Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Writing/Reading Conference

Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Writing/Reading Conference

1. To see your friends!

2. To make new friends. Sometimes this is called “networking,” but really, that sounds like something robots do. And there’s no point in “networking” if you’re not also having a good time with it.

3. To get away from home, which is full of housecleaning and books you haven’t read and things you haven’t done, so your mind has enough clear space to think.

4. To fill your mind with thoughts about writing, and your mouth with talking about it. See numbers one and two and three.

5. To experience sleep-deprivation, so you can portray it realistically in fiction.

6. To find out if you’re an under-packer or an over-packer, and if you’re the sort of person who carries things like miniature sewing kits and three kinds of stomach medication.

7. To be appalled by the cost of meals in hotel restaurants.

8. To be so busy listening and talking and interacting that you forget to be self-conscious and can just be.

9. To meet the one person who’s read your book and loved it and wants to tell you about it.

10. To remember why you love genre fiction.

Related post: WisCon 2009.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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