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Prepare for your writing seminar
by following these guidelines. You'll have a better time if
you read these tips before you attend a writing conference.
Whether the event is two weeks in a summer by the sea, in the
mountains, or in the backyard of a writer's home, look for key
factors that the conference provides for you to enable
you to grow as a writer.
Here are a few tips to help provide
you with an enjoyable experience.
We do recommend the conferences on these
the faculty members are outstanding instructors. However, conferences
change every year and individual tastes vary. Consider these
guidelines to be a starting point for your own research on writing
Look for high quality faculty whose goal is to help you better
understand your writing and your objectives. Look for hands-on
workshops or critique services to perfect your writing technique.
Contacts. Access to publishing executives.
From up-and-coming to advanced (senior) members of the industry.
Process of Publishing.
Panel and/or workshop sessions where you'll be able to listen
to agents, editors, and published authors answer questions about
their work. About what they do and how they do it.
sessions. This is where agents, editors, and published
authors answer questions about what kind of progress you must
make in order to take your manuscript to the next level. This
is your chance to ask, so don't be shy about it, but don't stalk
them either. As a courtesy, don't give your work to them at
these sessions, but give them your business card. On the back,
have the title of your manuscript, genre, and two-line plot
summary or storyline description. Sometimes they will not accept
your card. After all, if there are 200 participants, that's
unwieldy. Ask if they accept queries and what form they prefer
(e.g., regular mail or e-mail) and follow their guidelines.
Send them your best work. Proofread it. Twice.
come the Workshop discussions. The line edits that pick apart
the imagined integrity of your story before the end of the first
The Workshop/Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers' Workshop
-- © 1999 Edited by Tom Grimes
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