Conferences Create Something Magical

Writing by the fire helps me to create something magical

I love going to writers conferences. It thrills me to be surrounded with people who share my passion for writing stories, reading stories and discussing stories as if they’ve happened to actual people. Let’s face it, the characters in a writer’s head are sometimes more real than the people in our lives. At least our characters’ actions make sense. Real life people, not so much.  But I digress.

What can beat the energy, exhilaration and excitement a writers conference fosters? It’s a great place for learning more about the business (especially with all the current changes happening), honing craft, networking, pitching to editors and agents and let’s not forget the most important reason of all. Getting out of the house and getting back to me. Seriously, for a day or two I can totally forget all about housework, laundry and scooping kitty litter. I don’t have to be the mommy shuttle service to karate, piano, dance, and school to get the work kid #1 “forgot” to bring home for the third time this week. *Ahem* Where was I?

Conferences are also a great place to make new friends and find critique partners/ groups.  A few years ago at an RWA National conference in Dallas, I sat next to a lady at lunch who turned out to live in the next town over from me. We became critique partners, friends and conference roommates every year after that. Last year at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, I pitched to two agents, sent them my stuff and received two offers of representation. I signed with Michelle Grajkowski of the 3 Seas Literary Agency. This year, I’m thrilled to be presenting the Kick Butt Heroes workshop with Melinda at that same conference. Very psyched for that!

The LSF Writers Create Something Magical Conference has an awesome line up of speakers and workshops plus over 20 agents and editors taking pitch appointments this year! They even have a book signing open to the public where you can get an autographed copy of your favorite authors’ books. For more information, check out the Liberty States Fiction Writers website. I believe registration ends March 1st so register soon. I’d love to see you in Iselin, NJ on March 19th! And if you mention you read the blog, I’ll give you a fun (and useful) surprise.  😉

So you tell me, why do you love going to writers conferences? If you’re not a writer, why do you love (or maybe you despise) going to your industry conferences/ retreats?

~ KM Fawcett

4 responses to “Conferences Create Something Magical

  1. I need to absorb energy from other writers, like a vampire only without the mess. Going to conferences feeds my need. I come home ready to face the world and my computer with new passion. (Oh, guys, it doesn’t hurt to exchange energy!)

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  3. Conferences, reenergize me and stir up my creative juices that may otherwise be dormant. What can I say, the muse likes to fly away frequently : ) Also, as Kathy Fawcett said, you meet people who can change your life and/or have a great impact on your life. That said, networking and expanding ones writing circle is of the utmost importance.

  4. Kathy,
    Great post! I can feel your energy and excited bounce off the page. Writer’s conferences are great because they fuel your passion. Whenever I’ve gotten back from LSFW conference or Thrillerfest I’m ready to hit the ground running. I feel like there’s nothing I can’t accomplish because I just spent a day or several days in the company of people pursuing their dreams. Looking forward to March 19th. See you there!

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