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Five Ways to Benefit from Your Writer’s Conference

Updated: Apr 16, 2018

Writers Conference are essential to your growth as an author. Here's how to make it worth your time and money.



1. Doing so allows you to meet dozens of people you might miss otherwise. Connections are always important in any business. There are jobs for every skill level.


2. If there is a contest involved, be sure to enter. Take note of who judged the contest and who the category chair was and match the name to a face if you can, for future reference.


3. Be thoughtful about what sessions you attend. Make sure you are choosing the best kind of information that can help you right now and in the near future.


4. Don’t sit with the same people every session. Introduce yourself to at least one new person each time, or at least invite someone new to join your group of friends.


5. Take notes, gather handouts and ask questions. Don’t be shy, but be respectful of time constraints.


Question of the week: What is the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced at a writer’s conference?

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