I can definitely say without a doubt that if you can in anyway possible go to a writing conference do it. Don’t hesitate at ALL. They are one of the best things I have ever found for writers in all stages of their writing.
I was fortunate enough to experience the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York this last August and there are not enough words to describe how awesome it truly was. I learned so much. Beyond what I could have even imagined.
And the best part was not only the Pitch Slam with like 50 agents but all the fantastic people I met. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to not only have three days to be surrounded by nothing but writing, but to be surrounded by fellow writers. All with the same dream and passion you have but with wonderful stories of their own.
A few of the girls and I even still stay in touch which is wonderful when I need some writing encouragement or whatever it may be. I truly believe they will be friends forever.
Don’t let this experience pass you by. Conferences and the benefits that come with them are priceless. BELIEVE ME.
I found this article and compiled list on the Writer’s Digest website for any that are interested. Hope you can find one near you!
There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers’ conferences and pitch their work in 2015. Remember: Meeting agents in person is a great way to get past the slush pile. If an agent is interested in your work and requests a sample or book proposal, you can write “Requested Material” on your submission, making sure it gets a fair read and consideration.
Know that there are two types of conferences. There are general writers’ conferences, that address a variety of subjects, and then there are specialized conferences, which usually tend to focus on a single genre-such as western, romance, or mystery. You will find both kinds in this list below.
The Kentucky Writers Conference, Feb. 6, 2015, Louisville, KY Attending agents: Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary); Natalia Aponte (Aponte Literary); Brent Taylor (Triada US Literary); and Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary).
Tennessee Writers Conference, Feb. 7, 2015, Nashville, TN Attending agents: Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary); Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency); Brent Taylor (Triada US Literary); Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary); and Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary).
San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 12-15, 2015, San Francisco, CA Attending agents: There are already about 20 agents confirmed. You can see them all on the conference faculty page on the site.
Portland Writers Workshop, Feb. 20, 2015, Portland, OR Attending agents: Sandra Bishop (Transatlantic Agency); Adam O’Connor Rodriguez (editor, Hawthorne Books); Natasha Kern (Natasha Kern Literary); Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron & Associates); Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary); Cait Spivey (Corvisiero Literary); and Jodi Dahlke (Fuse Literary).
The Writing Workshop of Seattle, Feb. 21, 2015, Seattle, WA Attending agents: Kathleen Ortiz (New Leaf Literary); Kristin Vincent (D4EO Literary); Genevieve Nine (Andrea Hurst & Associates); Adria Olson (Martin Literary Management); Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary); Fleetwood Robbins (Waxman Leavell Literary); and Adam O’Connor Rodriguez (editor, Hawthorne Books).
The Chesapeake Writing Conferences, Baltimore (March 27) and Washington DC (March 28) Attending agents: Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary); Ella Kennen (Corvisiero Literary); Jamie Bodnar Drowley (Inklings Literary); Laura Strachan (The Strachan Literary Agency); Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary); Jordy Albert (Booker Albert Literary); Lauren Sharp (Kuhn Projects); Cynthia Kane (Capital Talent Agency); and Leon Husick (L. Perkins Associates).
Carolina Writing Conferences, Columbia, SC (April 17) and Charlotte, NC (April 18) Attending agents: Sam Morgan (Jabberwocky Literary); Melissa Jeglinski (The Knight Agency); Diana Flegal (Hartline Literary); Cherry Weiner (Cherry Weiner Literary); and Robin Mizell (Robin Mizell Literary Representation).
Northeast Texas Writers Conference, April 24-25, 2015, Mt. Pleasant, TX Attending agents: Cherry Weiner (Cherry Weiner Literary).
Milwaukee Writing Conference, May 15, 2015, Milwaukee, WI Attending agents: Jennie Goloboy (Red Sofa Literary); Laura Crockett (Triada US Literary); Abby Saul (Browne & Miller Literary); Elizabeth Evans (Jean V. Naggar Literary); Jodell Sadler (Sadler Children’s Literary); and Dawn Frederick (Red Sofa Literary).
Chicago Writing Workshop, May 16, 2015, Chicago, IL Attending agents: Marcy Posner (Folio Literary); Jen Karsbaek (Fuse Literary); Jennifer Mattson (Andrea Brown Literary); Tina Schwartz (The Purcell Agency); Dan Balow (Steve Laube Literary); Jodell Sadler (The Sadler Agency); and Laura Crockett (Triada US Literary).
Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 25-27, 2015, Jackson Hole, WY Attending agents: Sarah Levitt (Zoë Pagnamenta Agency); Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein (McIntosh & Otis); and more to be announced.
Writer’s Digest Conference East, July 31 – Aug. 2, 2015, New York, NY The website will be updated/live soon, but this conference usually happens somewhere in late July or early August over the course of one weekend. The conference’s Pitch Slam features more than 50 literary agents to pitch.