Last week I signed up for the Surrey International Writers Conference. Sign up opened on Wednesday June 1 and they’re already more than half sold out. It’s going to be a big conference this year.
This is the first time I’ll be going and I’m terrified and excited all at once. In fact, this will be my first conference ever. In addition to all the workshops I’ll get to attend, I’ll get to do a blue pencil and an agent pitch. I’ll also get to meet a lot of on-line friends.
I’m trying to prepare, to be the most professional I can be and to make the most of this experience, I’m also hoping to just have fun. I tend to get uptight and worried at places like this. Always fearful I’ll say or do the wrong thing, that I’ll get lost, offend someone, just do it wrong. I’m trying to get rid of worry, in part by preparation, in part by just accepting the fact that nothing is perfect, including myself. I also try to remember that sometimes things that don’t go according to plan turn out to be the best.
Have any of you been to a conference? How did you prepare? What tips can you share?
Are you interested in coming to Surrey? I’d love to meet you!