by Sparkle Abbey
We look forward to attending mystery conferences every year. Congregating in the bar with book lovers and fellow writers, sipping margaritas while chatting about what books we’ve recently read and which mystery authors we’d invite to our fictional dinner party. In fact, next weekend we fly to Suffolk, Virginia for one of our favorite mystery author festivals. http://www.suffolkmysteryauthorsfestival.com/
|2010 RWA Conference|
The festival is a partnership between the Suffolk Tourism, Suffolk Public Library, and the Suffolk Center of Cultural Arts. They pick us up at the airport, throw a welcome reception for all the authors, and provide our meals…basically they treat authors like rock stars. We love them.
But as much as we enjoy attending these types of events, we’ve really missed the “writer’s conference.” Writing conferences hold workshops where we get to hone our craft, become a little more business savvy, and learn new ways to reach readers who haven’t read our books. This is where we refill our writer’s-well.
|How much luggage can four writers stuff in a minivan?|
For years we’ve talked about attending the annual NINC (Novelists, Inc.) conference. Each time we talk to a fellow writer who has attended, they gush about what a wonderful time they had and how we really have to go the following year. Well, guess what? Next month, we’re going! We’re so excited. And not just because the conference is at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete, Florida. Okay, maybe we’re excited about that too. It does look pretty amazing, and the resort is ON the beach (everyone knows we love the beach!) Plus we heard we can get the best grouper sandwich just a mile from the hotel. We’re looking forward to brushing up on our writing skills, learning from colleagues with all kinds of publishing experience, and picking the brains of industry experts. A group of peers where we can discuss challenges and opportunities unique to the writing industry.
If you’ve attended or plan to attend a writer’s conference this year, tell us which one and why you’ve chosen that one. Maybe we’ll put it on our list for next year.