Why attend a writers conference?
I am a self-taught writer. Any one who has tried to write knows it is an experience of the solitary sort. I seem to be doing pretty well but I’ve always wondered what it would be like rubbing elbows with a room full of others engaged in the same endeavor. Also, who wouldn’t want to learn a thing or two to improve their “game” from professionals who’ve been around the block a few times.
I love a good writing contest, too. I sent my “Fish” story on ahead of me to be judged by the conference speakers. I wonder how it will stack up against other writers in the non-fiction category?
And then there’s the open mic night. Will I be brave enough to read a 5 minute segment of my work in front of a room full of strangers and see how they react?
My main reason for going, however, is to get an opinion from writing professionals about my work. I opted for two consultations of fifteen minutes each. I want to get their opinion and ask for their advice. It is a given that I will keep writing but at what capacity will I write going forward?
Thursday I hit the road with my Kindle. I found away to use the “text-to-speech” function on Kindle and pipe it through my car stereo using an ear phone cord with a plug on each end. It was the strangest thing having my book Junior’s Hope read to me while I drove. I have to say, hearing it read aloud inspired and encouraged me as I drove. I arrived safely, thank you for your prayers.
Anderson University is a beautiful place.