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 new people in the industry at every conference I go to, and sometimes, I even discover a brilliant voice.
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.
Last year, I was able to bring three writers out to conferences in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, and I'm excited to do this again.
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.
Minnesota Writers Workshop (Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN)
February 17th, 2018
Michigan Writes Workshop (Lavonia, MI)
April 14th, 2018
Boston Writers Workshop (Boston, MA)
September 29th, 2018
Over the course of the conference, if you want, we’ll hang out, pending how booked I am for panels and pitch sessions. I’ll introduce you to industry folks. We’ll grab coffee before the event. 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.
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.
Huge thank you to the teams behind these workshops, for being willing to do this.