Who Should Go to Writer's Conferences?

Friday, June 18, 2010
All writers should go to at least one Writer's Conference. Most conferences have something for everyone, even readers and spouses. There are classes and workshops for the novelist, the short story writer, the article writer, and the poet.

Writer's conferences are all about networking and support. There you will meet people who will become your lifelong friends and people who know people. The comradeship is above anything you can imagine. With the internet and social media so accessible, writing isn't as much of a solo activity as it once was, but still meeting people face-to-face tops an online group.

Agents, editors, well-known authors, publishers, experts in various fields and instructors all give of their valuable time to make the experiences memorable and useful. Each will give you special attention when you contact them again. Personally, at this last conference, I received a request from two agents and an editor on my work. The first conference I attended I did not receive any requests, but it was still the most wonderful experience. I met Sue Grafton and many other authors. I went a little crazy with the getting the autographed books at that conference; I don't know if I will ever get the time to read them all.

The accommodations, the food and the entertainment are lively and enjoyable.  The people are friendly. Even if you are bashful, all it takes to make a friend is a smile. Many of the conference attendees are old hands and they'll guide you along.

So far, I've only attended two writing conferences, one very large one and one small one. They both held special interests for me. Writing conferences are invaluable to your career and your life as a writer. Shaw 
Guides lists many of the conferences, but keep an eye out for local ones that may not be listed there.

The only complaint I have about the conferences I've attended is too much to do and too little time. 



Henya said...

Great article, Cher'ley. I have attended only two conferences. I found them confusing and blood raising events: the rushing from table to table, the strange faces, the smile you don't feel like giving...

Loved reading you.

Julie Musil said...

I agree about too much to do and too little time. I get a tiny bit overwhelmed, but also excited.

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Cher'ley said...

I usually make contact with some writers before attending the CON. I post on facebook, twitter and my writing groups that I will be going and I ask who may be attending. That helps to get to know people.

Cher'ley said...

Revisiting this blog. I had a person ask me about it this week. They enjoyed my take on it.

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