A virginal experience can be frightening and take you out of your comfort zone, but it can also help you in ways you could never have imagined. This is exactly why I attended my first writer’s conference. I compiled a list of tips just for you!
Be on time.
The morning of the conference started with master’s classes and critiques which writers had signed up for weeks and months in advance. I registered the week before, but decided to sit in on a critique session. No biggie right?
When I finally made it through traffic, I was 30 minutes late. Volunteers chatted at a table set up in the entry of the hotel. I was told, “You’re late.”
“Yep. I know, but can I still audit a critique class?”
“I guess that’s alright.”
“Where do I go?” I looked around the vast atrium.
She pointed behind her. “Up the stairs.”
Think before you speak.
“Is there a particular critique group I should look for? I write paranormal thriller and wouldn’t want to end up in a non-fiction group.”
“Ma’am, we are the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. There are NO non-fiction critique groups.
My cheeks scorched while I continued to show my vast intellect. “Oh yeah. Duh.” Continue reading