I'm a big fan of writing conferences. Sure, some meet our personal budget and current needs better than others, and not everyone you encounter leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy about your future potential, but if you go along with an open mind, the positives far outweigh any negatives.
If you know of a writing conference taking place this year, please share a link to its homepage in a comment. I'll upload it into the main post here.
SCBWI Winter Conference
Fri-Sun, February 12-14 2016 - New York, New York
Fri-Sun, February 12-14 2016 - Timonium, Maryland
Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, March 19th - 20th, 2016 - Iselin, New Jersey
The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, April 9th - 11th, 2016 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 15th-17th, 2016 - Colorado Springs, CO
Fri-Sun, Apr 29th - May 1st, 2016 - Bethesda, Maryland
DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, April 23rd-24th, 2016 - Dallas, Texas
Fri-Sun, May 20th - 22nd, 2016 - Lancaster, PA
Fri-Mon, May 27th - 30th, 2016 - Baltimore, Maryland
Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2016 (exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, PA
SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference
Sat-Sun, June, 2016 (exact dates tba) - Plainsboro , New Jersey
IWWG Summer conference
Thurs-Mon, July 15th - 22nd, 2016 - Litchfield, CT
Fri-Sun, July 15th - 17th, 2016 - Hunt Valley, Maryland
Fri-Sun, August 5th – 7th, 2016 - New Brunswick, New Jersey
Thurs-Sun, August 18th – 21st, 2016 - Nashville, Tennessee
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September, 2016 (exact dates tba) - Madison, NJ
Put Your Heart in a Book
Fri-Sat, October 2016 (exact dates tba) - Iselin, NJ
Magna Cum Murder
Fri-Sun, October 2016 (exact dates tba) - Indianapolis, Indiana
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - Dedham, Massachusetts
SOME FUN, CONFERENCE-RELATED LINKS:
10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Agent During an In-Person Pitch
The Agent Pitch: 10 Responses You Don't Want to Hear
2015 was another great year for wisdomous words about writing. As always, I had a hard time narrowing the list of great blog posts down to just twelve, but I finally managed it.Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2015:DECEMBERSpinning Hope From Rejection (Larry Brooks) https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/spinning-hope-from-rejection.htmlNOVEMBERThe Dark Side Of The Publishing Industry: How To Avoid Scams (Rob Hart)https://litreactor.com/columns/the-dark-side-of-the-publishing-industry-how-to-avoid-scamsOCTOBERMagnanimous (Donald Maass)www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/14/magnanimous-2/SEPTEMBERDon't be THAT Author Some Things I've Learned at Book Festivals (Alissa Grosso)www.yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/09/dont-be-that-author-some-things-ive.htmlAUGUSTI Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers (Chuck Wendig)www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/26/i-smell-your-rookie-moves-new-writers/JULYSurviving the Space Between: A Writer’s Journey (Heather Webb)www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/25/surviving-the-space-between-a-writers-journey/JUNEThe 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups (Jenny Nash)www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/25/dangers-of-writing-groups/MAY
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully—in Ten Minutes (Stephen King)www.jerryjenkins.com/guest-blog-from-stephen-king/APRILThe 5 Essential Steps to Getting a Literary Agent (PeterHogenkamp)http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-5-essential-steps-to-getting.htmlMARCH
REAL TALK: $ix Figure Book Deal$ (Jennifer Laughran)http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2015/02/real-talk-ix-figure-book-deal.htmlFEBRUARY
Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You (Larry Brooks)http://storyfix.com/novelists-two-empowering-little-mind-models-just-might-change-everythingJANUARY
How Not to Fumble Your Social Media Presence (James Scott Bell)http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/how-not-to-fumble-your-social-media.htmlHow about you?
What were your favorite blog posts from 2015?
If you found these useful, you may also like:
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2012
Looking forward to the new season of Doctor Who tonight.
Apparently though, the previous Doctor hasn't been completely forgotten.
How about you?
What show(s) are you looking forward to in TV's Fall season?