“Why are you here?”
That’s one question I didn’t expect. We were in the middle of a break during the recent Christian Devotions’ Writers Advance Boot Camp and several of us were standing around talking.
“Excuse me?” I’m sure my deer-in-the-headlights look caught the speaker off guard. She went on to say she’d assumed I was teaching, but then noticed I wasn’t on the schedule. When I explained that I was at the conference as an attendee she got really quiet and someone else ventured another question.
“But don’t you already have all the information you need?”
Don’t I wish. . .
I went on to explain that a successful writer NEVER stops learning. Thinking back to when I was just beginning my career, there was a time when I thought I wouldn’t have so much to learn.
Boy was I ever young and naïve!
One thing I will say. I am more selective about my conferences and education opportunities. I try to pick options that force me to stretch and grow as a writer as well as provide places to network with other professionals.
Writers Advance Boot Camp turned out to be just such a place. Even though some of the workshops seemed to cover basics, I learned something new in each and every one. Most of the time I learned a LOT that was new. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career—if you have the opportunity to attend this conference do it.
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