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No one can deny the perks of attending a writer's conference in person. The encouragement you get is just what you need to keep going, the uplifting atmosphere is fantasatic, and let's face it--nothing can beat an in-person connection. However, if you're still waiting for the wish of a writer's conference to come true, here are a few last tips to keep writing until then!
*Conference CD's: Many big conferences offer their sessions on CD. It's not quite the same as being there live, but you can learn a lot from the CD's.
*Critique Groups: The benefits of getting feedback on your work or priceless. Finding the right group can be hard, but when you find it, don't let it go! I am infinitely grateful for my crit partners.
*Local Writer's Groups: If you can find a group of local writers to meet with then you won't be sorry. Check with your library if you're not sure where to start. They can often point you in the right direction. I found my local group just by browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble. I found a book by an author in my area, looked up her website, sent her a message through the site, and the rest is history!
I hope some of my tips will help someone get an idea they hadn't had before. I don't think there are very many writers who never want to attend a conference, but until that can become your reality, don't give up! Keep writing, and happy contracts for all.
How about you? Share your favorite conference experiences with us!