Twila Belk is a freelance writer and speaker.
How can someone get the most out of writers conferences?
Pray for divine appointments.
Take advantage of opportunities to connect with faculty members and other conferees. Mealtimes are great for this.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re there to learn, and no question is considered too dumb to bring up. The presenters and faculty members are there to help you.
Realize that conferences can be overwhelming with full days and so much information to process. Give yourself grace.
What’s your best advice for writers?
Learn the craft, and never stop learning.
Please give us a snapshot of your continuing class at Write-to-Publish.
In my continuing class “Writing Beyond the Book,” I’ll try to open conferees’ minds to a wide range of writing possibilities.
Here are three truths: (1) Words have power. (2) We can change the world one well-written word at a time. (3) Our words don’t have to be in books to make an impact. Writing opportunities come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some can reach more readers than the average best-selling book. After all, whatever you read was written by someone. Why not you?
In the first session, we’ll discuss collaborating, contributing, and compiling. The second session’s topic will be resources used by churches and groups. In session three, we’ll talk about online opportunities and other media-related content. And in the last class, we’ll take an imaginary trip through a Christian bookstore and discuss products sold there that require written words. You’ll not only receive lots of ideas, but you’ll also be the recipient of my many tips, tidbits, and profound thoughts.
Who should attend your class?
Those who want to know about the variety of opportunities available to writers.
_________________________Interviewed by Susan Miura, speaker, freelance editor, and author of four award-winning novels and a children’s book.