Gotten a couple of questions about this and I felt stupid that I never gave actual details on it : The DFW Writers’ Conference – http://dfwcon.org/ Check it out.
Last year I was like “why do I need to rub elbows with other writers, agents, etc.? That just seems sleazy. Shouldn’t writing be about WRITING? I can use that time to actually WRITE instead of TALKING ABOUT writing.” Plus it was expensive and blah blah blah excuses.
Then I talked to my buddy Jennifer, who’s a published author (plug to Jennifer August – http://jenniferaugust.com/ ) who told me that DFW is a good one to get my feet wet, and that it’s probably one of the best for the money. So, not being poor, I signed up and decided to go.
That was possibly the best decision I’ve ever made in my writing career.
Yeah, I still feel sleazy hobnobbing with agents and such, because I STILL believe that writing should be about writing, not who you know, but what’s important is that I saw the playing field with more clarity than I ever have. I met other writers, some from different parts of the country. I met people who only aspire to write. I took classes and came out feeling really good knowing that I was already doing 90% of the things they told me to do. Most importantly, I met my crit group there.
And seriously, if it all was a setup for this year’s con, it was worth it. I’m going in FEELING more prepared, more confident, and with my head more in the game now that I’ve caught a glimpse of it. Not that I was lacking confidence before, but now it’s like I’ve stacked another mountain on Everest. And if I get knocked down, I have a year to build yet another mountain on top of that one.
I won’t say “all serious writers should go to a conference,” ( I will say “all serious writers should find a crit group and take it seriously” ) but I highly recommend it. Maybe not DFW, but SOME conference.
And if you’re coming to DFW, ping me and I’ll hook you into the gang I know from last year, and my crit group, not because I’m into networking, but because they’re seriously fucking cool people. Oh, and they’re writers too.