Happy Wednesday, everyone! So....how's it going? Editing away? Are the written words flowing? Any querying successes to report? (I hope so!!) For those of you who saw my "I'm a Special Request" post...ah, well. Weronika and I are not a match, I'm afraid. Apparently, I have more novel and query letter fine tuning to do. And that's ok! Because it justifies the expense of going to a writing conference this year - obviously I need all the help I can get! And what better way to do that than to spend a weekend with editors, published authors, agents and fellow aspiring writers attending a myriad of workshops aimed at honing my writing skills?
So, I've picked one!!
This year, I've decided to attend the Pikes Peak Writer's Conference in Colorado Springs, CO. It's happening the weekend of Apr. 29th through May 1st. There's also a bonus all-day workshop on Thursday, the 28th. And registration opens up in just a few days, on the 15th.
Now, the official brochure for this year's conference isn't out just yet. So, why am I committed to going already? Well...I've heard this one's a good one. :) But, seriously - I want to say that I remember one of my favorite authors, Shannon Hale, saying that she attended one year...hmm. Anyhow!! If you check out their past conference info - you'll see that they seem to ALWAYS have a great line up of agents, publishers, editors, and authors on hand.
Last year, their keynote speaker was Donald Maass!! I think we've all heard of him, right? The editor and chief of Del Rey did a workshop on "What I look for in a manuscript". Awesome. They also had a read & critique session for aspiring and published authors alike and agent pitch sessions with agents such as Sara Megibow and Kristen Nelson of the Nelson Literary agency, Caryn Wiseman of the Andrea Brown Lit. agency, Sarah Warner of Warner Lit., Scott Hoffmann of Folio Lit. and many more. Hey - Nathan Bransford even attended one year! PLUS - their (past) workshop line-ups are jam-packed. Seriously. Their Saturday line-up last year started at 7:30am and ended at 11:00pm.
Plus - this particular conference is one that I can drive to in a day (I think...). So - that's my plan! Do you have one of your own? Happy Writing/Editing/Querying, all!