In Praise of Writer Conferences

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My second writers conference. Four days of learning and encouragement. I focused on craft this year, Character Development, Tension, POV, Dialogue, World Building, Scene Structure, & Editing. Great stuffs, great teachers. The most difficult and most beneficial part was being an introvert among introverts and trying to make personal connection with other writers. I’m not good at it, but did meet a few other writers. It is always good to hear other’s writing process. Some notes here to help me remember what I learned:

  • Character Development – Police Report / Military Report / Psychological Report. Level of report/detail depends on the importance of the character
  • Tension – Suspense – What is going to happen next // Tension – uncomfortable, gritting your teeth, needs reader empath
  • POV – Omniscient is the only reliable narrator (God)
  • Dialogue – I’ve been doing it wrong… 1) Move the story forward, 2) Provide Information, 3) Importance of Unique Character Voice, 4) Subtext where needed
  • World Building – world becomes a character
  • Scene Structure – Mini stories. Establish a desire/need/deprivation, set a goal, action toward that goal, obstacle, resolution and setup
  • Editing – Differences between line/copy and developmental editors. Approximate rates for each.

And, of course, lots more.

If there is a writers conference in your area, I would highly encourage you to attend. Invaluable and cost effective when you consider how much instruction you get.
And, if you are in the Northwest, consider next year’s PNWA conference.

Ty

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4 comments
  1. I’ll be going to my first writer’s conference this month in Louisville, Ky called Imaginarium. I can’t count down the days fast enough.

  2. Aloha Ty,
    Good post! I attended my first Writer’s Conference a while back but my experience was not as positive – I posted about it on my blog at http://kauaigolf.me/2014/05/27/writers/ . Still, I realize that you are right, I will attend more conferences.
    A Hui H (until next time),
    Wayne

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