It’s Conference Season!
Another spring has arrived and you will not be going to a writer’s conference. I’m so sorry. I’m not either.
I’ve been trying to get to the ACFW conference in September every fall for the last ten years and I’m not any closer now than I was ten years ago. I did, however, get to go to the Mountain Valley Writers’ Conference in Lake Guntersville, Alabama a few weeks ago. And I have the bug to go, and speak, at another one. But it may not be for a while. I loved speaking to a group of writers. But then I had to talk to them and that was scary!
The other option, and the one that is a lot more entertaining, IMHO, is to create my own conference!
You can do this too!
If you do your own conferencing in the privacy of your own home, it’s free and there’s the added bonus of not actually having to talk to people.
For us financially strapped anthropophobes out there, this is a win-win.
I’ve created a list of some of the hundreds (if not thousands) of free resources for writers online.
This is NOT exhaustive. But it will certainly get you started if you can’t afford to go out to learn how to be a great writer. There are blogs, websites, videos, virtual conferences, podcasts and groups you can participate in. And DON’T forget your local library (although you should put clothes on to go there, and you may have to actually speak to someone!)
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General Fiction Writing Tips and Strategies?
Start here: Inside Creative Writing, episode one from Florida State University, then, you can YouTube search: fiction writing. Or try Gotham Writers Workshop! You will find DOZENS of videos to watch. Watch them all!
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Getting restless? Wanna actually do some writing?
Here’s a link to 10 Universities that offer free writing courses! FREE EDUCATION! All you poor impoverished xenophobes out there don’t even have to get dressed!
Other things you can do!
Listen to podcasts. Here’s a link to the best podcasts on writing.
Sign up for writers groups. Here are online writers groups that can help you!
Read everything about writing you can get your hands on at your library. Here’s a list of the best books on writing!
Find a coach or mentor. This article tells you how to do that!
Read agents’ blogs. Read editors’ blogs. Ask authors if you can interview them.
Don’t forget to write!
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