They scribble all day long, create events, characters, stories without the benefit of companionship. I’ve blogged before on the loneliness of writing. Indeed, it’s solitary work. Some writers thrive on that quiet alone time. Others need more stimulation. I tend to be in the latter category. Although I appreciate being left alone while I’m writing, there’s a point where I’d love to have people to talk to. People who share my frustrations, joys and experiences as a writer. I’ve tried connecting with other writers in my community, but that has not materialized. Most are only interested in my reading their books. Although it’s great to read each other’s works, we also need time to share.
So, how ’bout a conference where we’ll find nothing but writers? The biggest drawback for me is the time to travel. Many conferences are far from where I live. My guess is that’s true of many writers, unless they live in New York City. Nonetheless, when your motivation is low and you need that little boost, I’d suggest going to a conference.
Here are a few conferences that are conducted annually:
- Writers Digest Conference. Held annually in New York in August. This is a huge conference. Then one drawback is it is so big, you might get lost in the sea of people. But, it’s full of resources and opportunities to showcase your work.
- Sleuthfest. Held in the spring, annually. If you write thrillers or mystery or suspense, this might be a good conference for you. It is not as large as the Writer’s Digest Conference and it focuses on the mystery/thriller genre.
- Southeastern Writers Conference. Held in the summer annually. This is a much smaller group of writers crossing all genres, poetry, mystery, romance, nonfiction. Here you’ll have an opportunity to meet writers from the Southeast. Again, the conference is full of workshops and contests.
- Killer Nashville. Held in August annually. While attractive to mystery/thriller authors and screenwriters for its unique crime-focused sessions, Killer Nashville welcomes writers of all levels and genres. Conference sessions fall under seven categories: General Writing, Genre-specific Writing, Publishing, Publicity, Screenwriting, Sessions for Fans, and Forensics.
- Romance Writing of America.Held annually in different cities around the country in July. If romance writing is your thing, this is definitely a conference you should attend. You’ll have a chance to meet many writers both published and seeking publication.
The conferences above all offer workshops and opportunities to hone your craft. But, if you want more specialized masterclasses and retreats, that’s totally different. Most masterclasses and retreats consist of an intense review of your work.
Depending on your needs and where you are, take a look at a conference. It may be just the boost you need to motivate you to get back home in the solitary room and write.