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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Joys of a Great Conference

Today I enjoyed great speakers, friends and fellowship at the Bayou Writers Group ninth annual writing conference. Below are a few photos I took.

Our speakers were D.B. Grady - Master of Ceremonies - http://dbgrady.com/Hope Clark - Funds for Writer and author of Lowcountry Bribe http://chopeclark.com/Jessica Ferguson published in both fiction and nonfiction: http://jessyferguson.blogspot.com/Dr. Stella Nesanovich Poetry http://www.nesanovich.com/Linda Yezak – Writer and Editor http://lindayezak.com/Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy Folktelling and poetry http://www.monalisasaloy.com/Welcome.html, and Brooks Sherman – Literary agent. You can find him on Twitter at @byobrooks.

Have you ever been to a writer's conference? Some of them can be pretty expensive (as in a couple thousand dollars), but there are always some reasonable ones as well. For example, ours (BWG) only costs @ $30 if you register early enough and $50 at the door. http://www.bayouwritersgroup.blogspot.com/p/bwg-conference-schedule-for-november-10.html

The Jambalaya conference in Houma, Louisiana in the spring will be @ $30 and there are A LOT of writers/agents/editors etc. here: https://www.facebook.com/jambalayawriters

Here are a few FREE conferences: http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/2011/08/free-writers-conferences.html  and  http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/2011/08/free-muse-online-writers-conference.html

So how do you know if a conference is right for you? Research who will be speaking at them and if they have anything to offer in your areas of interest.  Start planning to treat yourself to at least one conference in 2013. Here are a few other conference lists to get you started:

The American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference
Christian Writers Conferences
Mt. Herman Christian Writers Conference
Mystery Conferences
Poets and Writers Conferences
Romance Writers Conference
Writers Conferences - Newpages
Writers Conferences - Shawguides

What have been some of your favorite conferences?


Bethie said...

It was an awesome conference. Enjoyed sitting by you...the times you got to sit.

D.G. Hudson said...

In Canada, west coast, the SIWC (Surrey International Writers Conference) is a great one as well, usually in late October. It's reasonable, and big names appear there- Don Maass, Diana Gabaldon, etc. I attended in 2011 and posted about the conference. I did what you suggest - research, book early.

Noticed Hope Clark in your pics (am I right?) I follow her blog too.

Anonymous said...

I have been reaching out to local groups, and looking at how to get to a conference, even a small one. They are expensive, which is ironic for writers, but I'm hoping to find an affordable one soon. Glad you had fun.

Sylvia Ney said...

Beth - I had a blast!

D.G. - Yes, Hope is a wonderful speaker and an amazing author. I enjoyed finally getting to meet her.

Julie - I hope you are able to make it to one. Did you look into the ones I've suggested?

Nicole said...

Sounds like a great time! I had the chance to go to a couple writing conferences this year, and they were both very helpful.

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