Conferences & Contests


The Writer’s Institute — I’ve gone to this one for about 5 years straight. It’s a fun 2 1/2 day conference in Madison, WI chock-full of sessions about craft, publication, Q&A panels, & more. You even get to customize your weekend with varying types of critiques and even pitch to agents &/or editors! Great for networking, too! People have literally come from all over the world to attend this. Check them out–

A Weekend With Your Novel — My first regularly attended conference. Tons of craft-building sessions to ignite your creative spark, edit your works, critique groups and more! A good place to network and find local writing buddies.

SCBWI Fall/Spring Conferences —Both of these have been just awesome for networking and meeting people who write what I do… maybe not the same sub-genre, but still fellow writers for kids.  Great sessions on craft, the speakers are always fun, and the treat table is loaded with gut-busting decadence. Hands down, my favorite weekend.

Spring Fling–Chicago —An RWA conference I attended on a whim, as an excuse to spend the weekend with a fellow writer (Rochelle Bradley) and was surprised to meet up with our mutual friend from middle school (Jenafer Llyod-Jones)! While there were many genre-based sessions, there were a few–actually more than I expected–on just plain craft. Even a pitch to agents/editors was included in your conference fee! I took home many “nuggets” of info, a dozen free books, a cool bag, a silent auction prize, and–thanks to the comedian at the big gala–a new perspective of the animated Disney (princess) movies.  XD


The Writer’s Institute–Poem or Page Contest  —Entrants submit the first page of their novel (any genre) or a poem. Simple, right?  Not as much as you’d think… But I did it at last!  🙂


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