I just got home from a writer’s conference, and it was a good one. I thought I might share some of the awesomeness with you all. First, a little bit of background:
I heard about the Lakefly Literary conference in OshKosh, Wisconsin on Twitter a few months ago, when one of my good Twitter friends posted about it. My thought at the time: Sounds like fun! I wish I could go!
Then I went online, and read about the lineup of workshops and presenters. I admit that I was not familiar with the presenters. They seemed to be local to Wisconsin, and here I am in Northern New York. But the workshops seemed to be just what I needed, especially the one about making a marketing plan. Also, the price point couldn’t be beat. But the final thing that tipped the cart for me was the fact that several of my Twitter friends would be there, live and in person, and what an opportunity it would be to meet face to face.
So I booked my conference and flight to Wisconsin!
The Lakefly Literary Conference is still pretty young, only in its 4th year. It is small enough for an out-of-stater like me to feel welcomed, yet offers enough of what I was looking for to really make it worthwhile.
Ruth Percey, who runs the OshKosh library, puts the event on along with several other folks, and they really went out of their way to make sure that the offerings met our needs. By the end of the conference, she knew me by name! I left there with a great feeling of accomplishment. Being able to meet and hang out with authors and publishers is a special thing. There were many opportunities to browse books of all sorts, and even have them signed. New friends were made, and folks I had only known in the Interwebs suddenly became real people.
So here I sit, in my Post Conference high. I look forward to using the information I gathered at #Lakefly16. Feels good!
Anyone else going to a writing conference? Have you been to any good ones recently? Feel free to share in the comments!