Thursday, August 14, 2008

Check out your local conferences

If you're like me and need a break once in a while to smooze with other writers, meet some editors and agents and just generally kick back for a day or two, don't neglect the local conferences within a four-state area or even closer. In these days of high gas prices, it's important to watch the old mileage.

In Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma alone there are several really top-notch conferences. Some are small, a couple are larger.

OWLs is not a conference but a quarterly all-day author get together near Branson, MO. It always features good speakers. Jordan Dane new best selling thriller author will be there this weekend, plus an agent from New York and a professional photographer offering author's a photo package for an affordable price.

OCW is an organization that is there specifically to organize a yearly conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This was the first writer's conference I attended more than 20 years ago, and so now it's like old home week. Scheduled for October 10, 11, the workshops are terrific, plenty of published and unpublished writers, folks who've been in the business a long time, are there and it's small enough to mingle with everyone.

Check out your own area for such conferences. Usually your local library will know about them, or contact a local writer's group. They are usually up on all conferences. Better yet, join a local writer's group, even if you can't attend every meeting. They know what's going on in your world.

More later.

4 comments:

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Thanks for the links and reminder that these types of events happen all the time and SHOULD be taken advantage of. We writers tend to be moles, holed up in our offices keying away. It's important to network out in the "real world" as well. Nice Post.

Vivian Zabel said...

We have one main conference in Oklahoma, OWFI.org gives information. There is a book festival at the OKC Zoo every two years, as well as the Red Dirt Book Festival the same year. 2009 is the year for both. Comanche, Oklahoma has a book festival, too. The second one will be in March 2009.

As many authors as this state has, one would think more opportunities for conferences and festivals would exist.

zhadi said...

I really enjoyed LEft Coast Crime when I went - biggest problem I've run into is just the cost of admission to even the smaller ones close by, but I think they're worth it if one can afford it. Plus it's fun hanging out with other writers!

Helen Ginger said...

Velda, if you or anyone know of a conference for writers, send info to me. I do a weekly newsletter for writers and each issue features an upcoming event for writers. I then keep a running list of them on my website at:
http://helenginger.com/events.htm

I'm always looking for contests and events to promote.
doingitwrite@helenginger.com