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Friday, September 7, 2012

CONFERENCE TIME~ Which Sessions Do YOU Attend?




I’m off to my annual writing conference in Denver. It’s the one really big treat I give myself each year, and I can’t wait to go to sessions and engage in conversations. And not only will I have ADULT conversations (a rare beast for this SAHM~ stay-at-home-mom), but I’ll be having them about books! And writing! And frustrations! And joys! And the best snacks to eat while typing!

With limited time and so many fabulous sessions to choose from, I’ve had to make tough choices. The biggest change for this, my third year, is that I don’t feel as compelled to go to the sessions related to querying. In large part, that’s due to the online community. Do I still need help with queries? Um, yes. Yes, I do.  But I have met amazing critique partners and have learned to utilize online critique sites to help me with my letters and pitches, to the point that I feel I can skip those sessions this year and attend some wildcards (helloooooo Steampunk!). How about you? Do you ever attend conference sessions that you probably won't write about, but simply can't resist~ Medieval Weaponry, The Science of Death Scenes, etc.?

Here are some of the sessions I plan on attending during the 3 day conference:

The Fab 5—Your Final, Final Scene Checklist
Steampunk 101 (I don’t write steampunk, but thought this looked like fun)
Kiss your “As” and “Throw Away” Words Goodbye
77 Secrets to writing YA fiction
EMT to the Rescue (I thought this might have some interesting medical tips I may use in future writing)
Characters Who Walk Off the Page
Series Fiction
2 Editor/Agent Panels

And since my WIP is a historical mystery:
Mystery Panel with fabulous editors and authors
Putting the History in Mystery
Taking a Clue from One Whodunit

Whew! I’m tired just looking over that list J I plan on being deliciously exhausted and emotionally energized by people who share my passion.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well!

40 comments:

  1. Jess, I'm going to be there as well. We should say HI!!

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  2. Oh, have fun, Jess! There's a writing conference next week that I hadn't signed up for anticipating the need to hire an attorney for a review, but he flaked out and someone else is helping me for free. Now I'm wondering if I should see if I can get in at the last minute.

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    1. I know~ that's a lot of info to be kept secret :)

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  4. This looks wonderful! Have a great time, and enjoy that steampunk seminar!

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  5. The topics all sound great. Have fun! Aren't writers' conferences energizing? (well, exhausting, too but in a good way :-)

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    1. Energizing and exhausting is the perfect description! I feel...overloaded with info, but in a good way. Like after a Thanksgiving dinner binge of literary info/interaction :)

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  6. I'm jealous. I've never been to a writing conference, but I really want to go. Someday. I swear.

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    1. Okay, you swore~ I'm holding you to it!

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  7. Your sessions look great! The final scene one looks particularly interesting. There's a checklist? I wish I was in Denver, so I could go, too.

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    1. I had a ton of fun and learned a few things along the way :)

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  8. Oh yet another passes where I do not get to go to this conference (or any conference!!!!) (my own fault, if I would only get motivated and FINISH polishing an MS so that it's query ready - then I could justify the cost!) But it would be fun to go just to enjoy some of these talks! I'm with you on the Steampunk one and the History and Mystery ones!

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    1. This history and mystery one was great (I missed the steampunk one~ I was in another session)! Hopefully you can come next year :)

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  9. These sessions sounds so awesome! Remind me, is this SCBWI, or a different conference? I wonder if it's too late to sign up... =)

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    1. It's not SCBWI~ it's Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers--sorry I didn't see this comment soon enough to tell you about it!

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  10. Those sound really fun. Have a great time and share your wisdom when you get back!

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    1. I had a wonderful time, but am EXHAUSTED! My brain hurts from thinking and my booty hurts from sitting in chairs for sessions all day :)

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  11. Hey fellow conference goer #RMFW2012!! I've been in some great ones so far...I really loved both classes with Angie Hodapp (sooo good) and I also want to hit the series class, maybe I'll see you there!

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    1. Can't believe I didn't get a chance to say hello! Maybe next year :)

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  12. I'm going to my first conference EVER in October. SO excited. :)

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    1. That's awesome~ you'll have a blast!

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  13. How fun! You're going to have a blast! I hope you get a ton out of it.

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  14. I have yet to afford going to a conference, but I hope you enjoy yourself and come back with goodies for us. :)

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  15. Yay for your Denver conference! That's so awesome! I'm sure you'll have great time, and I'm so totally jealous. *wink* Bring back some pics to post and share the good times with us. :-)

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    1. Thanks! I don't have any photos, but I have a funny story about going into the wrong session (hint: it was definitely NOT a session about writing for kids).

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