Writers — have you started to think about which conferences you want to attend in 2010? Some of them are scheduled pretty early in the year, so you can’t wait too long to decide.
Registration just opened up for the March 26-27, 2010 Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. If you register before January 1st, you can sign up at 2009 prices. This conference is held in the Fort Collins Hilton, not far from the Colorado State University campus.
The opening keynote speaker is author and television writer/producer Stephen Cannell. There will be 29 workshops, agent/editor pitch sessions, and plenty of time to network with other attendees. Check the conference page of the website for a list of workshop titles, descriptions, and presenters. You may register for this conference online.
For those who live close to Fort Collins, there will be a pre-conference workshop on March 6th at the NCW Studio.
Questions frequently asked by conference-goers focus on agent/editor pitches. Even those who pitched their work in the past still want to talk about what works and what doesn’t. To get you started, Northern Colorado Writers director Kerrie Flanagan has addressed this topic in an article titled How 2 Pitch to an Agent at a Writer’s Conference at the Wow! Women on WritingTM website. As Kerrie tells us,
“Writers need to understand that agents attend conferences with the same high hopes that writers do. Writers want to find an agent who will represent them, and agents want to find clients who have a book they can get excited about. The agent/author relationship is that of a partnership where each party has the same goal in mind; to sell the book to a publishing house.”
Writers’ conferences offer education, opportunity, motivation, networking, and fun. I hope to see you in Fort Collins, Colorado at the end of March.