Friday, December 3, 2010

Conferences & Workshops

I've been involved with producing numerous writers' conferences and workshops over the past six years. I've also attended so many I've lost count, as well as presented my share of workshops. It strikes me that both are good ways to stay connected with the writing community, to polish our craft and add key individuals to our network of supporters.

Maybe you're one of those writers who found an agent or publisher at a conference. Or made a key contact that led to getting published. Or learned how to write more effective dialogue or scene structure at a workshop. All of this and more can happen when writers attend workshops and conferences with open minds and positive attitudes.

When you become published, you'll also be invited to participate at conferences, which is always a big ego boost, as well as another opportunity to sell books. Of course, there comes a time when we have to decide if our time is more valuably spent staying home and writing or attending conferences.

Let me know if you have a conference success story to share. Now I have to go back to planning the workshops for next year's UNF Writers Conference.

1 comment:

Terri Talley Venters said...

Hi Vic,

We met at the writing conference in Ponte Vedra in May 2008 when my mother, Leslie Talley, took home the first place Light House trophy in the mystery category for her debut novel, Make Old Bones.

I wanted to share our success story of Mother and daughter writers. Since then, I finishied my debut novel, Carbon Copy, and it's getting publushed with Wild Child Publishing. And Wild Child just contracted my mother's novel too! I live in St. Augusitne and need to get to more of these conferences. I just started blogging and now I'm following yours. I plan to have guest bloggers soon and invite you come.
I look forward to netowrking with you and reading your books, I love cats!

Terri Talley Venters
Author of Carbon Copy