YES, SAY YES TO ATTENDING AT LEAST ONE WRITER’S CONFERENCE! I have been to a few and would like to attend more.
The first one was a five-day long conference held in Ashland, Oregon. I worked with one poet/instructor, Kim Addonizio. At the end of the conference, each of the participants had produced some work with depth. Five days with one instructor and a cohesive group, allowed us to explore in an atmosphere of ongoing inspiration and safety. This experience proved to be invaluable.
The second writer’s conference I attended, South Coast Writers Conference, has been held annually in Gold Beach, Oregon. This was a three-day conference with an array of instructors from several different genres. Examples of some of the topics might include: “Healing through the Written Word,” or “Are You Allowed to Joke About That?,” or “Hero Quests and Graphic Novels,” or “Making Money in Magazine Articles.” Participating writers could choose the classes that were of interest to them. The instructors and themes vary from year-to-year.
The third was more of a poetry writing workshop, two days only. This was just a lot of fun and introduced variety into the usual things I do as a writer. Not to mention that I got to meet other writers and poets who, sort of, understand you…because they face what you are facing as a solitary writer.
Some of my deepest and most focused writing has come directly from these conferences. Or they re-initiated, baptized me again in some way, into the craft I love.
For Your Consideration:
If you want to jumpstart your writing, go to a Writer’s Conference or Workshop. Just do it.