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Author Confessional: Writing Conferences 101

I just got back from an SCBWI Midwest Conference and it was a great time! Learning all new things about the writing industry and making new writer connections. It’s the best part about attending writing conferences.

If you’ve ever been interested in going to a conference, watch the video to learn more about what to expect when you go.

What writing conferences are…

A fun chance to meet other authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals.

One of the biggest benefits of attending a writing conference is getting to learn so much more about the publishing industry. You should definitely take advantage of the different breakout sessions, keynote speeches, and question and answer panels.

Plus, take time to get to meet other attendees. One of the best parts of the writing industry is getting to cheer on our wins, support each other when new books come out, and make lasting friendships. Be sure to connect with attendees on a genuine level to get to know them.

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What writing conferences are not…

A chance to pitch your book to anyone who will listen.

While it’s true that you do get the option to submit your story to industry professionals, don’t spend the conference focusing on your writing. Only pitch your book during live pitch or critique sessions that you’ve previously signed up for. It’s about making connections, not being annoying. 😉


If you’re interested in attending a writing conference, start by joining SCBWI and look for an event near you. And remember to bring business cards. People will ask you for them!

If you want to know more about writing conferences, check out what to expect at a writer’s conference for more tips!

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