Month: December 2012

The Value of Writers’ Conferences, Both Small and Large

Fifteen thousand words into my first novel, I decided it was time to connect with others out there who were working toward the same goal. Of course, at the time, I knew nothing. Nothing about the craft of writing, had no idea there were more than a handful of souls out there who’d independently come up with the idea of writing a book–besides the obvious ones who were successfully published and well-known. I was blissfully ignorant. I knew nothing. I researched writer’s conferences online and discovered a first novel, small-group conference on the West Coast. I live on the East coast. Over a thousand dollars, it was likely one of the most expensive conferences available to writers at the time. My husband was trying to be supportive, but asked, “Why do you need to fly across the country and spend that kind of money to do this? Isn’t there something closer and less expensive?” I assured him there wasn’t. Remember, I knew nothing. I coerced my sister-in-law, who was also writing a book in a different …