Blogger: Rachel Kent
September! It’s time to start planning for next year! Now is the time to take a look at the writers’ conferences that are being offered and plan which you would like to attend.
If you’ve never gone to a conference before, it might be nice to start with a small, local conference. Do a search for writers’ conferences in your city or county. If that doesn’t yield results, a search of conferences in your state should bring up something. If you live in a small state, like Rhode Island or something, you might need to head out to New York or Philadelphia to find a conference somewhat close to you.
I have been to a small conference in the San Francisco Bay Area–the Algonkian Pitch Fest–I think it has a new name now, but I can’t remember the new title. It was a one day event, and wasn’t too expensive. I think the writers got a lot out of it and it wasn’t a huge commitment of time or money. And there’s a small Christian one in the bay area, too. The Redwood Writers’ Conference. California also has the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. I try to go to that one every year–even if I just drop in for our client ice cream social.
If you are a seasoned conference attendee, you might want to try one of the bigger conferences: ACFW, Mount Hermon, Blue Ridge…find one that offers some advanced classes in marketing or taking your writing to the next level.
What conferences have you been to? Would you recommend them for beginning writers or for advanced writers?
Which conference might you attend next year?