Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Review—Writers Advance Boot Camp

“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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  1. Thanks for the reminder. Yes--we should ALL continue to learn!

  2. It WAS a good conference, wasn't it? Cindy Sproles and Eddie Jones did a great job presenting a lot of information in a short period of time.

    And I really enjoyed your contribution, too (even if you were an attendee, too).


  3. Good points. I learn so much each time I go to a conference!