When I first accepted the crazy notion that I was going to be a writer, I kept getting this advice: go to writers’ conferences and start networking. The idea made sense, but the price tag didn’t. I couldn’t afford tickets upwards of $500 on the off chance I meet someone who likes my pitch, and would remember me from the crowd of hundreds of other eager attendees.
If what you want isn’t out there, make it! It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I am proud to host a conference that is affordable (under $100 including lunch), and intimate. If you know a writer in the New York area, make sure they get a ticket before it sells out.
When and where is it, you ask?
Here are just some of the reasons why you should go:
- Pitch your story idea to Shira Hoffman, literary agent at McIntosh & Otis.
- Hear from my favorite contemporary author, Aryn Kyle, about writers’ residency programs and the process of turning a short story into a novel. P.S. if you haven’t read her work, pick up a copy of The God of Animals today!
- Meet other people with same interests and goals so you can start having creative dates together!
- Meet Deborah Emin, publisher of Sullivan Street Press, a company that is working to give the power and control back to writers.
- Get a behind the scenes look at the publishing world from Christina Bryza, a Senior Copywriter at Simon & Schuster.
- Get a free hour of guided writing, care of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, in addition to a special discount for their classes.
- Take your craft seriously. When you spend money on your dreams, they start to become a reality.
- Build your support network.
- Free lunch!
- Get out of the house, get out of the rut, get out of your head, and come and have creative fun with others!