I am hunched over my laptop in a Portland hotel room, squinting through an exhausted blur, trying to write something coherent about the last three days.

Writing is largely a solitary activity, though I rarely feel alone as I breathe life and form into my characters.

Still, human beings are essentially social creatures and it’s healthy for writers to occasionally venture out of their caves and interact. When writers gather they share craft, critique each others work, network and consume alcohol.

A writer conference concentrates these activities into an intense long-weekend. It shakes up the solitary writer’s confidence; cross plows ruts; and delivers a healthy shot of reality.

This is the second time I’ve traveled down from British Columbia to attend the Willamette Writers Conference. It featured the usual workshops, pitch sessions, manuscript critiques and camaraderie.

Over the years, I have also attended the San Francisco Writers Conference and The Surrey International Writers Conference. I recommend all three.

Writing is a journey of discovery. Writers’ conferences offer traveler refuge and renewal along the way.



This is the first post in today’s rolling blog tour on the topic of Writers Conferences.  Please visit Mollie Bryan next.

Mollie Bryan http://www.molliecoxbryan.com/2011/08/to-go-or-not-to-go-writers-conferences/

Ryder Islington  http://ryderislington.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/writers-conferences/

Sarah Wisseman http://sarahwisseman.blogspot.com/2011/08/writers-conferences-to-go-or-not-to-go.html

Kathleen Kaska http://kathleenkaskawrites.blogspot.com/2011/08/writers-conferences.html