A Writer’s Conference with a Difference (or two)

Hello fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

I hope the past fortnight has been good to you and if you’re in Australia you’ve managed to stay cool somehow in our 43 degree plus heatwave.

Despite the heat, I’ve had a very productive writing fortnight mainly due to the surprisingly action-packed WriteOnCon online conference. In fact, my $5 access has only just finished yesterday. The Conference itself went from the 3-5th US time, with access to everything bar the live events, which were of course finished, continuing for an entire week after that. For those who had paid the extra to be able to attend the live events (pointless for me as they were in the middle of the night here) their access continues until March the 6th, not bad for a $10-15 outlay.

So how was the Conference itself? Great, I loved the freedom of dipping in and out of it, knowing that I wasn’t going to miss anything because I still had a whole week to catch up on blogs and vlogs I’d not yet looked at while I continued with my day to day activities. I loved the forums where I could post work or query letters for critiquing as long as I returned the favour and critiqued five others. This I have to admit was a little hectic as for the most part it was done within the actual conference time. I loved that there were ‘secret’ agents and editors who attended the forum under pseudonyms and made some full requests. Despite very positive critiques, I had no luck on that count this time, although I’m sure that this is only because no ‘secret’ agent or editor actually saw my work. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

I was impressed that two days before my time was due to expire I was sent an email reminder to return and ensure I had got all I could out of the blogs, vlogs and forums, which I most certainly had. So all in all for the cost, the wealth of experienced authors, editors and publishers, the range of topics and the forums which also covered everything from mind-mapping to characterisation, to the steps in the publication process after your ms is accepted, to POV, to author photographs, to writing PBs, YA or Epic Fantasy Novels, this is a conference I would recommend you ‘attend’. WriteOnCon is a conference to enjoy from the comfort of your own home… or your work lunch break… or your favourite restaurant… or anywhere you wish in February 2018. I’m going to check out the Indiegogo in November this year though, for even more features and opportunities and I recommend you do too.

Short and mighty sweet this time, so until next time…
Farewell Fellow Travellers,
Savour the quest

About Artelle Lenthall

Hi Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends, I am a published Picture Book author as well as a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. I am loving the new 'sites' on the continuing road to publication. I belong to the Fellowship of Australian Writers(FAW) Creative Kids Tales(CKT) Jen Storer’s The Scribblers and although I'd love to belong to more writing related organisations, I have found friends, support, critiquing and general encouragement with these, for which I am truly grateful. I also subscribe to Tara Lazar's specialist Picture Book website; How to Write For Kids While Raising Them, Buzz Words and The Duck Pond where I am one of the moderators. These inspire me in the development of my craft. Worth a look if like me, Picture Books and Children’s Writing are your passion.
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