Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Are Writers' Conferences Worth the Money?

by Cindy Hogan

The answer is a resounding YES!

A huge turning point in my writing career occurred when my sister invited me to attend a local writers' conference. I didn't even know such a thing existed at the time (it's true, I was that clueless about the writing community and what was available). This writing conference changed my life and opened my eyes not only to the possibilities of a writing career, but also to a whole new world of friends and information.

I get asked all the time by people who want to become a "writer" what they should do to achieve their dreams. My answer? Go to writers' conferences. I've been to a lot of conferences and I haven't found one that compares in price and value to the one I attended with my sister about eight years ago. No matter where you live, I suggest you consider going and taking the opportunity to learn the craft of writing.

Here are the details for the LDStorymakers Conference. It has the potential to change your future. Hurry and register. Prices go up on Feb. 28th.

Learn Write Publish Writers Conference May 15th 16th   2015
Utah Valley Convention Center 220 W. Center Street Provo, UT 84601
Thursday May 14 Bootcamp / Publication Primer
May 15 16, 2015 Friday Saturday Conference
For all published and pre-published writers
Fri/Sat: $200
Fri Only $110
Sat Only: $90
*Prices increase after Feb 28th
2015 Keynote Speaker
Martine Leavitt
National Book Award Finalist (Lady Keturah and Lord Death) and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year (My Book of Life by Angel)
Meet Agents and Editors
Agents: Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group Victoria Marini, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency Jennifer Rofe, Andrea Brown Literary Agency Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary
Editors: Lizzie Poteet, St. Martin’s Press Heidi Taylor, Shadow Mountain ● Kathy Gordon, Covenant ● Liz Alley, Deseret Book
Instructors include: Margie Lawson, Anne Perry, David Farland, Sara Zarr, Jennifer Nielsen, Rachel Ann Nunes, Lisa Mangum, Dan Wells, Amber Argyle, Mette Ivie Harrison, Jolene Perry, Robison Wells, Courtney Alameda, Sarah Eden and more!

Have you been to a writers' conference? 
Which one? Would you recommend it?

For more information on why I suggest you go to writers' conferences go here.


Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I go to writing conferences periodically, and always find them so helpful and enlightening. I'm looking forward to the coming SCBWI Spring Spirit Conference here in May.

Arlee Bird said...

I've never attended one and I guess there are many in the Los Angeles area. Maybe one day I'll have to go to one of them.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

JoAnn Arnold said...

I enjoy going to the writing conferences and have learned so much. With our calling in the temple, however, I had to miss last year and will miss this year, but I'll be thinking about what I'm missing.

Keani Gifford said...

I have a weird question about conferences. If you were putting on a conference, what is the one class that you would most enjoy/would be most informative? Who would you have teach it?