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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Susan Quinn » July 16th, 2010, 7:56 pm

I'm also attending SCBWI LA - my first big conference! I attended the regional IL SCBWI conference last fall, and that was great. I'm taking the YA Voice workshop and the MG workshop - anyone in those?
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Down the well » July 17th, 2010, 11:09 am

Susan Quinn wrote:I'm also attending SCBWI LA - my first big conference! I attended the regional IL SCBWI conference last fall, and that was great. I'm taking the YA Voice workshop and the MG workshop - anyone in those?
I've been to this one before. You'll have a great time. So many creative people in the same space together, it's awesome. But bring a sweater. It's FREEZING in those dang conference rooms.

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Susan Quinn » July 18th, 2010, 8:41 pm

I've been to this one before. You'll have a great time. So many creative people in the same space together, it's awesome. But bring a sweater. It's FREEZING in those dang conference rooms.
Ah! Thanks for the reminder! I always forget the refrigerate the heck out of those conferences during the summer! :)
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by EvelynEhrlich » July 19th, 2010, 12:02 am

Susan,
maybegenius and I will be there. I'm going to start a new thread about the conference in case anyone else is going but hasn't checked this one. I didn't get into the YA voice workshop, boo.

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Down the well » August 14th, 2010, 3:25 pm

I just found out I'm going to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's Conference in Denver this September. Turns out I'm a finalist in the writing competition. Woohoo!! The final judge is a certain well-known, well-respected local agent. The winner will be announced at the dinner Saturday night, so I guess I gotta go.

I haven't been a finalist in a writing competition for a couple of years. Kind of doing a little happy dance. :)

If anyone else is going to be at this conference, I'd love to meet up to say hi.



**Update: I won :)
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by cheekychook » August 14th, 2010, 3:51 pm

Well deserved happy dance Down the Well! Congratulations! Have a great time at the conference!
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by One of the Mad Ones » August 14th, 2010, 3:52 pm

Down the well wrote:I just found out I'm going to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's Conference in Denver this September. Turns out I'm a finalist in the writing competition in the Fantasy category. Woohoo!! The final judge is a certain well-known, well-respected local agent. The winner will be announced at the dinner Saturday night, so I guess I gotta go.
Hey, that's fantastic! Congrats! And, man, I'm way jealous that you're going to Denver.

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Down the well » August 14th, 2010, 4:16 pm

Thanks for the congrats!
One of the Mad Ones wrote:And, man, I'm way jealous that you're going to Denver.
Eh, I live here. I don't even get to stay in a nice hotel this time. :/

Thanks again.

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Susan Quinn » August 14th, 2010, 4:54 pm

Good luck, downthewell!
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Down the well » August 14th, 2010, 6:42 pm

Thanks Susan. And how did Scbwi go? Did it live up to your expectations?

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Susan Quinn » August 14th, 2010, 6:59 pm

SCBWI was fantastic - actually blew my expectations away, and they were pretty high to begin with. Although I did find that much of the "informational" type workshops weren't terribly informative for me. But that's just because I follow Nathan's blog (and others in the industry)! :) But SCBWI does a good job of offering value to a wide range of writers from new to published and beyond. The speakers were inspirational. I was able to meet lots of my online friends in RL, which was awesome. And some of the workshops with experienced authors were incredibly helpful, in a craft sense.

p.s. if you go, make sure you sign up for the manuscript consult - totally worth the money.
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by bcomet » October 14th, 2010, 5:50 pm

I recently found some fabulous writer conference workshops that you can attend online via utube for free!

Check it out:

Dan Wells: (part 1 of 5)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcmiqQ9NpPE

and

John Brown and Larry Correia: (part 1 of 12)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bS7sSy2 ... re=related

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by HillaryJ » October 14th, 2010, 8:41 pm

The Surrey International Writers Conference is October 22-24 in Surrey, just outside of Vancouver BC.

http://www.siwc.ca/schedule/2010/overview

A lot of good authors (plus editors and agents) will be speaking at workshops and on panels, including:
Jay Lake
Diana Gabaldon
Anne Perry
Julia Quinn
and many, many others

Pitch sessions and critiques are available, too.
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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Jemmichanga » October 14th, 2010, 10:37 pm

HillaryJ wrote:The Surrey International Writers Conference is October 22-24 in Surrey, just outside of Vancouver BC.

http://www.siwc.ca/schedule/2010/overview

A lot of good authors (plus editors and agents) will be speaking at workshops and on panels, including:
Jay Lake
Diana Gabaldon
Anne Perry
Julia Quinn
and many, many others

Pitch sessions and critiques are available, too.

Julia Quinn gave a dialogue workshop at the Tucson Festival of Books this year (February I think) and it was great. Very funny, informative and motivating.

I don't think anyone else mentioned this but The Festival of Books will be back in Tucson March next year and although it's not the same as a writer's conference they do have a LOT of workshops run by well-known published authors - they also have a lot of authors signing/giving public talks.

For anyone living this way it's well worth going to - plus it's FREE! So if you can't justify the expense of some of the conferences it's worth attending. I went to a bunch of workshops over the two days and learned a lot!

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Re: Writer Conferences

Post by Down the well » January 16th, 2011, 2:55 pm

I thought I would mention that registration is open for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference to be held in Colorado Springs, CO, April 28 - May 1. I've found this to be a well organized and really fun conference in the past. Anyway, I'll be there. Signed up for the dreaded pitch session. *shivers*


Here's a link if anyone is interested.

http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/

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