April 21, 2011

Upcoming Writing Conferences

Want to meet new people with similar interests and goals? How about meet agents and editors? Find a critique partner? There are some upcoming conferences you might want to check out. Pennwriters annual conference, being held this year in Pittsburg, PA, is next month from May 13-15. I went last year and had a wonderful time. I also got a request for a full copy of my manuscript by Jenny Bent, whom is one of my top choices for an agent. (This lady is put together, let me tell you. She knows her shit. She oozes confidence, and yet, seems totally sweet too). Another upcoming conference, also the May 13-15 weekend, is the annual SCBWI Canada East conference, held in Niagara, ON. Of course, the latter conference is for for those of you who write YA novels or children's books. And for romance writers, the RWA annual conference takes place end of June in NY.

I was torn between which conference I wanted to attend this year, but due to my clinical schedule, I still do not know if I'll be able to attend either of them. The sad thing is, I probably won't know until the first week of May which means not-so-cheap flights. Alas, I will probably have to miss both this year.

Is anyone out there going to Pennwriters? Have you been before? How about SCBWI? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. That's cool that you have quite a few to choose from. I cant' imagine pitching to an agent at a conf, would much rather do it over email.

  2. I totally agree, but from what I'm told agents are much more likely to request a manuscript when you pitch in person than if you do it in an email. There is just so much competition. It was interesting; one of the workshops was just random queries being read and what the agents thought of each query. Most of the time, they said, "Next," before the first sentence was even completed. I was told mine was too boring, not my subject, but my approach. Coming from a business background, I assumed the query letter needed to be very structured and well, business-like. This conference helped me see how ineffective my query was. Pitching in person is scary, but face-time is important. It helped me get my MS out there.