preparing to attend a writers’ conference

Undoubtedly one of the best ways to improve you writing (and the likelihood of being published as a writer) is to attend a writing conference.   This weekend, many of our friends will be attending She Speaks, a writing and speaking conference hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministry.

So we collected some information that will be useful for others who are planning to attend a writing conference.

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Sandra Peoples provides excellent information about how to prepare for a writing conference.  We also suggest you check out her guide to creating a one sheet.

We also recommend that you read Mary DeMuth’s “Before You Write Your Book … Ask Yourself 5 Questions” post.  As an accomplished author, Mary’s insights are invaluable to those just starting the journey to publication.

Finally, we encourage you to spend some time on Michael Hyatt’s blog.  He has a category devoted to publishing and provides information based on his experience as an agent, a publisher, and a best-selling author.   Check out his “Advice to First-Time Authors”   for great getting-started advice.

Speaking of conferences, Design by Insight’s own Erin Ulrich will be speaking at both Re:Write and Allume this fall.  Speaking of Erin, have you checked out her new blog?

Have you ever attended a writer’s conference?  What tips for preparation would you add?

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  1. I’m attending my first writing conference this fall at Laity Lodge. I feel like I’m hosting a big party though – bringing along each of you – Sandra, Erin, TL, Mary, Michael, and others who have shared pearls of wisdom over the years. Better request a bigger room, huh?

  2. Just found a gem … I might just be back as my blog might need a redo.

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don’t mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing spot to dip into some serious goodness.



  3. I have attended several conferences (years ago) and found them very inspiring.
    It’s been a long time though, and I’m not sure how to find and choose the best
    conferences to fit my interests/needs — especially conferences accessible to
    people with a limited budget or on fixed incomes. Any ideas?

    1. Daisy, I’d recommend researching smaller one-day conferences and events close to home. Many colleges offer seminars, etc., that are relatively inexpensive (especially if you can eliminate traveling costs). You can also Google to find local/regional writing groups, critique groups, and the like.

      Another suggestion is to contact the leadership of conferences you are interested in attending and discuss sponsorship opportunities. Many conferences, including She Speaks, are more than willing to help you find ways to raise the resources needed to attend.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks. Great ideas! I’m going to try some of them this year. Now that you mention it, I’m sure I’ll be able to find conferences and events in the Detroit area where I live.

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