Work a Workshop

June 15, 2012

At this point in my career, I’ve attended a number of different conferences. I’ve been asked to speak at a few and teach at others. However, I like to attend as a student, the best.

Conferences are a great forum to generate ideas, discover new trends, meet other writers, and most importantly, learn something new. Here’s a quick to-do list if you’re attending a summer workshop.

  • Carry extra pens (even if you use a computer or pad to take notes)
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Wear a jacket (AC can be brutal)
  • Ask questions
  • Dress comfortably and yet professionally
  • Meet people and swap emails
  • Jot notes, lots!
  • Don’t pitch to an agent or editor unless you’ve signed up for a pitch session
  • Take a break and walk outside
  • Don’t assume you’ll get ‘work’ done
  • Prepare to be stimulated, recharged, and fully exhausted
  • Declare yourself a writer!

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