Find the Right Writers' Conference For You

Perhaps you’ve read my post 20 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference, and you’ve decided to participate in a wrtiers’ conference in 2013. Since one workshop doesn’t fit all writers, you now face the task of selecting the right conference for you. I can help.

Think about what it is you wish to gain from a writers’ conference


Decide which of the following objectives apply to you. You want to

attend a writers’ conference ~

1.  To meet other writers.

2.  To have your writing critiqued by a published author.

3.  To participate in a peer critique group.

4.  To enter a writing contest.

5.  To take classes on the craft of writing.

6.  To discover possible markets for your writing.

7.  To meet agents.

8.  To have an agent consider representing you.

9.  To take a comprehensive course on a specific genre or aspect of writing Historical Fiction, Writing for Children, Building Your Online Presence, Screenwriting…).

10. To meet editors.

11. To have an editor evaluate your writing for possible publication.

12. To be fed spiritually.

13. To strengthen your writing in a specific genre or sub-genre (fiction/mystery writing, Nonfiction/memoir, Children’s Writing/middle grade novels..).

14. To receive inspiration and direction.

15. To participate in mentoring sessions.

16. To receive instruction on market research submission formats.

17. To meet representatives from Christian publishing houses.

18. To meet representatives from general market houses.

19. To learn more about the possibility of self-publishing.

20. To gain some savvy when it comes to social media marketing.


Prioritize your list of objectives for attending a writers’ conference.

  • When perusing a conference website or brochure, keep your objectives in mind.


Two resources that offer a listing of writers’ conferences:

1) Writers’ Digest Magazine, May issue.

2) Christian Writers’ Market Guide.

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Created by Phred St Laurent May 27, 2010 at 11:35pm. Last updated by Phred St Laurent May 31, 2010.

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