How To Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference II

21 Mar

Now that you have set your goals and decided on which conference to attend, You need to get your hands on a brochure. Most conferences will have this information on their website. It will list all of the workshops and programs.

  • Keep your goals in mind and choose workshops that are relevant.
  • Most are Q&A sessions or panels but some conferences will have hourly workshops to help with craft or the business of writing. Should be able to find something for whatever level you are with your work.
  • If you plan to pitch to an agent or editor, try to attend their panels to get to know them better before you meet.
  • At night they sometimes have sessions that are a little more laid back. I attended ‘Love is Murder’ one year and got to listen to true ghost stories from the authors. One of them was Charlaine Harris. Now how awesome is that?
  • If you catch yourself wanting to attend sessions that are scheduled at the same time – pick the one you want to see the most and purchase the recorded sessions, if they are available. Most conferences have started doing this.

Next post we’ll get into what to do before your one-on-one session with an editor or agent.

Hope you are working on something – happy writing.




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2 responses to “How To Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference II

  1. virginiagruver

    March 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I know what you are saying. I love the fact that you can get the sessions taped to watch or listen to at your leisure. Gives you a chance to enjoy yourself and not feel guilty about spending the money to go and skipping something.


  2. Margot Kinberg

    March 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Those are all really useful ideas, Virginia. I think a lot of it is a matter of deciding how one wants to focus one’s time and energy and following through. Otherwise one spreads oneself too thin.



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