Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Please Confer


I have never been to a writing conference.

SCBWI just recently had their big conference in LA, and RWA just had theirs in Orlando.

I really wish I could have gone.

Honestly, I think I'd just spin dizzy at a conference. All those other writers! Panel discussions! Pitching to agents! ARCs and book signings!

It would be amazing, like visiting a world where everyone is more or less from the same crazy place--the world of writers and publishers.

I'm probably going to attend the virtual writer's conference WriteOnCon. It's free and there's no traveling involved. Can't argue with that!

So. Going to any conferences? Been to any good ones? Or are you like me, never been, but wanna go?

Also, don't forget to check out this week's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog post by Laura Diamond on Writing and Waiting!

63 comments:

Justine Dell said...

I've never been--but I would like to go. However, I get really nervous around new people so I don't know if I would actually "do" anything while I was there.

~JD

Crimey said...

I haven't been to any writing conferences, I missed a great opportunity at the beginning of last year. One of the agents I wanted to pitch was there, but I didn't have the funds to go.

I'm debating whether or not to attend writeoncon, since I don't write YA, I don't know...

Piedmont Writer said...

I would love to go to a real conference, but a smaller one, a regional one. I would also like to have as many of my online friends go with me, or meet there. I think that would be so much fun. To finally be able to meet in person and learn something about writing and be able to pitch our books to agents. Ah, Heaven.

I'm also with Crimey, I don't think I'll attend the WriteOnCom either.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I love NJRW's PYHIAB conference! I go every year.
But next year I plan to go to Nationals.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I haven't been to any conferences yet. Every time I see the Rocky Mountain Writers conference talked about anywhere, I think about taking the plunge. Too bad for me it's not in the budget yet. Maybe when I finally sell something.

E. Arroyo said...

I sooo want to go. I missed the RWA conference here in Chicago because I chickened out. I gotta work on that. I hope to attend the WriteonCon too. Small steps will get me there. LOL

Corey Schwartz said...

I found the NYC conference to be very overwhelming, but I LOVE the NJ conference! The annual NJ SCBWI is always the first weekend in June and it is AWESOME!

patti said...

Lydia, I'm so biased, you might should throw out my comment like beauty pageant judges throw out the perfect "10" score.

I professionally "became" a writer at Write to Publish. Soulmates joined the show both there and at ACFW National. From each conference, I've made connections and met folks in ways that can't (at least for me) happen via internet.

My next goal? Writers, Inc. That one-to-one critique seems to be the best way for me to improve my craft. Saving pennies now!!!

Blessings, dear one. May you choose the path that is right for YOU.

Patti

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I haven't been to any either *sniff* I am going to WriteOnCon. So excited! I will save up to go to some next year though

Mary said...

Would like to start with a smaller closer to home conference just to get an idea how they go. But really want to go to a national *sigh*

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I've never been but would love to go to one eventually. None seem to be near enough to make the travel involved seem legit on our budget. But one day I hope to get to one. Like you, I'm sure I would spin crazy at one ;) And I would definately prefer to go to one when the MS is near completion or complete would be even better.

storyqueen said...

Maybe next year for me, too......I always think I will go, since SCBWI is only an hour and a half away....it has just never been on a great weekend for me.

Again...maybe next year.

Shelley

Bathwater said...

I have never been to any but I think if it is your dream you should go. You have just as much right as anyone else to be there.

Faith said...

I really, really, really want to hit either RWA or SCBWI next year. New York isn't that far away for RWA... it's just the cost that can get prohibitive. The local conference I've attended for the past 2 years has been great; I can only imagine how amazing the "Big Ones" are.

Carol Kilgore said...

I didn't go to either of these, but I have been to a few other smaller ones. I love going. I'm totally energized and focused for weeks afterward.

Lua said...

I’ve never been to a conference as well but I want to go. If for nothing else, just for sheer curiosity :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Haven't been able to go to any of the big conferences, but I did go to a couple of smaller retreats with editors and agents. It was edifying. ;)

Abby said...

I've never gone to one of those things! The closest is a music festival I went to this year. Lots of amazing musicians, some of them really famous. Seminars, discussions, etc... really want to go to a writer's conference though.

Kelly said...

I've been to a state SCBWI conference. I didn't find it overwhelming, but very inspiring to be in a room of people who get why you write!
The LA one might overwhelm me more, but that's not stopping me from hoping to go one day!
I'm doing WriteOnCon too! I'm very excited about that, great people involved!

aspiring_x said...

never been.
would like to go someday.
registered for writeoncon- but will have to see how much my work schedule will conflict with it!

Renae said...

Never been to any myself, but I would love to go some day. You could spot me easily because I'd be the one totally lost and spinning just like you!

Meadow said...

I haven't been to any yet either, but I'm hoping I'll have some extra pocket change next year. I am attending WriteOnCon though! It's almost here, too excited. ;)

Robert Guthrie said...

I'm a big fan of SCBWI. I've also been to conferences for adult writers... Man are writers of YA, middle grade & children's books nicer. There's a feeling of camaraderie not competition. Not pretentious.

Jemi Fraser said...

I've never been to a conference either - one of these days!

I'll be at part of WriteOnCon, but I'm out of town for much of it.

Sarah Mullen Gilbert said...

I've been to two Iowa SCBWI conferences. It was so wonderful to meet people I knew from email correspondence, and it was wasn't too overwhelming. The best part was the energy and enthusiasm for writing, just the boost I needed.

I'll "see" you at WriteOnCon :)

Amanda Sablan said...

I've never been to a writing conference either, but I'd like to try it at least once. Not sure when, though...

Solvang Sherrie said...

I love going to conferences. This year was my second time at SCBWI-LA and I think I got even more out of it than I did the first year. I'll be doing WriteOnCon as well, because they've lined up some amazing people to participate. And who can argue with free?!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Lydia..I am like you..never been but wanna go badly, since everyone is gushing about in on Facebook I am getting jealous. I will try to find out more about the Indian chapter of SCBWI.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I went to a writing conference last summer and am going again in September. It's a great opportunity, especially since I'm up in Alaska!

Talli Roland said...

I went to the UK's version of RWA a few weeks ago. I was really nervous but it totally ROCKED! I met so many great writers; it was really inspiring.

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

I’d love to go to a conference and confer with other writers, but I don’t see it in the near future. I’ve been checking out the writeoncon.com, but have not yet committed. Why? I really don’t know. I better rectify that right now.

Mayowa said...

I have never been to a conference either. The SCWW is having one down here in a few months though and I plan to make it.

Let us know how the online conference goes will ya? It sounds like a terrific idea.

Terri Tiffany said...

I've been to three and wish I coulc go to one every week. I LOVE Them. I love meeting other writers who think like i do. I love absorbing all the information. I cry when I think that I can't go to ACFW and pray I can go next year. There is a cool Christian's conference in Fl in March--good time to come here:)

Candyland said...

I've never been to a physical one but would love to whenever I get the cash. PS you're a winner of my contest.

JEM said...

I've never been to one but I've been reading about them all over the blogosphere. I'm not sure how I feel about them; for the way I learn, I don't know how beneficial they would be. Although I am greatly appreciating the insight I'm getting from the blogs of people who did go!

Jolene Perry said...

It's a lot of money and TIME. Both are hard. I'll probably check out writeoncon as well. Should be fun.

Nicole Murray said...

I have never gone to a writers conference. I have attended online and I attend 2 writerss groups.

I will check out WriterOnCon. I will be attending http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/
in October. Thanks for the heads up!

Jai Joshi said...

I've been a guest at a couple of literary festivals but I've never attended a writer's conference in the formal sense. I've been to a few for just a few hours and learned what I could.

To be honest, I don't think that they're that useful beyond the buzz of being around so many people in the industry. Any agents or editors you meet are likely to forget you the moment you're out of sight. I certainly wouldn't pay big bucks to go to one because I don't think the turnabout would be worth the money.

It's possible I'm being too cynical but I don't think I am.

Jai

Kenda said...

I've been to a few conferences, including SCBWI in western PA a couple of years ago--and hope to go to another one before too much time passes. I like them not only for the workshops, energy, and ideas that come from them, but for the people "in the business" I meet. But until the next time, I'm enjoying meeting people in the blogging world as well :-)

Jackee said...

I thought this year would be my year for a conference, but alas. When my mom's ovarian cancer came back I wanted to spend my traveling time with her. It was a good choice, but I did get a little sad this weekend. :o)

Maybe we'll both get to go next year. We could even meet in RIL! :o)

Sandy Shin said...

I have never been to a conference, but I'd love to attend one in the future. I'll try to catch a bit of WriteOnCon -- it sounds like such a great opportunity!

Theresa Milstein said...

The first contest is a little dizzying. But you can wait to pitch agents. Go to learn and meet other writers. The atmosphere is amazing.

I plan to do WriteOnCon. And I go the the NESCBWI conference each year. If you want to meet me at that one, it would be great.

Belle said...

I've never been to one, either. I'd love to go to one ... only I'd rather be going when I have a solid ms that's ready to go under my belt. I'm not sure why that is ...

I'm signed up for the WriteOnCon too!

Samantha Bennett said...

Been to one conference and it was amazing! My initial nerves disappeared as soon as I realized how kind and equally crazy the other writers there were. :)

Krispy said...

Just like you, never been to a conference but want to go. But also I'm a little intimidated!

RoseBelle said...

Oh I've never been to one. I've gone to the women conference in San Francisco with well-known journalists as guest speakers. It was so crowded but I learned a lot that day.

DL Hammons said...

Our local writing group puts on a conference every year, and last year was my first. It was small...and mostly slanted towards romance writers, but I still learned a few things and it was great hanging out with the "like minded". I'm contemplating a slightly bigger one this fall, and then next year I'm going to make a major one...possibly Thrillerfest.

Deb Salisbury said...

I wish I could go to a live conference, but WriteOnCon looks like it will be wonderful. It's aimed at Kidlit, but I think we'll get lots of writing tips. I'm looking forward to it! :D

Julie Musil said...

I wish I could have gone to the one in L.A., but it wasn't in the cards for me this year. I do feel like I'd be a little overwhelmed. I've been to two smaller one day conferences, and those suit me really well.

I'll be virtually with you at writeoncon!

Laura Pauling said...

I'm late to the party. I attend the scbwi conference in New England. It's close. I have friends nearby to stay over with, though I could drive back and forth if I had to. It's tiring, overwhelming but fun to connect and worthwhile getting professional feedback. I'm glad I've gone. I'm going to attend the chats on writeoncon that interest me. But some I'll have to read the transcripts later. :)

Brenda Drake said...

I have never attended a conference, but would love to go sometime. I will be virtually attending the WriteOnCon one with you! I'm curious how it's going to pan out.

Medeia Sharif said...

I go to local conferences, but I missed RWA, SCBWI LA, and ALA this summer. I'll definitely pop into WriteOnCon.

Angela M. said...

I'd go to one in a heartbeat. My problem is cash flow. Right now I don't have it for any conferences, associations, classes, anything pretty much. However, I do what I can, and what I can do is WriteOnCon. I don't care that it's not aimed at my genre. I know I can get something out of it.

I also saw another online conference, The Muse Online Writer's Conference. The lineup looks really good, and I'm planning on registering for that as well. I'm excited to someday go to one in person, though. Online's great, but nothing like meeting your peers face to face.

Susan Fields said...

I've been to a few, but they were small local ones and not that exciting. I went to a weeklong writer's workshop put on by the Highlights Foundation and that was awesome!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

It'd be great to attend one but the SCBWI chapter here is feeling its ground still, so nothing much is happening.

Munk said...

This is a timely post. I am headed to the Willamette Writer's Conference in PDX tonight and staying through Sunday. I have numerous "pitches" scheduled with agents and editors for "Syntropy: The Education of Booker T. Bakkus".
I love writing, I love learning to write better, I love all feedback, but selling? Well, it just ain't me. Wish me luck.

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Oh, I tagged you in my blog today :)

LeishaMaw said...

The WIFYR workshop is awesome. Check out www.foryoungreaders.com

:)

Lenny said...

hi miss lydia! nope i didnt ever go to one of those confrences by myself. i went one time with tony. hes a writer and he gave a talk and got lots of questions. after that he signed lots of his books. it was fun.
...smiles from lenny

Karen Lange said...

I haven't been to one in a number of years, but I do recommend going. Even a smaller one can have great offerings (minus the 'overwhelmed feeling' factor). Maybe I'll see you at one next year:)

Have a great weekend,
Karen

Lynda Young said...

I've never been to one, but would love to attend one. The next one coming up for me is in Sept. It will be held in Brisbane. I haven't decided whether to go or not yet. It's a lot of travel.

Rena said...

I've never been to SCBWI-LA either. I moved away from CA just as I was getting really serious about writing. One of these days I'll try to get down there. I'd like to go, at least once. I'm considering going to the regional one in Spokane, WA, which is an hour less driving than if I were to go to the one in Big Sky, MT.

I meanted to sign up for WriteOnCon. I wonder if it's too late for that ...

Rena said...

"Meant" -- ugh. I guess I need a second cup of coffee!