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Friday, September 10, 2010

Conference time...care to join me?

I’m driving to Denver this morning, and will be attending Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers annual conference. The tagline on the conference brochure is “Pan Your Own Nuggets of Writing Knowledge at the 2010 Colorado Gold Conference!” While those words make me feel like I should bring a miner’s helmet along, they also get me darn excited.

I haven’t made a final selection, but here are some of the SESSIONS you can expect to hear about:

“Say Goodbye to the Slush Pile”

“Pitch Appointments 101”

“Avoiding Pet Peeves in Romance (& other) Novels”

“Searching for Harry Potter: Key Elements of Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction”

“High-Concept: Titillate Me, But Do It Fast”

and two Agent Panels

GULP! I’m honestly wondering if I’ll make it through the day without my lunchtime nap (when the baby kiddo goes to sleep, I sleep too…it’s a survival mechanism), but I’m guessing adrenaline and all the creativity buzzing around in the air will help.

TIP FOR THE WEEKEND: Plan ahead and check out a writing conference for next year NOW!

At the upper right of this blog, I’ve posted some links to writing conference resources. If you only have time to click on one, try Writing Conferences By State or Writing Conferences and Centers. See if there are any conferences/workshops in your area. If you like the sound of one, why not commit to going? Even if the date isn't concrete, put the event on your mental calendar anyway. Planning ahead gives you:

A) Time to save up the money
B) Something to look forward to that will fuel your writer’s fire

Anyway, I better take off, but enjoy your weekend. I know I’ll enjoy mine!


  1. Have a fun filled weekend!!! I'm sure you will! I've never been to an actual conference, well at least one that wasn't online, I'm jealous!!!

    One of these days I'll make a trip! Instead I'm hanging with my in-laws who came into town, we'll do the beach, the aquariam, and the zoo! So much fun to be had :)

  2. you will have so much fun!

    what could be better? no cooking, no kiddos and lots of writing fun!

  3. Ooh, you're so lucky! I'm so jealous! I would definitely go to the Harry Potter one and the pitching session one.

    I'll check out your links, but I think I'm too young to go to writing conferences. :P

    Have fun! :)

  4. Fun! Conferences are a must from time to time, for sure! Enjoy and learn lots! And ... nice to meet you too!

  5. Oh my, those sound like really good sessions! I'm within a couple hours of Denver too... but alas I've already spent my pennies on a conference earlier this summer. I'll have to consider this one next year.

  6. By the way, I love all your links posted on the side bar. Some I'm familiar with, but some are definitely good discoveries. Thank you!

  7. I love going to conferences. You'll have a great time. I'm jealous, would love to have gone to a conference this weekend.

  8. looking forward to your posts on this conference!

  9. Oooh, I hope you had a great time! There's nothing like going to a conference; hanging around other writers is so refreshing.

  10. Oh, I wish I was close enough to go! Being around actual writers would be so great! I look forward to reading your posts!