Seventh, plan your one-liners. If you’ve read The Shy Writer Reborn, you know that I’m keen on one-liners. Plan for those expected questions someone will ask like: what do you write, what’s your current story about, why are you at the conference, what have you published, etc. Come prepared with succinct answers. You’ll sound smart, trust me.Seventh, pack your writing stuff to include:
=> two copies of your WIP (just in case)
=> business cards (don’t say WRITER/AUTHOR on it and avoid Vistaprint templates)
=> notebook – You’ll not only take notes, but you’ll dabble on your WIP as these productive ideas come to you in class. I’ve rewritten chapters in class before as the teacher led me to a new concept.
=> name tag – They’ll give you one, but consider having a permanent, professional one made. I have two: one with a magnet and one with a pin, so that they can go on anything I wear. People remember tags, and if yours is unique, they’ll remember you more.
=> one-sheets – See this article on one-sheets. These are marvelous if you are pitching and speak volumes about your creativity and professionalism. http://www.fundsforwriters.
Before the last day, take a moment to go over your notes and goals and determine what you’re lacking, then approach the teacher, writer or agent while you can. Walk up and ask the question. That’s why they are there, and what you paid for.You can do this, and you can do it better if you go prepared.
BIO: C. Hope Clark is author of The Carolina Slade Mysteries and her newest Edisto Island Mysteries, with the debut Murder on Edisto, September 2014. Hope is also editor of FundsforWriters.com, a site chosen by Writer’s Digest for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 14 years. She lives on the banks of Lake Murray when she’s not strolling the shore of Edisto Beach, both in her beloved South Carolina. www.chopeclark.com / www.fundsforwriters.com