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Twelve Days of Writing

Day Nine:  Writing Conferences

I love attending writers’ conferences. Love networking. Love attending workshops and learning more about the craft–oh, and don’t even get me started on the research sessions (weapons, death, forensics–ah, so interesting to me).

There are big conferences that writers can attend (for romance writers, the two biggest events are probably the annual Romance Writers of American National Conference and the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention). But, if you don’t want to attend one of the “big” events, there are always plenty of smaller conferences held all around the U.S. (and world, for that matter).

Writers go to these conferences for many different reasons. Some go to have the opportunity to pitch directly to an editor or agent. Some go to pump up their promo skills.   Some go simply to be around other writers (Trust me, this is important! It’s nice to be around other folks who understand the wild writing ride.)

In 2008, I’ll try to attend one big event…and several smaller conferences, too.   For example, I’ll definitely be at the Silken Sands Conference in Pensacola, Florida, and I’d love to attend the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Ah, the thrill of the conference!

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2 responses to “Writing Conferences”

  1. Edie says:

    I was at my chapter Christmas party yesterday. Not a conference, but a chance to network all the same. And eat some great food, lol. I did hear some gossip about a publisher that I won’t repeat.

  2. Cynthia Eden says:

    I was at my chapter party about two weeks back–and, Edie, I owe you a big “Thanks!”–you’re the one who encouraged me to attend my local meetings. Thank you! I’ve been having a wonderful time! And you’re right, the local groups do offer great networking!

    But, ah, lady, how can you tease me so with gossip?