When I was in high school and college, I would have loved to go to the many writing workshops and bookish conferences that I'm attending these days as a literary agent. The networking and learning opportunities at these events are so valuable. I meet someone new at every conference I go to, and sometimes, I even discover a brilliant voice.
Like Lindsey Smith, who I found at a writing workshop in Philadelphia. Her new cookbook is off to St. Martin's Press, thanks to making that connection.
But as a teen and college student in my 20's... there was no way I would have been able to afford some of these events. Sometimes they can be really expensive, and that creates barriers for young writers who could truly grow in their careers from these events, but can't due to financial reasons.
So, I'd like to shake things up a little.
Are you a writer eager to learn about the industry and connect with editors, agents, fellow authors? I'm offering up a free pass to any of the following events, to a marginalized writer (authors who are PoC, disabled, LGBTQ+, native voices) in those respective regions.
Philadelphia Writers Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)
April 8th, 2017
Midwest Writers Conference (Muncie, IN) *
July 20th – 22nd, 2017
* Note: This is for the Part II, $300 option, Thursday evening, Friday & Saturday. Details on the site.
Over the course of the conference, if you want, we'll hang out. I'll introduce you to industry folks. We'll grab coffee. Or you can just wander around. You do you. These passes don't include hotel stays or transportation though, sorry. It's just a pass for the conference / workshop. So please, only email me if you're from the area. I can't stress that enough.
Interested in attending? Email me with the following:
- Name: You know, your name.
- Who Are You?: A bit about you. Why you write.
- Your WIP: What are you currently writing?
- Twitter: What's your Twitter handle?
At ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, with what conference you'd like to attend. I'll pick someone one month before the day of the conference, so March 8th (Philly Writers Workshop) and June 20th (Midwest Writers Con).
Event organizers, take note. If you want me at a conference, I'm requesting passes like these from now on. I'm willing to pay for the passes out of any honorarium you might be offering me.