I was in York September 7th to 9th for the Festival of Writing organised by the Writers’ Workshop. I attended last year, where I met some wonderful people, picked up some excellent writing tips, and connected with some agents and publishers, so I was looking forward to this year.
And I was not disappointed.
I went to numerous workshops, some dealing with the industry, and others on the craft of writing. For this week, I’ll be posting highlights from some of the more interesting ones I’ve been to, starting with Building an Author Platform by Nicola Morgan tomorrow, so be sure to stop by!
Highlights from the Festival
- Finally meeting fellow writer/blogger and bump buddy Talli Roland in person! We chatted about writing, blogging, and babies! Talli did a fantastic talk discussing self-publishing versus traditional publishing, the notes from which I will be posting on Thursday
- Meeting a delegate who commented that when discussing current reads with a close friend, the friend revealed he was reading … Oracle! She ended up getting a signed copy so that she could gift it to him!
- Getting useful constructive feedback for my first draft of Labyrinth, and encouraging interest from an agent!
- The Gala Dinner! Great food, great company! I LOVED the dessert: orange caramel bread and butter pudding! One delegate was so impressed by it she asked the chef for the recipe!
- Listening to the hugely talented writers reading excerpts from their widely varied works on Friday Night Live! Their works ranged from literary to historical, action to drama, military to mythology!
- Catching up with writer friends and meeting new ones; now I’ve got plenty of new Twitter accounts and blogs to follow!
I would like to thank the wonderful organisers for another wildly successful and enjoyable Festival, especially Harry Bingham for graciously allowing me to flog some signed copies of Oracle at the event! Hopefully the information I gathered from the weekend will be of use to you guys as I share them with you throughout this week!
Have YOU ever attended a writers’ conference? What is your favourite thing about attending a writers’ conference?