Last week I attended a writers’ conference in Liberty, N.C. put on by Serious Writer (www.seriouswriter.com) Going to a conference can be a big commitment as well as an extra expense–especially for struggling writers. What are some reasons for attending a writers’ conference?
- To meet other writers. Why is this important? We writers spend our working hours alone and a lot of time just in our own heads. To meet others who also have this strange way of living is refreshing and encouraging. As C.S. Lewis put it: “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another ‘What, you, too? I thought that no one but myself . . .'”
- To meet people in the “business.” You know, editors, agents, publishers, and, did I mention other writers?
- To attend workshops that will help you better your craft.
- To have your questions answered. To learn what your questions should be in the first place.
- To hear other people’s stories. You know, other writers.
- Encouragement. I had to force myself to make some appointments to pitch my book, but I’m glad I did. I don’t know yet what may come of the appointments, but I did get some positive feedback.
- Worship. As Christians, we should worship God in whatever we do. Attending a conference with other Christians makes this easier and is a good reminder of Who we’re working for.
I’m already looking forward to next year. What about you? Have you been to a writers’ conference this year? Making plans to go soon?