Monday, April 23, 2018

Pre-Conference Jitters

On Saturday, the 28th, I'll be going to the 2018 Seattle Writing Workshop. I'm excited and a bit nervous. It doesn't matter that I have books out there in the world. I go to conferences and I often feel like I'm a shy hobbit surrounded by super-professionals (tall, graceful, elvish people).

Here's what I'll be checking out:

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30 - there are three options, but I'm going to check out one of these two:

1. A Bird’s-eye View Publishing; Books in the Year 2018.

2. Book Marketing from Your Couch: Social Media 101.  (I always need more ideas in this area.)

BLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50 I already decided on option 2:
2. Keys to Getting a Literary Agent (and Writing a Great Query).
I'll be querying The Greenling this year in the fall, so I need this.

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15 - This sounds super low-key, right? But, I discovered at my first ever Writer's Conference that this is where I could potentially meet other writers and industry professionals. 

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30 I'm trying to decide between these, although I am leaning towards option 2 for 2 reasons. 1)I'm not sure I want to brave out option 1 and 2)I have a non-fiction project in partial draft.

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest.
2.  How to Sell a Nonfiction Book. 

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45 I'm going for option 1:
1. A Guide to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. (This just sounds like fun.)

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00 Although option 2 about characters sounds great, I will probably go for option 3.

2. Creating Amazing Characters Agents and Readers Will Love. 

3. The Four Keys To Writing Young Adult or Middle Grade Fiction. 

After the workshop day, I will be going to a ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet done to disco music. A talented, choreographer friend of mine is putting on the show and I know at least four dancers in the performance. It's going to be a busy Saturday, but I like that I already have a "treat" set up for after the workshop. I know it sounds like treat after treat, but I think of the workshop as a "working" kind of event.

If you're in the Seattle area and this workshop sounds good to you, just click on the link for the Seattle Writing Workshop at the top of this page. There are more options for each session than I mentioned - options for romance, thrillers, and more.

Have you been to any good workshops or conferences lately?

Also, there's a great post at The Insecure Writers Support Group site by Dianne K. Salerni: Make Rejection Your Motivation to Grow.