Preparing for the Writing Conference
It’s the weekend of March 23rd – 24th and time for the annual Pamlico Writers’ Conference. You saved for it and looked forward to it all year, so you grab your favorite polka-dotted notebook and lucky red feather pen and set off for a day that is sure to jumpstart your writing —a day full of literary epiphanies and hobnobbing with high-powered agents and publishers who recognize that you are the obvious choice for the next Nobel Prize in Literature. Sounds like a dream? It probably is. As any veteran conference attendee knows, there is great value in preliminary planning and realistic expectations. When I attend a writers’ conference I want to get my money’s worth, so I take the following steps.
First, I study the presenters. What are their credentials? How many publications or successes do they have? What can I learn from them? Will a variety of genres be represented? Which ones will offer me something unique? I want to choose workshops that will nudge me out of my comfort zone.
Second, I look at the format of the workshops. Are there panels to promote discussions? Are there lectures that will spew out a lot of information that I can take home with me? Do the workshops offer interactive pen to paper offerings to get my creative juices flowing—something to ensure I use my writing skills? Since I’m a writer who likes to strut her stuff, I tend to gravitate toward the interactive ones.
Finally, I ponder whether or not there will be opportunities for networking. What is the ratio of writers to publishers and agents? What are my chances of pitching a publisher or having lunch with an agent who may be interested in looking at my work? It’s important that I have opportunities to put myself out there if I choose to.
Taking the time to prepare for the conference is the best way to ensure I will get the proper value for my investment.
Thank you Eileen, you’re right, having a clear idea and plan ahead of time helps us get the most out of the conference.
And for those of you who haven’t already registered for this year’s Pamlico Writer’s Conference, “Transforming Your Writing for Other Successful Markets,” I’d like to remind you to register now before you miss it. This years workshop presenters plan to bring those who attend their sessions a wealth of information. Don’t miss out, sign up now.
Our conference starts:
Friday, March 23rd at 6pm. Our Keynote Speaker this year is North Carolina's 2015-2017 Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.
Saturday, March 24th at 8:30am begins registration and check-in. After registration and check-in there will be a panel discussion on "Shape Shifting Your Writing." After that we'll break out into a variety of interesting workshops with some pretty amazing presenters lasting until 5pm. Our aim each year is to reach more and more writers from all genre's and levels of experience, novice to published authors.
For more information about our 2018 Writer's Conference or to register please go to our website: https://pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pamlicowritersgroupor our Twitter page: https://mobile.twitter.com/PamlicoWritersC
For more information about Pamlico Writer’s, our critique group, upcoming programs or workshops click on the above links.
We look forward to seeing and being able to network with each of you at this years writer’s conference.
See you there,