On an earlier post, I discussed the benefits of attending professional writing conferences. One, it helps build a writer’s vitae, if you participate on any panels. Two, it is a great chance to meet editors and other writers, who might become your mentors. Three, it is a great place to meet budding authors, who you might be able to mentor. Four, the panels and seminars address writer-specific concerns and issues.
I am honored to help represent the Janes’ Stories Press Foundation at the 2010 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Denver, CO, from April 7 to 10. This is one of the largest conferences for small presses, literary presses, university presses, literary writers, and programs for Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Look for me in Exhibit Hall A, Table B6.
Now, how should an author prepare for a conference? The first step might be to set specific goals. In my next post, I’ll discuss my goals for this conference. Feel free to “steal” them. Then, if you attend AWP, come by and we will compare goals, expectations, and notes.