Networking with other authors can be helpful for an author aspiring to be published. One of the ways to meet and hear from authors, publishers, and other members of the writing community is by attending a Writer’s Conference. Often featuring booths and panels, these event are focused on connecting attendees to the resources they need to succeed.
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (Aug. 16-20 2017):
One Writer’s Conference to look at is the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference.This event, happening August 16-20 this year features many panels and sessions each with a specific goal in mind. These goals are broken down as: Getting Published, Platform & Promotion, The Business of Being an Author, Craft, and Genre Studies. This allows the attendee to either choose one route or to mix and match. There is also an event called “Pitch Slam” which allows for the chance to pitch directly to agents and editors. Their keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize winning Richard Russo. The conference is held at the New York Midtown Hilton and the conference has partnered with them in order to offer good room rates. The conference is $399 for preorder with an additional $99 charge to attend the Pitch Slam events.
Las Vegas Writer’s Conference (April 20-23 2017):
Another conference to consider is the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference in Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall Las Vegas, Nevada. There are multiple workshops and panels running throughout this event and the last day is an optional workshop with Keynote speaker Donald Maass. This event provides a full day with author and agent Donald Maass of the Maass Literary Agency. The event takes place from April 20-23 2017 and registration starts at $425 for preorder. Basic registration is $500 and $300 for either Friday or Saturday only. Donald Mass Writing the Breakout Novel Workshop Add on is $250. There are also Student prices available for Student Saturday. Price at the door is $550.
Women Writer’s Conference (Sept 15-16 2017):
For a more focused Conference, try the Women Writer’s Conference in Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. This conference celebrates the literary careers of women, but all genders are welcome at the event. This events focuses on issues specific to women authors and features events and workshops for authors at all stages of the writing process. Speakers include: Camille T. Dungy, Melynda J. Price, and Claire Vaye Watkins. Admission is $125 for general admission with no workshop and $30 for a student admission. It is $200 for admission with a workshop and there are additional charges for other optional events as well. Online registration will open on Monday, May 1, 2017 and the conference will be held September 15-16 of the same year.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Summer Conference (July 7-10 2017):
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) have two conferences annually, one in New York and One in Los Angeles. The new York event occurs in early February. This year’s summer conference is scheduled for July 7-10 with an optional intensive day on Monday. There isn’t much information up about the event yet on their site, but one can get a feel for what to expect by looking at the previously held events. The conferences has a focus on illustrated books and children’s books with panels and speakers. Registration begins in March.
San Francisco Writer’s Conference (Feb 2018):
Lastly, consider the San Francisco Writer’s Conference which is an annual conference in February. This conference features many exhibitions and events, including many free events. There are also classes, panels, and more. Ask a pro allows the attendee to have their questions answered by professionals in the field and, for an additional fee, attend the Speed Dating For Agents session to pitch your ideas.This is definitely a conference to look into in 2018.
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