Sunday, January 9, 2011
Writers Conferences...Why Bother?
Writers conferences empower, inspire, and help to crack that proverbial writers block. At conferences you fellowship with like-minded people who hear "the voices" of their characters too. Whether you're writing romance, mystery, or a great literary piece, there's a creative flare that writers share. Conferences also update you on the market in which you write. Many of them are expensive, but their prices are usually great tax deductions. Some of the major conferences I’m interested in are:
June 8th- June 11th
Romance Writers of America Nat’l Conference
New York City
June 28th – July 1st
American Christian Fiction Writers Conference
September 22nd- September 25th
With airfare, conference fee, and hotel fees, one of these conferences can easily cost you $1,000. That dollar amount can be a problem for writers just beginning their journey – or even for established authors, like myself. The answer, therefore, is attending smaller, local conferences. Many times the workshops offered are led by published authors. Do you know the published authors in your area? If you don’t…perhaps you need to get to know them.
My state of Wisconsin can tout a good many published authors. Jacqueline Mitchard, Mary Pierce, Deb Baker, Marshall Cook, Kathryn Springer, Lyn Cote, Lisa Lickel, and Shellie Neumeier – these are only a handful of successful, Wisconsin authors who come to my mind.