Upcoming Conferences/Events for Writers

Here are some upcoming writing conferences in the Connecticut/New York area:

CT FictionFest: May 14 in North Haven, CT open to all fiction writers.

This year, they’re hosting 11 editors and agents who will hear your pitches in all categories, YA, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance and other genres too like Sci Fi and Horror. If you’re a fiction writer, you don’t want to miss this once a year opportunity.

Register by going to www.ctrwa.org and clicking on the Fiction Fest tab.

The price is pretty reasonable for members of CTRWA / CORW / CoLoNY Member $ 79.00 and $ 99.00 for non-members. And I’ll be there too!

MWA Edgars Symposium: April 27th in New York, NY. Targeted at all mystery writers.

The impressive schedule of events includes panels of Edgar nominated authors discussing YA mysteries, the reality of the writing life, and how to write a novel. The day ends with a cocktail party with agents ( you must sign up for this in advance).

The cost is $90 for MWA members and $125 for non-members.

In addition, MWA has scheduled a book signing for April 26th, a happy hour for April 25th, and the Edgar banquet on April 28th.

I’m planning to make a week of it in the city.

Backspace Conference: May 26-28th in New York, NY. Targeted at all aspiring authors.

This is a phenomenal conference for stepping into the publishing world. You get to meet agents, who give you feedback on your query letter and first two pages. Top notch panels including topics on the craft of writing, social networking, what agents want from authors, and how to write a query letter.

I have attended this twice and my abilities grew exponentially because of the informative panels, the agent interaction, networking with published authors, and bonding with other unpublished authors. This conference is a definite stepping stone to publication.

Attendees can choose to attend 1-3 days of the conference. Day 3 is a not-to-be-missed all day workshop with Donald Maass. Pricing ranges from $150-700. I won’t be here this time, but will be attending the November Backspace conference.

There are loads of other conferences out there. Many are listed in The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. These are three that I found very useful in the spring. You can also search my blog under the tag “conferences” for more info on conferences I attended.

In the summer, Killer Nashville is a favorite. But I’ll be in Asia then. 🙂

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