Sunday, June 18, 2006

I Wish I Was in Atlanta -- But There Will be Recordings

A few weeks back, I mentioned writing in my hotel room in Reno, while at the RWA National Conference. There wasn't any choice, since I had registered for the conference and paid for a hotel room months in advance, and I truly wanted to go. But I also had a deadline, so I kept running back to my room to steal a few more minutes with Sydney, and Jack, and Vaughn, and all the rest of the team.

The RWA National Conference was held in Atlanta this year, at the end of July, and I wish I was there. I have been to three Nationals: Washington DC, Denver, and Reno, over the past few years. Each time, I have come away energized, excited, and eager to write. This conference offers fantastic educational and networking opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers. It is one of the absolute best places to learn about the business of writing - even if romance isn't your primary genre.

But there are lots of conferences around the country, and sometimes it is difficult to know which one(s) to attend. One of these days I may take a crack at ranting about the good, the bad, and the ugly of writers conferences. But for now, I just want to say that RWA is one of the best.

Of course, the conference itself is a huge financial committment. The registration is somewhere around $350, hotel room are upwards of $120 per night, and there are meals and tips and travel expenses on top of that. But the incredible energy, information, and friendships that come out of it are worth every penny!

3 comments:

Elisabeth Naughton said...

We missed you, Chris. I could have used your pep talk before my pitch. :) (Which, by the way, went good. I think I'm starting to get the hang of this pitching thing. LOL)

Chris said...

Good for you! Wish I could have been there, even though it sounds like the heat was a killer.

At least I ordered my CDs immediately, and will be ordering the handouts from RWA tomorrow. I really love that I can do that...

Vedmak said...

Once I took part in the conference at Sydney. I stayed at Sheraton hotel . oh, it was really nice…first-class food and service…