I am so pleased to have Alyson here today to guest post! Alyson and I met at the writing conference I attended about a month ago. She is such a gifted and talented writer and she loves God! She is writing today about her experience about the writer’s conference and all the wonderfulness that comes with it!
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Going to a writer’s conference can sometimes sound boring, but I went to the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference in August and had so much fun learning and meeting new friends including the lovely author, Rachel Rittenhouse.
At the conference, I was in my element and fit into to the environment. When agents or editors brought up lingo, I understood. When authors expressed excitement, I could be excited too. Now, mind you there were hardly any writers my age at this conference, and in some instances I felt out of place. But overall, I felt like I was in a place filled with people who understood writing and the reason why I write, to let God use me.
I made friends this year. Because there weren’t many teens, the teens that were there found each other and ate some meals together. Rachel was one of those friends I met. In a previous conference experience, I had met lots of people without making any friends. This experience was different and much more enjoyable.
After sitting in workshop after workshop, I want to come away feeling like I learned something. I took the time to do research on the speakers and sessions. This gave me the ability to choose workshops that I felt could teach me the most. Learning isn’t just about listening, either. Asking questions, taking notes, and occasionally talking with the speaker after the session helped me glean the most information possible.
Lastly, I enjoyed my time at a writer’s conference because I received positive feedback. All my meetings went great. Everyone who read my work was impressed, and I was asked for a nonfiction proposal. But I received more comments about my faith than my writing. Authors, agents, and editors pointed out how grounded I appeared to be. Knowing that my faith was showing in a clear and godly way made all the preparation, traveling, and stress worth it.
You can’t control everything that happens at a writer’s conference, but if you feel comfortable, try to make friends, attempt to learn, and give others a reason to respond positively, you will probably have great time.
Have you gone to a writer’s conference? What did you enjoy? What would you do differently next time?
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You can head over to Alyson’s blog now and read my guest post there talking about what to do when you get conflicting, but helpful advice from different people!