On the conference trail: Editor's Notes, April 2003
Published: March 3, 2003
|In the increasingly competitive publishing world, we have to be better and smarter writers than ever before. We need to continually polish and improve our craft while learning everything we can about how publishing works. This means getting out and talking with other writers, editors, agents and industry professionals. One of the best ways to do this is to attend a writers conference. A good conference gets your creative juices flowing and energizes your efforts. It can also offer you real opportunities to connect with agents or editors and make a case for your book or article.|
The key is to find the right conference for your needs. Do you want to work on one piece of writing in a small workshop atmosphere, or do you want to go to panel discussions in hopes of coming away with inspiration, tips and strategies for success?
To help you make your conference plans, we've put together our biggest conference issue ever. Managing Editor Jeff Reich and Editorial Associate Sally VanDenburg compiled a list of more than 250 writers conferences, giving the details and flavor of each. Contributing editor Kelly James-Enger offers solid advice on how to make a conference work for you, and in her conference survival tips, Stephanie Dooley tells you how to get the most for your time and money at a conference.
The Writer staff also is gearing up for the conference trail. Senior Editor Ron Kovach and I will be attending several conferences in the coming months (go to www.writermag.com for a complete schedule). One of our first stops will be the Author's Venue Journey Conference 2003 (April 24-27 in Lake Tahoe), sponsored by The Writer. We'll be presenting a workshop on magazine writing and meeting with writers individually. It will be a treat for us and other attendees to hear the keynote speaker, Bird by Bird author Anne Lamott. If Ron's insightful, in-depth interview with her is any indication, she'll be entertaining, audacious, inspiring and full of instructive, honest writing advice.
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