Preparing for Fun

I have a lot going right now, but I am most excited about the upcoming WAY Writing Conference on July 18th.

This conference is for teen and near teen writers. We are having a fun writing experience with teaching and discussions about using photography in our writing, creating a magazine, social media and blogging.

I’m not writing much today because I’m spending my time preparing for the event. For more details, go to

Now What?

Just got home from the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. I realized I have seen plenty of lists of how to prepare for a conference, but I haven’t seen one on what to do when you get home from a conference. Therefore, I decided to share my list of post conference activities.

  1. Take one day to rest, doing only what is essential, and getting a good night’s sleep in my own bed.

  2. While taking my day, I keep a notebook nearby to make of list of things I need to do as a result of the conference.

  3. My next work day, I go through all the papers and cards I got during the conference.

Divine Appointments

Tonight’s blog will be short because it has been a long day at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and I have another long day tomorrow.

Today I spent some time comforting authors who for one reason or another missed appointments with agents or editors. It is important to note in each of these situations, something happened.

Getting Started at a Conference

Okay, I have to admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. Last week I posted about getting ready for a conference, packing in advance and taking time to rest before the conference.

I didn’t get Monday’s blog done because I was frantically trying to get last minute things done including washing clothes and preparing to facilitate a workshop on Tuesday. And I got to add in helping my husband change a tire in the snow and spending time at the Discount Tire while they fixed it.

Most of the day Tuesday was spent at the workshop and related activities.

To Pitch or Not To Pitch

In response to my post about the needing to rest before and during conferences, Jennifer Hallmark commented that she chose not to pitch at her first conference. This can be a good choice because it decreases stress and increases rest at conferences. However, for the purpose of getting published it can be important to pitch. So the question becomes should a writer pitch or should they not pitch and any given conference.

Decreasing Stress

For introverts, just the stress of going to a conference is enough. We don’t need the stress of other concerns and worries. There are things we can’t control, but we need to control what we can.

Be sure your packing is complete. By packing a few days in advance, I keep my suitcase and briefcase open so I can add items as I think about them. In a blog in the next few days, I will share a list of important items to bring to a conference.

Take security precautions. Most of us like the anonymity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

Getting Ready for Conferences - Rest

While I know there are conferences year around I am now in a season of conferences. Therefore, I decided to talk about some of the things attendees to conferences should be considering. I recently returned from the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs (April 24-27). In just over a week, I’ll be leaving for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park (May 14-17). Then I’ll be home for a couple weeks before the Write To Publish Conference in Chicago (June 4-7). After that, I have a break before the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (July 30 – August 2).

Conference Fun

Saturday I attended the Peak Writing Conference presented by the Worship, Write, Witness chapter of ACFW. The presenter was Kristen Heitzmann speaking on the topic on Keys to Compelling Stories.

Two things happened at the conference which caught my attention.

First, I learned a simple definition of Deep POV. This is a subject which can be confusing. Kristen explained it as a continued thought from something that was said. It is not italicized nor is it put in quotes.

At Home with Others Like Me

I spend last Saturday at INFUSE 2010, a conference for creative people serving God with the artistic gifts He has given them. After a long month of the type of stress life is so very capable of throwing at us, it was a real pleasure to spend time sharing and learning with people who don’t think I’m weird because of the worlds to which my fiction-writing mind takes me.

Even though there was a wide variety of talents; artists, dancers, musicians and writers to name a few; there was a spirit of joy and of sharing that was refreshing and heartwarming.

Conference Lessons

Not all lessons are learned in the classroom. I was reminded of some important lessons this week at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park.

I took a clinic at CCWC where each person submitted the synopsis and first ten pages of his or her novel prior to the conference. Then, during the meetings we discussed each one and the instructors went over the manuscripts. The instructors were experienced authors and editors. When mine was discussed, they pointed out good aspects and some that needed to be corrected.

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