09 Apr 2014 8 Comments
“Why do you go to those writing conferences and retreats?”
This question was posed to me recently by one of my non-writer friends. My initial answer was something super-eloquent along the lines of, “Because!”
Can I argue a point or what!
All joking aside, I thought about why I do like going to writing conferences and retreats. Sure, there are the informational sessions and workshops. You get to pitch to and chat with industry professionals like agents and editors that you would normally not have access to. You get to catch up with your writing friends and critique partners. There’s often really amazing swag and tons of free books. You get to wear really cute sparkly shoes. (Okay, maybe that’s just for me.)
Any one of those reasons is enough for me to register. Yet, there’s still something else that makes me use vacation time at work, buy that plane ticket, pawn my dog off on one of my friends or family members, put my life on hold, etc. And…
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