Survey Says: What You're Thinking About Writers Conferences (Part 1)
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I decided to take a little survey earlier in August. Thirty-two people responded to my seven question survey about writers conferences. Thank you, one and all!
The respondents represent all corners of the USA--and even Bermuda! (Waving at you, Cathy!) Home states include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
The first question asked on the survey was: Why do you attend writers conferences? Possible answers included:
- To learn more about the writing craft and to improve my writing
- To pitch my book idea(s) and/or article(s) to editors/agents
- To network with other writers
All 32 participants answered the question. Their top reason for going to writers conferences: To learn more about the writing craft and to improve my writing. (71.9% or 23 respondents)
Coming in at as a ve-ery close secondary reason for going to writers conferences: To network with other writers. (68.8% or 22 respondents)
Note: Before somebody tells me my math is whacky, you were allowed to mark all the answers that applied.
My take: I always sign up for a writers conference with every intention of attending workshops and continuing sessions. I almost drool over some of the sessions offered. Consider the upcoming ACFW conference:
- Fried Brains and Ham (j/k): Unclogging that Writer's Block by Jenny B. Jones
- Blogging, Branding, Marketing and Publicity by Shannon Vannatter
- All Glammed Up! by Susan May Warren
- How to Write a Bestseller by DiAnn Mills
- Sometimes It's Better to Tell than Show by Erin Healy