I arrived at the hotel conference room scared to death. I was attending my first writers conference, a one-day event in another city. I asked myself: “Who will I talk to?” and “Where will I eat lunch?” I probably shouldn't have come; I could never be a writer.
That day, over thirty years ago, I fell in love – with writers conferences. I will never forget the woman who sat by me on that first day. When we broke for lunch, she asked me if I wanted to go to the restaurant downstairs and eat with her. I did and we talked and talked about writing. I hope she has published many things and touched lives. She made difference for me on that day.
Since then, I have attended over thirty conferences. As writers it is really a must to attend one every year. There are all types of gatherings from one to five-day to virtual conferences dealing with craft, marketing and technology.
One of the most important things at a conference is the people you meet. Other writers and editors and agents come together to learn, meet prospective authors and support each other.
|Two writers buds, Cleo & Millie|
As a staff member of the Write-to-Publish Conference, I am busy doing my part to get ready as we convene June 4 -7. If you are in the Midwest and haven’t decided on a conference, you might consider this one. March 31 is the early bird deadline to save a little money on tuition.
If you live in another part of the country, attend a conference near you. But, if you are a writer, make it a “don’t-miss” thing this year. Remember, almost every conference offers scholarships, if financial considerations are holding you back.
How about you? Do you have a conference you will attend this year?