Friday, July 30, 2010

Gone to a Writer’s Conference Lately?

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Today I’m trying to sort of poll fellow writers out there across the country and see what kind of writing conferences you have gone to in the last 6 to 12 months. There’s quite a bit out there and after attending my first writer’s conference up in San Francisco this year, I’m interesting in attending others. There are medium sized ones down in southern California around L.A., San Diego and Palm Springs, and there are also small ones like the one-day conference out in Half Moon Bay or the slightly bigger East of Eden Conference in Salinas. And of course there are the big time ones that take place in New York and other major cities across the world. But what I’d like to know today is…are any of them worthwhile?

I don’t really have an answer to this, that’s why I need you. For myself, I can say that the San Francisco Writer’s Conference was certainly valuable both as a chance to learn about the industry and to make contacts with everyone from authors to editors to agents. I suppose that would be my basic prerequisite for attending another conference, i.e. does it meet those same basic necessities of networking and continuing to grow in both art and business. I also realize that travel is involved when doing conferences farther afield, so I definitely wouldn’t want to venture all the way to Hawaii or Paris or somewhere else if it wasn’t really a guaranteed worthwhile experience.

So what do you think? What have been your most enjoyable conferences and your not so worthwhile ones? What do you look for in a good get-together of likeminded writers? Some people I know aren’t too crazy about conferences in general and I fully understand this feeling, but I feel that the potential pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to broadening oneself. So let me know your thoughts, and hey, maybe I’ll see you at the next writer’s conference!