You hope to attend a writing conference. You long to meet new faces and learn more about the writing craft. You crave a plastic name tag and a notebook full of inspiring words. You yearn for a typed schedule complete with details about breakout sessions and Q and A forums.
But where, oh where, should your hunt for a writing conference begin?
1. Ask your peers. Writer friends, peers, and authors you meet online are valuable resources for discovering the inside scoop on the big-boy conferences and local gatherings as well. Reach out, and ask. By practicing this first step, I learned about the next resource from a friend. Hello, see how quickly that works?
2. Try Shaw Guides. This comprehensive list allows you to enter specific locations, and then search out conferences based on your needs.
3. Search NewPages.com where conferences, contests, and all kinds of other writing related goodies are found.
4. Consider attending a Virtual Writers' Conference. One of the best parts of attending conferences is connecting with others who are wading through the world of writing too, but virtual conferences make it possible to glean new ideas without leaving your house.
Yesterday, John Maxwell and Michael Hyatt (talk about dream team) released a virtual version of "A Day About Books".
5. Seek out organizations and discover the conferences they put out. American Christian Writers published a list that includes both conferences and mentoring opportunities.
Now, I will practice Tip #1. Have you ever attended a writing conference? Where was it held? How did you hear about it? If you haven't been to a writing conference, what is holding you back?: :
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