|Say YES to moving forward by attending a conference!|
It's that time of year again. Writing conferences are gearing up, the faculty has been chosen and the websites are humming, ready to take your reservations. So why attend a writers conference? Is there anything to be gained? I believe the answer is an unequivocal yes!
I’ve personally been attending large conferences for 10+ years and smaller ones even longer. And even as my experience level has increased, so have the benefits from attending. Here are my top ten reasons to attend a writers conference.
10. Relationships. Writing is all about relationships – your relationship with the reader, with the editor and with other writers.
|Writing can be a lonely business.|
8. Confirmation. We all face doubts as to whether or not we really are a writer. A conference is the best place to confirm that calling and receive support from our peers.
7. Misery loves company. If you have spent any time at all as a writer, you know all about rejection. It helps to hear other people talk about their experiences and realize we all face the same thing.
6. The classes. Where else can you spend hours at a stretch learning about all the different aspects of writing?
5. Late night brainstorming sessions. Many of us keep odd hours as writers, where else can you find others ready to share a cup of coffee and discuss an idea at 2 am?
4. Meet your neighbor. Okay, I admit, this one’s personal for me. But I had to go to a writers conference (Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference) to meet my writing buddy and critique partner,Vonda Skelton – who lives less than 3 minutes away!
|Two of my favorite stars, Lynette Eason & Deborah Raney|
2. Sharpen that pitch. If you want to pitch an idea, a conference is the perfect place to try it out on other professionals before you send it to the editor.
1. Network, Network, Network. Like I said, writing is all about relationships and its human nature for an editor to prefer someone he’s met to someone he doesn’t know.
Now it's your turn, what are some of your favorite conferences? What do you look forward to most about going to a conference?
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