Category Archives: Writers conferences

Going to a Writer’s Conference?

There are so many writers conferences to choose from these days. You just need to decide what you want to get out of a conference, and then find one that fits your needs.

One conference I’m just about jumping out of my seat for  is Margie Lawson’s Sierra Lake Tahoe retreat this May. I’ve taken Margie’s classes before, and learned so much from them.

Margie is an acclaimed speaker and a psychologist. She uses her knowledge of human behavior and body language in her unique system she calls EDITS. This system taught me how to inject emotion and tension into my writing. I’m still practicing and learning, which is why I’m excited to go to this conference and practice with her in person.

Due to what I learned from her, I give her some of the credit for my first book sale, and I even mentioned her in the dedication. From now until April 30, you can enter to win a free copy of that book, Shades of the Future, in my Goodreads giveaway.

The last time I checked, the conference was still open for registration. If you’re interested in it, more information is here. FYI, I don’t get any kickback for sending you to this link, I just want to share something that I know works.

I’m excited to attend this conference. If you decide to go, let me know. I’d love to meet you in person, too.


Ninja Agents, Query Critiques and More

This week’s writing tip is to get thee to a conference. An online conference, that is. If you spend much time on the Internet, you’re probably aware that this week is the 2nd annual WriteOnCon.

Not only does this conference fit everyone’s budget, (it’s free,) it also fits everyone’s schedule, (it’s online.) If you miss a live webcast, never fear, my friend. You can go back and access it later.

Last year’s conference was a huge success, and this year promises no less. It’s a great place to get writing advice, meet agents, get queries, synopses, and openings critiqued, and learn techniques from best-selling authors. I came away from last year’s conference with new online writing buddies that I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t attended.

Advice to writers always includes admonitions to join critique groups, go to conferences, and study the craft. Well, here you go. I won’t keep you away from WriteOnCon any longer. See you next week.

Win a Writer’s Retreat in Cornwall, England from Words with Jam

Entry Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 14, 2011


Check this out. Words with Jam, a high quality e-zine is celebrating their first birthday! To make it a memorable one, they’re giving away enrollment at a four day writer’s retreat in Polperro, a village in Cornwall. They’re providing the winner with 5 star lodging, meals at a local inn, drinks, (drinks, they say?) and a parking permit.

Picture of Polperro fishing village, Cornwall, England.

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The best part is you don’t have to give the blood of your firstborn to enter. Kids, you’re safe.

Words with Jam is asking for the last two lines of a story you’ve written. They don’t care what genre it is. The only regulation is the length, 40 words or less. You may enter up to three times.

Entries are by email. For all the deets on the contest, go to Words with Jam. While you’re there, pick up a free subscription. To read more about the writer’s conference, go to Writer’s Courses Cornwall.

Then send in your last two lines.

And make them bloody good.

WriteonCon Produces #TeacherWriter Hashtag

Teacher Cupcakes

#TeacherWriter Photo/Clevercupcakes on Flickr

WriteonCon, the amazing online conference for PB, MG, and YA authors, agents, and editors is ending in about two hours. These past three days have been a whirlwind of the glued-to-my-computer type of activities.

I even forgot to eat a couple of times. I completely forgot about school.

My family just giggles when I say, “I can’t talk now, I’ve got an online conference going on!”

I’ve met so many wonderful writers, so many of them teachers. It seems a shame to lose that camaraderie after the conference. Once we all head back to the classrooms, we’ll get so busy that writing might get moved to the back burner.

So, to encourage teachers who write to keep in touch, keep us accountable, and keep supporting one another, I’m starting a #teacherwriter hashtag on Twitter. If you write and teach, or if you love someone who does, or if you’re just curious and want to lurk, please join.

I’m on  Twitter most school day mornings as @suzannelilly between 4 & 6 am PST. I’ll check in to see if anyone from the #teacherwriter group is on and chat. Of course, anyone can use the hashtag anytime. That’s just my schedule.




I’ll be keeping an eye out for you!

Writeoncon Online Conference

Summer is the time for conferences. It’s when many of us can get away from the day job to spend a few lavish days with other writers, editors, and agents. It’s when we can sit in the hotel bar networking all night. It’s when we can pitch our novels in person to the agent of our dreams.

Or not.

Because if you can’t get off work, can’t afford the spendy cost of a national conference, or don’t have anyone to watch the kids, then you probably won’t be attending a national conference.

That’s where Writeoncon comes in to save the day.

Seven writers got together, and in a spirit of giving and mentoring, decided to create a writer’s conference online. Now everyone can attend. They have a line-up of prestigious agents, writers, and other folks, and from the looks of this video, it should be a fun experience.

Check it out. My blog host doesn’t allow me to embed a video, (yes, I should really change hosts, but that’s a ton of work to move everything,) here is the URL.

Even though the conference is online, it’s still a good idea to brush up on your writer’s conference etiquette. Things like not stalking agents in the bathroom. Although that might be a bit hard to do online. But you definitely want to be prepared to meet other writers and agents and be able to pitch your work.

I’ll be there. I’m looking forward to meeting you there.

To get more info, straight from the source, head over to Writeoncon.