Lisa Lenard-Cook, author of the award winning novels Dissonance and Coyote Morning has some good advice about getting the most out of writing-related events such as conferences, seminars and workshops in her recent fiction writing book The Mind of Your Story.
She says, "make a list of what you want from anything writing-related you might attend, and then steer your plans to your desires." Lisa advises downloading conference programs and scouring over the details ahead of time.
So much goes on at these types of events that the day can get away from you and you might not get what you expected out of it. With a bit of planning and setting goals you can make better use of your time whether you are trying to meet with agents and editors or simply take a class on a topic you've been having trouble with.
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