So you’re thinking about attending a writers’ workshop?
Workshops (and/or conferences—I’ll use these terms interchangeably) range from cozy to huge, from little structure to highly structured, from open-to-anything to extremely competitive.
Where to begin? How do you choose?
Join me starting Wednesday, February 13, for a three-part discussion about writers’ workshops and conferences. Your comments will be vital to the conversation as we talk about assessing individual needs, explore the range of conferences and their pros and cons, and share our experiences.
Before we start, a basic distinction: a workshop or conference is writer-community oriented; you’ll spend your time reading and critiquing each others’ work, attending craft talks, panels, and readings (and maybe a party or two or three). Some conferences are highly specialized, devoted only to publishing, say, or a particular genre, but generally, this writing community is the common model. A retreat is just that: protected time to write with little interruption from the outside world.
Coming in Part One: How to choose a workshop.
Part Two: conference personalities (they all have one), budget, and benefits
Part Three: resources to help you find the right conference
Have you attended any writers’ conferences? Tell us a bit about your experience. What worked for you? What didn’t?