Why go to a Writer’s Conference?


Writing is a solitary act. Most of us write because we can’t keep the words bottled up and need to express ourselves. To learn the skills and the publishing business we need to rely on each other and professionals to mentor and teach us. Our writing skills don’t necessarily grow in a vacuum. Some authors are a natural and write a bestseller first time out. However, even those writers have agents, editors, and publishers.

If you’ve never attended a writers’ conference, then I’d recommend selecting one. Some of my previous posts include information about conferences around the country (U.S.)  What are the benefits?

Get to know other writers

Meet agents and editors in the business

Become part of a network of people who know how to get from draft to publication and learn from them

Take advantage of 10 – 15 minute pitching sessions with agents or editors. It helps by-pass the slush pile.

Realize that others are going through the same experience you are

Receive information and handouts that can be career changing. Put them in a notebook and refer to them.

Find inspiration and encouragement

You’ll return home fired up and excited about your writing. I encourage you to find a conference or retreat in your area and put it on your calendar. Put the money aside for the event over the coming months. Research the editors and agents who will be attending and taking appointments. Enter contests in conjunction with the writers’ conference for prizes and great feedback on your work. Wear your comfortable shoes and enjoy yourself.

Author: diannegsagan

Dianne G. Sagan has written over 25 books and more than 300 articles in her 20 years as a ghostwriter and published her own work traditionally and indie. She writes fiction and nonfiction. She's an experienced speaker at writers' conferences in the region and an experienced facilitator for writers classes and workshops.

2 thoughts on “Why go to a Writer’s Conference?

  1. Thanks, Dianne. You’re right on with this. The encouragement from other writers – that’s invaluable. My family tries, but only another writer can really understand the really high highs and the really low lows of trying to share our writing.

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