10 Tips To Make The Most Of A Writing Conference










  • Make sure you have at least 3 copies of your manuscript and create your own opportunities to read.
  • Have a goal for yourself when you attend a writing conference. Really understand why you are there and what you want to accomplish and remember to bring plenty of business cards.
  • Figure out how you will measure results and what action steps you will take post conference to strengthen your writing skills.
  • Connect with other writers and share best practices. Peer-to-peer learning is just as valuable as being in a workshop. I learned so much from my conversations with other writers and walked away inspired.
  • Create a budget and stick to it. Ask the conference presenters if they have scholarships to off set costs. Conferences can get expensive quickly if you have no underwriting for them.
  • Carve out time to write. While at the conference I slipped away from the conference and looked for a nice writing nook. It was going to bother me that I was at a writing conference and I hadn’t had a chance to write.
  • If there is an open mic session and for whatever reason you are told that there is no time for everyone to read their work speak up and insist to read your work or gather other writers and create a space to read and share your work together
  • Take advantage of editor and publisher panels. Come prepared to ask your burning questions and make sure you ask them for their business card and send them a quick thank you for their insights.
  • Remember, you never know who you’re going to meet. One evening, I had the good luck of sitting next to Alurista at a writers get together. After everyone left we hung out and he asked to read my work. Turns out he not only read it but gave me some fantastic editorial feedback.

Lastly, take a moment to wander and marvel at your own writing process.

2 Responses to “10 Tips To Make The Most Of A Writing Conference”

  1. Lorena says:

    You’re right, Diana. You can never predict who you’re going to meet or what’s going to happen at a Writers Conference. That’s why I love them.

    Thanks for the great tips!

  2. ooh, Alurista. Awesome!

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