Writers Write, but Do They Conference?

Terminally Curious is taking over the blog post today. (Sorry about that, but she insisted.)

Okay, everyone knows the definition of a writer–one who writes. Right? BUT do real writers, biggie writers, the ones who make their entire living by putting words on paper, go to conferences?

I.

Don’t.

Know.

The answer is probably, “Depends on that writer.” *sigh* Don’t you hate answers like that?

I’m not a writer who makes her entire living by putting fingers to keyboard (I have too much fun going to my day job) but I LOVE conferences. I love meeting the people face-to-face instead of just online. I enjoy learning, plumping my brain cells by adding more stuff to them, and I’m crazy about getting someone else’s take on how to do something. (Plotting, anyone? Please???) And I enjoy getting to know new people.

What’s not to love about a conference?

I’ve been to lots of conferences in the past. Romance Writers of America’s yearly hoopla is amazing! (And expensive!!!) I went to a regional conference in Texas, once, I’ve been to a few sort-of-conference-things in T-Town and Claremore, Oklahoma.

My writers group even presented one a few times. (That experience nearly put me off conferences forever.)

This year, I’m going back to Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc’s conference, again. I’ve been a few times in the past, and always really enjoyed it. The conference is taking place in a few weeks, and I’m stoked!

While I’m there, if nothing changes, I’m going to get to meet my first ever editor, Rhonda Penders. I know she’s a sweetie because she edited my first book, TO SCHOOL A COWBOY,

TO SCHOOL A COWBOY

and didn’t once threaten to come to Oklahoma and shake me. In fact, she asked if I’d be interested in a job as editor for The Wild Rose Press. (I had to explain I had a really good critique group. LOL)

I’m going to hear people speak I haven’t been around in years.

And I’m going to learn a ton. (Hope to, at least!)

Terminally Curious is still wondering, though, if real earn-your-living-by-writing writers go to that kind of thing or if they think it’s a waste of time (unless they’re getting paid to be there.)

Anyone know?

BTW: Look at all the great articles I found about writing and conferences! Now I’m going to go read them. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Writers Write, but Do They Conference?

  1. Hey, thanks for linking to my post!

    This is a great question. I know Nora Roberts goes to RWA Nationals, but hmmm, now that I think about it, the only time I’ve seen a big time writer at a conference was if they were giving the keynote speech.

    I can’t really see J.K. Rowling or Steven King going to a conference and sitting in a workshop. Or Stephenie Meyer.

    I love conferences for the same reasons you posted. Meeting people and learning new things. I suppose if you’ve made it high enough up the literary ladder, you might not feel you need to learn much more or need to meet people. Which I think is sad.

    Have fun at OWFI, I have a few friends who go every year and they love it.

    • I’ve been told Nora spends her time in her room, writing, except when she’s presenting a program or receiving an award.
      But that’s not just at conferences. She writes most of the time, no matter where she goes. That’s how she pubs so many books a year.
      Wish I had her stamina and brains and talent. 🙂
      You should come to OWFI this year. I’d love to meet you.

  2. I’m upping my game this year and attending 2 conferences plus a week-long workshop. I hope to get tons and tons of info out of all of them as well as make new friends and contacts. I think, sometimes, the contacts are the most important thing you can do for your writing career. Besides, producing a quality product, that is. 😉

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