Do you love thinking about stories that come from your imagination or real life? Do you write them down? If you have the desire to share your writing, I recommend attending a conference with experienced writers who can provide enlightening information about what you need to do to get your work published and distributed.
Last fall I had the pleasure of attending my first conference for writers held at Freeport Public Library on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Sponsored by Kimberly McIver of McIver Publishing, the well-paced conference was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 6-hour Mississippi River Writers conference was attended by published and non-published authors. Here, I’ll touch on what you can expect if you decide to attend a conference.
Fun and food were part of the conference’s agenda, not only were sweet snacks available, lunch from Joe’s Pizza was provided by our sponsor.
Thanks to the water, coffee, treats and lunch provided, the conference was a comfortable experience throughout. The speaker book tables were open during lunch. Kimberly McIver had books from The Mida series that she co-writes with Lyle Ernst available to sign.
Have you ever met someone who had a lot to say and everything they said was interesting? Internationally-known mystery novel author, Don Harstad, is that rare kind of someone. His frank and entertaining storytelling skills were like none that I’d ever heard in real life. He knows his stuff! A retired deputy sheriff from Elkader, Iowa, Don writes novels in which he draws from his real life experiences in law enforcement.
Don’s presentation topic was “Write Because You Want To.” Among the advice he offered were these tips:
“Don’t try to show off your vocabulary.”
“You have to talk to people in the area where you need information.”
Regarding publishers: “Don’t let them push you around. They will you let them, they’re just trying you.”
“How to write a page turner? Read a page-turner.”
That’s really good advice by an experienced storyteller.
In the part 2 conclusion, I’ll go more into the second half of the conference which included group sharing time during which the writers were able to read writing that they brought for critique. Getting feedback from people who love reading and writing is truly helpful.
In the meantime, check out Freeport Writers on Facebook. Freeport Writers meet in the local history room at Freeport Public Library: Freeport Writers
Kimberly (Sigafus) McIver has knowledgable information about self-publishing here: McIver Publishing
Page & Spine Literary Magazine: Pages & Spine Fiction Showcase