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Due to Coronavirus lockdown the September Conference has been cancelled in 2020. All bookings have been rolled on to 2021 with the agreement of the participants.

Milford has been running since 1956 in the USA and 1972 in the UK. We are in no danger of closing down simply because we are currently living in a science fictional dystopia.

Any questions? Please contact the Milford secretary jacey(at)


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 run a Milford Writers Retreat at Trigonos in May. No formal crit sessions, just plenty of time to write and the company of other writers when you need it.

For questions, or if you wish to go on the mailing list for future Milford conferences or retreats, email jacey(at), or phone 01484 606230.

Booking forms are on the relevant pages
We operate a waiting list system if the retreat is fully booked you can still put your name down in case of cancellations.


Information about attending Milford September Conference .
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. (Conference 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.
  • Conference 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.
  • Conference: 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.
  • Locally produced & organic food. Special diets catered for.
  • Prices
    2020: £700 per vegetarian and £735 per meatarian Deposit £150
    2021: £714 per vegetarian and £749 per meatarian. Deposit £235
    Balance payable on attending.
  • Price includes accommodation and all meals.
  • Deposit is non-refundable if you change your mind after booking, but fully refundable if you are on the waiting list and don't get a place.

Milford Bursaries for BAME Writers of Colour

Bursary recipients for Milford 2020 are Charlotte Forfieh (UK) and Georgina Kamsika (UK).
Since the September 2020 week has been cancelled due to coronavirus we will transfer our 2020 bursaries to Milford 2021 and look forward to meeting Charlotte and Georgina at the next Milford.

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.


The Retreat and Conference in 2020 have been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

2019 Milford Conference write up

2019 Milford faces

2019 Milford Writers' Retreat write up

2019 Retreat

2018 Milford Conference write up

Milford 2018 group

2018 Milford Writers' Retreat

2018 Writers Retreat

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