Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Free Online Conference That Makes a Difference!

Mark your calendars for next March, because that's when the Catholic Writer's Guild Conference Online takes place!  Put on by the Guild, you don't have to be Catholic to attend, and you won't want to miss the great information!

The format is Chats and Forums. Forums are week-long daily posts that you drop by in your own time to read and do the assigned work. You can post your homework or comments, and the presenter drops by to reply.

Chats meet at specific, scheduled times, and they are on Eastern time, so a Californian like me might have to get up early, but it's well worth it.

Topics covered this year included blogging, using twitter effectively, dealing with those troublesome adverbs. There are general help sessions on self-publishing, editing, epublishing, and the writing business as well as more specific topics, such as mysteries, historical fiction, and writing villains and fight scenes.

There are also topics to help you as you try to tackle the writing life: House-Keeping Boot Camp, Time Management for Writers, and the Proper Care and Feeding of the Writer's Spouse.

On the spiritual side, you can get great tips from chats like The Baptized Imagination; Pray, Study...Work; and Writing Faith for Fiction.

So, what I'm sayin' is there is something for everyone: The new writer and the established writer, the writer who wants specific writing information and the writer who wants to embrace their faith and work it into their daily scribbling.

And it's all online in an easy, convenient format.  And did I mention it's FREE???

I'll bring more information next year as the schedule of presenters gets firmed up.

What topic would you like to see covered at a writers conference? Do you find online conferences convenient? Or would you miss the "event" feel of traveling to a separate venue? I'm really interested...because I'm one of the organizers now!

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