A Guest Post by Patricia Bradley
Let me count the ways:
- Meeting people who “get” you.
Have you ever tried talking to a non-writer about your story? Or an article you’re working on? What did they do, for the most part? Their eyes glaze over or they look at you like Is something wrong with you?
At Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, you will find a hundred writers who “get” you. Like you, they walk around with voices in their heads. No, not the kind you get locked up for, but the voices of their characters talking to them or the article they’re working on.
At the conference you are surrounded by other writers who know what it’s like to live in another world—one you’ve created, but not completely in control of. Whenever I mention to non-writing friends that my characters have taken over my story, most of them just look at me and say, “How? You’re writing it.” But at a writers conference, everyone understands what you’re talking about.
- Writing is a lonely business.
Writers Conferences are great places to connect and network. I sit for hours in front of a computer or in a chair with a notebook. It gets lonely sometimes. I’ve connected with other writers, editors and agents who have become like sisters. They encourage and push me to be better.
- Writers conferences are like vacations.
Sometimes writing gets to be a chore, especially when you have a deadline looming. When I attend a writers conference, I return home pumped and ready and eager to get back to my story. Just having the camaraderie of other writers does something to me, and it will you, too.
- It’s an opportunity to learn something new or fine-tune something old.
At the MSCWC, we offer great classes on honing your craft whether it’s fiction or non-fiction or memoir or children’s books. There’s a class on all the free tools out there for writers. And our keynote speaker, Edie Melson, will show you how to navigate the all the social media stuff, like Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest…and some I haven’t even heard of.
Right here I have to put a plug in for the class I’m teaching! Have you ever wanted to try Scrivener, but it just seemed too overwhelming? Or, maybe you already have Scrivener, but you can’t figure out how to make it work for you. Or, you’re using parts of the program, but you’d like to learn how to do more. If so, then my class at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference March is for you.
- It’s an opportunity to have fun!
Well, maybe not ride-the-Zippin’-Pippin kind of fun, but being around like-minded people is always fun!
So what are you waiting for? Register today!
Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone Without a Trace. She has written two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice and The Christmas Campaign. Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
Learning Scrivener Basics
This workshop will show you how to use Scrivener to write a novel, short story, or blog. Learn how to create a project using the novel template and how to use folders and subfolders to create chapters and scenes and then how to compile for Word, Mobi, and PDF files.