Don't worry. There will still be a writing tips post coming this Friday. Every once in a while I choose to post on a Monday when I have news I want to share outside of my regular posts. Well, today I have something I think you all will be interested in. Listen up.
I was recently given the awesome opportunity to be a WriteOnCon team member. WriteOnCon is an online writing conference geared towards KidLit, MG, YA, and New Adult authors. It's a pretty epic event that I've heard of before and considered attending, so of course I was pretty excited to get to be part of the team that brings it to the masses in all of its glory.
So, why am I telling this to you? Because the more I've been working on this event, the cooler and cooler it seems to me. I think it's something you all might really enjoy, so let me give you a brief overview of what it is:
Yep. The above image says it all. Post over. Return to your writing.
Just kidding. Allow me to expand:
This event runs from February 2nd (a Thursday), through February 4th (a Saturday). There will be blog posts, vlogs, live events, critique forums, and pitch sessions. The live events are held on Facebook and will include Q&A sessions with various authors, agents, and editors, along with critique sessions.
The Q&A sessions allow you to get some of those writerly questions answered. From publishing to editing to character development, you can post questions to live events and get some answers. This is my favorite part of the event because it means you all can bring your questions to somebody other than me. Just kidding. But seriously. Take advantage of this. Here's the schedule for you to peruse to find out which Q&A events look like your jam.
There's also going to be an online forum where you can post your polished query letters or samples of your writing. Agents and editors, known as Ninja Agents, will be somersaulting in and out of these forums, reading pitches and sample writings, offering feedback, and doing other ninja-y things.
But here's something else that's even better: Paying to attend this event isn't going to mean that you have to skimp on buying yourself coffee or a new book to read. Nobody wants to see a writer coffeeless or bookless. This is a humane event. There are different levels of admission, the most expensive one being $15. Told you it was cheap. To read about the different kinds of admission, click here. But I recommend the Extended Admission.
And you know what else is cool? This event is entirely online. Which means that you do not have to go outside and interact with other humans. Ew. You can sit at your computer wearing your bunny slippers and Batman hoodie and interact with other people via your brilliant writing, so nobody will be the wiser. Major plus.
I'm really excited about WriteOnCon, not only because I get to be part of the amazing team, but because I think its something that many of you would actually get a lot out of. It has something for every writer and it's a great way to connect with people in the writing industry, as well as to learn tricks of the trade, gain new perspectives, and just have a fun experience.
If this seems like something you're interested in, you can register here. And if you have questions, you can check out the FAQ page or read the blog.
So what do you think? Are you going to attend WriteOnCon? If so, I'm helping out with the live events, so I'll keep an eye out for your name down in the comments section and send encouraging writerly thoughts your way. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
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