Networking is so key to a writer’s career and conferences are a great way to combine networking with craft. Whether you choose to attend more craft-based programming like Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) nationals and regionals, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and Midwestern Writers Workshop (MWW) or more industry focused conferences like BookExpo America (BEA) and American Library Association (ALA)–most of attendees include publishing professionals and writers for anywhere from […]
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Last year, a lot of people were excited to apply to the DC Talent Development Workshop, including yours truly. But this year it seems like I haven’t heard a peep about it; could be that I haven’t been paying attention, or maybe people are holding a grudge because of Batman v Superman. The deadline for the Writers Workshop is the end of this week, March 31, and I’m definitely applying again. With a bit of rejectomancy, […]
Critique Partner Connection 1. Have chemistry Stacey: Stephanie and I met through Pitch Wars, Brenda Drake’s annual contest connecting writers with agents (and if you’re looking for an agent, we highly recommend this particular contest, which is in its 5th year.) We were both mentors. Stephanie was receiving all the pitches, and I remember thinking, who is this girl? And when we started emailing more regularly, and then meeting up in person, it was pretty clear […]
This week Kelly and JJ discuss critique groups: how they found theirs (each other!), how to find one in general, whether or not you need critique groups, and how to give effective feedback.
Stephanie: When I first started writing, I thought revising was proofreading. In fact, I knew so little about revisions I believed that if there were mistakes in my manuscript it was no big deal because that’s what editors are for. Thankfully I outgrew this delusion rather quickly. Unfortunately it took me a much longer time to find solid critique partners and figure out what it means to revise. So, for any of you who might […]