and mentioning the conference name.             


Bay to Ocean Writers Conference is a one-day event that has attracted more than 3,500 writers over its history. It is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, a nonprofit organization of writers from across the tristate Delmarva Peninsula.

Our mission is to inform, encourage, and inspire writers of all levels, from beginners to published authors. We strive to share helpful knowledge and experiences among writers about every facet of writing. Our ABOUT page offers the history of BTO. More questions? Visit our FAQ page. Above all, we strive to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone!

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