Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Value of Writer’s Conferences

The Faithwriter’s Conference in Sydney 2010 by Debbie Roome
I have just come home after spending four days in Sydney, Australia. My main reason for going there was to be part of the Faithwriter’s Conference. I’d been invited to speak on freelance writing but found the whole day to be a great blessing.

What is the Purpose of Writers Gathering Together
A writing conference offers opportunities for writers to link in with each other, learn new skills and be encouraged. Writing can be an isolated profession and the support of like-minded people is vital.

What can you Learn at a Writer’s Conference
Every writing conference has a slightly different focus and will attract those that work in the relevant areas. Generally speakers will share their personal experience of the writing world and offer advice and tips on how to succeed in your chosen field. Topics covered at the Faithwriter’s Conference included editors’ pet hates, self-publishing a book, the basics of writing, Australian publishing and the shift from traditional print books to e-books.

Are Writing Conferences worth the Cost
A conference is a place where you can concentrate on nothing but writing for a whole day or two. You are surrounded by people who share your passion and you can ask the questions that have puzzled you about writing, editing and grammar. Apart from that, there may be opportunities to speak to publishers and have a one-on-one chat with the speakers.

I have attended many writing conferences and gatherings over the years and have always come away enriched by them. The stimulation of being with other writers and discussing the rules of writing is always inspirational. I’m a firm believer in the value of conferences and will continue to attend them as I have the opportunity.

Debbie Roome works as a freelance writer from her home in New Zealand. Visit her at Debbie Roome or read some of her work at Suite 101, Associated Content and Faithwriters.

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