If you’ve never been to a writing convention, you’re missing out.
They’re a great place to meet other writers, attend free or cheap workshops, and listen to experienced writers discussing all kinds of writing-related topics.
There’s also the social side where you can catch up with friends a bar or coffee shop and talk, attend book launches, and even chat to famous writers, booksellers and publishers.
Volunteering is also a great way to gain invaluable knowledge and industry contacts.
At Conflux 11, I sat on three panels:
- Page Turners with Richard Harland and Sean Williams
- Writers Block with Richard Harland, Karen Simpson Nikakis, Shauna O’Meara and Katie Taylor
- Writing Communities (pictured below) with Belinda Crawford, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Tara Ott.
I also gave two workshops:
- Creating Compelling Characters
- Polishing Your Pitch (aimed at writers pitching to publishers and agents during the convention)
All in all, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time and I’m looking forward to Conflux 12 in 2016.
If you’d like to engage me to run a workshop for your writing group, please contact me. I can cover almost any writing topic you’d like.