Highlighted sessions I hope to attend!

Tomorrow afternoon I will be nervously on my way to my very first writers conference which is jammed packed with author talks, writing workshops, book launches and pitching opportunities for 4 days. It is the 4th International SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference, and you can read lots about it at their very useful blog here: The SCBWI Australia & New Zealand Conference Blog. The great thing about this conference is that it is combined with the 7th Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival on Saturday. I went to this last year and it was great!

In preparation I searched the internet for any useful advice and tips about attending writers conferences. Here are a few a found that helped answer a feww questions, worries and concerns I had floating around my head.

Over at kidlit.com:

Talking to Agents and Editors at Conferences 

Adjusting Expectations for Conferences and Critiques

Over at Cheryl Reif Writes:

Things to Love in the Writing Life: Conferences

Ten Keys to Your Best-Ever Writing Conference!

Over at La Vie En Prose:

Conference 101: Know Before You Go

Over at Picture This:

A Better Critique Story

So, my checklist is as follows:

  • Don’t be shy – agents and editors expect to be approached in a friendly fashion – just don’t pitch to them unless asked (save your pitches for the organised pitch sessions)
  • Know your needs – Do know what I need to get from the conference – what are my current needs as a writer?
  • Be prepared – practice your ( 2 min) pitch,
  • Research  – check out the editors, agents, authors, and other speakers who are attending

But most importantly of all the resounding advice is to have a good time – get to know the agents and editors and other writers – put a face to a name – make connections and have fun!

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