Here we are with the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017 only a week away. This conference is the biggest event of my writing year, so let me attempt to explain why.
The down side
Conferences are expensive.
Being in a room full of strangers is taxing.
I may not measure up, my work will be rejected, or I’ll otherwise discover I’m the worst writer ever.
It’s an indulgence. I feel guilty about laying aside other responsibilities to immerse myself in something I enjoy so completely.
Why I go
- It’s a refresher course. I gain knowledge that helps me understand current changes in the publishing industry.
- It’s energizing on many levels. Encountering writers and industry professionals from all walks of life charges my creative batteries.
- It’s worth it. It just is. I haven’t met a writer who doesn’t want to improve. The benefits of rubbing shoulders with less-than and more-than seasoned writers are immeasurable. And I just said I’m not comfortable in crowds?
- It’s give and take. It’s amazing how much inspiration I receive as I’m helping other writers on their path.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV).
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
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