Have you ever attended a Writers Convention or Workshop?

United States
July 5, 2012 4:37pm CST
I keep hearing from people in my writers group that they like to attend some Writers Conventions. I would go but they are so expensive. Like some of the clubs a writer may want to join, conventions run into the hundreds of dollars to attend. And yet I hear that for networking, they are very important of you want to get ahead as an author. Have you ever attended any and what do you think? Are they worth the money? Did you benefit from them in meeting agents and publishers? Were you disappointed?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
5 Jul 12
No, but I'd love to and I would go with pen and paper with questions and for notes.
• United States
6 Jul 12
Yeah, so would I, Carmel. Maybe one day. Maybe someone here in Mylot can tell us more about what it's like to go to one. Will check here for a couple more days and see. =)
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• United States
6 Jul 12
I hope someone responds too, because I'd like to know how something like that works. For example is there time for a "question and answer" with the writers/editors/agents/publishers or anyone who is in the business..
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@subhojit10 (7382)
• India
7 Jul 12
i have never attended any Writer's convention or workshop but would love to be a part of such an awesome workshop. But i get to see very less of such events being organized in my community which is very disappointing.
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• United States
9 Jul 12
Unfortunately, such conventions tend to take place in large cities. The closest one would be Phoenix for me...maybe Las Vegas. Our city is not that big but we do have clubs here and that's a start. =D
@ECH107 (108)
• Austria
5 Jul 12
No, I don't see any point. I've always loved to write, but hated my honors English classes and my university lit courses. I look for advice by asking for it, but hate being overly structured in my projects. I guess I prefer freedom in the arts, be it writing, painting, or sculpting.
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• United States
6 Jul 12
Spoken...err WRITTEN like a true artist and free spirit. Thanks for your opinion which I am sure is shared by many. I feel the same way as you and totally understand how you come to this conclusion. Still, I think that by going to a convention or workshop I might learn something and make some important contacts that can help me and my writing. =) What kind of writing do you do, Ehc?
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jul 12
Though I love to write, I have never had the opportunity in my life to attend a writing convention. The main reason that I've never been to one is because of the fact that they are expensive and there is no way that I would be able to justify spending that kind of money on myself. In addition to that, I also don't think that there would be a lot that I would be able to get out of writer's convention because of the fact I'm not at the point that I am ready to talk to publishers and network.
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• United States
6 Jul 12
Yes, I agree. I am ready to talk to such people and even network but I honestly can't afford to do this. I spend what I can on traveling and booksignings. They are far from free. Everything costs. I even have to pay for my books in advance before I manage to sell any. Fortunately, I have done well with that and the book practically sells itself. But I have sold enough to be able to afford going to a convention that would take place out-of-town in most cases. I hope you continue on you path to become a writer, Dora, if that is what you are working on. Good luck to you, Sweetie! Keep writing!
@akalinus (23009)
• United States
29 Nov 15
Yes, I have attended on writer's convention years ago. It was on a weekend and there were classes to sign up for. I went to one on animal photography by a wildlife photographer. I did not learn much because it was so technical and he was arrogant and refused to explain things. I had another class on writing that I learned more from. It was interesting talking to other writers. They fed us very well,also. The worst part was the thermostat wars at night. One of our group insisted on keeping the windows open all night and the rest of us shivered all night.