The San Francisco Writers Conference offers many intriguing workshops and opportunities to talk with agents. Add to that the incredible city and all its diverse offerings, how can a writer go wrong?
This year even the weather cooperated. Well sort of. At times I was drawn toward the front door and escape into the bright sunshine. Then I would look at the list of workshops. With so many to choose from, I was pulled back into the crowd of writers rushing to the next presentation. Although some traveled from great distances to take advantage of this great conference, many came from local communities. For all, near or far, it was worth it.
There were so many workshops, that it was sometimes difficult to choose between them. I could easily pass on the ones for non-fiction writers, because I write fiction. The variety this year was amazing. Besides sessions for fiction and non-fiction, there was instruction on memoirs and poetry. One might think such variety would weaken a conference. Not in this case. Every workshop I went to was packed. In fact there were a couple I couldn’t get into, because they were already full.
For the final day of the conference, the organizers have come up with a unique opportunity to meet with agents. It’s called speed dating. The pro to this, is that it gives participants an opportunity to spread themselves between more than one agent. The con is waiting your turn. Even with the con, it gives writers a chance to talk with other writers.
Although I was not as successful as I had hoped at the speed dating with agents, I gleaned valuable information. The dream is always to be the shiny gem who draws their immediate attention. Sometimes that happens. Often it doesn’t. Oh well, I must continue to polish my diamond to make it more tempting and appealing.
A final thank you to the organizers for bringing this amazing conference together: All those who participated owe you a debt. Those who were unable to attend should consider it for next year. Besides developing our craft, we need to be part of the writing community. I made new friends to add to mine. You can do the same.
Happy writing, Jodi