Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Big Plug for Writing Conferences

by Melinda Carroll

Last week I attended the LDS Storymakers Conference up in Salt Lake.  It was awesome.  I got into writing fiction about three years ago.  Over that following year, I wrote my first manuscript and then didn't know what to do.  I asked for advice from a friend who'd just recently gotten published (a childhood friend, and at the time the only person I knew personally who'd ever published anything).  The advice she gave me:  get a critique group and go to a writing conference.
So I did.  Over the last two years I have been to seven conferences-- each one hosted by a different group or organization.  All of them were in either Arizona or Utah, and I didn't even hit all the ones that were offered.  There's TONS of them.
So what has come from all these conferences?  I found my critique group (ANWA) and through that a smaller writing group that I meet with weekly (women who are truly my kindred spirits).  I've pitched to agents and compiled a list of other agents.  I've made many new friends.  I've learned a ton about writing and about the industry.  I've learned how to write a pitch, a query, and a synopsis.  And many, many, other things.
I love writing conferences!
So if you are writing, or interested in writing, and you're wondering what to do next-- get yourself to a conference.  You will be amazed how much you can learn and about the wonderful people you can meet.

5 comments:

  1. Wasn't Storymaker awesome? I've learned SO much at every one of the conferences I've attended. I seriously have to accumulate a bit more vacation time, since there seems to be so many of them in the late winter/spring. =D

    I wish I could find an in-person critique group of like minds. *sigh*

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  2. Oh, I so want to do this. I want to write in the worst way. Hence, my journey into blogging. I can't wait to find a conference and attend!!!

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  3. No matter what your business conferences are vital.

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  4. Like Terri said, conferences are vital. In any field, it is important to keep up to date on current trends, etc. The publishing world seems to change every minute! I was a bit overwhelmed by Storymakers last year, but I am determined to be more prepared next year! And the ANWA Conferences have always been enlightening and informational. Go ANWA!

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  5. I have been to two ANWA conferences now and I learned so much. I hope to attend Storymakers nexyear. I have been to one retreat and learned alot there. I learn so much from my ANWA chapter sisters. I wish I had found ANWA years ago.

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