Finding The Right Writer’s Conference (Or No More Excuses)

___7019062I can’t remember if I told you about Pat Miller’s Non-Fiction for New Folks Writer’s Conference coming this fall in Texas, but I sure meant to tell you all about it!

So here’s the most important thing you need to know: the Early Bird discounted rate ends on September 1st!

Well, that may not be the most important thing you need to know. Probably you want to know about Pat Miller, who’s running the workshop. And I can tell you that she’s altogether delightful and a wonderful writer and really knows the business of non-fiction writing. If you’ve thought about non-fiction writing AT ALL, you might want to know this:

You are eight times more likely to be published
as a nonfiction writer than you are as a writer of fiction.
–Peggy Thomas, NF 4 NF Faculty member and co-author of Anatomy of
Nonfiction: Writing True                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stories for Children

So if I weren’t already booked for our Southern Breeze SCBWI conference on the very same weekend, I might be there.

But since I am, I’d love to see you at WIK’14!

If you write for children, fiction or non-fiction, or if you’re an illustrator, too, I hope you’ll come join the fun. Lots of agents, a couple editors, TONS of know-it-all authors (who are happy to share everything they know!) will be in Birmingham, AL for the event. But if that date doesn’t work for you, check out the calendar of events offered by SCBWI and look for one in your corner of the world.

Hey, that reminds me of Shaw Guides to Conferences, because maybe you’re not a children’s writer. You can check out this site for all the latest news about any writer’s conference (or workshop) all over the globe!

So really, you can’t blame my bad memory on missing conferences any more.

(LOTS of other excuses will spring to mind, I’m sure, what with y’all being such creative writers. But it’s all on you, friends, I’ve done my duty.)

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6 thoughts on “Finding The Right Writer’s Conference (Or No More Excuses)

    • I’ve probably mentioned that link long ago, Lisa. It’s a go-to of mine, though I rarely go to any conferences unless they’re SCBWI sponsored. Still, I like knowing they’re there. 🙂

  1. Every time I hear that non-fiction is much more publishable it kind of stops me in my tracks. After investing so much time in fiction I would feel like I’m going back to square one. And that doesn’t sound like a fun place to be. 🙂 Anyway, hope you have a blast at WIK! Wish I could join you!

    • I wish you were going,too, Deb!

      As for non-fiction, it’s not square one at all! You have to find a good story in order to write your non-fiction story. But you DO have to like researching facts and stuff. THAT may not be your fun place. 🙂

  2. Cathy–I know the market for nonfiction is bigger than for fiction, but I can’t seem to find the time/energy/passion to search for magazines/publishers/projects that would take some nonfiction of mine–except the same publishers I submit to over and over again.

    Thanks for the attempted nudge. 😉

    • Sioux, I’m convinced if you don’t really love what you’re writing, an editor won’t love it, either. You love writing for certain markets and it shows. No need to try something your heart’s not in–you’ve garnered a ton of success with the same old, same old! 🙂

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