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Milford SF Writers' Conference

Each year a small group of published writers of speculative fiction get together for one special week in a secluded residential location in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales, to critique work, discuss ideas and generally connect with other writers. Note: Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy and all their sub genres.

We also run a Milford Writers Retreat (the first in February 2018) at Trigonos. No formal crit sessions, just plenty of time to write. Please enquire for future retreats. Phone 01484 606230.

Milford Conference 2018 is now full, but you can go on the waiting list, or book now for 2019.

Booking for MIlford 2019 (14th - 21st Sept) is in full swing. Not many places left at the time of writing (March 2018).
If you wish to go on the mailing list for future Milfords, email jacey(at), or phone 01484 606230

2020 dates are 12th - 19th September.
Booking opens 14th September 2018

Our 2018 writers retreat at Trigonos was fabulous (despite the snow) so we're going to do it again on 5th - 12th May 2019. Email jacey(at) for a booking form.


Information about attending.
Skip explanations. Go straight to booking.

  • Limited to a maximum of 15 participants
  • Open to writers from the UK and abroad.
  • Newcomers are always welcome. (Places ringfenced for newcomers until Easter each year.)
  • Adult and children's authors, novelists and short story writers, multi-published authors and relative newcomers. Must be science fiction/fantasy.
  • Attendees must have sold at least one story to a recognised market to qualify for attendance. If in doubt about qualifications, please talk to us.
  • Constructive peer-group critiquing.
  • Networking. A healthy exchange of ideas.
  • Mornings are your own. Hard-working critique session in the afternoons. Sociable evenings - dinner and good conversation..
  • Friendly, constructive atmosphere.
  • Beautiful surroundings. Comfortable, warm accommodation. Single rooms. All ensuite (as of 2017).
  • Locally produced & organic food. Special diets catered for.
  • Price in 2018 - £636 (Deposit £150. Balance £486)
  • Price includes accommodation and all meals.

Because Milford has been over-subscribed for the past few years we ask that people do not attend more than two years in a row without stepping back and taking a break of at least a year. If you have attended for two years running and then apply for a third consecutive year you will only get a place if we are under-booked.

Outdoor crit session 2014

Crit session round the sundial, September 2014
It's North Wales in September, so the weather can be unpredictable.
We grabbed the sunshine while it was available and then discovered it was too bright for most people's laptop screens.
Ah, it was a nice idea while it lasted.

2018 Milford Writers' Retreat

We held our first Milford Writers' Retreat at Trigonos, from 25th February to 3rd March 2018.

2018 Writers Retreat

Please email the secretary if you are interested in attending future writers' retreats.


Milford Bursaries

In 2017 we had two funded places for SF writers of colour (BME) as first-timers at the Milford SF Writers' Conference. Our recipients were:
Suyi Davies Okunbowa (Lagos, Nigeria)
Dolly Garland (London, England)

In 2018 we have invited
Nisi Shawl (USA)
Rochita Loenen Ruiz
to be our Bursary writers

We have a limited number of bursaries available for 2019, so please enquire.

The bursary scheme is intended as an encouragement, not a quota. We operate an equal opportunities policy so all SF/F writers who are 'Milford qualified' are welcome to apply for the full-price Milford SF Writers' Conference places subject to availability.

Future bursaries may be avilable for writers of colour (BME). Full or part bursaries may also be available on the grounds of need for writers who have never attended a Milford before. Please enquire.

2017 Milford write up

Milford 2017

2016 Milford write up

Milford group 2016

2015 Milford write up

Milford 2015


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