Last Sunday I attended the final day of the 2017 NESCBWI conference. It was my first year attending, and after a single day I can confidently say I will never miss another again. I met dozens of writers and illustrators from all over New England. Writing can be an isolating activity. Just you, your story, your words. Not a the conference; at the conference I connected. Here were over 700 other people who choose to spend their time crafting, creating, revising. I felt like I belonged.
I learned from experts in the field. I left with ideas, I left with inspiration. Mostly though, I left with homework.
- Create an author’s website. Check!
- Map out my most current polished work. Check!
- Follow new connections on twitter. Check!
- Find teaching with text sets and Betsy’s blog. In Progress.
- Submit work to Editors and Agents from the conference. In Progress.
- Record yourself reading your work and play it back to hear how it sounds.
- Show up. Just write. An every day goal.
I am so thankful to NESCBWI for all of the connections I made and all of the learning I will do because of the conference. Keep connecting writers! It’s worth it.