5 Things I Learned at a Writers Conference
Last week I attended the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference along with a bunch of other faculty and over 230 attendees. I’ve been attending this conference now for five years and it’s always a great time. Three days of talking about writing . . . in workshops, continuing sessions, in the halls, in the lounge areas, over meals, while we walk, in the bathroom. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Only if you’re a writer and share the same passion that the 230+ other folks share.
I’ve had a few days to reflect on the conference now and here are five things I learned:
- Not everyone can write just because they think they can. Well, correction . . . not everyone can write WELL just because they think they can. Writing is hard work and honing your skills takes time, persistence, patience, and some innate ability.
- Most people are open to constructive criticism, but not everyone. I’m always amazed at the handful of folks who go to a conference knowing, just knowing, that they have the next best-seller in their hands and won’t hear a word of criticism about it.
- Writers are not introverts when it comes to writing. They love to talk shop, probe each other’s minds, and ask lots of questions. They’re eager to learn. Makes teaching very easy.
- A lot of “business” takes place at these conferences. Networking, meetings, introductions, verbal agreements. This is where stuff happens and writers are discovered.
- Get a bunch of writers together and you’re bound to hear some great stories!
There’s some lessons to be learned by all of us there.
My next conference is the Writers Advance Bootcamp in Asheville, NC next February 1-3. If you’re looking for a conference this is going to be a great one. Hope to see you there!