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Conference Time

March 18, 2012

If you’re thinking of attending a writer’s conference this summer, now’s the time to register. Although writing workshops occur year-round, the majority take place during the heat of the year.

How does one decide which conferences are worthy of attending? I’ve made a checklist to help narrow your search.

-Find conferences in your area. This will help cut travel costs and support your

local community.

-Look for a workshop specific to your genre. For example, there’s a huge

“Thrillerfest” in New York City. If you write for children, the national SCBWI

conference is held the first week of August in Los Angeles. A Christian

Conference for writers is held in February. There’s something for everyone.

-Research where your favorite agents, editors, and authors are speaking. This is

your chance to meet them.

-Ask other writers for recommendations.

-Remember: a conference is not a vacation. Be prepared to work!

Google away and jump in. If you are serious about improving your writing or getting published, a workshop is essential.

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