Sunday, June 20, 2021

How Writing Conferences Compare to Carrots

by Tammy Karasek @TickledPinkTam

You’ve read the title of this post and are convinced this writer has truly lost her mind. While there may be some truth to that—hear her out. And by her, I mean me.

On the two-hour drive home from a recent large conference, I had plenty of quiet time to think and process what I’d encountered the week there. Thoughts about how conferences as a whole have had to change during this past year due to, well, you know­—Covid. Most chose to do an online option, which at least connected us with opportunities to continue to learn more of the craft. As an extreme extrovert, this option was difficult at times, but I still took part as either a conferee or as faculty, grateful to see writers and speak to each other in real time even if throughout computer screens. 

A short distance into my drive it dawned on me. Or maybe it was wishing I had a bag of baby carrots to nosh on while I drove home alone. I thought about the comparison of the different styles of carrots verses the different styles of conferences. 

Life is like a box of chocolates someone once said—but conferences are like a bunch of carrots! 

Stay with me and indulge me, too, as I offer up my thoughts on carrots versus conferences.

Small baby carrots in the bag: These small treats resemble the hour-long, online webinars that are actually sales pitch micro-mini conferences. The mini carrots have been whittled down to the sweet tiny gem that will allow you to pop them in your mouth all at once, then chew, swallow and done. A small nugget to chew on – but then to whet your appetite for another, larger carrot. In comparison, the short one-hour webinar has a quick takeaway, albeit small, but often worth the listen and can leave you ready for more. 

Medium pre-peeled carrots: These resemble the one or two-day conferences. There’s more to offer than the mini carrot, but not as much as the large unpeeled one. This carrot requires a few more bites to chew and it’s already peeled, so you get to the takeaway fast. There may be a selection of classes, but not too many. This gives you the ability to bite off more info and quicker, and is much less overwhelming. Though it’s still worth the time invested.

Large, multi-colored, unpeeled carrots: This last type of carrot is the large unpeeled carrot, which reminds me of the large in-person, multi-day conference. These carrots now come in various colors like purple, white and yellow to name a few. The larger conferences also offer the many colors by the various tracks they have: writer, speaker, screenwriting, self-publishing and more. There’s so much there and the choices seem endless. Oh—which to choose? After you’ve sat in classes and taken copious notes, you’ll first need to peel it before you can take the first bite of it once home. With your unpeeled carrot, you’ll need to peel it first as well. Your notes will need to be peeled, so to speak, to get to the main point or takeaway of each class. The colors—or choices—may have been many, but the rewards for your selection are delightful. 

I hope you’ve had the opportunity to choose your type of carrot, er conference I mean, to attend this year. As we continue to learn and grow in our craft of writing, we need to invest the time to hone in on an area we aren’t as sharp as we could be. So whether you can do the mini carrot or go for the full multi-colored gourmet one, may your time be blessed as you work at your calling this year. 

Happy carrot noshing—I mean, happy conferencing!


You’ll find Tammy using humor and wit to bring joy and hope to every aspect in life. She’s gone from down and defeated from a past filled with bullying and criticism from family to living a Tickled Pink life as she believes there is always a giggle wanting to come out! All because of HIM.

She’s the Social Media Coordinator for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. President of ACFW Upstate SC, Past-President and current member of Word Weavers Upstate SC and Past-President of Cross N Pens Writers Group. She’s a member of My Book Therapy/Novel Academy. A writing team member for The Write Conversation, contributor for the Learn How to Write a Novel Blog and others. Published in the Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments.

She’s married to her college sweetheart Larry, a mom to their grown daughter, Kristen and excited to add a son-in-law in 2021. Born and raised in Ohio, she now lives in South Carolina. Connect with Tammy at HTTPS://TAMMYKARASEK.COM.


  1. As soon as I read the title in the email, I said "This has got to be from Ms. Tammy." You didn't disappoint my friend. Some pretty yummy insights there ma'am. :-)

  2. Haha! You know it!! And “yummy insights” - good one!! Thanks, sir!

  3. What a wonderful,post. I really enjoyed it. : )

  4. Great words and humorous, too! Thanks Tammy for sharing. Keep your blogs coming.

    1. Thank you, Diane! I’ll do my best - wink!!

  5. Great article and analogy. With multiple sclerosis I am glad peeling conferences is with the mind not the hands! ;D

  6. Love this! Tammy, you make me smile. Have a blessed and tickled pink day!

    1. Thank you, Melissa! Blessings to you as well.

  7. A fun and apt comparison! Thank you. You have given me something to think about. All the best!