Can’t afford to attend a big writers conference? Don’t have the time?
There are plenty of smaller writers conferences held across the country.
I’m attending one this weekend, and I’m excited. It’s the Write to Inspire conference held in the town of Elk Grove, California south of Sacramento, just an from where I live.
I was one of the 2,100 at the Romance Writers of America® conference in New York City in June and will be one of the 600 at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in St. Louis in September, so why would I add a small local conference to my list?
Here are nine reasons I choose to attend local writers conferences.
1. They’re less expensive, saving me money.
2. They’re closer to home, reducing my travel time and expenses.
3. They’re shorter, reducing my time away from home as well as my hotel bill.
4. There are fewer attendees, so the atmosphere will be more relaxed.
5. I’ll be able to meet writers who live in my area and make new face-to-face friends.
6. I’ll be able to see local writer friends I’ve already met and catch up with them.
7. I’ll have more of an opportunity to interact with the speakers.
8. I’ll receive quality instruction on par with that at larger conferences.
9. I’ll have lots of fun!
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Have you attended local writers conferences? If so, what are your reasons for doing so?
Would you be more apt to attend a local conference or a national one, and why?