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Tips for Attending Your First Writers Conference

Attending writers conference can be overwhelming. There's so much to learn, ask, and experience. How do you process it all? One piece of advice that was useful to me when I started going to writers' conferences was "start small," so that's what I would suggest.

If you are uneasy or unsure about going to a conference then before you attend a huge one like the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, you should search for smaller ones in your surrounding area. I live in Louisiana, so I searched for conferences nearby. I typed in something like "Louisiana Christian writers conference" into Google.

I have attended the East Texas Christian Writers Conference in Marshall, Texas and the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They were both wonderful and modestly priced. There was one-on-one time with the authors and industry professionals in attendance and I felt the classes were small enough where I could ask questions and not feel like hundreds of eyes were on me. :)

A good piece of advice that Hartline literary agent Terry Burns gives first-time conference goers is that you must develop a “filter” to only take in the limited amount of information you need at this particular part of your writing journey. If you don't do this, you will easily be overwhelmed and miss what you need to know right now.