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
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!