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Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2021

  • 20 Mar 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Online Via Zoom

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The first BTO to be held entirely ONLINE

The 24th annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will take place Saturday, March 20, 2021. The entire conference will be held online via Zoom.  

How This Works: After you register, you will receive a confirmation email.  On March 1st, you'll receive an email which includes the conference brochure in a handy dandy PDF file for ease of printing.  You'll also receive a copy of the conference grid to help you plan your day!  The Zoom conference will consist of a main room and six different breakout Zoom rooms.  The day of the conference, you pick and attend whichever sessions you want to attend!   No signups needed for sessions!

Your Zoom link for the conference will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the conference.

Several dozen accomplished writers and editors will lead outstanding workshops on many areas of writing. This event is sponsored by the nonprofit Eastern Shore Writers Association. See the full program.

BTO will feature something for writers at all levels. It features a keynote address by poet Truth Thomas and 30 individual sessions in the following six tracks:


Tickets are available by clicking the REGISTER button on this page and selecting 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.)

Members of the Eastern Shore Writers Association are eligible for a discounted rate. They must sign into the website first in order to purchase a ticket at the ESWA member rate.


General ticket prices this year are $60 for the Early Bird Rate, available through Feb. 22, and $70 after that. Ticket sales end at midnight on March 18. No sales on the day of the conference or the day before.

For ESWA members, the Early Bird rate is $50; tickets will be $60 after Feb. 22.

Non-members do not need to sign into the site to purchase a ticket to BTO.

Both members and non-members will pay online via credit card. Refunds will be available to those who cancel by March 7.


Now it its 24th year, the 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 (ESWA), 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.

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