Tesla, an attorney from Philadelphia, was looking for something in the writing world different from what she was used to. At the PWC last year, she got what she was looking for and then some. Check out what her experience like was at the 2015 conference, and what could be in store for you when you attend this year.
I had the pleasure of attending Philadelphia Writer’s Conference for the first time last June. I was recommended to attend by David Bernstein, President of Words in Progress writer’s group. I am very glad I attended. I found this conference useful on many levels. More than anything, the speakers inspired me to write for myself, which is something that many lawyers like myself don’t always have the time to do. It motivated me to begin the journey of becoming a writer, and taught me critical steps in how to begin doing so.
The classes I took are: The Poet’s Toolbox, The Art of Writing, Publishing and Marketing Young Adult Fiction, How to Become a Social Media Ninja, Improv for Storytelling, Guidelines for Storytelling, Guidelines for Researching, Courting the Spark: Finding and Using your Creativity, and Apples to Writers.
The workshop I enjoyed the most is Improv for Storytelling. Before I took the class, I did not know what to expect. Although I probably wouldn’t apply the instructor’s methods in my own writing process, he had some very useful ideas for one who is struggling with writer’s block. Getting up in front of the class and participating in Improv is something that would normally be stressful, but our instructor made it extremely fun and stress-free.
Probably what I learned most is about the tools that are out there, and how one can find them and use them. From software to publishing companies, to classes to blogging sites, to social media, I learned a lot about how to sell my work, how to approach editors, and how to avoid errors that new writers generally make.
If you are someone who loves libraries, books, and writing this workshop is a great way for you to meet like-minded individuals. Everyone at the workshop was so friendly, and for the first time I felt like I truly fit into a group. I felt extremely comfortable meeting new people and discussing the things I had learned at the workshops. This is a great way to make connections. If you are interested in forming your own writer’s circle, or starting a new project, or finding someone to bounce ideas off from, you will find it at this event. I found a few friends of different backgrounds who had such interesting experiences and perspectives.
Speaking about making new friends, this is also a great platform for networking. More than anything else, this conference provided such a wonderful networking opportunity. I connected with people who helped me to move to the next level in my writing career and who provided me with methods I had not previously considered. I gathered a number of business cards from people who were interested in working with me. In fact, a few months after the conference, I ended up starting a blogging group with one of the people I met at the conference, who added perspective and energy to the group.
After the 2015 conference, I was very excited to begin my writing process and knew how to begin. I had a great time at last year’s conference, and I can’t wait for 2016.
We look forward to seeing Tesla in June! If you have not registered yet for the 2016 conference, there’s room for more participants. When you do, chances are you’ll see Tesla that weekend. Expanding that network of writers, or other professionals, can enrich your journey, just like it did for Tesla. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Register today!