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#1 WritesToEscapeReality

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:39 PM

For those of you who attend conferences, and particularly those of you who write YA or MG, if you had to choose one conference to attend what would it be? I am not concerned about location (although I do prefer to be in the United States) or cost. I know with my schedule, attending one conference would be all I could do most likely so I am curious which one does everyone recommend. I hear a lot about the Writer's Digest one in NYC. Is there others that you guys would recommend over that one? I do want one that has a pitch event and a good selection of workshops.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:55 PM

BACKSPAAAACE!

Okay, well, there's no pitch event, but there's like 2 hours of free time in-between workshops where authors CAN pitch to agents... just in a less terrifying setting. :wink:

I've only ever been to Backspace, so I don't have a point of reference for other conferences, but Backspace was the best two days of my life so I feel obliged to recommend it to everyone.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:22 PM

This is one i'm considering going to. My hubby and son could go visit museums while I learn and pitch! It sounds promising. Been reading up on it.

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#4 WritesToEscapeReality

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:51 PM

Thanks guys!

@JoeyF- aren't you near Atlanta? Do you get a lot of conferences there? I am outside Nashville and all I hear of here is religious writings. Do you find any of the big ones coming to our region?
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:43 PM

If you're looking for YA/MG focused conferences, see if your local SCBWI chapter has one going on. They're supposed to be fantastic! (I'm going to the New England one in April and I AM PSYCHED!)

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:55 PM

the LA SCBWI conf this Aug will be my first conf ever, but i do live in LA.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:30 AM

I see the SCBWI- Midsouth is having a fall conference in Nashville. Hmm, guess I should become a member and go to that since it is only about 40 minutes from my house. Guess this could be my first conference!
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:52 PM

SCBWI all the way for kid lit writers! If you go, enjoy. It's also a great organization for juvie writers like us.

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