Why Writing Conferences Are Awesome (Again)

Life and Happiness, Writing

I regularly attend the St. Davids Christian Writing Conference in Grove City, PA and am now a member of their board as well. This week registration for the conference is open and we’re excited to see who will attend and what new writers we’ll meet this year. (To check it out and to register, visit here.)

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With that in mind, I pulled up an old post that I wrote about why writing conferences are so awesome. I thought I’d share bits of that post again to get all of you excited about this year’s conference!

One aspect I love about conferences is that no matter what your particular brand of writing is; romance, speculative fiction, personal experience, devotionals or just blogging; you get exposed to a lot of other genres. One year we had a lot of spec fic (or science fiction-esque) people and it spurred me, the blog-writing-personal-experience-chick, to break out of my box and try it. I experimented with a bit of a paranormal type story on my blog for awhile and it got some good feedback. I thank conferences for the push that it took to put that out there. I’ve also dipped my pen into poetry and children’s writing too thanks to conferences I’ve attended.

(One thing I’d advise: Don’t go to a conference and JUST stick with your genre. Dip your toe into something else – maybe just one workshop. You’ll never know unless you try and it can be fun and get your creative juices flowing!)

The aspect of conferences that I love the most is meeting all sorts of new people. Because our particular group is a Christian group it is a very loving and supportive one as well. We pray for one another, share in each other’s heartaches and successes, and give each other boosts when we need them. I’ve connected to many on Facebook too and, after knowing them in person just one week, I can touch base with them all the time and receive great feedback on my writing. They are almost like family. And my perspectives often change too. Last year I met a lovely black woman at conference and I’ve learned so much about black lives and their struggle through our friendship. I’ve grown as a person and a writer.

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Just one of the fun and creative people I’ve met at conference!

No matter what conference you attend, (but we hope you come to ours!) remember to do the following:

  1. Listen and learn
  2. Expand and reach
  3. Step out of your comfort zone
  4. Be open to new things
  5. Write, write, write

Hope to see you at a conference soon!

 

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Let’s Take A Look At Your Work

Life and Happiness, Uncategorized

I’ve been doing some freelance work over the last year or so through Fiverr.  I do some critique work as well as writer descriptions for people’s books. They can use that on Amazon or Goodreads and the like to help sell their work.

I don’t feel as though I’m quite qualified to edit people’s work, but I’ve written a bit myself and can give honest feedback. Also I do belong to a great writing critique group that has taught me a lot. (check us out – we have a conference coming in October!) I use that knowledge to help others. Along the way I have met some terrific writers as well. I don’t get a lot of money for the gigs, but I feel good helping other writers achieve their best self through their work.

The more editing, critiquing and description work I do on Fiverr the more I realize how lucky I am to have a local writing critique group. Many, obviously, are not so blessed. I wouldn’t be where I am today in my writing or even with my blogging without my critique group. My group happens to also be a Christian group so I have an extra level of fellowship with mine. Plus, I know the comments are coming from a good helpful place and not a place of jealousy or some other sort of nastiness.

We all truly care about one another.

If you’re an aspiring writer I encourage you to find yourself a good critique group. No matter how wonderful you think your writing is – you need someone to look it over. We often get too close to our work and cannot be critical. And it shouldn’t be your husband or your mother. They also cannot be objective.

All of us, let’s be honest, think our work is the best thing since sliced bread! But even J.K. Rowling has an editor and, probably, had many people read Harry Potter before it was ever published.

If you’d like to have someone give your work a once over – check me out on Fiverr: http://www.fiverr.com/suefair48

 

Why Writing Conferences Are Awesome

Life and Happiness

Last week our writer’s group got together to start planning our conference for this year. I’m relatively new to the group – about 3 years in – but apparently we’ve done these conferences in the past. It fell off for awhile and then last year we started it up again. There were some kinks to be sure, but we had about 60 people attend our “first” year and everyone expressed great thanks for the job well done. It spurred us to do it again this year.

Planning a conference – even a one day like we have – is no easy feat. It’s over 6 months away, but so much has to be planned, decided on and brainstormed that starting this early is key.

One thing I admire about our group is that we pull together and everyone helps out. Even our husbands & wives get in on the act. We have a couple of accountants and, this year, one engineering spouse. To be honest, they don’t know what to make of most of us writers, but they do a fine job helping out and being good helpmates for us all. What a blessing they are. Last year my husband and another husband worked the bookstore, sound and helped with lunch. Another members wife helped make our keynote speaker feel at home and became his “bodyguard” for the day. All so their spouses could try and actually enjoy the conference and help make the conference a success.

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Another aspect I love about conferences is that no matter what your particular brand of writing is; romance, speculative fiction, personal experience, devotionals or just blogging; you get exposed to a lot of other genres. Last year we had a lot of spec fic (or science fiction-esque) people and it spurred me, the blog-writing-personal-experience-chick, to break out of my box and try it. I’ve experimented on Fridays, as many of you know, with a bit of a paranormal type story. And it’s gotten some good feedback. I thank conferences for the push that it took to put that out there.

Finally, the aspect that I love the most is meeting all sorts of new people. Because our particular group is a Christian group it is a very loving and supportive group as well. We pray for one another, share in each other’s heartaches and successes, and give each other boosts when we need them. I’ve connected to many on Facebook too and, after knowing them in person just one day, I can touch base with them all the time and receive great feedback on my writing. They are like family almost.

It’s a network of people all helping each other. And it started at a one day conference.

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If you’re interested in writing and want to check us out you can follow our group on Facebook here or check out our website here. Info on our October conference will be there soon. We hope you can join us!