By Scott Lorenz
There are several good reasons why writers should invest the time and effort required to attend writers’ conferences.
Attending a writers’ conference only takes a few hours, or a couple days at the most, a small investment, and a little effort to register and arrange travel and lodging, but the payoff can be big.
Attending a writers’ conference gives you a great chance to pitch your book, learn about the major publishing houses, meet book editors, agents and book marketing specialists. If your book is six months or a year from being finished, you can meet people who will give you valuable ideas on shaping your book and provide other advice to help you wrap up your project when you return home.
Or maybe you have been working on your book for a few months and are feeling insecure or unsure whether you really can be a published author. Attending a conference is a good way to get a reality check from book editors to get a professional opinion on your plot and characters and to determine whether you are on the right track.
Most importantly, attending a writers’ conference provides you with an opportunity to learn about the publishing business from fellow authors. You will also get honest and helpful professional assessments from book editors that will be more than worth the cost and effort of attending the conference.
Of course, you will want to prepare for any writers’ conference you attend by having a plan of what you want to find out and what you will do while there. You will want to develop an ‘elevator pitch’ of your book that you can deliver in 30 seconds. Have a one pager available with your book cover, author headshot, short 50-word synopsis, short bio, website URL, Twitter handle and your contact information. You never know who’ll you’ll meet so be prepared for that moment.
Now that you are ready, here are some writers’ conferences that you should consider attending:
Here are some upcoming writers’ conferences in 2023 for your consideration.
February 3-4, 2023: Boston Writing Workshop (Online)
March 3-4, 2023: Chesapeake Writing Workshop (Online)
March 10, 2023: Alabama Writing Workshop (Birmingham, AL)
March 11, 2023: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA)
March 11, 2023: Cincinnati Writing Workshop (Cincinnati, OH)
March 11, 2023: Writers Conference of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
March 25, 2023: Minnesota Writing Workshop (St. Paul, MN)
March 25,2023: Kentucky Writers Conference (Bowling Green, KY)
April 13-15, 2023: Las Vegas Writers Conference (Las Vegas, NV)
April 14-15, 2023: Writing Workshop of San Francisco (Online)
April 22, 2023: Philadelphia Writing Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)
April 29, 2023: Michigan Writing Workshop (Detroit, MI)
April 29, 2023: Washington Writers Conference (Rockville, MD)
May 12, 2023: Storymakers Conference (Provo, UT)
May 12-13, 2023: Florida Writing Workshop (Online)
May 13, 2023: Writing Conference of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
May 18, 2023: Pennwriters Conference SCBWI (Coraopolis, PA)
May 25-27, 2023: Writing Heights Writers Conference (Fort Collins, CO)
June 2-3, 2023: Tennessee Writing Workshop (Online)
June 18-23 2023: Santa Barbara Writers Conference (Santa Barbara, CA)
July 7-8, 2023: Carolina Writing Workshop (Online)
July 29-30, 2023: The Muse & the Marketplace Writers Conference (Boston, MA)
July 30 – August 4, 2023: Napa Valley Writers’ Conference (Napa, CA)
August 3-5, 2023: Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference (Fort Bragg, CA)
August 17-20, 2023: Killer Nashville’s International Writers’ Conference (Franklin, TN)
August 17-20, 2023: Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (New York, NY)
September 1-4 , 2023: WriterCon 2023 (Choctaw, OK)
September 23, 2023: Missouri Writers Guild Annual Writers Conference (Columbia, MO)
October 6-8, 2023: James River Writers Conference (Richmond, VA)
October 13-14, 2023: Seattle Writing Workshop (Online)
December 8-9, 2023: Writing Workshop of Chicago (Online)
Select a writers’ conference of interest to you and be prepared to enjoy the benefits of meeting other writers, acquiring knowledge you can use immediately, learn about different genres, find a new market for your book, elevate your professional effectiveness, meet editors, agents and publishers, become inspired and return home energized.
The Bottom Line: Make a commitment to attend at least one writers’ conference this year. You’ll be glad you did!
Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.
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