I haven’t done a Road Trip Wednesday post for ages! (If you’re not familiar with RTW, it’s a blog carnival hosted by YA Highway — they post a writing- or reading-related question and bloggers post their answers; you can “hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic”.) Today’s topic: what book and/or writing conference would you love to go to?
I’m a huge fan of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, so that one tops my list. It takes place in October each year, in Surrey, BC, Canada (Vancouver area). There’s always an amazing line-up of editors, agents, and authors presenting workshops and keynotes, plus there are pitch sessions and “blue pencil” sessions included in your registration, great networking opportunities, book fair, trade show, writing contest (with thousands of dollars in prizes!), and fun late-night events (official and not-so-official ).
I’ve been to SiWC every second year since I began writing fiction six years ago–I’ll be attending for the fourth time this October, and yes, I’m already excited about it! I always learn so much and come away from it totally inspired and fired-up to write.
Other than Surrey, I’d love to attend a regional SCBWI conference some day. I think it would be great to be part of something so focussed on writing for young people. (And I bet it would be a great opportunity to meet some more of my online kidlit/yalit friends in person, which would be awesome!)
How about you? Have you been to any great conferences? Are there any you’d really love to go to someday?