Utilizing Writers Conferences for Both Networking and Learning Experiences

Most people have come to grudgingly respect the phrase ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ But, if your job is to write, how do you get to know the right people and build a network? While writing is typically a solitary act, the business of being an author certainly shouldn’t be. Writers’ conferences are one way that authors improve their craft, find business connections, build support groups, and more! Tony N. Todaro, author, Executive Director of WC2 (West Coast Writers Conferences), and President of GLAWS (Greater Los Angeles Writers Society), explains the value of writers’ conferences. “Writers who just sit and write and don’t get out in the world, don’t get the opportunity to hear what other people have to say. They don’t learn,” says Todaro. He encourages authors to continually learn through conferences. Not only do writers have the opportunity to learn from fellow authors, but they also make connections with agents, editors, or other industry insiders. Todaro suggests writers go to at least one conference a year to advance their careers. Listen to the clip below to learn more about how you can make the most of writers’ conferences!

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