3 Responses to “Step outside your comfort zone at a conference…”

  1. Terri Pray May 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM #

    I think this applies to genre conventions as well. There are often writers tracks or guest authors at SF&F conventions. Many of them include mixed media, or cross genre panels.

    Want to get a different view on story telling? Sit in on a table top rpg session. A games master IS the story teller of the game, and those character sheets can be a very useful tool for a new writer, or even a not so new writer.

  2. Johnny Ray May 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM #

    I will never forget a conference I went to once in Atlanta. 300 women writers and me, the lone male, and . . . on Saturday night–a dance.
    Yes, I had my wife with me –its called self preservation.

    A question: what is the one thing that really makes an author stand out at a conference for you?

    Sir John

  3. Sandy James May 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM #

    I’m a little late weighing in here, but…I have to agree wholeheartedly. Until I attended my first writing conference, I had no idea what was REALLY going on in the world of publishing. Not only are the workshops invaluable, but the connections a writer makes at a conference — other writers, agents, editors — can change a career.

    I’ll also say this…the energy you describe has to be experienced to be appreciated. I literally feed off it like some kind of literary vampire. It’s fueled my writing whenever I’m running low on gas. It’s helped me reach higher and higher in my pursuit of a full-time writing career. And it’s made me realize I’m not a freak for enjoying writing as much as I do.

    Looking forward to RWA in NYC in June!!!

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    "Let me reiterate the point about knowing where the exits/fire stairs are. If there is smoke in the..."
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    "Great advice. I’ll be there with business cards, and I’m excited to meet people I know from..."
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